Experts Explore Future Of Triathlon At ITU Conference

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The future of the sport is discussed over the weekend at the inaugural ITU World Conference of Science in Triathlon in Spain.

Over the weekend, scientists, academics, expert coaches and students gathered together at the University of Alicante in Spain to discuss the future of the sport and how science can impact it, with nine keynote lectures delivered by experts in the field plus almost another 100 scientific papers and posters for review.

One of the key messages that came from the conference, according to keynote speaker Dr. Jan Olbrecht, was that triathlon is still strengthening its own sporting identity.

“I think what came up and what is really interesting is that more and more people are of varying consensus that triathlon is something different from other sports,” he said. “You cannot train for three disciplines separately and then think you are a triathlete, you have to train for a triathlon.”

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