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Around the same time, Canadian Les Mc Donald held talks with Juan Antonio Samaranch, then President of the International Olympic Committee.

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Shanahan told Johnstone that he wanted to include a biking leg to the race, whilst hesitant Johnstone agreed to the addition.

When naming the event the pair used the unofficially agreed naming system for multisport event (already used for pentathlon, heptathlon, and decathlon), of using the prefix Greek number for the number of events trias (three) and suffix of athlos the Greek for a competition, hence named the event the Mission Bay Triathlon.

Then in 1982, the event organiser IMG, worked in partnership with the American channel CBS (direct competitor of ABC who held the exclusive rights to Hawaii), to create a new event that would take place in Europe.

The initial aim was to establish a new premier competition, the European Triathlon, with the goal of being of the same size and prestige to directly compete with that of Hawaii.

While variations of the sport exist, the most common form includes swimming, cycling, and running over various distances.

Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion, including timed transitions between the three races.Throughout this growth with new events appearing no unified rules ever existed and as a whole would remain a minority event on the world stage.The first modern swim/bike/run event was held at Mission Bay, San Diego, California on September 25, 1974.These areas are used to store bicycles, performance apparel, and any other accessories needed for the next stage of the race.The transition from swim to bike is referred to as T1 and that between the bike and run is referred to as T2.By 19 June 1921 the event in Joinville-le-Pont had become more like a standard triathlon with the canoe element being replaced with a swim, newspaper L’Auto stating the race consisted of a 3km run, a 12km bike ride and the crossing of the river Marne, all staged consecutively and without a break.

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