The International Olympic Committee Executive Board has approved the event programme and athlete quotas for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, in which triathlon will again have three medal events.
This decision sees the line-up stay the same for Paris as it will be for Tokyo next year, with the individual men’s, individual women’s and mixed relay races, while the athlete quota will also stay the same, with 110 athletes in total.
Most sports in the programme have seen a reduction of their quota, with triathlon being one of the very few sports that maintain their number of athletes competing, currently set on 110 - 55 men and 55 women.
Great Britain have seen great success across the mixed relay format in recent years, claiming bronze at the 2020 World Championships, on top of gold, silver and bronze medals in 2019, including silver at the test event for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The first four triathletes to be selected for Team GB to race next summer have been announced, with Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth making their Games debuts alongside 2016 bronze medallist Vicky Holland and double-Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee.
Mike Cavendish, British Triathlon Performance Director, said: “It’s great to hear that the IOC have backed the presence of triathlon for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 where, once again, there will be three medal races for athletes to target and the same number places available.
“Whilst we’ve been made to wait for mixed relay to make its debut at the Games, it shows the growth of the sport and of the format that it has already been included for 2024.
“Knowing the races that will take place in Paris is key for our athletes’ training because they can begin their journey to qualifying for the Games with that in mind.”
Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC Member, said: “We are happy and proud that the Mixed Relay will be staying in the Olympic programme, and we will continue working so that we can have more medal events, and increase the athlete quota, for Los Angeles 2028.
Thomas Bach, IOC President, said: “With this programme, we are making the Olympic Games Paris 2024 fit for the post-corona world. We are further reducing the cost and complexity of hosting the Games. While we will achieve gender equality already at the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we will see for the first time in Olympic history the participation of the exact same number of female athletes as male athletes.”