Triathlon Mixed Relay

Aussies crowned Mixed Relay champions at the Commonwealth
Apr 07, 2018

Aussies crowned Mixed Relay champions at the Commonwealth

With a near flawless performance, Australia grabbed the gold medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Triathlon Mixed Relay. Gillian Backhouse, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birthwhistle…

Welcome to Triathlon Mixed Relay

ITU’s Triathlon Mixed Relay format is racing at its most thrilling, where individual sport meets the team aspect. This innovative format, also known as 4XMixed Relay, comprises of two men and two women each completing a “mini” triathlon before tagging off to a teammate. By executing a super-sprint distance race, the relay begins when a teammate completes a 300m swim, 6.6km bike and 1.km run course and then tags off to a teammate in a female-male-female-male alternative format. Some of the most exciting aspects of the race include witnessing athlete run and dive into the water after being tagged by their previous teammate, the non-stop speed from start to finish and the tight back and forth lead changes and team pride that this innovative racing format draws.

The very first ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships was held in Des Moines, Iowa, USA in 2009 when the Swiss Team claimed the World Crown. In 2013, the World Championships were hosted in Hamburg, Germany and have ever since been the annual host city for the reoccurring event, this year in 2018 it will be the sixth straight year.

After the sport was introduced, the format quickly was adopted globally. It has been included in Major Games programmes such as the Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. In 2017 it was officially announced that Triathlon Mixed Relay will make its Olympic debut as an official sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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