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Day seven was another golden one to enjoy. But could today deliver a
first track and field medal for Team GB? High hopes for Mo Farah
and Jessica Ennis. But, either way, sit back and enjoy a Super Saturday
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So much to look forward to today. Here's how it all pans out across
the day. We'll be live with the triathlon in
Hyde Park at 9am this morning. Great hopes there for Britain's
begin here on BBC One, from 11.30am. A chance of British medals again,
as the men's four look to make it four in a row for the flagship boat.
This morning, it's athletics on BBC Three, at 10am. Usain Bolt will be
on the track just after 12.30. Jess Ennis leads in the heptathlon,
she'll have the long jump and javelin to negotiate this morning.
Cycling has already delivered two British golds. Now, Ed Clancy will
hope to add omnium gold to the men's team pursuit title he won on
Friday. And then, later tonight, there's
the all important 800 metres for Jess Ennis, just after 8.30pm. And
Mo Farah goes in the men's 10,000 First for us, it's the women's
triathlon, where Helen Jenkins enters the race as the reigning
world champion. With Britain's Brownlee brothers also top
contenders in the men's event on Tuesday, it's well worth brushing
up on the ins and outs of what could be a successful sport for
Triathlon. A triathlon in a race divided into three different
disciplines. This third element is a 1,500m open
water swim. Contact is accepted unless it is considered to be
unfair for a deliberate attempt to impede. Competitors will look to
use slipstream to conserve energy. It can significantly improve
performance in this discipline and in the other disciplines.
A cycling, the transition period is he, in the hope of gaining an
advantage before a 40 kilometre bike ride. Specialist bicycles are
used, strong and extremely light, particularly important as any fault
in the equipment can finish the challenge. Athletes can cycle as a
large group and conserve energy with riders reaching speeds of over
30 miles per hour. Some riders may form a breakaway to get a head
start in the next phase. For the race is won and lost been
his final discipline, a 10 kilometre run. The first three to
cross the line will claim the medals.
Do if you would like to get involved in a live exports, more
information is on our website. That's how it all works. And here,
to help guide us through the race in the studio, is British
triathlete and four-time World Ironman champion, Chrissie
Wellington. It is an endurance event, what does
it take to win a gold medal? Triathlon is a demanding event, it
takes a considerable amount of time spent training and preparing.
Fortunately, Britain has really high medal hopes in both the
women's and men's. We are focusing on Helen Jenkins but it is a strong
team. Definitely. Helen has shown great ability to cope under high
pressure situations. She is double world champion and has shown great
form. A strong medal contender. does the team work. Vicky Holland
and Lucy Hall. Vicky is a strong athlete in her own right. Lucy Hall
is extremely fast, she will try to aim to get to the front of the
swimming pack, to help Helen go with her. Her role is that to have
a strong swimmer -- swim. Here they are, getting ready, at the side of
the Serpentine. They are in wet suits. The temperature in the
Serpentine has been fluctuating. In a triathlon, Olympic distance,
anything below 20 degrees mean they should wear wet suits. They give
added buoyancy. We will see a faster swim, but slower transition
because they need to take the wet suit off. It will also help the
weaker for Ms -- swimmers. Only another five minutes before
the race gets underway. So let's hear from Helen Jenkins herself.
How does the best triathlete in the world prepare herself for the
biggest race of her life? You want to treat it like any other race.
But there is a lot more going on around it, it is a lot more
important. But, it comes down to the same amount of distance, so
that is what I have to focus on. It is the same every race. She has
been here before, as Helen Tucker, she was reigning world champion
going into the Beijing Olympics but finished outside the top 20.
COMMENTATOR: Helen Tucker, disappointed, 21st position. Going
into Beijing, I was so happy to be there, and hadn't raced in the
previous year because of injury. I didn't have my best performance.
This time, it is different. I really want to win a medal, to
achieve what I think I can do. COMMENTATOR: Helen Jenkins will go
into the Olympics on a monster high. This time, they have built a team
around Helen, who can protect her before the run. Other teams have
used it in the past. I am confident we have prepared individually and
can execute a great race. Having that time together has helped and
motivated us. If it happens to be made crossing the line, they will
have helped me. The three of us are trying to win a medal for the
British triathlon. The 4th member of the team will be the huge crowd
cheering them on every inch of the way.
COMMENTATOR: Jenkins, cruising home, It is important to use the support
and carry us forward. We have to appreciate it. Let's make the most
of it. A beautiful setting in Hyde Park.
Helen Jenkins goes into this Olympic triathlon in a strong
position. She has had a string of great races, she won the test event
here in London last year, in front of an amazing home crowd. She had a
great race, she showed her incredible consistency across the
three disciplines. A very fast run. She has had a couple of strong
races this year including a win in San Diego in a packed field. She is
the one the others will be looking out for. There are 54 other
competitors. She is not the only athlete we want to watch. They will
all have different strengths at different stages of the triathlon.
The best triathlete, the most successful, are consistent across
all three disciplines. Definitely, there are other athletes who
excelled in swimming. You might not see them feature so strongly in the
bike. Because they can sit in packs, you might see some conserving their
energy, especially the faster runners. You might see stronger
cyclists making a break a way which will be exciting. Given it is a
technical course, seven laps. The breakaways could happen, you could
see packs of cyclists emerge. Thanks, Chrissie. A rainy start to
the day but hopefully it will be bright for the triathletes. They
begin with a 1,500m swim, then a 40 kilometre or cycle. Coming back
into the park for that 10 come at a run. -- 10km run.
Welcome to Hyde Park. It is packed here. He triathletes have just
walked past, lining up, almost ready to start. Today, we are
looking at Helen Jenkins, she has a great chance. A brilliant chance.
There are half a dozen other competitors who have a real chance
of beating her. There is no defending champion. The Australian
we should manage our expectations. We have good team tactics. The
plant is to push it as hard as possible on the swim, to get rid of
some of the really good runners. We have to make sure that the pack
A real test of endurance. Speaking to all three earlier this week,
they were saying, if anybody wants to get past Helen, they will have
to get past the other two. Lucy will swim as fast as she can. She
swims so fast. I fully expect to see her driving on and said bring
on. We will try to pick out some of the main players as they tackle
this 1.5 kilometre course. Chilly water in the Serpentine after a
miserable summer in England. It hasn't had a chance to warm up. We
have three distinct groups starting to form. They will not leave the
lake. It is a single lap swim. They will head in this direction before
turning back and then going back behind a pontoon where they started
before coming back out of the water on a ramp that takes them straight
into transition. From the USA, one of the Americans leading the way.
There are three Americans in the competition. They are wearing 52,
Bennett, 53, Croft, 54, Jorgensen. I think Sarah Groff will be up
there. And Jorgensen coming in with a tremendous run. The swim it will
be critical for her. Looking at these early stages, there is really
quite a big spread. I'm very, very surprised that the pack not being
closer together. That is Nicola Spirig, she is a real threat. She
has won two of the World Championship Series races over the
summer. She won in Austria and again in Madrid. She is one of the
big threats to Helen Jenkins's quest to win Olympic gold. The
swimming arrowhead begins to form. You can see it from the helicopter
shot. Nicola Spirig appears to be at the tip of that arrowhead at the
moment. I think we have got Lucy Hall from Great Britain coming
through. Lucy Hall has been put in as a domestic. Her running is not
the strongest, the British team appreciate that, but she is there
to help Helen Jenkins particularly and Vicky Holland through on the
swim and a bike. To help and protect. Lucy Hall is the youngest
competitor in the race. One of the oldest, Laura Bennett, is near the
front of this swim. She is from the USA. We do seem to have a big
spread already and it does surprise me. With wetsuits, they call it the
equaliser because of the buoyancy. That makes it a little bit easier
for the swimmers who are not quite so good to stay up with a top-class
winners. We have a breakaway of three athletes looking to forge
their way. It is very early and I just wonder if that sort of league
is going to be held or if the athletes chasing through are
prepared to let them go. Lucy Hall is leading them through, the
youngest competitor in the race, from Great Britain. 20 years, five
months and 15 days. 19 is there as well, lane eight Janssen from
Denmark. I think third places one off the back of an international
swimming career. No surprise to see her up there. Lucy Hall has been
told, let's take the swimmer out really fast and see if we can
stretch the pack. If we can do that, we will have a strong -- the strong
bikers and runners, hopefully the bridge a strategy may be to get
them disconnected early on. -- British strategy. Fay have rounded
the yellow inflatables on the far side of the lake. Do you can see
how many have come into the park to enjoy this competition. You can see
the Diana memorial fountain as well. 28 acres in total, the Serpentine.
Created in 1730. At some points it is 12 metres deep. We have a
breakaway group of four athletes. We know Lucy Hall is there. Lisa
Jensen as well. We are trying to get an identification for you. We
wonder if Lucy has been told... Number 49 is Pamela Oliveira. That
surprises me a little bit. We need an identification on the fourth
swimmer. The coaches talk about the critical distance going into
transition on to the bike of being around seven seconds. If you get a
small pack who can get away, if they work together, that seems to
be the critical time. With such a small group moving away and a huge
pack behind, that remains to be seen. Lucy Hall of Great Britain
leads the Olympic triathlon. There's a huge pack. This is where
injuries can happen. Accidents can happen. They can get hit by elbows
going around the tight turns. Everybody needs to watch out. The
swimmers in fourth and 5th are well positioned, they have clean water
and nobody around to trouble them. I think we are looking... If the
5th swimmer can make contact to get on the feet of the swimmer in front,
that will be drafting and that gives a significant benefit,
perhaps 15 or 20% less effort just to maintain the same speed with
somebody just creating that break in front. They are coming past and
in front of the Lansbury lido, which is a public swimming area. It
is close today, but people swim there every day every year. There
is a regular Christmas Day swim where some of the hardy members
dive in on December 25th every year. Claudia Rivas from Mexico is up
with the leaders and in good shape. They are going past the pontoon
where they dived to start the competition. They will head off in
the opposite direction before heading back towards the pontoon
for the exit. A fantastic sight. really is quite a dynamic swim.
