Becoming an Olympic champion triathlete is the pinnacle of the sport at that distance. And, in this edition of the Olympics, there is also an extra chance for more gold medals with the introduction of the mixed relay.
So, who is in contention for the Olympic medals? What is the Olympic history? Here is our guide to the top things to know about Olympic triathlon.
Top Olympic triathlon athletes at Tokyo 2020
Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is looking to win a third consecutive gold medal for Great Britain.
In November 2020, he was left out of the British squad.
He still has a great chance of qualification and has made a habit of peaking at the right time.
His brother, Jonathan Brownlee, will be a major contender for gold after reaching two Olympic podiums.
The rankings were frozen from March 2020 and are planned to start again in March 2021.
The British team are strong in the female side as well.
Rio gold medallist Gwen Jorgensen announced in November 2017 that she was retiring from triathlon, and focusing on the marathon.
Olympic triathlon competition format at Tokyo 2020
The traditional Olympic distance will be followed for the individual events.
As ever, the athletes will first tackle a 1,500-metre swim, then a 40km bike ride and finally a 10km run.
The bike and run courses will be loops for Tokyo 2020.
The distance changes for the mixed relay event with four athletes (two women and two men) each completing a 300m swim, 8km bike and a 2km run.
Olympic triathlon venue at Tokyo 2020.
The courses will be familiar to local triathlon fans. The venue has been used for the national championships for more than 20 years.
Odaiba Bay will be where the swim takes place. The bike and run legs for the individual events will weave through the surrounding park.
The 1.5km swim leg will consist of two laps in Odaiba Marine Park, with eight laps for the 40km bike section and four 2.5km loops to make the 10km running course.
Olympic triathlon history
Half a million people were estimated to have lined the streets to watch the very first Olympic triathlon at Sydney 2000.
Frodeno has become one of the most dominant Ironman distance triathletes as well where he’s won three world championship titles.
The most dominant athlete at the recent Olympics is Alistair Brownlee of Britain. His attempts to win an Ironman world championships title have been put on hold with the hope of adding another Olympic title to his name instead.
Olympic triathlon schedule at Tokyo 2020
Men’s: Monday 26 July 2021
Women’s: Tuesday 27 July 2021
Mixed relay: Saturday 31 July 2021