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Good afternoon and welcome to a sunny but rather windy Hyde Park


and the Dextro Energy London triathlon. A sport which is the


ultimate test in stamina, strength and skill. This race is a big one.


The world's top triathlete have made sure they are here because


this weekend is a test event for London 2012. The proposed course


for the event at next day's Olympic Games and a stunning setting it is


as well. We have got a great crowd going on here. One hour before the


name men's grace. Hello, crowd! You are live on BBC Two! Britain's top


female triathlete is Helen Jenkins. She was world champion in 2008. She


has come third in the past two years but if you were in any doubt


help fit a triathlete has to be, look at this.


This is heaven suffering a heavy crash in April -- Helen. She got up


to finish the race. Since then, her season has really, really


Everything has been going really well. My training has been going


well, I am really happy with my last two races. It has given me a


bit of confidence heading into this weekend. I have always liked the


course in Madrid, we have had some bad races there but most of them


have been really good. I did not have a great swimmer but


I really worked hard on the bike and then run and had one of the


best runs I have ever had. I think I ran almost a minute faster than I


have ever done on that course Kitzbuhel well is a lovely place,


it is always a bit colder, so I am Myself and Sarah Hoskins got away


on a bike and I was hoping she would stay with me for the ride but


I got caught so I wasn't sure how I would feel. Heading on to the rent


after all that work in my legs. My hamstrings were really tight, I


If it peters out at the beginning and then it is me and Paula Findlay


at the beginning. It is a small margin, four seconds over a two are


raised, that is not much but in both races, I gave everything I


could and I know there is nothing else I could have done, just hope


This is a massive event, the Olympic test event. The setting is


amazing. I think doing the full Olympic course, going in front of


Buckingham Palace, it will be really interesting to see how it is


different. The atmosphere has been great for the past two years. The


course isn't a massively challenging, it is pretty flat, I


would like it if they would build some holes, that would make it


interesting. I could qualify for the Olympics this week and, if I do


not, at there are more chances like in Beijing but I want to do it this


weekend, get on the podium and make the Olympic team.


SONALI SHAH: Qualifying for the Olympics is going to be on the mind


of so many athletes here this weekend but it is a gruelling sport


and anything can happen. And one man who knows exactly what it is


like taking part in a triathlon at the highest level is Richard


stamens. Let's talk about Helen Jenkins. Three years on at the age


of 27, it feels like she is coming into her own and reaching a peak at


the right time. Absolutely, she has totally matured as an athlete. She


suffered some injuries but she is working on them and she is working


in the gym, making herself solid. Hopefully today another great


result. She has already been on the podium this year, that is crucial.


It is required as part of qualifications. Who is her main


competition in the series? You have got the three Emmas, from Australia.


They have already got a try factor. All three of them on the podium.


They will look to dominate, they will not necessarily work as a team


because they want to beat each other but that only makes the other


one go harder. Definitely Australians but other nations as


well but have got qualifications in this race to try to get to London


2012 and I think they will see Americans, Canadians, all of them


having a good. We were here yesterday as well, the crowd is


already screening for the athletes running. The atmosphere is so great


with only one year to go until the Olympic Games as well. Yes, it is a


showcase. It really shows London off but by going down to London and


Buckingham Palace, it is a spectacle. And everybody wants to


come down and soak up the atmosphere and get as close to the


athletes as possible. The triathlon is one of the few events that you


don't need a ticket for. Come down next year to watch the race for


free. Graham Bell has got your back as well, he has been out scouting


out the best vantage points for the It all starts here at the


Serpentine, the curving lake in the heart of Hyde Park. It might get a


bit busy here at the start so if you fancy something more tranquil,


you can come here to the south side of the late to take some tea or if


you're feeling brave, have a dip in the Serpentine Lido. The water is


bound to be warmer than on Christmas Day, that is when the


Peter Pan dip takes place. Once out of the water, it is on to the bikes.


It is a flat course but with all the turns and speed bumps, it is


technically demanding. They will then cross the Serpentine Bridge,


heading towards the south of Hyde Park. the Serpentine Gallery will


be opening a new space in time for the London Games. You can then


either feast your eyes on the opulence of the Albert Memorial or


keep your eyes peeled for the athletes as they head down to Hyde


Park Corner. There they pose the imposing


Wellington Arch and then just a short sprint down Constitution Hill


to the grandest of them all, Buckingham Palace. After that they


turn back and raced towards the park, for 7 like laps in all. Then


they will go on the run, knowing they are only four laps from the


end of the race. A great place to see them is here at Rotten Row, it


is a big U-turn towards the lake. This place might be called Rotten


but it is anything but. 150 years ago, this is where Londoners came


to promenade. It is a place to be seen back then. As they head


towards the Serpentine, you can relax by the Diana memorial


fountain. It was opened in 2004 at a cost of �3.6 million. If you are


not one of the lucky people in the grandstand, you could stand here,


right on the finishing straight and cheer the athletes as they sprint


towards the line. It is an ideal position and most importantly, it


The spectators really well how fantastic access to all the


athletes and watching them perform next year at the Olympic Games.


absolutely, and the course is so close to the athlete. Behind me, we


can see Simon Whitfield, Olympic Games in Sydney champion, just


preparing for the race. He is getting ready. You are literally on


top of the race. It is pretty unique in that aspect. It is the


last time they can test themselves properly on the Olympic course as


well, what will they try to learn? It will give them visualisation.


They will be able to learn the race for next year, that is so important.


