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Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Commonwealth Games Triathlon Course Announced

The likes of Flora Duffy, Tyler Butterfield, Erica Hawley and Tyler Smith would be really interested to know that the courses for Triathlon events at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have been revealed.

The women's triathlon is set to be the first medal event at the Games in Australia, held on April 5, followed shortly by the men's race.

The inaugural Para-triathlon at a Commonwealth Games and the mixed team relay will complete the sport's programme on April 7.

The northern end of the Southport Broadwater Parklands will host the start, finish and transitions, with the bike and run legs to head north.

Athletes will line-up at the start pontoon on the Broadwater, swimming an anti-clockwise 750 metres course, the only open water swim at the Games.

Following the transition, the athletes will cycle four five kilometre laps of a route which stretches from Southport to Biggera Waters.

The run leg is comprised of two 2.5km laps of a flat course between Southport and Labrador.

The Para-triathlon will have a similar format with a five-lap bike leg equalling 25km being the only difference to the individual course.

The mixed team relay will feature teams of four, including two men and two women.

Each team member will complete a 250m swim, 7km cycle and 1.5km run and then tag the next team member into the race.

Triathlon was introduced as a Commonwealth Games sport at Manchester 2002, while the mixed team relay was added at Glasgow 2014.

England dominated in the Scottish city with Alistair Brownlee, the double Olympic champion, winning the men's event while compatriot Jodie Stimpson claimed the women's gold medal.

They duo then combined with Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland to win the mixed relay.
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