The Olympic Games may be a wrap for another four years, but racing action is far from over in the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series. With just three events left on this year’s circuit, competition continues with the sixth stop in Stockholm this weekend.
In its first appearance in the ITU World Triathlon Series, Stockholm will play host to a slew of Olympians on a quick sprint distance course, which consists of a one-lap 750K swim, five 4K loops on the bike and two 2.5K run laps.
2012 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships in Stockholm
While individuals will be chasing important world ranking points, a world championship will also be decided in Stockholm in the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships.
In ITU’s Mixed Relay format, participating National Federations select two women and men to compete in order of female-male-female-male. Each athlete will complete a 300m swim, 6K bike and 2K run. After each athlete finishes his or her swim-bike-run segment he or she will tag the next athlete in the relay to make the exchange.
While relay names have not yet been released, 20 countries are slated to appear in the fast and furious race, with Australia, Brazil, Germany and Great Britain having entered two relays each. Great Britain will defend its world title without the services of Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins. GB will be challenged by Switzerland, Germany and France who should be strong contenders for the top of the podium.
Olympic bronze medallist and member of last year’s British dream team, Jonathan Brownlee is eager to help Great Britain retain its mixed relay world title.
“It will be fun to do the team relay on Sunday,” said Brownlee. “It’s really exciting that team relays could be included in the Olympic Games in 2016. After seeing the huge crowds in Hyde Park, I am sure this event would be massively popular with spectators in Rio.”
ITU is bidding to get Triathlon Mixed Relay into the Olympic Games programme. The format made its major games debut at the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, and will also be part of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games as well as the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
In Stockholm the main men’s race will go off first at 14:50 local time on Saturday 25 August. The main women’s race will get underway almost two hours later at 16:45. The mixed relay race will be held on Sunday 26 August at 14:45. Tri fans can follow all the events live through with timing and text updates, at triathlonlive.tv and also at twitter.com/triathlonlive.