What to know about triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics

Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown, left, and Jessica Learmonth hold hands as they cross the finish line during a triathlon test event in 2019. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

As the coronavirus pandemic delayed the 2020 Olympics and caused major disruptions to racing events for more than a year, triathletes across the globe had to adjust — sometimes drastically — to new training and competition schedules ahead of the rescheduled Tokyo Games in late July.

While there will be plenty of familiar faces among the 55 competitors each in the women’s and men’s individual triathlons, the triathlon mixed relay will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo.

The United States has qualified the maximum three spots for women and two men for the individual triathlon races, according to the World Triathlon Olympic qualification rankings, and at least four of those athletes will also be eligible to compete in the mixed relay.

Here’s what to know about the triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics.

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