There's obviously going to be no prisoners at all. A huge effort at
the front. We haven't yet got a tag on Helen Jenkins or Vicky Holland
from Great Britain, but equally, with his speed, even with the wet
suits, some delight Nicola Spirig, who has not had the greatest swims,
will be having a few thoughts about trying to close the gap. That will
make the start of the cycling section very, very interesting. We
will see a lot of positive effort as the chasers try to re-establish
contact. He coming pass the pontoon where it all began eight minutes to
go. -- ago. Starting to tackle the second half of this 1.5, to swim.
They will leave the park in today's Olympic triathlon. The Olympic test
it then was won by Helen Jenkins and Alistair Brownlee. They will go
down constitution Hill towards Buckingham Palace to complete seven
laps of 6.1 kilometres each. A slightly longer ride than normal.
43 kilometres in total. We now have seven swimmers who have gone away
from the main pack. I keep emphasising this, but his is
significant. One of the other things we need to take into account
is one of these huge difference between triathlon swimming and
open-water swimming and a pool swimming, the need to look up.
Coming past the red boil a few seconds ago, one of the sinners, I
think Sarah Groff, she's one right into the water boy. -- she swum.
The cat the crowds in Hyde Park. 10 deep in places. Hoon everybody
trying to get a viewpoint. No tickets required to take position
in the park to watch this event. The Serpentine will also be used
for the open-water swimming. That is on Thursday and Friday this week.
The women's on Thursday and the men's on Friday. A good chance for
Great Britain with Kerri-Anne Payne. I think this has almost gone back a
few years where we have people absolutely committed to getting
away early. So often now, since triathlon at became draft legal, 18
years ago, we have seen groups establish themselves early on and
almost a reluctance to lead. This is the Olympics and things are
different. People are prepared to put themselves on the line. He
three in front -- 5 in front and a chase pack coming back. They have
created a significant gap already between themselves, the seven
leaders, and the chasing pack. It looks like we are beginning to get
the seven leaders coming together rather than two Yeading groups.
inflatable. Coming through his No. 15, Noriko Adachi of Japan. She has
done very well on the Asian series of eight races, but hasn't
established herself at world level. Every race is so different. No. 19
is Lisa Jensen, still working hard. Good news for Great Britain, Lucy
Hall, No. 8, the crowd is getting behind her. She is in for her
swimming and cycling strings. -- be holding second place. Number 49.
Pamela Oliveira. The early leaders still there. Still waiting for a
sign of Helen Jenkins and Vicky Holland. Several of the other big
names we would expect to be fighting haven't really made a
position yet. Lucy Hall from Great Britain leads the way, the youngest
competitor in the field. She is swim that opens the women's
triathlon in Hyde Park. Watching in the studio with Nige is Chrissie
Wellington. Explain what we are seeing in the opening stage. It is
quite interesting. Lucy was brought into the team as what we call a
domestic. Her role was to work for Helen Jenkins. We expected her to
lead the swim, but we would have hoped that Helen would have gone
with her so that she would have been at in the first pack and then
have an advantage on the bike. I can't see that Helen has made it
into the first pack. Off although Lucy Hall is right up there, she is
not looking to win this triathlon? I don't expect that she has any
ambitions of trying to win the race. She was brought into the team as
someone to assist Helen and getting her into a good position in the
swim and then onto the bike. To set the pace? Yes, and set Helen up for
a strong bike and a strong run. is setting the pace, but not
knowing whether Helen is anywhere near her. Absolutely. You are
relatively anonymous in a wet suit. Because she is leading, she will
not know who is behind her. She will be hoping she has been able to
take Helen wither, but it doesn't look like she is in that lead pack.
Let's go back to the commentators. The closing stages of the swim. 1.5
kilometres in the Serpentine. They are heading back towards that
pontoon. Lucy Hall is leading the way. There are plenty of others
battling for position. Jessica Harrison has just gone around the
yellow inflatable. No. 8, Lucy Hall, in front. What we tend to see if we
can have a group of three off-fore first out of the water, but as the
bike develops, we tend to see a big pack forming. We do, but I just
think this is a very, very different race. To have a loose
group, a leading group, getting away by a hugely significant margin
puts a totally doomed -- a new dimension on the race. We spoke
about Lucy Hall being in the British team as a domestic. It is a
modern sport and Malcolm Brown, the Olympic performers director, was
talking about this earlier this week. We are looking to get medals
for Great Britain. This is going to put Lucy Hall in an invidious
position. If Helen Jenkins were to beat them back in the lead group,
that is fantastic. Lucy will have to make a huge decision if Helen is
in the second group. What does she do? Does she try to slow down the
leading pack or is she going to be forced along if the other athletes
are working hard. She has to make a huge decision about whether to drop
back and get with Helen or to slow down the pack, or possibly stay
with the leading group and put herself into medal contention.
would be very surprised if Helen Jenkins isn't in that leading dozen.
seen her yet. A group of seven, chasing Lucy Hall. We haven't had
confirmation that Helen is without front group but we will get a full
check on the positions. You can see the exit ramp taking them onto the
transition area. We will get a full check of positions, as they exit
the water. You will be able to spot the contenders. No number 13 in the
triathlon, a total of 55, numbers 1-56 and the competition today.
We have had confirmation, it leads to possibly three we are not sure
disciplines. The transition is critical. A race has been on -- 1
makes the first transition or difficult. -- more difficult.
Difficult it adds an extra element today, the fact that the water end
the serpent 10 -- in the Serpentine the temperature has gone down to 19.
These women is almost over, 18 minutes. Lucy Hall, of Great
Britain, has led from the start. She will be first to exit the water.
Coming up to the ramp now. She starts to undo her wet suit,
getting ready, first out of water. Followed closely by Line Jensen.
competition. Jessica Harrison, now racing for France. Lucy Hall has
already arrived at her bike, her helmet is on, the issues are
already kit into the pedals. until they get to that line. Helen
Jenkins is at the front of the chasing pack. No, it is not Jenkins,
it is Lisa Norden from Sweden. Jenkins is in 10th position, in the
Helen Jenkins. Nicola Spirig. And Gwen Jorgensen, one of the
strongest runners. That gap between the lead pack, it puts a different
injuries, still finding her way Nice to see that Vicky Holland is
there as well. Both working hard, at the top end of this pack. They
have to close the gap. The first few led out of water by Lucy Hall.
We will join the leaders now. They are on their way through the park,
they will exit at Hyde Park Corner for the first time, head down
Constitution Hill, by the war memorials. Around the Victoria
Memorial, then head back to the park. A total of 43 kilometres.
Helen Jenkins, leading the chase pack. There is someone committed to
getting back on to the front end. Some people still coming out of
transition. Helen Jenkins, with Vicky Holland
from Great Britain, alongside her, at the top end of the big chase
pack. A group of four at the front. I think we are going to see some
hard work at the front end, they want to stay away. One of the
Italians making the running at the front of the field. Anna Maria
Maaetti from Italy. Lucy Hall, in that lead pack. Content to stay at
the back. She hasn't gone to the front yet. There we are. She is
checking to see where Helen is. She has made a commitment clear, she is
there to help the other two. She has stated, I am not chasing at the
front. One of the big dangers is Bent, she may be the oldest
competitor but she has had medals at world level 3 or four times.
Going out through the memorial gates. Spending some time on Park
lane. Dozens of expensive cars lined up in front of the hotels.
Some of our wealthy guests from the Middle East liked to spend summer
first time, the leading group. Under the Wellington Arch, planned
in 1825, to commemorate Britain's victories in the Napoleonic wars.
Constitution Hill. Buckingham Palace gardens on the right.
Jessica Harrison, France, is on largest private gardens are on the
right. They will come down towards the memorial, that is the distance
between the leaders and the chasing pack.
22 in the chasing group. Lucy Hall not doing any work at the front,
checking behind. Is that Flora Duffy? It looks like it. Out in
front, Lucy Hall of Great Britain We saw Lucy Hall come up first,
from transition. She was very hesitant, she kept looking at the
big screen to find Helen, she was very hesitant. That is her job, she
is there as a domestique, to push the swim as hard as she could and
bring Helen with her. Helen hadn't made the lead group. She has done
half her job, to make the swim as way through. We have had a
Brazilian faller. This lead group will get caught. The riders will
have to ride hard. Lucy will not work, she wants the other athletes
to push on as hard as they can. keeps checking to find where Helen
is, she wants Helen to catch her. There are some very fast runners in
the field. Gwen Jorgensen from the USA it is a fast runner. If it is
an easy race were they run, a ride around together, Gwen Jorgensen has
a good chance of winning. She needs to come off the bike in pieces.
