Mixed relay triathlon set for Olympic debut

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will host mixed relay triathlon for the first time ever as the swim, bike, run format makes its Olympic debut on Friday at 11:30pm BST.

The Great Britain mixed relay team will be comprised of four athletes, two men and two women, selected between the athletes who have travelled to the Games.

Mixed relay teams are made up of four athletes, two men and two women, each completing their own swim, bike, run over a shortened distance (300m swim, 6.8km cycle, 2km run) before handing over to their teammates. This will be completed in a specific order, alternating between female and male athletes.

The first Olympic mixed relay triathlon marks another historic year for the sport. Triathlon made its Games debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, with the first British medals being won on home soil as Alistair and Jonny Brownlee achieved gold and bronze respectively at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since then, more history has been made after Holland became the first British woman to take home a medal when she secured bronze at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. Tokyo has already been a historic event for British triathletes, as Yee and Taylor-Brown both marked their Olympic debuts with silver medals.

Back in 2019, a British team comprised of Learmonth, Benson, Taylor-Brown and Yee raced at Odaiba Marine Park as part of the Tokyo test event, finishing in second place after a stunning photo finish between Yee and Dorian Coninx (FRA) that resulted in France (Cassandre Beaugrand, Pierre Le Corre, Leonie Periault and Dorian Coninx) taking gold, Great Britain silver and the United States (Summer Rappaport, Seth Rider, Tamara Gorman and Ben Kanute) bronze.

We spoke to Team GB Triathlon Team Leader Mike Cavendish about the Games and the debut of mixed relay triathlon. Hear from Cavendish by clicking the button below.

MIKE CAVENDISH INTERVIEW

The Olympic mixed relay triathlon will take place at 11:30pm on Friday 30 July. You can watch all the action live on BBC Sport.

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