As they prepare for the Olympic race, they can visualise what went


on today and use that to inspire them and hopefully motivate them to


train that bit harder. Who does this course sit? Pretty much anyone


because it is not a hard course, the topography is such that you


have got a technical course in terms of Benn's but you have not


got hills, -- bends. What kind of tactics will afflict be thinking of


as they go round the course? They will try to conserve their energy


and this win is a lottery. A lot of the time it is won on the run.


the race is won on the run. You can set yourself up with a good swim


and bike and that is what they will be trying to do. Those with the


strength in the front end of the race will look through the bends


and through Marble Arch and Constitution Hill and try to attack.


Stuart Hayes is the man to concentrate on that. So many people


will be thinking about team GB and Olympic qualification, and team GB


is talking about using the equivalent of... Do you think that


team GB will use the domestics? lot of things have to take place,


that will allow the selectors to take place. It is an option and we


should not rule it out and we as in other countries use it, for example


in Athens. It is a possibility but I do not think we have passing that,


we have got the brothers Brownlees, they know what each other are doing.


With that in place, the team will gel well. The women is a different


side. We have got Helen Jenkins, the only podium finish this year,


she is dominant. They may look to was that angle that we have got a


long way to go in the selection process. Wouldn't it be good to see


someone who would be willing to sacrifice a medal? The yes, but at


the same time a lot of things happen, in terms of making the


podium and in Beijing, the final in a few weeks' time, it opens the


door to athlete. You would think there would be a sit down


conversation if people were willing to sacrifice medals. We are talking


a lot about Olympic qualification that this rise is also part of the


ITU World Championship series which has a seven-race battle, with the


final in Beijing. That is next month. Your best four results count


towards the World Championship and a lot of athletes have not really


shown their hand at the moment. Barbara Riveros Diaz leads the way


after a solid but rather unspectacular season. Paula Findlay


came to prominence here in Hyde Park and has three wins but is


suffering from a head injury. And suffering from a head injury. And


Helen Jenkins with two second places, she is currently in six.


Your commentators for the women's race are Matt Chilton and Steve


COMMENTATOR: They are ready for the start here, Paul Findlay, the big


favourite for this race. They did not race in Yokohama in Japan


following the earthquake and That is the seen here in Hyde Park,


they are way! 67 elite women triathletes diving into the


Serpentine. To begin this Olympic test event. The real thing in a


year from now. That will be the Olympic medal days here in Hyde


Park and for the first time they are heading out of the park and


into the streets and onto the streets of London, taking in some


of the sites of this part of the world. Already they are beginning


to spread. Just one single lap swim, last year they got out of the water


and run along the pontoon and died staying in the water for the entire


1.5 kilometres swim. Already two distinct groups beginning to form.


Interesting there, Emma Moffatt on the nearside has really gone for it.


What is critical on this no wet suits when, it will be very


difficult to get away -- a no-wet suit swim. It will be a huge


advantage... Every single one of these athletes is going to be


looking for selection for their countries next year and they will


put themselves on the line today. Emma Moffatt has really gone for it.


And I know the Swiss athlete who has had a leg injury, and Laura


Bennett she has been going on forever, she has got a case full of


medals at home. She is in the best form of her life. But is fantastic.


Spectacular scene and an early start for the women because of the


problem with the road closures in London. The men will start and the


afternoon for their race. The water temperature pretty cold in the


water. Serpentine Lido open here as well, but no swimming during the


past few weeks because of the oxygen levels. It was worrying for


the fish stocks, they had to treat the water. Apparently oxygen levels


are restored to a normal level now. Swimming has been allowed to resume


for the recreational swimmers and In the opening section, just to


remind you, 1,500m in the water. A 40, touch cycle, that involves


seven laps around the park and streets of London -- 40 kilometres.


There was a hint that Paula Findlay had gone early. It was touch and go.


If she did go early, all of the others followed have. Ramires the


us making a good start. -- Roddy Now the change in direction. A


different layout for the swimming course this year because of the one


lap stipulation, which is what they want to use in the Olympics. You


can see the Serpentine Bridge. The crowd gathered. And a lot of argy-


bargy, those that choose to go tight around the inflatable boys,


there are a lot of flying elbows. People scramble for position in the


water of the Serpentine. The Serpentine was the centrepiece for


the celebrations in London in 1814 for the British victory at the


Battle of Trafalgar. There are if you battles going on out there as


they come around there. Do first sight of Helen Jenkins there. She


has had a bit of the at breathing problem. It might be a -- a bit of


a spiritual problem, it might be likely to affect her confidence.


She is a previous world champion when nobody expected it. She loves


the tough conditions. The conditions here today are very


pleasant, very little wind, just under 22 degrees in the water and


Helen needs to be up there. She just days to close that gap a


little bit more on Laura Bennett and Sarah Haskins. With their wet


suits, this transition should be lightning-fast. -- no wet suits.


should be lightning-fast, they have nothing to think about other than


getting on their bikes. You are looking at about 30 people and then


there is a break. If you don't get into the first group, you won't


make it back. It will be difficult to get back on and I am very


surprised there is such a big group coming out of the water together


right now. And then the final sprint, the


first out of the water equals the first on to the bike for the 40, to


his bike circuit. They will exit the park for the first time -- a 40


kilometres. Her but the public will have to get used to it many times


in they have next 12 months or so, there will be of many road closures.