The lap one of the seven on the On the wake up this slight incline,
returning to the park, back up constitutional Hill. --
this. It looks as if that early lead group is being caught. However,
we haven't got a huge group chasing up together. The speed of the first
part of the chasing group is very fast indeed. They are dropping
people off the back. We have seen a split in this field. This is the
Olympic Games. They are forcing some of the athletes to drop. Line
Jensen has been working very hard. We seem to have that working group
at the front. We haven't yet seen Lucy Hall going at the front, we
know why. Laura Bennett for the United States. We need to see a
concerted Chase by the big group behind to close up. These early
leaders will not give in easily. can confirm that Oliveira has
fallen, the only Brazilian in the field. She was clearly shaken as
she attempted to get back on to her bike. Harrison macro of France on
the righthand side. No sign behind Andrea Hewitt from New Zealand. Two
of the pre-race favourites working hard. We have to remember, it is
still early days. We are almost putting pressure on the athletes.
At field has spread right the way across. They have all come through
between the leaders and the chasing for the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland's number one. We mentioned Flora Duffy earlier. She is in that
group as well. She is looking down at her bike. Such discipline from
Lucy Hall. The pressure from the other four to get her to do work at
the front must be huge and she is sticking to her guns. It is the
programme that has been set out for her. She is there to help Helen
Jenkins. Lucy is sitting and hoping that Helen will be coming through.
I am surprised that Vicky Holland was a minute through. We have got a
mechanical failure for Duffy of Bermuda. She is in trouble and her
chance of a medal has gone. That is a great shame. I was talking to her
team manager earlier this week. She had a bad race in Beijing and she
has worked so hard to get back. To be forced out with mechanical
problems will be absolutely huge for her. The chasing group. About
12 or 15 of them. Helen Jenkins is at the front, shouting instructions
to the others, giving them encouragement. She knows there's a
time difference to close. Now they have to start working as a team to
try to close it. Jackson of Australia lingering at the back of
the group. At the back of the chasing group is Lucy Ball from
Great Britain. She was first out of the water. They are approaching
Hyde Park Corner. Lucy Hall is the youngest athlete in the race.
Jackson is just a few days older than Lucy. You can't rule her out,
Jackson is such a strong runner. She has done amazingly well in the
junior ranks. Now they will head out once again through the Queen
Mother memorial gates. They turn right onto Hyde Park. A little bit
of time spent on the main roads of central London, down towards the
palace and Constitution Hill. Heading that way it for the second
time to set up the halfway stage of this second lap of seven on the
bike. Three things came through. Laura Bennett is gesticulating to
the others, let's do some work. On the chasing pack, Helen Jenkins
doing exactly the same. The third thing that caught my eye, Emma
Jackson... Very, very happy to sit at the back of that pack. If she
can get through, if they can take her through, she feels she has a
big chance going into the final discipline. You can see the
magnificent statue on top of the Wellington Arch, Place there in
1912, designed by Adrian Jones based on a similar original that
caught the eye it of Edward the Seventh at the Royal Academy
exhibition. It is a magnificent Olympic triathlon. Without Helen
Jenkins, that is unexpected. They can't pass the Victoria Memorial,
in front of Buckingham Palace. -- London. Within the park itself, it
was solid. Dozens of dozens of people who wanted to be there. I
think triathlon has caught the imagination of the British public,
with Helen Jenkins and Alastair and Jonathan Brownlee, the two
Yorkshire-based boys who have absolutely taking the World
Triathlon Series by storm. Both world champions in their own right
and both hot favourites in the men's field. But still that Packer
five staying away. The discipline shown by Rebecca -- Lucy Hall,
there must be huge pressure on her. Another crash! We talked about the
dampness. The Polish Rider has gone down. Was that the same place?
Chiswick of Poland has gone down. Goodness me. Jackson had to bypass
the faller. That is no coincidence. You don't have two athletes of this
calibre crashing in the same place. There has to be Greece on the
ground. If that gets fed back to the pack, we will have to do
something. I'm not sure if the marshals are able to put something
down. That is significant and that is very, very unfortunate for the
athletes concerned. The leading group, which contains Vicky Hall, I
now just the handful of seconds clear of the chasers. Lisa Norden
is leading through, Nicola Spirig as well. Is that a sigh of relief
on Helen's face? Sarah Groff and Emma Jackson, we've seen Sarah
Groff duelling with Vemic -- Helen Jenkins many times before. I still
feel that Emma Jackson will be a threat. She's a tremendous runner,
cross country, five kilometres, 10 kilometres. If she has saved her
legs on this middle disciplined, she could be a player. Up into Park
lane again, passing the Dorchester Hotel at the end of Park lane. But
they will go back into the park via the Queen Mother memorial gates. It
will not be long before the group of five at the front becomes a much
larger entity with the chasers closing in. Lucy Hall, Jensen,
Adachi, Oliveira and Rivas. We have another one down. It looks like the
same point. No. 6 is Sophia Kovacs from hungry. -- Hungary. More of a
problem for Kathy Tremblay of Canada. Payback will skit from
Kovacs. -- A back wheel skid. More she had some issues with her chain.
Whether she will be able to get back on the bike, I don't know.
group is now coming together. The early leaders had what I thought
was a significant gap of 30 seconds. That is Gillian Sanders from South
Africa. As a youth she was tremendous. She left the sport and
qualified as a lawyer and has been working in London. The Olympics
caught her imagination and she made a comeback three years ago and has
made the South African team. Nicola Spirig featuring again, so strong.
Two weeks ago she did a 17.3 event. Almost double this Olympic distance
event. She won there. You sometimes wonder if that is the right thing
to do, just two weeks before, but it is obviously working for her.
Helen Jenkins is taking a breather for the first time. Lucy Hall looks
back. Now I'm going to do my job. I'm sure we will see those two
getting together. They have just crossed the bridge over the
Serpentine. Lucy Hall is constantly looking over her shoulder,
searching out Helen Jenkins. She is employed as a domestique, debt aid
Helens quest to win a first Olympic medal of any colour in triathlon.
Looking back over the history of the three Olympics, the early
favourite that has won was Emma Snowsill four years ago. It has
always been a surprise in the men's and women's. Simon Whitfield, going
into Sydney, one of the younger athletes, and got disconnected on
the bike and the run, but close that gap brilliantly. I think he
will be the oldest man in the men's race in a couple of days. Her Len
Jenkins is wearing Number Ten. That is the number we need to look for.
She also has Jenkins emblazoned Ireland, hard work for her as she
comes through transition for the second time. She is in the little
group of five trying to get involved with the leading players.
The other non- -- the other one we need to look at his Daniela Ryf
from Switzerland. Lucy Hall has got her head down. Let's see what we
can do to make the first British medal in Olympic triathlon history.
We have a big group formed as expected. Lucy Hall has encouraged
Jenkins to pull up alongside her. You will see 43 on her shoulder,
Nicola Spirig. The swifts -- Swiss athlete has won two World
Championship Series events. Number 31 goes to the front, Vodickova. He
Spirig will be happy to sit behind and absorb the little slipstream
she has been provided with by the Czech rider. Nicola Spirig does now
moved to the front of the field and the two British riders are keeping
out of trouble, tucked in behind the leaders. I think we have to
look at one of the similarities between Spirig and Jenkins. They
are both capable of a tremendous run after a hard by exception. At
the moment we are looking at the bike, an opportunity for the legs
to get refreshed. I think Helen and Nicola Spirig will be more than
happy if the pace picks up. I can even see them both being prepared
to put the hammer down at the front. She has been prepared to do it
before. I'm convinced she has the running strength to run well after
the bike. Gillian Sanders is now up in the lead. The Polish Rider has
done well to pick herself up. Oliveira, another one who has got a
little bit of road rash as well. Holland is the third of the British
triathletes involved today. Vicky Holland from Great Britain has some
work to do. Another look and one or two casualties. Number 27 Going
Down, Emma Moffatt of Australia. Joined by another 24. One of the
Italians skidding across the tarmac. Kitties carnage on the wet roads of
West London this morning. -- it is carnage. You can almost see the
sense of resignation. We expected Anne Haug to be up there. Gillian
Sanders as well. Helen Jenkins, yellow helmet, in 5th or 6th
position at the moment. They are coming in front of the Victoria
Memorial, in front of the palace, unveiled in 1911 by George V, who
apparently was knighted on the spot as soon as the King saw his work.
We have a problem for one of the Americans. That is going Jorgensen.
I thought she was going to be a big feature on the run. She is going to
have to work so hard to re- establish contact. How many crashes
have we seen? It seems the most ever. They have gone down lap after
lap. I am not sure if she had a crash or a mechanical problem of
some kind. Either way, she lost her place and now she is working very
hard to regain it. She is a very, very lean athlete. This weir might
have been tough for her. A look inside the inner courtyard of
Buckingham Palace with its magnificent gardens stretching
behind the palace. The front of the Palace was built with Portland
stone from Dorset, where the Olympic sailing events are
Sanders hasn't taken the lead yet, but seems very happy in second or
third place. Spirig looking over her shoulder to see if anybody is
going to come through. There's a whole tactical element in triathlon.
They try to get away on the swim, that didn't work. Now they are back
together. Lovely to see Helen Jenkins there. They are climbing
the hill going past the Wellington Arch. The British pair of Hall and
gone so far? The chase pack has caught the front pack from the swim.
