World Triathlon

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click on the boxes to access the respective post WORLD TRIATHLON HISTORY World Triathlon is the international governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of triathlon and all related multisport disciplines around the world, including duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon and winter triathlon. Triathlon made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000, with a third medal event, the Mixed Team Relay, added to the programme at Tokyo 2020, while para triathlon was first added to the Paralympic programme at Rio 2016. World Triathlon is proudly committed to the development of the sport worldwide, with inclusion, equality, sustainability and transparency at our core as we seek to help triathletes at all levels of the sport to be extraordinary. 148 - World Triathlon Media Guide Tokyo 2020 2017 2016 2015 2011 2010 2009 2004 2008 2000 1998 1997 1994 1991 1990 1989 1974 Mixed Relays included in the Olympic Programme, starting in Tokyo 2020. Paratriathlon officially debuted in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. ITU has more than 160 affiliated National Federations. The discipline first emerged in 1996, but the inaugural ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships were held in 2011 in Extremadura, Spain. The sport was officially accepted into the Paralympic Games at the IPC Governing Board meeting in Guangzhou, China. The ITU World Triathlon Series was created as ITU's top tier race series, staging multiple rounds in iconic cities across the globe. Marisol Casado became ITU's second-ever President. First stand-alone Paratriathlon World Championships was held. Triathlon made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games. Brigitte McMahon (SUI) and Simon Whitfield (CAN) won the sport's first gold medals. Aquathlon World Championships were first held, providing the opportunity for athletes who only swam and ran to join the multisport world. First Long Distance Duathlon World Championships was held in Zofingen, Switzerland, and the first Winter Triathlon World Championships took place in Mals, Italy. Triathlon was awarded full Olympic Games medal status by the IOC at its Congress in Paris. France's Isabelle Mouthon-Michellys and Rob Barel of the Netherlands won the first-ever Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. The ITU Triathlon World Cup Series began, staging 11 races in eight countries. First Duathlon World Championships was held in Cathedral City, USA The first Congress of ITU was organised in Avignon, France on April 1. Thirty (30) NFs were in attendance. Four months later on August 6, the inaugural World Championships was held in Avignon France over an Olympic Distance. More than 800 athletes representing 40 countries participated. The first recorded triathlon took place in San Diego, California. Organised by the San Diego Track & Field Club. The race consisted of a 5.3-mile run, a 5-mile bike and a 600-yard swim in the bay. 46 athletes finished the race. 2019 ITU becomes World Triathlon.

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