A triathlon has three stages: running, cycling, and swimming. The given bar graph shows the stage the participants are at in a certain moment during the triathlon. How many participants are there in total?
Each of the bars shows a different event or stage: running, cycling, and swimming. The 𝑦-axis shows the number of participants. To find the total number of participants, we need to add together the number of participants in running, cycling, and swimming.
There were seven participants taking part in the running stage. There were five participants taking part in cycling. And 11 participants were swimming. Now, we need to add together these three totals. Seven plus five makes 12. 12 plus 11 equals 23. So there are 23 participants in total.