The triathlon is a “young” sport

 

The triathlon is an individual sport or multidisciplinary team, born from a bet between friends

triathlon-81884_1280Triathlon is a sport that unites together three disciplines such as swimming, cycling and running race, uniting them in a single test. It was founded in 1977 as a bet between a group of friends on a beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The group discussed about the hardest race in terms of resistance: if it were the Waikiki rough water swim 3.8 km swim, if it was the 112 mile (180 km) bike race around Oahu, or the Honolulu Marathon 42.195 km race.

The Navy commander John Collins suggested to combine the three tests in a single race.

Everyone laughed, but on that day the triathlon was born. The race that made the legend of the sport, the Hawaii Ironman, was born on that day.

The first edition participated in 14; one of the competitors bought his bike the day before the race, another stopped for a refreshing break from Mc Donald, and the first winner was Gordon Haller.

Since 2000 is the Olympic men’s and women’s specialties. The editions held so far have been to Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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