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Multi-sport involving swimming, cycling, and running

  • Triathlon is a multi-sport event involving swimming, cycling, and running in succession.
  • The triathlon area is divided into two segments - swim and bike segments (T1), and between the bike and run segments (T2).
  • It was first introduced in the 1920s in France.
  • In early days, it was called 'Les trois sports'.
  • The first modern long-distance triathlon event was the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon.
  • The standard "Olympic Distance" of 1.5/40/10 km (.93/24.8/6.2 miles) was created by long time triathlon race director Jim Curl in the mid-1980s.
  • The sport made its debut on the Olympic program at the Sydney Games in 2000.
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