London 2012 Guide to…Triathlon

 

THE Triathlon combines three stamina-based sports – swimming, cycling and running.

Competitors begin with a 1500m open-water swim, cycle for 40km and finish off with a 10km run.

Not forgetting the change-overs too, adjusting from swimming gear to cycling gear for example, it all takes time!

  • Triathlon in London

Hyde Park is playing host to the Triathlon with 110 men and women competing for gold medals.

Half a million people lined the streets at the Triathlon’s debut appearance in Sydney in 2000, and similar crowds are expected this summer in the English capital.

And finally…

Look out for: athletes collapsing at the end. This event takes a massive toll on the body.

Not to be confused with: athletes who cannot get in to one single event. They are by no way inferior!

Useless but informative fact: F1 driver Jenson Button regular competes in triathlons.

Triathlon in two words: mental challenge.

The Triathlon takes place across Hyde Park on Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 August.

 

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London 2012 Guide to…Swimming

 

SWIMMING is one of the Olympic’s most popular sports and also one with the largest number of events, ensuring there are many medals up for grabs.

The four recognised strokes – freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke are all tested over varying lengths.

It is, therefore, possible to win a number of medals, as Michael Phelps – The Baltimore Bullet – demonstrated in Beijing by claiming eight golds. He is certainly the one to watch.

  • Medals galore

The USA can proudly boast 214 swimming gold medals, by far and away the most of any nation. Their total is 489, so the 500 should be easily reached in London.

  • Swimming in London

950 Athletes will be competing in 34 events at the Aquatics Centre for the pool events, and Hyde Park for the Marathon Swimming.

And finally…

Look out for: Rebecca Adlington – will look to build on her two golds from Beijing and will have a great chance with no doubt very vocal home support.

Not to be confused with: a load of athletes splashing around in the water.

Useless but informative fact: until 1956, the butterfly stroke was allowed in the breaststroke races.

Swimming in two words: strength, timing.

Swimming begins on 28th July and finishes on Saturday 4th August, with the Marathon Swimming taking place over Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August.