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The Sports of YOG – Endurance Sports

By EditorEvents - 23 July 2010 9:00 AM | Updated 16 September 2010

The Sports of YOG – Endurance Sports

It takes plenty of strength, stamina and speed to get through these sports. You’ll be left breathless by the end of it! See what the athletes competing in the endurance sports have to go through during the YOG. 



Not as simple as hopping on your bike and cycling away, the Cycling events at YOG are divided into four main events: BMX, Mountain Bike, Road Race and Time Trial and are competed in teams. Each team consists of three boys and one girls. The boys are required to compete in one discipline each – BMX, MTB and Time Trial) with the girls competing in all three. All three boys must also compete in the Road Race.

Did you know? Half of all the parts of a typical bicycle are in the chain.



Not for the faint-hearted, the triathlon for individuals includes a 750m swim in open water, a 20km cycle ride and a 5km run. The official timing includes the transition times between the different legs of the race. The winner is the first athlete to complete the entire course.

Did you know? Triathlons are relatively new, having been only introduced to the Olympics in 2000.





The modern day pentathlon involves fencing, swimming, running and shooting – the fifth discipline, riding, won’t be competed during the YOG. Pentathletes score points in each – the combined run/shoot event has a handicap start based on the total points from fencing and swimming. Each Pentathlete sets off at intervals that corresponds in seconds to the point difference between themselves and the athlete in front. The first one to cross the line win.

Did you know? The original pentathlon consisted of a foot race, wrestling, long jump, javelin and discus.




Lift a weighted bar above your head and hold it under control till you’re given a signal. Although it looks simple, there’s a lot of power, strength, speed, technique, flexibility, concentration and timing needed to produce good weightlifting results. The Men will compete in six bodyweight categories, while the Women will compete in five. The champion in each weight category is decided through the combined results of the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.

Did you know? Approximately 6,425kg of weightlifting equipment will be used.


Find out more about the star events (like athletics, gymnastics and swimming), the water sports, ball games, field games, combat sports and the alternative sports of the Youth Olympic Games!