The swimming at the 2012 Olympics will also take place in the


Serpentine, so it won't just be the triathlon. The open-water swimming


matter and -- marathon also taking place. Approaching 90 minutes and


approaching the steps and the run to transition -- 19. There will be


a group of seven or eight are bunched together as they come to


the steps to take them out of the the steps to take them out of the


Lots of British interest here. Helen Jenkins is right up there,


get their helmets on. The bikes are pushed to the white line. Then they


can get on and they Exeter the blue carpet out on to the gravel. --


exit. At group of a 30 potential riders in the first group. A few of


the stragglers coming out but it is not too late. Two groups will form,


it is likely they will come together to form one large peloton


and they will all right together and form a spectacular sight


through the park and out on the streets of London. Look at this,


the series leader is just getting into transition now. How have is


that affected by not having a wet suit? -- how will affected. That


has but Barbara quite a way back down. They are on their way. Of 40


kilometres. They begin in the park and they also exit the park, down


constitution Hill, bisecting Green Park, down towards Buckingham


Palace. A group of 30 also riders form in the peloton at the front of


the field. I was hoping we would see a breakaway group. 30 is a lot


of people and it is very difficult to get a group identity working


through. We will see the athletes testing everybody else out. Is


there anybody willing to come with me, and if you are, are you


prepared to really work hard so we can try and break the field down?


That is the scene in the park below us on the right. Sarah Haskins is


just one a second clear of Sarah Groff. -- one second. Helen Jenkins


is right up there, as is the Vicky Holland, and Jodie Stimpson. Lots


of a British interest. -- lot of British interest. The British


athletes are working at the front. Alan Jenkins is telling them to get


to the front, let's do some work -- have visited London. We go round on


a little loop in this part of the city where the road has been closed.


Imagine the scene one year from now. This is a free event, there is no


tickets required, anybody can come and watch on the streets of London.


It is the first time they have been down here and tested the section of


the course were the roads closed to traffic. We got our first glimpse


of Paula Findlay there sitting happily on the back of the pack.


The early attempts to make a break don't seem to have materialised. I


think we will see more of that. The British athletes and the Australia


athletes, Emma Moffatt in particular, very happy to work but


will not do it by themselves. We will see some breaks going through


but whether they can stay at the front, it is difficult. But we have


somebody going for it here. Carey Lang. The -- Kerry. She is putting


a marker down. She is saying, let's have a go for this, let's see if we


can break away and get rid of some of the people who may be looking to


run us down. Nobody going with her at the moment, nobody accepting


that challenge. Very early to be going for it, very brave. Quite a


big group here. What is the motivation for actually working on


the front? There is a big motivation because there is a pack


behind that contain some really good runners, so it even though


some are not up in their best running form, they need to push on


and make sure that gap from the second group grows. Is anybody in


their working has domestic takes? It could be Lang at the front.


as domestiques. She is not the best runner, carried. She isn't, but she


is a good cyclist. Unfortunately, her running does let her down.


This is Paula Findlay, dominant this year, the winner in Sydney, in


Kitzbuehel. She has had a problem with her hip in the last few days.


We will see if that affect so. -- affects her. You'll see the


athletes through and past the transition in a very short time.


Morrison of the Republic of Ireland at the back of the group. I think


the reflection on their pace of the bikes, I think she was quite a long


way down in the swim, and she has taken it all back on the first lap


of the bikes. A very strong runner as well, we have seen that. That is


the leading a group of four stop back into the beauty of Hyde Park -


- that is the leading group of. They can take the applause from the


grandstand as they complete the first lap of seven on this bike.


would be interested to get a time check on that. We are getting the


general confirmations coming up on the screen. Nicola is there, she


has been working hard on her swimming. Anja Dittmer is still


there, Jessica Harrison. Emma Snowsill is still there. We will


check on how many are in that group. We think it is around 35, 40. 32,


in fact, is the total number in this leading group. Again, I think


if we hark back to the swim, we saw just how hard it was. If we broke


this field in half, it is way over 30 seconds. Their pack are trying


to get themselves a way, they have to close this gap a very early. So


many of the athletes at the front, if they do work hard, they will put


a significant a matter of time into the chases. 30 seconds is the


difference between the first group of 32 and the chasing pack of six,


who are then followed by another dozen. Those two will almost


certainly form a hunting pack of 18 attempting to try and bridge the


gap to the leading pack of 32. They are in one of the smartest parts of


London. You can see the Government close by, you can see the Palace,


the primary residence of the Queen. Originally known as Buckingham


House. The original building was a large town house built for the Duke


of Buckingham. The largest private garden in London. The East front


contains that famous balcony on which the royal family judicially


congregate. The -- traditionally. Of bought by George the Third as a


private retreat for his wife Queen Charlotte, who had 15 children, 14


of which were born in Buckingham Palace. I have seen a move by


Jessica Harrison, looking to get off the front. Fredriksen is


closing with her. Again, it does not look like a sustained attack at


all. There is the standings leader, Barbara Riveros Diaz. She has and


run a race -- have won a race this season but she has been consistent.


And 98 clear of Paula Findlay of Canada, who has won the three races,


but didn't take part in Hamburg in mid-July. They go under the archway,


the Wellington Arch. What a backdrop that is, the statue on top


is very impressive. A chariot come up with the three horses at the


front and a winged figure on top of. Built between 1826 and 1830,


designed by TSMS Burton, responsible for a lot of


spectacular architecture we see this part of London. The chasing


group there are just under one minute behind. The distance has


concerted effort for this group to get back up there? It is the only


way they will get involved in the prize money today. The gap is


around 50 seconds or so, with the leading group and the chasers. The


leaders, with Svenja Bazlen of Germany taking her time at the


front. They will have been given a wake-up call, having seen the


distance between this front peloton and the chasing group. Time for a


bit of energy. Spirig, are also taking her opportunity. And Anne


Laing -- and Kerry Lan has decided there has been enough hanging about.


That is her third effort, so the energy expended on that, she hasn't


managed to get away but nobody has matched and gone with her. Time is


beginning to run out for those people who do want to try and make


that break. Backward the chase group. -- back with. They have


reduced the deficit by five or six seconds during the last lap. They


now need to go again. They need to put some further pace into their


efforts to bridge the gap between catching slowly, they are catching


up. The second pack are working really well because we saw when


they were on the first lap of the bike, it was a one-minute gap but


now it is 30 seconds, so that his great work from the second pack.