I think we will civvy medal contenders in this front pack. This
will favour of the strong cyclists. They are talking to one another, to
push the pace. The strong sightless will know they will still have a
fast ride and a good, strong run afterwards. Helen Jenkins has
caught up. She is in a great position. Lucy Hall will be hoping
to shelter her a little bit. So that Helen can take a breather. It
is interesting how many crashes we have seen, slightly worrying on a
technical course, so it was to be expected. With the complicating
factor of the rain, it makes for difficult conditions. The athletes
will be acutely aware of bike handling. It is not difficult in
terms of terrain, it has a lot of sharp turns. This is not
challenging in terms of the fact they are not too many hills, it is
definitely technically challenging, over 100 corners. In Athens, it was
an extremely difficult course, with a very tough Hill. Another crash
happening there. It is really unfortunate. Once you have gone
down, it is very difficult to stay in contention. Overall, the British
riders, particularly Helen Jenkins, in a good place. She is in a good
position at the moment, exactly where she would want to be. We also
have the rowing finals coming up. 11:30am, including the men's four.
Athletics, up on BBC Three, right now. That includes Jessica Ennis in
the heptathlon. Usain Bolt will be on the track inside the Olympic
Stadium later on. Back now to the commentary team for
the Women's Triathlon. Lucy Hall, Lisa Norden. Helen
Jenkins is also with the leading pack, wearing the helmet, the
yellow helmet. The world champion, the winner of the test event. This
haven't seen her feature much. For the first time, we have seen her
beginning to move up, in the middle of the lead pack. Roberts, from
South Africa. She seems to be covered in blood. There are huge
issues, because of the road conditions.
The chasers have just gone through transition. Svenja Bazlen of
Germany could be a threat today, at the front of this group, trying to
front to try to lead out Anne Haug. She is saying, OK, we have seen
Lucy Hall, coming up. She is there to do a job. Working 100% for Helen
Jenkins to get into medal contention. I wonder if this is the
chairman's job, to bring Anne Haug up, who will feature. -- the
domestique, she has tracked the German, now she is looking for
Jenkins. Svenja Bazlen is trying to this, she is covering everything.
She will do 100% for the British team. This is a fascinating race.
With triathlon, we look at the three disciplines, the different
circumstances. But this race, a new dimension. This race is totally
open at the moment. The leaders, leaving the park for the third time,
down to Wellington Arch. Down the hill, past Buckingham Palace
Gardens, around the Victoria Memorial again. The crowds have
come out in force, Union Jacks everywhere, everyone taking care
with the terms. The leaders come through the Wellington Arch for the
third time, to be greeted by I wasn't sure if that 32nd gap
would be closed but it has come together really quickly. We have
the attacks at the front. Svenja Bazlen looks to be going again, I
have to question the tactics. A third time but she hasn't managed
to get away. What will this achieved? Is this tuatara -- to
tire them out? The interesting battle will be between Nicola
Spirig and Jenkins on the run. Jenkins is the world champion. She
didn't race in Madrid, which Nicola Spirig won.
You have to bring Lisa Norden into contention, the Swedish athlete,
who has shown her capability of running strongly. This section,
attacks at the front, backing off, it seems to be covered every time.
You have to think about the frustration of individuals, teams
who have a plan. We are halfway a terrific place to watch the race.
You can go up and watch the race unfold. You can see Big Ben in the
background, St Stephen's Tower as it is officially called. The
leaders, going one way. We will Jenkins, with that yellow helmet.
Bright sunshine now above this park in west London. The roads are dried
out but they are still dangers. We have seen so many crashes in the
early stages here. They have come back up towards the park.
Nicola Spirig, in second position, for Switzerland. The pace is being
generated by one of the New Zealanders, taking her turn at the
front. Lucy Hall and Helen Jenkins are playing it safe in 7th and 8th
position. A great position to be. Able to
cover anything if there is a surprise attack but staying out of
trouble and conserving energy. Helen did a vast amount of work
early on. They were 30 seconds down, Lucy wasn't the lead pack, trying
to slow things down. The other form acrobatics wasn't having any of
that. A huge amount of work done by Helen Jenkins. Roberts, Juri Ide,
Vicky Holland. This has to be the chase pack coming through. We are
not making any inroads coming into this.
Back with the leaders and another injection of pace from Svenja
Bazlen from Germany. Svenja Bazlen is the king behind as if to say,
does anybody want to have a go? Her first move was covered by Lucy Hall.
Trying to protect Helen Jenkins. Nicola Spirig currently in second
position, one of the big favourites. The winner of two World
Championship series events. One racer we haven't seen his Erin
Densham, who won in Hamburg and at the start of the world Gebbie sheet
series. She might just be covering up, keeping out of trouble, waiting
for a chance to strike. As they early on, but she has established
herself in the leading pack. She is conserving her energy for the run.
She has a tremendous pedigree, she came through as a leading junior.
She had some issues with health and injury but has fought her way back.
I would put her in the top medal contenders. Andrea Hewitt from
using and, I haven't seen her at the front of his pack. The lady who
has done a lot of work, Nicola Spirig, she is very tough. She is
put in a self on the line. Whether she is trying to force the pace. I
am not sure. She is making a huge One of the main contenders. She
beat Jenkins into second, in Sydney. In Santiago, the result was
reversed. Jenkins came first. -- She had a surprising swim. I would
have expected her to be in the top 10. I wonder if it was colder than
it appeared and maybe the athletes the chasers is almost two minutes.
The extraordinary thing is that the Brazilian, Oliveira, the first of
the fallers, with the scars of battle to show, is with that chase
group. The camera mounted on the front
wheel of Roberts, the south African. Darren Smith has five athletes,
Roberts is another one. Each of those athletes from a different
country. They are having a great impact, they work and travel
together. A great impact on this particular race. These are the
first out of the water, and has ridden well, protecting Helen
Jenkins through the first half of his ride. She has done brilliantly.
She was in that invidious position, coming out with the lead pack, and
made herself known that she was not doing any work. Lucy Hall goes to
the front. Who covers her? At Nicola Spirig once again. Helen
Jenkins in fourth place. This is interesting. Has Lucy been told if
there's a fairly big gap, maybe her work ethic has to be to try to take
the speed up, give Helen a loose ride coming in. Helen can run well
from a tough bike section. As can Nicola Spirig. The Wellington Arch
with the four horses on top. Wonderful piece of architecture.
Down Constitution Hill again. That obtained its name in the 17th
century from King Charles's habit of taking a constitutional walk on
the hill. It was the scene of three and -- assassination attempts
against Queen Victoria in 1840, 1842 and 1849. In 1850, the former
Conservative prime minister Robert Peel was thrown from his horse on
Constitution Hill, by hard Park corner. He died a few days later.
Sarah Groff and Emma Jackson sitting very comfortably at the
rear end of this lead pack. Conserving their legs. We've seen
Sarah Groff at World Championship level, we know how strongly she can
run, particularly in tough conditions. The weather seems to be
getting better now, the rudest drying out. I think this is an open
race at the moment. The road hasn't dried up very well up here, it is
shaded by the trees and it is still damp in places. We have seen a
number of fallers at this stage of the race and they are taking extra
care coming towards the Victoria Memorial. The gold figure on top
signifiers victory. Another 25 minutes on the bike and then we are
going into the third discipline. We are going to have a lot of athletes
in contention unless we see a really big attack on the last three
laps. I think we will have 20 athletes in conjecture and.
contention. The chasing group making their way towards the palace.
Going through Duke of Wellington -- Duke of Wellington Place. Nice to
see it free of traffic. So many people enjoying this Olympic event.
Almost a slowing down with the athletes saying OK, we've got our
position, is anybody prepared? Emma Jackson, one of the younger
athletes, second youngest, but a tremendous runner. Back with the
leaders. There's Helen Jenkins wearing Number Ten. Two in front of
her is Lucy Hall. They are both wearing yellow helmets. Nicola
Spirig is just left of screen. The German is still pushing hard at the
front of the field. She is trying to increase the pace generated by
the front group as they come around, heading back towards the park. Back
towards transition. The 43 kilometres of this bike course come
and go quickly. On this middle Saturday of the London 2012 Olympic
Games. The men's triathlon will follow the same course on Tuesday.
Another athlete having a strong race is Gillian Sanders. We
mentioned her earlier, she was a great junior and then stopped and
pursued her profession, qualifying as a lawyer and based in London.
When London got the Olympic Games, it focused her imagination and
dedication and she decided to go for it. We get used to some British
athletes going to tough South Africa to train and the Sun, and we
have a South African athlete coming to work in London. She said she
trains here because it is tougher. She has proved that today. She has
been holding 5th or 6th place and right the way through the by
in Beijing, she was fourth. Helen Jenkins, on this last lap and a
half, she seems to have been very content to back off a little, back
in 6th of 7th place. Maybe she's thinking that she needs to back off
a little bit. Back in the park, bright sunshine. It is hotting up
in the Olympic triathlon. STUDIO: We've been keeping an eye
on the triathletes. I've just been speaking to Todd Leckie, the
reserve for the men's race on Tuesday. What we have noticed is
the cheeky girls sitting at the back of the lead group.
literally the cheeky girls! Emma Jackson is a particularly good
runner. Sarah Groff is sitting in the back. The risk you run by
sitting at the back is if there's a crash, you get held up or you might
even get taken down. Not a safe place to sit. But they are
conserving energy. A lot of energy. I would watch out for her and
Densham. And Nicola Spirig. Even Andrea Hewitt. When they get on to
the run, that is what we will really notice, which ones will go
out hard. It is a hard and fast run, it will be somebody like Dench and
he will be Helen's biggest threat. If there it -- if it is a slow run,
Lisa Norden is a very good sprint finisher. All of the medals will
come from that lead pack. We have been talking for while and the
chasing pack are not there. Vicky Holland, her races over.
