Thursday, August 14, 2008

Athletes test out Olympic course


The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games triathlon countdown officially started yesterday 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

Tuesday, August 19th
10:00 - Men's Triathlon Competition

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