That will take it out of them, Willetts had them on the run?


There's a few that are on the front view of London across the River


Thames. A trio of British triathlete at the front of the


field. Jenkins, Kerry Lang and significantly. The pace has really


is off. You can say that two groups are about to become one huge pack.


The leading group really eased off over the final section of that


penultimate lap and now the leaders... Look at the group we


have got here. There must be at the seat of government in Great


Britain, Westminster Abbey on the right. The venue of the recent


Royal Wedding. There's the London Eye, on the South Bank of the River


Thames. They are the top of Constitution Hill for the final


time. One of the smartest parts of London, Park Lane leading to Hyde


Park Corner with the Ritz hotel not far away at the Dorchester Hotel,


plenty of other high-class establishments in the vicinity.


They will be back into Hyde Park, through the gates for the final


time and then they will start to prepare for the arrival in


transition. Look at that now, the jockeying for position. A single


line now with less than one kilometre or a go, everybody


sprinting around the edges. We see the hands and fingers going down,


loosening in the FT and the shoes, the bare feet on top of the issues,


the issues still clipped into the paddles. They want to get out. They


may lose around 15, 20 seconds which is a long way going into the


run. A couple of hundred metres to go until transition, a group of 60


or so riders locked together in combat here. Just biding their time,


some looking for some daylight over on the Ryders' right of the track.


This could be spectacular. It could also be very chaotic with such a


massive group coming in to hang up their bikes. There is a disbarred


line. The leaders are there. They are getting off the back. They have


rehearsed this. Lisa Norden in first. She will look for the place


where she has to place the bike. Lisa Simpson, the first of the


British riders, Helen Jenkins is through as well, she will be


looking for a fast, effective transition. Sarah Haskins is


through, and there's Emma Moffatt, the Olympic bronze medallist, she


is on her way out. In it has turned into a running race. My money is on


an Australian called Emma. There's 3 m as to look on. -- Emmas. One of


them has got a huge confidence going into this race and also Paula


Findlay, we know she has had a few injury niggles but she is world


class. She is in with a great involved at the start of the lead


group, that makes things very interesting. Helen Jenkins of Great


Britain on the right of the screen, Emma Moffatt of Australia on the


left. Jodie Stimpson just behind her. It is wide-open here. Nicola


Spirig is there as well. She has been injured and running and


swimming a lot, general fitness is very, very good but I think she has


done an awful lot to get out there with Emma Moffatt. A big group out


there with contention. We will see a big dropping off, I am sure.


These have no bearing on what will happen with so many good runners.


It is wide open here in Hyde Park and it is beginning to spread, that


gives you an idea of the gap between the leading group which is


now down to around 12 with a gap of about 10 metres to the next five.


But the stretch beginning, I think that lead group of the 17 will be


coming down one by one as the sheer pace of the run will force them off


the back. Emma Snowsill has been left, a kick at the beginning of


the field while we were watching the chases, a group of two or three


started to inject some pace into the race. You can see there are


free. I think Jenkins and Jodie Stimpson and Jackson are there and


one other. That is certainly Jackson in 4th place. Let's check


through, that is Helen Jenkins leading through. Helen Jenkins,


Jodie Stimpson... A Emma Jackson, and the Japanese runner. Paula


British woman has won in Hyde Park. Jodie Stimpson is on good form,


Jenkins has come third. Ai Ueda of Japan has joined the leading


quartet. That also includes Emma Jackson. We have a break away group,


things really hotting up in the park. Be gathered by Helen Jenkins.


He wants to get away from Paula Findlay. -- big effort by Paula


Helen Jenkins. Jodie Stimpson looks up, she has got to cover... Emma


Moffatt really falling behind there. Along with Paula Findlay. Those two,


we know Paul Findlay -- Paula Findlay we know she's having injury


problems. Helen is looking good. She is looking outstanding. Without


Paula Findlay been on form, it has got to beat Helen's grace. Helen


and Paula have battled it out in the past two World Championship


Series races. We know that Paul has been injured so a very good chance


that it is Helen's day today. COMMENTATOR: They are halfway


through the run. Five kilometres Dan, five kilometres to go and the


leader is Helen Jenkins from Great Britain. For twice a third here in


the past and an hour and 43 minutes of swimming, biking and running


with five kilometres still to go. Jodie Stimpson has been dropped


down to around 6th position now. With a significant move being made


by an your -- Anja Dittmer. We are just seeing a clear gap for the


first time now. Alan Jenkins is not giving it at all and nor is Emma


Jackson, she is chasing it through but the five-second gap may be up


to eight seconds now. We must be closing in on around four


kilometres to go but they have just drawn away from everybody else.


Anja Dittmer she started relatively comfortably on the run and just


beginning to break through but the first two, the leaders, really are


getting a significant gap on the rest of the field. A shot over the


Serpentine Bridge shows you the lead that Helen Jenkins has over


her next-best rival, formerly Helen Tucker. Third twice on the podium


here in London but never Victoria's. Possibly today. -- never victorious.


Emma... Jackson beginning to lose her way. There she is with the end


in sight, Helen Jenkins and the crowd beginning to show their


appreciation. She has got a huge advantage now. Will it be enough to


see her through this final lap? She has swum solidly. Now she leads


with one lap to go. Look how easy it is for Helen Jenkins with 1.5


kilometres to race, she is full of running. Enjoying this moment now.