Pretty much. She will not feature at the front. As soon as they get
at the running, we will have an idea of how it will go. I imagine
they will push it as hard as they can out of transition. Lucy Hall's
job with two laps to go... She has done a fantastic job. She will have
to bring Helen in safely into the second transition. Yes, Helen will
try to get to the front. Two laps according to plan for the British
triathletes. Lucy Hall, No. 8. Number 43, and Nicola Spirig. 31 is
Vodickova of the Czech Republic. We are back with the chasing group.
There's Vicky Holland with the chasing group. They are coming
through transition now. About 2:15 behind the leaders. We've really
are getting towards the end, just over 15 minutes to go on the bike.
The way the race has developed, I think we are going to have a war of
contention on the run. It is the Olympics, the athletes will be
prepared to put themselves on the line right from the start. Nicola
Spirig will go out hard. Helen Jenkins will cover everything. Emma
Jackson and Erin Densham from Australia will be prepared to
follow everything. We know just Harrison will go for it,
particularly on the first part of the hunt -- run. If she can make a
breakaway, I think she could be a feature. There's the lady who I
think will make a huge impact, Nicola Spirig from Switzerland. So
strong. As a junior, her weakness was swimming, but she has worked on
that. She has worked with a new coach and come on. I think she will
be a real threat to Helen Jenkins. We said it was an open race, but
there's half a dozen athletes in this lead group, or who have the
potential to take gold. 42 is Daniela Ryf from Switzerland, on
her own. Lucy Hall has just kicked away at the front of the main group.
Daniela Ryf was selected by Switzerland to do exactly the same
job as Lucy Hall. Her job was to protect Nicola. We've seen with
both teams that things have not panned out as they would have
thought. Just coming past at the house, top of your screen, and then
they had left underneath the archer on the right. There's the Royal
Artillery Memorial. Further to the right is the Australian War
Memorial. The New Zealand war memorial is also in this park. On
the left is the memorial to Bomber Command, which was unveiled in June
this year by Her Majesty the Queen commemorating lives of more than
50,000 Allied airmen. In the lead pack we have single lining.
Somebody has gone to the front and we are now beginning to chase. We
knew Lucy Hall was up there. She is looking behind. We will start
getting some pace going into this. Densham, Emma Jackson from
Australia. Both very happy to sit back. It looks like we have an
attack from one of the Slovakians on the left-hand side. That has
gone awry. We still have this big pack together. They are now three
or four abreast again and people will now be very, very reluctant to
go to the front and make a lone break. If they do that, their legs
will be tired and they will not be able to carry on into the 10
kilometre run. They are in front of a palace again. We are back with
the chasing group. These are the leaders. Hall and Jenkins. McIlroy
of New Zealand. For leaders are beginning to stretch slightly.
Taking care on this left-hander which has seen a number of
casualties. Laura Bennett is back at the front now. She did so much
work earlier on the bike after a tremendous swim, then seemed to
back off a little bit. Now, with less than two laps to go, just
prepared to go to the front again. Laura is a very, very strong run-up.
I'm not sure if she can maintain this sort of pace over 14
kilometres of a hard bike ride. First five kilometres, she will be
there. Maybe as the race progresses, it is going to be quite tough for
her. We will have to wait and see. A great athlete, a long career,
still in contention. The leaders will once again spot the chasers as
they go in opposite directions. The leaders going up Constitution Hill,
for chasers going in the opposite of Gillian Sanders. Andrea Hewitt
on the right hand side. I think the leading contenders are beginning to
look around at each other, checking out who's there, has anybody
dropped off? We thought Johnson would be a very, very strong runner,
but with that mechanical problem, she's no longer in the leading pack.
The athletes will be very, very aware of that and they will know,
almost within the second, the capabilities of the athletes around
them. Back towards the park. Now Fortes -- their thoughts are on the
arrival in transition. In a little while, the change from the bike to
the run. They have a 10 kilometre run coming up. Four 2.5 kilometre
loops around the park. They don't leave the park during the run.
Jackson and Sarah Groff seem to have taken out a season ticket on
these positions in the pack, following everybody through.
Reluctant to take the lead and why should they. Lucy Hall, off the
front, it seems to be picking up the pace a little bit, I'm
wondering if this is pre-planned by the British team. The amount of
time isn't important in transition. What is important is giving
yourself that little bit of room so you will not be hindered by the
other athletes. It gets very, very busy in there. The foot will be
taken out of the shoes, they will be cycling the last couple of
hundred barefoot. There's Helen Jenkins. Are we going to seek a
over, huge discussions. Over one lap to go but we seem to have an
injection of pace. Erin Densham covering. Gilly Sanders, what a
race she is having. There are plans being hatched. Lucy saying, what
you want me to do? Do you want me to lead you up or do you want me to
protect you? If you are joining us, a recap. Lucy Hall of Great Britain
was first out of the water after 1,500m in the Serpentine. She, and
five others, set off with about 30 seconds advantage over the chasing
group out of the water. That small group then group into a sizable
group who you are now seeing crossing the bridge over the
Serpentine, heading on their way back out on lap six. Within that
group are the main contenders, Helen Jenkins, Nicola Spirig, Erin
Densham, Mariko Adachi, Lisa Norden of Sweden, Sarah Groff of America.
Emma Jackson also, one of the contenders. Nicola Spirig is the
winner of two competitions at World Championship level. She is one of
the main threat to Helen Jenkins. There are an awful lot of variables.
One of the main things has been the wet surface which has claimed a
number of casualties. It is wide open. Nothing has been decided. We
have lost a few with mechanical figures -- problems, and crashes.
Helen Jenkins is in contention. 7th position. Nicola Spirig coming out
of that corner. Looking to see if Haug. Still with a time gap of over
Holland among them, the third of the British contenders. Lucy Hall
is still at the top of the leader board. She is the youngest
competitor in the race today. Also in that lead group, Laura Bennett,
one of the oldest competitors. There was huge controversy end this
selection process and M playing -- of employing a domestique. We have
seen this in the French road race. A relatively new thing in the
triathlon. We saw it in Beijing in the men's triathlon. Tactics well
employed to work. It is relatively new, still some uncertainty. A lack
of knowledge among athletes, a sense of unfairness. But, it seems
to be working. Lucy Hall has done a magnificent job for Great Britain
the women. Nicola Spirig, after that initial push, has backed off.
Andrea Hewitt has been content to stay near the back, Gilly Sanders,
shadowing Erin Densham. Vendula Frintova, a consistent performer.
She has been happy to stay at the back. Bent has done an enormous
sure of these left and right-handed turns. Under the arch again, down
hill, but it is an incline. The only climb of any description in
the competition. Just beginning to approach Hyde
Park, on to serpent heard -- Serpentine Road, then into the
transition and the final discipline where we will seek an explosion.
There will be a fast read-out on the run, everybody will be trying
to cover it. In the first couple of kilometres, we will see people
trying to break the other athletes and get a way, to get into a real,
honest foot race. In this six Olympic races, we have had one Prix
race favourite to win. Is that going to happen again? Everyone has
been saying Helen Jenkins. She is one of the pre-race favourites. The
pressure is there. It is an open race, ladies and gentlemen, and we
will see something very special on Buckingham Palace, the building
visitors' most want to see when opportunity to get some liquid in.
Looking over. No huge injection of pace. A red flag going up, to be
aware that the road becomes narrower. People reluctant to take
the lead. But they don't want to stay at the back, so we are seeing
that spread. People changing direction, juggling for position.
Nicola Spirig does not want to get away. Svenja Bazlen has been
aggressive on this ride. Getting herself into a good position.
Everyone at still in contention. No one making a serious move to get
group. 22 with ideas of taking an Olympic medal, as they come past
Olympic transportation system. Around that left hand corner, you
can see the athletes spreading, no one wants to take the risk of
crashing out on one of the last bid terms. Looking for some space in
front. By acting into the park. -- Back
competitor is with the chase group. Another burst of speed from the
front, courtesy of Svenja Bazlen, of Germany, she has done this a
dozen times, trying to move the pace forward.
Looking for some open space in transition. It won't make a huge
difference but it may give her more space. You can see the athletes
bending down, very shortly, they will be getting their feet out of
the shoes, it saves time in transition. The rules, they have to
make sure all of their equipment goes into that little box, to keep
a clean field of play. Then it will ride. And Nicola Spirig is leading
-- red line. They get a rapturous goes out of transition. Now they
have 10 kilometres, 10,000m, to run, to decide the Olympic medals, in
the London Triathlon, 2012. A group of 23 will shortly begin to spread,
as the stronger runners come to the front. And the weaker of runners
get left behind, it is all about to be decided, we then Hyde Park. --
within Hyde Park. Helen Jenkins is in 6th position at this stage. Now,
she moves on to the shoulder of Andrea Hewitt with Lisa Norden in
front. Getting herself in the perfect position.
Lucy Hall, great job for Great Britain. You told me not to get
emotional! Anja Dittmer, in her 4th Olympic Games for Germany. Now we
winner from the chase group make her way up the field. And a
challenge for a top ten position. Riveros Diaz it is a strong
contender, she has finished in their position in the Madrid World
Championship series. She has a lot of work to do. We will keep an eye
on her progress. Leaving transition with an awful lot of work to do, to
challenge for Olympic success today. An indication of how much the speed
Jenkins, Nicola Spirig, Lisa Norden. Is that Erin Densham? Lucy Hall has
been a solid worker for Helen Jenkins. She was first out of the
water, she did an awful lot of hard work on the bike. But her running
straight will let her down today. Helen Jenkins of Great Britain
stage of the Olympic triathlon. Helen Jenkins in front. How is this
looking to you, it is this the team like a gold medal?
