May 13 - Teams from around the world have registered for the ITU Team Triathlon World Championships, taking place in Lausanne, it has been announced.
Teams from all continents will be hoping to take the title off the hosts when the competition kicks off in exactly 100 days on August 21.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is hoping that the discipline will make it onto the programme for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, which makes the success of the competition crucial to achieving this goal.
In order to help meet this target, the events will be broadcast live on TV for the first time, with partners including the BBC, ARD, ZDF, RAI, NHK, TVNZ, RTP, NTV, One, TVE and Universal showing the event live across the world.
The Championships will also be available to stream live online via www.triathlonlive.tv, and an iPhone app is available to keep in touch with the latest news and results from the competition.
The elite sprint World Championships, consisting of a 750 metres swim, 20 kilometres cycle and 5km run, will be held the day before the team event, with the format promising to provide a thrilling spectacle.
The format of the ITU Team Triathlon World Championship will be a 4xmixed relay, seeing two men and two women on each team completing a super-sprint triathlon of swimming, cycling and running.
The overall distances will be 275m for the swim, 6km for cycling and 1.5km for the run.
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