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No Tokyo, no problem: men’s race

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With the Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021, here’s something to keep you busy today - the day the men’s race would have taken place.

Olympic

In 2012, London welcomed the world as it hosted the Olympic Games for the third time, more than any other nation so far. However, it was the first time that the city would host triathlon as part of the Games following its introduction in Sydney in 2000.

The first three Olympic triathlons had seen Team GB athletes record highest positions of 9th for the men (Simon Lessing at Sydney 2000) and 6th for the women (Michelle Dillon at Athens 2004).

Heading into this home Games however, the British team boasted reigning ITU world champions, Helen Jenkins and Alistair Brownlee, as well as second in the world Jonathan Brownlee and hopes of the first Olympic triathlon medal for Team GB were high.

The women’s race was the first to take place in Hyde Park, with Jenkins claiming Britain’s highest finish at an Olympic Games as she crossed the line in 5th. Three days later and Alistair secured the first medal as he took gold, with younger brother Jonathan picking up the second not much later as he won bronze.

Relive Alistair’s historic gold

Triathlon

During lockdown swimming pools have been off limits and, unless you’ve got one in your garden or have taken the plunge into open water, you’ve probably been missing out on one third of our sport.

Indoor pools are now open in England, however if you’re in Scotland or Wales, or don’t want to return to your local pool just yet, check out these training exercises from Vicky Holland on how to keep your swim strength up whilst at home.

Swim with Vicky

Japan

This Olympics will be the second time that Japan has hosted the summer Games, having previously hosted them in 1968.

Japanese culture is well known for many things, one of these being sushi. Here is a simple recipe for you to try at home. Take a picture of your sushi creations and share it with us on social media - @Brittri.

Try the recipe

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