She can sense success at last in Hyde Park having twice finished in


third position. Today, the victory is theirs. She will look over cross


the like on the far side of the Serpentine from our commentary


position. Going away from us but she will cross again and head back


towards the blue carpet and the finishing line and fingers crossed,


victory just a few minutes from now. Helen Jenkins leading the way still


in Hyde Park and the battle for second and third continues.


hammer went down there, didn't it? She opened the gap, Emma Jackson


had gone back into the group, may be a bit of a second wind for Emma


Jackson, the two Americans, Emma Snowsill fighting her way through


and up now with Anja Dittmer, look at that. Helen Jenkins with about


one kilometre to go. She looks so strong. Absolutely focused. Who is


that in second place? That is... think that is when of America Gwen.


That gives her selection. The Union flags are flying proudly in Hyde


Park. Helen Jenkins has run an heroic race in the park today and


has kicked away with fantastic timing. Jenkins will win in Hyde


Park and will win comfortably. A massive margin, she has picked up


her fight, she is beginning to celebrate. Jenkins cruising home


now and starting to appreciate and savour the victory. Jenkins wins in


Hyde Park, just over two hours, her time. What a win for her. Helen


Jenkins, twice third in the pack wins today with America in second


place and it is Anja Dittmer of Germany who comes in in third place.


Jackson just pipping Emma Snowsill, the third Australians in 4th and


5th. But from a British perspective, it is all about Helen Jenkins who


has come close twice in the past but with one year to go as the


Olympic countdown continues, Helen Jenkins is at the top of the table


in Hyde Park. She will return as one of the favourites, fitness


permitting, in 12 months from now to go for Olympic glory and gold.


Helen Jenkins steps up to the highest point of the podium to


accept her gold medal today. Will she be on the Olympic podium in 12


months from now? Picking up an A day that Helen Jenkins will never


forget. And I took it really easy, trying to get rid of the cold and I


wasn't sure I could pull it out today, but the crowd were fantastic.


They were so good shouting for me. I was shaking for you, everyone was.


Ahmad last lap, I thought I was going to blow up. I was pushing


right till the end. Better are so hard. There did you think coming


into today, you would have such a big lead on a lap? Her idea that if


it all went my way I could when, but I felt awful on the bike -- I


had an idea. The first lap of the run, I was not sure. Then I got the


lead and my husband was screaming at me, just keep going. We have


done training sessions together and, so I was just used to him yelling


at me to go faster. It is a real, it is a huge honour, I can only


credit my coaches, my team-mates have helped me out as well.


wasn't sure if I still had it in me because I am not of the youngest


any more but I have lots of experience, and I don't know, I


just pulled it together on the day when it counted the most this year,


and I am just so happy. Happy with your performance today? Yes, apart


from the last five killermacro, but everything else was moving in the


right direction. --kilometre. what a joy impression of the


course? It is phenomenal, but the spectators make this course and


every year it gets better and today top it as well. I was running


around Buckingham Palace, and a half of the people there were going,


what was going on? You we have got Javier Gomez just setting up his


transition spot. In -- we have got Javier Gomez.


Richard, it was great to see the British winner at Hyde Park a year


before the Olympics. It you couldn't ask for a better result.


That is what we wanted to see. Helen was certainly after that. But


she has come third twice and now she gets the wind while but said,


it is the best preparation. -- she gets the wind this time out.


she is not a big fan of the course, but she showed that it suits their.


She struck out there in the run and stayed there. -- suits have.


said in interview she wasn't feeling well, if that is how on a


bad day, I look forward to seeing how in 12 months. They she said it


really had. It is always going to. It might be hurting during the race


but when you crossed the line, you forget about the pain. Obviously


there was something wrong but even on a bad day, she is a win a four-


star she fits the qualification criteria for the Olympics. -- she


is a winner. She fits the qualification criteria. They put


people forward at the end of September and Helen will be one of


those people. If there are no more podiums in Beijing, they may not


put anyone else forward. But Helen is almost certainly going to go to


the Olympics. Of but we cannot categorically say that until the


end of June next year, and tear goes forward in front of the


National Committee. We will have to wait until that period where there


are three names for the event going forward and they are accepted.


are going to be the girls getting under way of Helen next year? Paula


Findlay wasn't have to fit. If we look back at the last Olympic Games,


it could be anyone. If he -- Paula Findlay wasn't to fit. There wasn't


a bad back but there were a couple of contenders, but if we are going


to form, it could be anyone. Helen has certainly set herself up


brilliantly, but the Australians, Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill, and


a host of other athletes. So it will be interesting to see what


happens, who comes out. Paula Findlay from Canada, not on form at


the moment with an injury but she has so she can win. If you are


Helen, how would you spend your winter so you know you are at your


best? The pressure is off have. She has done all she can do to get in


the team, -- off her. She will be selected, it is pretty much 99%.


She is now focused on staying in the best shape that she can, the


best shape she can for the next 12 months. I spoke to her husband and


his words were that she is bullet proof in the gym. So she is in


their everyday, looking after that body and keeping all of the muscles


working, -- there. That will reduce the chances of injury and she will


work harder this winter and going to the Olympic year in the best


shape. There are the other British girls who could get an Olympic


sport? We are looking at Jodie Stimpson, she is on the way up. She


ran a race a week ago, Olympic distance, she won that race and she


has backed it up with 14th on the Olympic course. She is really


stating her case. But to be honest, the criteria as such, she needs to


get on the podium. That is the case for all of the goals. They have to


get on the podium at the World Championship race. That will put


them in contention. If a British win has but -- inspired you to get


into the water, here is how you can get involved.


Kerman. The big splash, everyone is doing good. To find out more, busy


at the BBC website. It is not every day you see George Alagiah in


goggles, and not every day that world champions and gold medal


hopes have to sit opposite their main rivals get the breakfast table,


but that is beat Beal at the Brownlee home. The last time we saw


them here, we witnessed a very different story. Johne was


sprinting have out of the shadow of his brother, and Alastair falling


away. They have spent the last winter taking stock.


