The triathlon event of Beijing Olympics will be held at the Ming Tomb Reservoir in Changping District of northern Beijing from August 18-19. Swimming will be held in the reservoir while cycling and running will be held on the big dam and the road section near the dam.
Schedule of Events
18 August 2008, Monday
Women's Final, Women's Medal Ceremony
19 August 2008, Tuesday
Men's Final, Men's Medal Ceremony
Trio of Sports
Triathlon is a sports event comprising swimming, cycling and
running. Expert triathlon athletes learn to race each stage in a way
that preserves their energy and endurance for coming stages. In
Olympics, these events are placed in immediate sequence. The time
given includes the time required to transition between the
individual legs of the race, and the time needed for changing
Triathlon in Olympics
Triathlon made its debut at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
The women's event took place on the first day while the men played
on day two. Triathlon was one of the first medals awarded at Sydney
Olympics. Triathlon was also a part of Atlanta Olympics.
Bicycle is needed in the cycling section of the sport. Bike rack
holds bicycles in a ready position in the transition area. Goggles
prevent water from getting into a swimmer's eyes. Nose clip prevents
water from getting into a swimmer's nose. Pontoon is the floating
apparatus from which triathletes dive to start the swimming leg.
Swim buoy is a marker used as a turning point in the swimming
course. Shoes are of course needed while cycling and swimming.
Swimming cap is a lightweight, flexible cap which holds the hair in
place and reduces resistance when swimming. Wetsuit is worn to keep
a swimmer warm.
Quota of Athletes
55 men and 55 women will take part in the Olympics.