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Triathlon - 13. August 2008.

Beijing Triathlon Venue open for Business


Athletes and officials train and preview Olympic Triathlon Venue

Beijing 2008Beijing, China (August 13th, 2008) - The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games triathlon countdown officially started today with the opening of the triathlon venue in the Changping District. A number of the sport's top competitors took advantage of the opportunity to preview the final course before next week's competitions. Top medal contender Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal was on-site testing the waters of the Shisanling Reservoir along with a handful of other athletes.


With only five days until the women's competition, organisers are finalizing their preparations in anticipation of the majority of athletes arriving in the next two days from around the globe. One hundred and ten of triathlon's best athletes from 37 countries will represent their nation in the pinnacle sporting event in the world next Monday and Tuesday.



Main events of interest over the next five days include:



Thursday, August 14th
10:00 - Athlete bike course familiarization
11:00 - Athlete swim course familiarization
All day - Athlete arrivals (Jundu Tourist Villa)

Friday, August 15th
10:00 - Athlete bike course familiarization
11:00 - Athlete swim course familiarization
All day - Athlete arrivals (Jundu Tourist Villa)

Saturday, August 16th
10:00 - Athlete bike course familiarization
11:00 - Athlete swim course familiarization
12:30 - Athlete technical briefing & swimming start position draw (Jundu Tourist Villa)

Sunday, August 17th
10:00 - Athlete bike course familiarization

Monday, August 18th
10:00 - Women's Triathlon Competition



The International Triathlon Union will be providing full media services from both competitions. Please visit ITU's Olympic website at www.triathlon.org/olympics for more race info and highlights

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