Javier Gomez wins the London triathlon. Jonathan Brownlee has


come past his brother do takes second. What has happened to


Alistair Brownlee? I had no memory until I woke up on the bed. Of I


had no -- a shocking day. Terrible side, Alistair Brownlee gave it


absolutely everything and more. Just a bit wary now, because I know


you can be as fit as you can be and a tiny thing goes wrong on the day


and it has massive consequences. The brothers preparations began in


November, heading to Lanzarote. It may have been a sunbathing weather,


but there was little time for preparation and rest. It is quite


windy, it doesn't feel heart. It feels nice. -- hot. One of the best


things about being here is it doesn't get dark before 4pm. It is


nice having a bit more daylight. But by the new year, there was no


escaping the British climate. have got to learn to adapt to the


conditions. You get the training in Bucher don't worry about making it


too hard for yourself, it is counter-productive -- but you don't


worry. A persistent ankle injury was hampering his training and


affecting his mental preparation. It is do not knowing that is the


worst part, you don't know what the injury is. Once you know what it is


and how to Hewitt, it is getting all right. Alistair Brownlee was


still the man to beat but it was clear his brother was a quiet be


confident of a strong year to come. He was the world champion in 2009,


he keeps on improving but I have to believe I can beat him. Belief can


take you long way. At the opening World Championship Series event in


Sydney, Jonathan had a very good day. Unlike his brother. In the


race, everything seemed to go wrong. I punctured at the end of the bike.


I got around the run and I fell over and I thought, can anything


else go wrong? Jonathan came in second in Sydney behind reigning


world champion Javier Gomez. It would be the Template for his year.


Sydney was absolutely shocking. After that, it picked up of. I one


in Madrid and Jonathan was second. -- I won. Alistair Brownlee will


take victory for the second time here in his career. I seem to


always be second. At I will start their World Series, I have gone up


to number 55, and that I would say goodbye to him and say I will see


you down the line, but now I am getting used to be rain to bid


higher. I am really pleased with my season so far -- to be in the ranks


for a bit higher. Spain was the backdrop for the European


Championships. It would be the final chance for the brothers to


assess their form before London. And it was good. Despite a puncture,


Alistair Brownlee dragged himself back into contention thanks to some


Tour de France style orders and some brotherly love. Another family


one, two, with Javier Gomez way After their Spanish adventure, it


was time to sample the restoring air of the Swiss Alps. It is a


really nice place to train at this time of year. It is altitude as


well, which is important. It hopefully get she that bit fitter.


But the training camp was hopefully at -- as much about attitude as


altitude. With the chances of Olympic qualification grown nearer,


this was a time to reflect and focus on what would be needed for a


year a head. Every race we have done since Sydney was break


complete success, so I think we are learning more and more about how to


train and how to recover and get ready for races. It is something we


have both got a lot better at. Preparing for races and being at


your best on race day. Alistair Brownlee has such a


fantastic record in the series so far. He has won nine out of the 12


races he has competed in. It is amazing, an outstanding record. The


other athletes are looking at him. He has had a couple of hiccups, one


of them being here last year when a stomach upset caused him to fade in


the last kilometre of the race. But he is a force to be reckoned with.


And there isn't just one of them, there is two of them, and that is


the scariest thing for the rest of the world. You are taking on one


and then another pops up. John of them came second here last year, it


feels like he is coming into his own -- Jonathan. It is because they


train together, and that is unique in triathlon. I can't think of any


other siblings that have worked it together quite like this. They feed


off each other. Rather than being a hindrance, it is a help of. They


are almost communicating telepathic Kate. They know what the other is


doing. -- Papa thickly. We saw it at the European Championships.


then Alastair went and beat Jonathan into first place! They


probably sat and greed that once they got to the bike ride, it is a


free for all -- agreed. I think what we will see other the next


year's is Alistair Brownlee dominating but Jonathan coming up


to him. Bash over the next year's. We could have a great scenario for


the British team where both of them are going head to head. It is the


unique dynamic but you think that Jonathan is almost sacrificing


himself to help his brother? You think he will start winning on his


own? They are going to look to help each other. Alistair Brownlee will


help Jonathan Brownlee and vice versa. When a third British person


gets into the men's team, I think they will work as a team naturally.


They are so close that the next member of the team will just have


to gel and work with that. Britain has such a strong field in the


men's triathlon. Why has Team GB failed to convert the success in


the World Championships in to the Olympic medals? There is a


statistic out there that Great Britain are one of the strongest if


not the strongest a major go back to World Championships, at any


distance or any age group within this sport. We haven't converted


that to it at a Olympic medal yet. The elusive Olympic medal. It is


not something that you can easily prepare for. We had a great result,


the finishing 6th, but it has never gone to form, apart from that one


Emma Snowsill victory. The other medal seemed to have come from


nowhere and you are not quite sure what is going to happen. That is


the thing about the Olympics. Hopefully this time, it will be the


exception proving the rule, but the Brownlee brothers getting on the


podium. They are the stars of the British triathlon but they are not


guaranteed success today. There are a lot of other names to watch out


Don Tim Don is the old man of the British team but it is too early to


write off the 2006 champion. still love the sport, and I would


love my daughter to come and watch me next year in 2012 and tell their


grandchildren that her dad was an Olympian.


