Sunday afternoon in Hamburg saw 19 teams take to the start line for the 2020 Mixed Relay World Championships, and though they may not have had the previous day’s World Champion…
Welcome to Triathlon Mixed Relay
The Triathlon Team Mixed Relay format showcases racing at its most thrilling, with the individual sport combining with pure team spirit. Athletes must complete a super-sprint triathlon - 300m swim, 6.6km bike and 1km run - before tagging off to a teammate, always in the order female-male-female-male. Among the most exciting aspects of these races for spectators is the athletes’ dramatic sprint and dive after being tagged by their teammate, as well as the intensity and speed from start to finish, the tight back-and-forth lead changes and team pride that this innovative racing format elicits.
The very first World Triathlon Triathlon Team Mixed Relay World Championships was held in Des Moines, Iowa, USA in 2009 when the powerful Swiss team claimed the inaugural title. In 2013, the World Championships were hosted in the German city of Hamburg for the first time, where it has taken place annually ever since.
The entertaining format was soon embraced around the world and was included in major Games programmes such as the Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games before, in 2017, it was announced that Triathlon Mixed Relay would make its Olympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020. In 2019, the first ever Team Mixed Relay World Series saw four races take place - in Abu Dhabi, Nottingham, Hamburg and Edmonton. France defended their world title in Hamburg, and went on to win gold at the Tokyo Test Event.