Triathlon factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Monday July 12, 2004 9:31PM; Updated: Monday July 12, 2004 9:31PM
ATHENS, July 13 (Reuters) -- Factbox on triathlon at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
The first triathlon was organised on September 25 1974 in Mission Bay, San Diego, California.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in May 1989 in Avignon, France, and the town staged the first world championships in August of the same year.
Triathlon made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney where 500,000 spectators watched the event.
Men's and women's events in which the competitors must swim 1,500 metres in open water, cycle 40km and run 10km without a break.
Men: Simon Whitfield (Canada)
Women: Brigitte McMahon (Switzerland)
August 25: Women's event
August 26: Men's event
The triathlon will be held around Vouliagmeni in southern Athens. Swimming will be held off the beach of Oceanida, starting from a floating pontoon. Cycling will be staged between Vouliagmeni and Agia Marina and the running will be held over three laps of a 3.3-km course. Spectators will watch from 3,300 temporary seats.
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