Triathlon Mixed Relay

Norway and the Netherlands seal the deal in Huatulco and qualify a Team for Paris24
NEWS | May 17, 2024

Norway and the Netherlands seal the deal in Huatulco and qualify a Team for Paris24

Welcome to Triathlon Mixed Relay

The Triathlon Team Mixed Relay format showcases racing at its most thrilling, where the individual sport combines with pure team spirit to produce fireworks on the blue carpet!

All four athletes on a team must complete a super-sprint triathlon - 300m swim, approx 6.6km bike and 1km run - before tagging off to a teammate (for the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle, the order is always male-female-male-female).

Among the most exciting aspects of the races for spectators is the athletes’ dramatic sprint and dive after being tagged by their teammate, as well as the intensity and speed from start to finish, with tight, back-and-forth lead changes and team pride the hallmarks of the events.

The very first World Triathlon Triathlon Team Mixed Relay World Championships was held in Des Moines, Iowa, USA in 2009 when the powerful Swiss team claimed the inaugural title. In 2013, the World Championships were hosted in Hamburg for the first time, the German city rapidly becoming the format’s spiritual home and hosting every year since except for Montreal 2022.

The entertaining format was soon embraced around the world and was included in major Games programmes such as the Youth Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games before it was finally announced that Triathlon Mixed Relay would make its Olympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.

Before then, in 2019, the first ever Team Mixed Relay World Series saw four races take place - in Abu Dhabi, Nottingham, Hamburg and Edmonton. France defended their world title in Hamburg, and went on to win gold at the Tokyo Test Event.

However, it was to be the Great Britain squad that took the first ever Olympic gold, with Jonathan Brownlee, Jessica Learmonth, Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown combining for glory, USA taking the silver and France the bronze.

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