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ITU’s Triathlon Mixed Relay format also known as 4 x Mixed Relay, consists of teams of four, compromised of two men and two women. Each athlete completes a mini triathlon of swimming, cycling and running, before tagging their team mate. Races last between an hour and ninety minutes depending on the course layout and are very explosive and exciting to watch.
1st Women: swim, bike, run
2nd Man: swim, bike, run
3rd Women: swim, bike, run
4th Man: swim, bike, run
The mixed relay format was first introduced in 2006 in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary. The format however, was slightly different as the teams then comprised of three members, and they were not mixed between men and women. The Mixed Relay format was introduced in 2009, in Des Moines, USA with great success. Switzerland were crowned the champions on that day, outperforming what seemed an unbeatable Australian team.
The sport made it’s Olympic début at the Singapore Youth Olympic in 2010, with the inclusion of mixed continental teams. Europe claimed the first ever team triathlon Olympic gold medal. For more information on the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games Triathlon, including a full archive of news stories please click here.
The European team who won the gold medal at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games.
Lausanne hosted the 2010 event, with Switzerland successfully defending their title on home soil. The Olympic city will also host the 2011 event.
The Swiss team who claimed the 2010 ITU Team Triathlon World Championships.
The 2013 ITU Team Triathlon World Championships will take place in Hamburg on Sunday July 21. This year’s race will features teams from every continent, vying to claim the title back from reigning champions Great Britain, who have taken the crown in the previous two years. With the world’s best athletes on site, it is set to be some of the most spectacular racing ever witnessed.
The 2013 event will be broadcast internationally on many of the world’s largest broadcasters and will be also available to watch live on www.triathlon.org/tv. Follow all the electrifying action as it happens.