Triathlon's Mr consistent over the last five years and they've


reigning world champion, Javier Gomez of is the Brown the brothers


strongest competition. A grinder rather than a sprinter, watching


try and break the field early on. - - watch him. Everybody is motivated,


all of the athletes are trying to do their best here. It is going to


be an interesting race. The it has been a breakthrough here


for Great Britain's William Clarke. He secured his first world senior


series podium place in Hamburg. have got probably the hardest team


in the world to qualify, so I am trying to try my hardest and try


and get prepared enough and will hopefully produce a good


performance. The German was a surprise when at


the Beijing Games but he is no one- My motivation is unparalleled and I


think that is my biggest advantage. SONALI SHAH: And make it about five


minutes to go until the race. We have seen will Clarke and the


Brownlee brothers make their way down the transition area to go on


to the pontoon for the start of the race, what will be going through


their heads? They are focused solely on what they are doing. A


massive cheer went up for both will Clarke and the Brownlee brothers.


If that was this year, what will it be like next year?! We have got 10


dom walking down, he looks pensive, he wants to race faster -- we have


got Tim Don coming down. They have been into the warm-up already so


they have had the visualisation process going in and some of the


athletes will be getting a bit cold so they put these jackets on. This


guy from Germany coming down, he is not called at all. This is not a


wet suits when so they are just in their triathlon suit. That can


affect athletes in certain ways. Strong swimmers prefer the no wet


suit swim. The Brownlee brothers, will Clarke and Stuart Hayes all


prefer that. They earlier we saw the transition spots getting ready,


how important is that part of the race? I have heard that described


as the 4th race. He get, the four of discipline. It has got to be


slick. -- the 4th discipline. You will see less than a second


separating the fastest and slowest among the athletes, but you can


lose the race in transition. You got to make sure that as you, in


from this one on to the bike, super-fast on to the back. And then


on to the run, the trainers: Quickly and you are plough back in


contention. -- the trainers, on quickly. It is it highly detailed,


the transition was back yes, that should the night before the race,


they use elastic laces on their trainers and will be sliding them


on and off. They will have a routine for left or right foot


first. Just go for it, somebody else might be right and then left


thought, some other athletes might be the other way round. If they get


that done correctly, they have got a good chance on to the run. What


will be going through their minds now? Probably just this one at the


moment. Not about the whole race? don't think so, they may be running


through that quickly but really, the start of the swim is so


important. At first minute, minute and a half when everybody on the


track starts to fast, and when I am coaching, I say don't start fast,


but at the level we are at here, they have to start fast. And then


later in the race they can begin to get their breath back, they haven't


got to get a good position to take it by the scruff of the net. As we


mentioned earlier, this is one of the seven races in the ITU series,


and as it stands no, they don't necessarily reflect he will


necessarily win after the Beijing Grand Final next month. That is


because athletes are quite strategic about which raised they


choose to take part in. As it stands, Javier Gomez won here last


year is the leader of the pack but has not been up to usual high


standards lately. Consistency has paid off for Wiliam Clarke and the


Brownlees sticking together in 7th and 8. We handed to our commentary


downpour of rain happened earlier and above us, there are clouds


which may provide some precipitation as the race unfolds.


But the elite men are lined up on the pontoon ready to dive into the


Serpentine for a 1.5 kilometre swim followed by a 40 kilometre bike


ride and 10 kilometres run to round things off. The Brownlee brothers


at the extreme right of the pontoon. They are getting set, silver of


Portugal as well. 7 and 8 worn by the Brownlee brothers, eight for


Jonathan, seven for Alistair athletes. This is the elite race of


the day. The crowd is ready and the helicopter up above. Now they step


forward and the way they go. Racing in the Serpentine, 1.5 kilometres


in the water, not as warm as yesterday but still no need for wet


suits and they are scrambling for positions early on. Time to say


good afternoon to Steve Trew. afternoon, a fascinating race and


the women's grace was absolutely tremendous. What a fantastic


victory by Helen Jenkins but the men I think will be just as


exciting. I wonder if you will see the same tactics. We had a fairly


slow laid-back bike yesterday, I think with the men we may be seen


attack after attack after attack. I am told there are 112 turns on the


bike course and with that, that is pretty exceptional. Interesting to


see where Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan put themselves in the swim,


they will want clean water and also interesting that we had Simon


Whitfield, the Olympic champion and Chris McCormick getting on to the


pontoon relatively late because their current rankings at world


level may be at a bit of a France at the front. We have seen


him in the past that he could lead swimmers out of the water but


falling away as they get on to the bike. This is a look back at the


start, clean start for both of the Brownlee brothers. The way they go


into clean water, looking for clear water at every opportunity. It is a


different course in the Serpentine this year. In the past, they have


come out of the water after 750 metres and dive back in. The


Olympic specifications don't allow for that so this year, as it is an


Olympic test event, they will stay in the water and swim in this


direction and come back and swim past the pontoon towards the


eastern end of the Serpentine before returning and exiting via


the carpeted steps running towards their bikes. Bent and -- then


another new element is towards Park Lane, through the Wellington Arch


and down Constitution Hill all are barely a hill there, past


Buckingham Palace, round the Victoria Memorial and back up


towards the park. A few dark clouds around. We had a burst of rain a


while ago, the forecast has suggested that we may get more. The


arrowhead with the leading swimmers cutting through the clean water and


the others jostling for position, where they need to avoid elbows and


arms at the forthcoming term. Raphael leading there and I was


expecting the Russians to get out on the lead and that is quite


surprising. We have talked a little bit about team tactics before.


Possibly wondering whether to bring in David Hauss, we are also looking


at another of the German athletes, he did not make the German team for


the Olympic Games last time that he onto the Serpentine with the crowds


four deep there. This is the first term. Raphael is the first through,


and brings get a bit interesting behind him. It is carnage out there


sometimes, it can be really painful. Swimming goggles can be lost and it


can be a kick in painful parts, a real Scrabble which we have seen in


the past, some of the elite athletes have been fished out of


the water by the men in kayaks. It can be very dangerous sometimes.


