Words nearby triathlon
What is a triathlon?
The word triathlon most commonly refers to an athletic competition in which athletes compete in a race that involves swimming, cycling, and distance running.
The traditional triathlon begins with a 1.5-kilometer open-water swim, followed by a 40-kilometer bike race, and finishes with a 10-kilometer run. This triathlon format is an event in the Summer Olympic Games.
Triathlons sometimes feature different formats. A longer version often branded as an Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.9-km) swim, a 112-mile (180.2-km) bike, and marathon-length run of 26.2 miles (42.2 km).
In 2021, the Olympics introduced a shorter, relay version of the triathlon featuring teams of two men and two women. Each member of the team must complete a triathlon consisting of a 300-meter swim, an 8-kilometer bike ride, and a 2-kilometer run.
The name triathlon is also applied to other three-part athletic competitions that are not a race but are instead score-based (the three events are not held directly one after another as part of a race like they are in the swim-cycle-run version of a triathlon).
In the U.K., the word triathlon sometimes refers to a three-part skill competition involving fly-casting, horseback-riding, and trapshooting.
A triathlon is sometimes informally called a tri for short. Athletes who participate in a triathlon can be called triathletes.
Example: The triathlon is nearing its third stage now as the triathletes transition from the cycling portion to the run.
Where does triathlon come from?
The first record of the word triathlon comes from the 1970s. It’s modeled on the word decathlon, which refers to a 10-part athletic competition. It uses the Greek root âthlon, which means “prize” or “contest” and is also the basis of the words athlete and athletics. Instead of the prefix dec-, meaning “ten,” triathlon uses the prefix tri-, meaning “three.” The names of other multipart athletic competitions are formed in the same way, including biathlon (two events), pentathlon (five events), and heptathlon (seven events).
Races involving a combination of swimming, cycling, and running began gaining popularity in the 1970s. The swim-cycle-run version of the triathlon was first adopted as an Olympic event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
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- triathlete (noun)
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The most common version of a triathlon involves a 1.5-km open-water swim, a 40-km bike, and a 10-km run, but triathlon formats vary. Triathletes are known for their endurance.
— Alistair Brownlee (@AliBrownleetri) May 19, 2015
Took 1st freestyle swim lesson in hopes of one day competing in a triathlon. Long way to go but it's a start!
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) April 29, 2015
Sea lions are faster than humans on both land and sea, so if you face one in a triathlon, you really need to make up time on the cycling.
— Jamie Jones (@JamieDMJ) May 8, 2014
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Which of the following events is NOT part of the Olympic triathlon?
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How to use triathlon in a sentence
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