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RE: USA Triathlon is recruiting collegiate runners who can swim and is here to answer your questions (sponsored)
I've neglected to share about the exciting addition for Triathlon into the Olympics in Tokyo-- the inclusion of the Mixed Relay (300m swim, 6.6km bike and 1km run) as a medal event. This format alternates 2 females and 2 males each doing a triathlon. We have had 3 World Championship (US has medaled in each!), and it obviously weighs more toward the speed/power side of things.
A country cannot add more triathletes to its roster to field a Mixed Relay team. These athletes must also compete in the Olympic distance triathlon. So federations have to either select (via creating Olympic Trials criteria) athletes who they believe can medal at the Olympic distance AND help their team medal in the Mixed Relay, OR if a country does not have a medal potential for the Olympic distance, maybe they just select a Mixed Relay specialist. It will be interesting to watch the other federations of the world to see what they do. The US just finalized our Olympic qualifying criteria.
As you can see, triathlon is very power based sport and the CRP has officially taken the 10,000m time off of our list of events to hit our A Standard. Even though the Olympic distance is a 10k run, a 1500m, steeplechaser, or 5000m runner has more of that explosive nature which transfers to the bike and would also be needed for the Mixed Relay.
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