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The history of triathlon

Triathlon roots can be traced back to 1974, Mission Bay, Southern California where a group of friends began training together. Amongst the athletes were runners, swimmers and cyclists who began having informal races

Hawaii hosted the Waikiki Rough Water Swim, the Oahu Bike Race and the Honolulu Marathon. Originally events in themselves, they were rolled into one to become the Hawaii Iron man

The Hawaii Iron man gained extensive coverage on ABC World Wide Sport and participation levels had increased to 580 competitors

With triathlon's popularity growing, it reached British shores in 1983. The British Triathlon Association was established the same year

International Triathlon Union established in France

Triathlon becomes an Olympic event in Sydney

Triathlon will make its Commonwealth Games debut in Manchester

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