CHRISSIE WELLINGTON: I would have expected her to push the pace early
on. She hasn't got the strongest finishing kick, so she will look to
go out fast. There are a lot of strong runners. Nicola Spirig
worked very hard on the bike but is capable of a fast run. Andrea
Hewitt, at a phenomenal run there, Lisa Norden as well. Erin Densham
recently run -- won a fast race in Hamburg. Helen is in a great
and training has gone into this. These athletes will have been
training for six hours a day. Also doing strength and conditioning
work, nutrition is incredibly important, of course. They will
have prepared long and hard. Will they have been round this course
before? They would have done the practice swim in the week. The
majority of the athletes also would have done that Test event in London
last year, which was run over the same course. They would not have
had an opportunity to bike for a course this week. I assumed the
majority will also have run part or all of this four lap course. As far
as Jenkins is concerned, she will want a steady race at this point.
If it ends up being a sprint, that doesn't favour. She will want to go
out very, very fast, which she is doing, but she has not managed to
put any time between herself and some of the other strong runners. A
sprint finish probably would not favour higher, but I'm sure that is
something she has been working on an practising. I would not counter
out if there was a sprint finish. It looks beautiful, the way they
are running through Hyde Park. There's a grandstand for ticket-
holders to this event, but also people have just turned up on the
day to watch the triathletes go past. If you're wondering about the
athletics, that is under way on BBC Three. Jessica Ennis has been in
action in the long jump. She is just about to start the long jump.
This is an exciting last 30 minutes or so of this women's triathlon.
Will it be a gold medal for Helen Jenkins? She has been helped along
the way by Lucy Hall. Let's get Triathlon at the front of the
Olympic field. Erin Densham of Australia, Elin Jenkins from Great
Britain, Nicola Spirig from Switzerland. -- Helen Jenkins. All
of those athletes have One World Championship Series events so far
this season. Spirit has won two, Densham has won two. Jenkins won
the Olympic test event in Hyde Park. That was 12 months ago when they
tested the Olympic route. Jenkins with Densham alongside, and spirit.
-- Spirig. The three best triathletes in the world at the
moment. Lisa Norden is with them as well. They are starting to drop a
few of the weaker runners. Jenkins balls water over her head in an
attempt to keep cool. -- Paul's water. We are beginning to lose
some of the less able runners. Rivas was right up there on the
bike, but she has been dropped. This is one of the chasing groups,
a group of five. Adachi, four Roy, There are one or two runners which
include Lucy Hall. I think she is next along the road along the
second time. That is the group where we will keep our focus.
Densham alongside Densham, with Norden and Spirig. And Degner and
Laura Bennett have both been dropped off the leading group. We
are down to nine at the front. The row of Spain is still there, as is
Harrison. Sarah Groff from the USA is still there. Wearyingly, Andrea
Hewitt. -- wearyingly. She had a good swim, she was happy to stay on
the bike and take as much pace as she could. Clap one has gone
already. The pace of this is very fast indeed. We saw Gillian Sanders,
who was right at the front of this group as they came onto the run,
she has dropped off. That lead group of 20 is now down to nine.
Eight. Laura Bennett was dropped off. Who else has gone? Is Harrison
still there? She was in the lead group. I can't see her. The
Spaniard is there. If there's any surprise, it could be her. She has
been very, very consistent. Don't Groff and she would look good? I
don't think Emma Jackson has moved from the last position in any pack
so far. Nicola Spirig is taking in water. Maybe she is feeling the
effects. Beginning to really make an impact, Helen Jenkins. She wants
a hard run, she doesn't want to leave it to a sprint. If she does,
Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden could be very, very threatening. Sarah
Groff is a great run and if Helen keeps pushing the pace, we may well
see Andrea Hewitt, Nicola Spirig and Sarah Groff moving up to join
her. Anne Haug looks exhausted. Roberts running nicely. Riveros
from Chile is surprisingly a long way back in the field. Vicky
Holland, the third of the British entries today, on her shoulder.
That is the scene in triathlon -- transition. Some of the stragglers
coming through. Looking at Riveros Diaz, she needed to be in the swim
pack. She has always acknowledged she needed to work hard. She will
not be able to get in contention. Far too far down to be able to
cover this sort of break. I'm sure the winner will come from that
leading -- those leading a people. We think Harrison and then it
dropped off. We still have. -- we Jackson were anonymous during the
43: at a bike. They kept themselves clear of danger. Sat quietly at the
back of the pack. Laura Bennett was in contention, but now the fourth-
placed finisher from Beijing in 2008 has been dropped by the
leaders, along with an your dinner. There's Harrison, born in Sheffield,
racing for France. Her running skills are not up to the mark at
this Olympics. Bennett is the oldest in the field, still going
strong, but out of medal contention. Densham leads the way with Jenkins
and Spirig in second and third. Norden is just behind her, then the
ruler of Spain. Then it is Groff of the USA followed by Hewitt. Jackson
is losing touch with the leaders. Jackson is coming off the back. She
will have to make a huge effort to get back on. I think Andrea Hewitt
just appears to be struggling a little bit to hold contention.
Andrea Hewitt has got her back in. Sarah Groff from the USA look so
before the first time. She looks to be in a tiny bit of difficulty.
Densham, Nicola Spirig in second place, then Lisa Norden, then Helen
Jenkins. Hewitt and Groff have both got themselves back. Jackson is now
working extremely hard. Second youngest athlete in the field.
Desperately trying to hold on to the leading pack. And you did much
of Germany running with Jess Harrison of France. Not in
contention for medals now. Bennett from the USA trying to keep contact
with the two in front of her. Back with the leaders. Densham forcing
the pace at the front. Norden to her left. Spirig just behind. Then
Jenkins. Hewitt looked like she might be losing contact, but she
has managed to maintain the pace. Groff has been chopped. -- dropped.
He absolutely essential for Andrea Hewitt to regain contact. The 20
became eight and six and it is now down to five. Laura Bennett is
trying to hold on to the two in front. It looks like we are down to
five in front. It looks like Emma Spirig is third at the moment.
Norden looks calm and composed as well. Just sitting in behind his
Helen Jenkins could -- who moves to her right. Groff and Jackson are
watching the leaders go away from them on the final stage of the
Olympic triathlon. The leading group is six, but it might be about
to become just four as the Spaniard and Hewitt are beginning to
struggle with the pace. Absolutely right. The intensity of this place
is not easy to realise how tough it is. There's been no easing off
whatsoever. Andrea lost contact, she came back, she almost lost
contact again on the downhill section, but she has re-established
as. If that happens for a third time, that leading six will be down
to four. They are on their second lap. The leaders clocked 8.23 for
the first two and a half kilometres. Sarah Groff is having to go it
alone. She is in 7th or 8th position. She finished the swim in
a tough, 7th after the pipe, out of the medals towards the end of the
Olympic triathlon. The toughest position to be in. Worked so hard,
knew she was there. The six is down to five, the Spaniard has dropped
back. Hewitt has stayed in contact, but there's no easing off. Co
almost to stumble by Helen Jenkins. She seems to be tracking Nicola
Spirig. The Spaniard trying desperately to get back. 55 started
the triathlon. There's now a group of five going for the Olympic
women go along the course. They are just about to come into transition.
Graham Bell and myself have been watching them. Helen is in a really
great position, but if you are supporting her for gold, you can't
relax. There are some very, very dangerous girls with her. For one
thing they need to do is drop Nicola Spirig. You are being
champion. A Lisa Norden has a great sprint. Andrea Hewitt last year
would have been a big threat, but this year she doesn't look quite as
strong. I think the main threat will be Densham. She has had some
real problems over the last few years. She had a heart operation in
2009, had to be pulled out of the water into more in. She has come
back to form this year and this is the Australia and that knocked out
Emma Snowsill, the reigning Olympic champion, from the Australian team.
The grandstand is going crazy as they come through transition. Real
threats to Helen. Nicola Spirig and Erin Densham, those would be my
medal contenders. Those of the three. Lisa Norden not quite so
much. They will ramp up the pace towards the end. If they drop Lisa
Norden, the medals will come from those three. She is on her way.
one of the previous Test events, she had that magnificent break
through and did so well. She must be thinking back on that and
wondering what if. Andrea Hewitt is still in 5th position, but she
hasn't lost contact. For front-five as the stragglers come through
transition. Generous and sympathetic applause for some of
these competitors. I'm looking at the pace splits on the first and
second lap. The first five athletes, the pace has remained exactly the
same throughout the first and second lap. It hasn't been an
increase, but it is just that constant pressure and the other
athletes haven't been able to stay with that sort of pace. Those
leading 5 are away. If Sarah Groff can get back, that would be
sensational. Behind the leading group of five. Riveros making a
move through the field. She was third in Madrid. She was fourth in
Kitsbuehel. She's a good runner, but there's an awful lot of work to
do for Riveros deals. She did not get things right on the water on
back through the field. Round the split term. Andrea Hewitt stays in
fifth place. Lisa Norden is in fourth but seems to be covering
everything. It is Nicola Spirig, Helen Jenkins and Erin Densham.
saw Paula in trouble on her bike with a mechanical problem. But a
couple of years ago, she was the bright new thing for world
triathlon, but here she is being lapped in the Olympic event in Hyde
Park. Now there's been an injection of pace from Erin Densham. Nicola
Spirig, Lisa Norden and Jenkins have all responded. Sometimes when
they go round a turn in triathlon, one of the leading contenders might
look for a slingshot out of the turn and kick away from the field.
