The major event annually for athletes competing over this distance is the Triathlon World Championships. This event is conducted each year in the country successfully bidding to the World Triathlon to stage the world Triathlon Championships. The first world Triathlon Championships were held in Avignon, France in 1989.
In 1994 Triathlon was awarded "Full Medal Status" by the IOC and made it's debut in the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney. and will feature again at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Triathlon will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games next in 2002 at Manchester in Great Britain.
The World Championships, Olympic & Commonwealth Games. The World Cup Series and the Asian Championships are all raced over the Olympic Triathlon Distance.
The Governing Body of Triathlon is the World Triathlon. Founded in Aviagon, France the World Triathlon consists of over 100 member National Federations throughout the world, of which India is a member. The World Triathlon is responsible to their member Federations for the conduct of all triathlon throughout the world with the exception of Ironman events.
Triathlon is a Swim, bike, run combination. Though the basic format stays the same, triathlon has several racing distances, from the Kids to elite events. Athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels compete in triathlon yearly to prove that when you put your mind to something, anything is possible.
|Super Sprint||250M to 500M||6.5Km to 13Km||1.7Km to 3.5Km||15+|
Duathlon is a run-bike-run combination. It is sometimes confused with biathlon, which is the official term for the Olympic sport of skiing and shooting. Typically contested in run-bike-run formats, duathlons vary in length and run-bike-run combinations.
|Super Sprint||1Km to 3Km||5Km to 10Km||1Km||15+|
|Standard Distance||5Km to 10Km||30Km to 40Km||5Km||18+|
Aquathlon is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. A typical aquathlon is a run/swim/run combination; however, it is not uncommon to see a two-stage race which is simply a swim/run combination.