Watching The 2012 Olympic Games: Triathlon

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A mini-guide to everything you need to know about triathlon at the London 2012 Games.

How it works: This grueling event sees competitors battle it out in the water, on their bikes and in a final run. Olympic triathlon combines a 1.5K swim, a 40K cycle ride and a 10K run. 110 competitors, split evenly between men and women, will battle it out in the two medal events.

The stage: The event will begin and end in Hyde Park. A swim in the Serpentine, right, is what awaits competitors at the start before they cycle on a course which takes in Buckingham Palace and Wellington Arch. The contest will culminate with a run around the Serpentine.

Who’s hot: In the men’s event Germany’s Jan Frodeno won gold in 2008 and will be up against his compatriot Steffen Justus, Australia’s Brad Kahlefeldt and Spain’s Javier Gomez. In the women’s Australia’s Emma Moffat, the 2009 world champion, will hope to improve on 2008 bronze

The road to London

April 8-10: World Championship Series first event in Sydney

August 6-7: World Championship Series penultimate event in London

September 10-11: World Championship Series final in Beijing

Read More: The Guardian

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