Densham is trying to stretch them. Jenkins so far has recovered.
Norden is there. Nicola Spirig, from Switzerland, is starting to
fade slightly. Densham has the lead for Australia, with Helen Jenkins
Dench and -- Densham... Jenkins has lost a little bit of ground. That
slingshot effect reworked. We saw Andrea Hewitt working herself back
twice there when she lost contact. With the injection of pace that
Densham put in, that seems to have pushed Andrea back by 25 metres. It
looked like Helen Jenkins didn't cover immediately, but credit to
Helen, she tried to cover it in a couple of steps. She eased herself
back in. Just three medals to play for, that's going to be going
through the athletes heads. Erin Densham has put at pace in nice and
early. Is that a show of strength or is it may be just a little bit
of a hint of vulnerability, that she does not want to leave it down
to a sprint finish? Everything is covered. Alan Jenkins is in fourth
place but she is covering, covering, enormous amount of noise. Helen
Jenkins will take some encouragement from the fact that
thousands have come out to watch her compete in this Olympic
triathlon. Densham officially the leader, but Norden, Nicola Spirig
and Jenkins are right up there as well. I think Helen Jenkins will be
happy to be in this fourth position. She can see the other athletes,
she's covering everything. She has that half a pace distance between
herself and Lisa Norden. She knows the strengths and weaknesses of
these athletes, she's raced against them are so many times. Andrea
Hewitt dropped it off. You've got to give credit to Sarah Groff, who
despite that early losing position, has just continued to work and work.
Even with just that gap, you've got to say, well, maybe there is just a
possibility that she might come back. Nicola Spirig looks very
leaders after the Second transition when they parked up their bikes,
but now she's battling for one of Olympic triathlon in Hyde Park.
They are well on their way now. Almost completing the third lap of
four. 10,000m in total on foot to finish off this Olympic distance
triathlon. As we approach the last lap, they have eight-and-a-half
minutes of pure agony and suffering to go through. Is it going to be a
question of who wants it burst... Next time they are on the straight
way, they will be sensing victory or sensing they can't stay with it.
They can't leave it too late. Helen cannot afford to leave it too late.
She knows how powerful Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden can be on
the sprint. If anything, we will hope that Helen Jenkins would look
to inject some pace, perhaps as they come towards the end of lap
number three. Andrea Hewitt has worked so hard but has lost her
position in that lead four. Helen Jenkins begins to move to the front.
Jenkins leads the Olympic triathlon. She's looking for water to cool
herself down. Now she has injected a modicum of pace into the end of
this third lap. Lisa Norden, in fourth place, as soon as Helen it
started making a move, there was just that lengthening of stride,
the elbows just pushed that little bit harder. It it was an attempt by
Helen to get away, but perhaps she just wanted more space to take her
drink cleanly, it was covered by Norden. Sarah Groff, what a
tremendous second half of this when she has had. Coming towards the end
of lap three. Helen Jenkins of Great Britain leads the Olympic
triathlon, with Nicola Spirig of Switzerland in 2nd and Erin Densham
of Australia in third. Norden is off, Sarah Groff is further off the
pace than a camera angle may suggest, but she hasn't lost total
contact. There is an outside chance of a medal here for Sarah Groff. If
one of the leading group starts to fade. That really would be
sensational. How has Sarah Groff done that? She is still just that
little bit loose, but that was 25 to 30 metres on the previous lap.
She is now to within just 10m of it. She is running by herself. She
looks very confident. This is where three of four. All eyes in the park
on Helen Jenkins of Great Britain, born in Scotland, lives in Bridgend
in South Wales. The double world champion in 2008 and in 2010 --
2011. We had a tiny bit of dropping off in place on matt-black but it
really was just tiny. -- on that lap. Perhaps that is just what
Sarah Groff needed if she was maintaining her early pace. She's
almost back in with that leading four. That would be very surprising.
That is almost going back to the days of Australian superstar Greg
Welch. He would get completely lost on the bike and have the ability to
close in the run. A fabulous run Extraordinary work from the
American triathletes. It is Densham who takes her time as they cross
the Serpentine, where it all began and around 53 minutes ago, as they
died from that blue pontoon to start this London 2012 Olympic
triathlon. It was introduced to the Olympic programme in Sydney 2000.
There has never been a British Olympic triathlon medallist. Maybe
today, maybe Helen Jenkins as kept enough in reserve to make her mark.
They continue with this final lap on the run. Where does the power
lie? Sarah Groff has come from behind. She had the fastest split
on lap three by about seven seconds. If she is feeling supremely
confident, she knows she can cover everything. They go towards the out
and back. No one of them try and slingshot of this term and kick
away? Densham comes around in first and she makes a burst. She is being
followed by the remaining four. They didn't let her get away.
Densham tried it but it didn't succeed. The Australian was covered
shoulder barge with a Sarah Groff. Sarah Groff wants to fight to win
through towards the front. Now Jenkins trails in fifth. She is
very handily placed. She is in fifth, a slight loss there, almost
getting caught up on the feet of Sarah Groff as she comes through.
We are getting closer and closer, into the final two: it has now.
Densham has done so much work but, ominously, Nicola Spirig, who we
know can sprint, has been happy to cover absolutely everything, as
space on the left-hand side of the course. Hewitt is down in a six,
been a couple of attempts by Erin Densham. The pace has been raced
again. -- has been increased again. Jenkins has let Amy de Grote two
two macro metres. The front four have moved clear of Helen Jenkins
on the final lap. Can the British number one respond? She is digging
deep. She is trying hard. Is there anything left for Helen Jenkins to
offer here? The crowd doing their best to encourage her. An uphill
stage there. She tries to kick and close the gap. Each lap is two-and-
a-half kilometres. Just over a kilometre to go now. Credit to
Helen Jenkins, that injection of pace. She's tried to re-establish.
She really does have to dig him very deeply and see if there's
anything left as she turns at the end of the Serpentine back into the
home straight. At the moment, the two athletes who have covered
everything, Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden, are looking very strong.
Erin Densham has done so much work. Sarah Groff, who has come from way
back, we didn't think she was going to re-establish that she has done.
She's got to be seen as somebody who is in contention. At the moment
it is heartbreak for Helen Jenkins and the thousands in Hyde Park
watching her race. She's been position. That is just so tough.
She worked so hard for it. All the pressure of a home Olympics, the
pressure of the British media and the British public wanting and
willing her to win. Just losing contact on that final mile.
Meanwhile, re-establishing huge contact, one of Helen's biggest
rivals, Sarah Groff. She really closed everything. It looks like an
injection of pace. Norden, if anything, looks the easiest of the
front four. Norden has just tucked in behind throughout, happy to sit
in third or fourth position. We know she's got a decent sprint
finish. Will that be what clinches of those metal map -- metal
to will have forward to produce something to finish amongst the
medals. It looks as if the three medals will go to three of this
Spirig instigated that one. Densham covered. Sarah Groff has moved on.
She is so full of running. Lisa Norden is in fourth, but if
anything, it's the slowest of the leading four. She must believe she
has the capability to cover everything and out sprint. Nicola
Spirig right the way through. Nicola Spirig is really going for
the line. Nicola Spirig leads the Olympic triathlon for Switzerland.
The 30-year-old was 6th in Beijing, second in the world championships
in 2010. One of the oldest in the competition today. She is being
tracked by Lisa Norden of Sweden. Erin Densham's head is starting to
shake. The three of them come for a Nicola Spirig. What a photo finish
in the Olympic triathlon! Absolutely extraordinary! Nicola
Spirig and Lisa Norden hit the line together. Densham will take the
bronze. It is officially a dead heat. It is a dead heat. Nicola
Spirig and Lisa Norden. Officially first and second, but the times
says 0.00. We watch Helen Jenkins finish. Jenkins is out of the
finishes I think I have ever seen, that was hurt, guts, determination,
the whole of the final lap, and Lisa Norden held her hands high,
she has been given second place. Quite rightly, with the same time,
and we are waiting to hear if it is the Swiss athlete in first and Lisa
Norden in second, or if they are Sarah Groff, Helen Jenkins, and she
wept. -- Andrea Hewitt. Two seconds between first place and third place,
the closest Olympic triathlon finish I have ever seen. It is
going to be a photo finish, which means, officially, if we are to
believe the results graphic, it will be a gold medal for the Swiss
We knew it was going to be the race of your life, and it looked like
you gave it your all. I gave it everything, I could not hang in
there. This has been the hardest 10 weeks of my career. I had an injury.
It is really hard to get to the start line. I am amazed I was in
contention for that long. I have not been able to get all of my
running him. I gave it everything, and the crowd helped so much. My
team have got me to the start line, and everybody shouting, I gave it
everything. The crowd were willing due on, they will be so proud of
how well you have done and how hard you for it. I was so grateful, it
was a shame that Vicky crashed, and Lucy kept the pace on and make sure
they did not get caught, so the team have been amazing. We did
everything right, and I have not been able to get all of the
training in. Everything else was right cover just my running legs.
You could not keep up with them to was the end, he could see it that
you were thinking you could not believe you were out. When I get
tired, my head drops and my legs were going up. Congratulations to
the top three girls, they fought for that, well deserved winners.
