The three triathlon races at the inaugural multi-sport European Championships will be held at Glasgow’s Strathclyde Country Park, which was also the venue for the triathlon during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
On that occasion, the triathlon was notable for the huge crowds packed into the Park and the excitement generated both on and off the course.
The domestic TV viewing audience in Britain alone reached 2.9 million viewers for the final event in 2014, the mixed relay team event.
The mixed relay, having definitely established its popularity with the public and competitor alike, will again be on the programme in Glasgow along with the traditional men’s and women’s individual events.
“This is a really exciting step forwards for our sport,” said European Triathlon Union President Renato Bertrandi.
“We can anticipate having not only a domestic European audience but viewers from around the world.
“Our European athletes will have the chance to compete on a challenging course and to be seen globally. Instead of a standalone event, we’ll be part of an engaging programme of sports, which will enable greater media coverage than ever before.”
Europe’s top triathletes have been devoted supporters of their European championships since they were established in 1985, and it is anticipated that many of the current stars of the sport will be present in Glasgow.
British hero and two-time defending Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee is also a three-time European champion while Switzerland’s 2012 Olympic champion and one of the all-time legends of the sport, Nicola Spirig, who also took the silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, has won the European title on no less than five occasions since her first victory in 2009.
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It will only be the second time that the European triathlon championships will be staged in Great Britain, the first being in Milton Keynes back in 1986, but a high level of local interest is expected in the wake of the impact the sport had at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the success of British triathletes at continental and global events in recent years.
Number of medal events: 3
Number of competition days: 3
Number of athletes: 180
First edition: 1985
In the summer of 2018 Europe’s top athletes will compete in the inaugural European Championships – an exciting new multi-sport event bringing together some of the continent’s leading sports.
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