The inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore begins on August 14th, featuring 26 sports throughout 12 days of competition. A total of 3600 youth athletes are expected to participate in the Youth Olympic Games, drawing an estimated 500,000 spectators to Singapore.
The sport of triathlon will see three days of action, with a total of 64 athletes (32 men and 32 women in between 17 and 18 years of age) participating.
The women’s individual triathlon is scheduled for the first day of competition on August 15, with the men racing the next day on August 16. Athletes will complete a sprint-distance triathlon (750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run).
The third day of competition will see a 4 x mixed relay triathlon on August 19. The relay event will be a continental relay instead of national relay. Teams will be comprised of two boys and two girls, with each Continental Federation fielding at least one team. Each of the four participants in the relay will complete a 250 m swim, 7 km bike and 1.7 km run.
The Youth triathlon will be staged in East Coast Park, Singapore’s largest and most popular public park. East Coast Park has hosted the Singapore International Triathlon since 2002, which annually draws almost 4,000 competitors. Athletes will complete the swim in the open sea before taking to the roads of the park for the biking and running portions of the race.
For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, visit https://singapore2010.sg