Bad luck. Thank you. It was a thrilling finish to the
triathlon. It looked like a dead heat, but we have heard that the
Swiss athlete has won the gold medal. Have you ever seen a finish
like that? It is unprecedented, amazing to watcher. I was jumping
up and down. Then we had the four, and then Sarah Groff... She was
incredible, she came up like a rocket. That would have hired her,
so I am not surprised she did not make the podium, but she showed
great tenacity. A phenomenal Finnish. This is how they came up.
For a few moments, we did not know who had won. A two hour race, and
it comes down to the wire. Milliseconds that split them. But a
great racer by those two athletes. You can see the determination on
their faces. It was phenomenal to say. A great result for Nicola, I
have trained with her, I know her very well, and I am pleased to see
that her hard work over the past 10 years has paid off. It was not the
case for Helen Jenkins, she did well until the last kilometre.
she said in the interview, you never know what an athlete has had
to contend with, coming in. Her form was great, but she has been
carrying any injury, so she did well to stay in contention until
the third lap, but she did not quite have the running speed to be
able to stay with the leaders towards the end. But a tremendous
performance, a gutsy performance, and it affects you mentally, going
into a race, when you know you are not in peak condition, said to
overcome those nerves, it shows great determination. I am sure it
is not the last we have seen of her. Also in the Great Britain team,
Vicky Holland. I have got Vicky Holland, Helen
Jenkins and Lucy Hall. You were a start, you did exactly what you
were supposed to do, and you showed why you were selected. In hindsight,
I should have come back a bit more. We were spread out, and I assumed
that they were there. Apologies. worked well, because the pack had
to work hard, and it meant the group behind did not get on to our
group. It worked out well in the end, and Lucy kept the pace of, and
Vicky was in the crash. We did not realise, that you were involved in
the crash. It was the Emma Moffatt crash, the first lap around
Buckingham Palace, one of the white lines were a bit wet from the rain.
I saw her go down a couple of metres in front of May, I was
taking a wide line, and I got taken out from behind. I think somebody
else to cut my back wheel. I got up pretty quick, only a minor bit of
damage. But I could not get on to the pack. I could not hunt down
these girls, because there were some fast runners in my pack, so it
was just a case of cruising round at the back. I run quicker than I
thought I would. Enjoying Buckingham Palace each lap!
were talking about being injured. Just after San Diego, I had a
problem with my knee. Since then, it has been a battle to get here.
It has not really gone away, I have been training to a lot of pain for
10 weeks. We have had a lot of tears, a lot of emotion. But I have
had a great team around me, and we were confident from San Diego that
I would still be close, but unfortunately, it was not 100% on
the run. The good thing is, we have three Sport, so I could focus on
the other two. I did not have enough today. If the race had been
a few months ago, I would have been all right! You felt the injury on
the run? I did not feel the injury at all. It is just I have not got
enough training in. I did 80% of what I would have liked to. It was
close to enough, but not quite. But I gave it everything, and those
girls did really well. All three of you did us proud, you showed us
what a team really can do. I know you have not been together longed.
We hope for better luck on Tuesday for the prize. Definitely. I reckon
we have two or some chances. -- two fantastic chances.
A reference to the men's event, it takes place on the same course on
Tuesday. Judging by the crowds, lots of interest in this event.
That was one of the things he loved to watch, the number of people that
turned out. It was amazing to see, the numbers of people that came to
support and watched each have on. It is a testament to the growth of
the sport in this country and around the world, it is the fastest
growing sport, it offers an opportunity for everybody,
regardless of ability, to get involved, there is a plethora of
clubs that offer being Office a cocoon of support to get involved.
It was great to see. The crowds were five or six deep in places,
going around these iconic landmarks. We followed them every step of the
way, so let's have a look at the final moments of this race. This is
just coming up to the finish. That is the moment, you can see why it
ended up being a photo finish. Absolutely, I would not have wanted
to be the person that decided the medals! It is unprecedented, I have
never seen a finish like that. To see them sprinting to down the
finish line was phenomenal. Is it unprecedented? Normally you see
people ageing forwards and back, but once you get into the final
park, do you know how it is going to end? Not always. The people that
make the break often do so with 100 metres to go, and they sustain it.
But they remained a head-to-head all the way down that finishing
straight. It showed that, despite it being a two hour endurance race,
you still need a strong sprint finish. It has been fabulous,
watching it with you, and being encouraged. I am sure people will
that add to the interest in triathlon in this country.
Commiserations to Great Britain, it was not the finished that they were
hoping for, it was not the medal, but the men's race takes place on
Tuesday, so if you have been watching on TV, there is a chance
for you to get around there, if you would like to. We have been talking
about the triathlon, but it is a big day at Eton Dorney, they are
gearing up for more rowing finals. A glorious moment yesterday for
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins, and today, it is the immense four
in the spotlight. Another glorious morning at Eton
Dorney. If you had joined us at any point earlier than today, talk
about a deluge, there was more water coming down at than in the
lake. But it has relented in time for the big race. We have teams in
three of the four finals. The last event of the whole regatta is the
women's single sculls, we do not have representation, but we have
three genuine medal contenders. The coxless four will be the focus of
most of our attention, and they have redrawn the lanes. Why, and
how does it benefit them? In the last two days, the wind has been
blowing across, and they wait -- they've redraw the Laser. They say
that lane five and 6 of the better lanes, so the two semi-final
winners will be in those lanes, instead of being in the middle of
three and four. Whoever came second in the semi-final will get three
and four, and the slowest will be on 1 and 2. All week, we have
talked about how much you benefit from being one lane in the red the
open banks, how many lanes away are the Australians from the British?
The worst scenario, we would have been in lane six, which we are, and
they could have been in lane three, but they are in lane four. That is
what what to the British team? Half-a-length? Not even that. Half-
a-length in your mind, probably a few feet in reality. It is how
mentally few focus on it. -- you focus on it. Lasix is fantastic.
The Australians could come out with more determination, or their heads
could drop. Normally, when you get the two best teams racing each
other in the semi-finals, the winner normally wins the final.
spent some time with some Australian journalists watching the
triathlon, the Australians are very downbeat, where it did you go, with
the exceptions of Ian Thorpe, they are downbeat, the medal tally is
falling through the floor. That does make a big difference. They
are desperate to win this race. had that in Atlanta, we had morsel
for medals than ever before, but only one gold medal, -- we had more
silver medals than ever before. This warm-up area is a completely
different area to the racing body of the lake. You can see the
coxless fours are doing some of their laps Paul Stout that is the
British coxless four doing a racing start away from us. Can you and
kayak race next week, but rowing has the last of their finals today.
A chat about the wind. The racing direction of the lake and finish
line is in that direction. The wind is coming from over there. That is
the advantage Great Britain have been in lane six, because they get
the shelter of this Bankia. It I was warming up with Great Britain,
of course I'd be nervous, but they definitely have the best of the
lanes in lane six. Australia are in We are at the end of the course.
All will be revealed in 14 minutes time. 11:30am that final. Now let's
talk about athletics. The heptathlon is continuing in the
stadium behind me. Jessica Ennis has been back in action today,
focusing particularly on the long jump, the next of the seven events
she's going to be doing. Let's check in with Jonathan Edwards and
see how she got on. Very good news from the Olympic
Stadium. Jess has jumped extremely well after a rather dodgy first
round. She got it right in the second round. Denise, huge relief
all round, wasn't there? Absolutely. We know about her character and how
she is able to fight for position. Not a good first round jump, but
absolutely nailed it on the second. A job well done by her. You got a
sense she was under real pressure, she had a poor first jump, and a
six metres. She saw Chernova produce a good jumper and she
needed to get it right. She came in under pressure this morning, she
looked tense, knowing that she had her work cut out for her. But at
the same time, Jess is confident in her ability, so she know she can go
out there and perform at her best when she doesn't get caught up in
the crowd and understands what lies ahead, what she needs to do. She is
able to produce that. I how close are we to celebrate in a gold medal
for Jess? Should we even mention it? I don't things up. The next
event is javelin. We know she has inconsistencies with that event. I
think she just has to be saved at this moment in time. I don't think
she needs to go all out, she doesn't need a personal best, she
just needs to make sure her throws are solid. We know what she can do
in the 800. Inside, I'm dancing. Great news for Jess. We will see
Usain Bolt a little later on. We saw the second most famous athlete
come out and run, Oscar Pistorius. He looked very good. You, he's
coming into form at the right time both the most of what we talk about
about Oscar Pistorius are his prosthetics and whether or not...
Or whether he should be year competing. He is here competing,
the rules allow him to compete. Now let's talk about how well he is
running. He did break this morning. He's coming into form at the right
time will stop that bodes well for him, he's in the semi-final. It's
an outside chance that you could possibly see him in the final.
Indeed. The 400m has been mixed so far this season. Nobody has really
come along and taken hold of it. LaShawn Merritt, the defending
champion, looked like he might but he's got an injury problem, so
there's a real opportunity for him to make the final. There is an
opportunity. We thought after last year it was set up for a great
battle between James and Merritt. James has the ability to run it,
Merritt has run it. Globally we will see Oscar Pistorius there as
well. -- hopefully we will see Oscar Pistorius. We will see
Jessica Ennis later on in the javelin and the 800m. The
heptathlon will all be over by the end of the day. Fingers crossed for
Jess. And it's all over for me this morning. The medal table is going
to look very different by the end of the day, because this is the