Interesting watching this one has come past. Past the first turning


point and Alistair Brownlee was not in the top 10, you can see how


difficult it is as they go past the third point and I was fascinated to


see how the Brownlee brothers chose their starting position. They had a


good choice and they chose to go way over on the right hand side.


Maybe they were looking for clear water but coming round at first


floating point, they have got a lot of work to do. Us the Serpentine


was designed to look natural and you can see it copied in certain


parts of the country. The Olympic champion in 2008 following a


dramatic sprint finish. Falling Simon would feel, who was the


inaugural Olympic champion. The man who took the medal in between,


Hamish Carter, has since retired. We have got two of the three


Olympic champions therefore in the history of sport racing today.


German had a great season but fell away on that and is looking


in this when -- marker. Confirmation yet to be received of


where the Brownlees are. The German up early on in the swim.


Olympic champion, the German, looking at his form through the


water. Finding himself out in front. Keen to establish the form he has


shown in Beijing when he took the gold medal. Fast through the water


here. The wind that was travelling the group earlier on as they made


their way through the Serpentine has eased off and it is quite calm


now. Still a breeze but nowhere near as stiff as it was at around


8:30am this morning. A very, very big spread on this one already. Not


even halfway and that is an elite men's field which has really


stretched and stretched. That has to be because of the hard work


being done at the front of the pack by Raphael and the German. As we


said, still waiting to see you confirmation of where the Brownlees


were. Alistair Brownlee may have been back in 15th place, but that


is not that important early on, but what is important, particularly as


we come towards the end of this one, into transition and how they


approach that. If they manage to get away well on the bike, as we


saw with Kerry Lang making attack after attack, that could have an


input on the end of the race. Eustace, another of the talented


German and Sven Riederer as well wearing four. Their real scramble.


These people yet to find freedom in the water. Loss of physical contact


going on as they come past the Serpentine Lido, that is open to


members every day of the year. -- lots of physical contact. I think


we had our first quick glimpse of Jonathan Brownlee, up challenging


in the lead group. Not right up at the front but beginning to make his


mark. If Jonathan Brownlee is there, then Alistair Brownlee will not be


the blue carpeted pontoon where everything began a few moments ago.


They swim up towards the eastern side of the lake before turning


back and having for the exit steps. The kayaks and Pavel bought there


keeping a close eye on things -- particularly dangerous but also if


they are riding around on the bikes when it is wet. And also when


Alistair Brownlee fell in an earlier section of the race earlier


this year, it can have an effect. Also when it has been dry, you


might get a bit of grease and dirt on the road and then it can be very


difficult underfoot particularly on the terms. The German still at the


front, as well as Raphael, a huge stretch still going on and and er


the athletes will be so pleased that the majority of them that it


is a no wet suits when. -- a no wet suit swim. Hauss is third in the


overall standings. He is engaged to Melanie Anaheim of Switzerland who


raced in the women's competition. A solid if not spectacular season,


David Hauss, the Frenchman. 29 coming through and that is Ivan of


Russia. A handful of very talented Russians in the race, always a


threat and lookout in particular for the two brothers, the poorly


and the brothers. Dmitri who is 24 and his brother Igor. Those


brothers will work together a bit like the Brownlee brothers when


they get out of the water and onto the road. Such a depth of swimming


in the Russians generally, they have made the mark of the couple of


staying to each other, some of these leading guys. There will be


some bruises and black guys, I am sure of it, because they normally


spread a little further than this. We looked down on the Parker, 350


acres, open from 5am until midnight all year -- the park. Henry VIII


sees it from the monks of Westminster Abbey in 1536 and


decided to turn it into his own moment are the ones in the middle


of the pack who are looking to come initial sprint away that Richard


Stannard referred to, some of them not going off too fast and just


conserving their energy. Alistair Brownlee, the first real side of


him, he is up there and at amongst the leading pack -- side of him. We


knew he was with Jonathan Brownlee, so let's hope we have got both of


them up there. We are waiting for a glimpse of William Clarke and Tim


Don. William is in great form at the moment. Second in the standings


at the moment, the 26-year-old from Cambridge. He recently took some


warm-weather training in Lanzarote. He had his first podium in Hamburg


at the last world championship series. Coached by a former


Olympian. And there is the world championship standings leader,


Javier Gomez of Spain. 2010 world championship leader, and a winner


already this year in Sydney. Very much the man to beat. The defending


champion here in Hyde Park. Gomez is up with that leading section now,


looking over every time he breeds to the left, watching false start -


- his breathing. We must be about two-thirds of they way through the


swim. It is almost sprinting at the moment, a lot of almost clear water


with people finding it difficult to find a good grip with their feet.


Really, because of the speed to swimmers are leading with at the


front. One of my interests her is Chris McCormack. World champion


back in 1997, he contentiously didn't make the Olympic team for


Australia in 2011 years down the line, he has said, I want to go to


the Olympics and has totally changed his training a, coming away


from the longer distances and coming back to the Olympic


distances and wants to make the selectors really take a strong


interest in him for Australia and for the landed the Olympics next


year. A so the swim field is really stretched. The -- for the London


Olympics next year. We look down on the city. That block of four on the


left is known as one Hyde Park, some of the most expensive


apartments ever built. And there are still a few foresail if you are


interested. -- a for sale. Just starting to rain again likely. So


the expected rain showers are arriving and that could make the


run, on the bike, even more interesting, slightly more


dangerous on the tight corners. If you can imagine there are more than


100 to negotiate. The rain continues to fall, things will get


slippery and dangerous underfoot and under we'll. -- wheels. The


triathletes will start to think about the exit from the Serpentine,


the climb up the steps and the entrance into transition. Just over


300 metres to swim. They will start to consider how quickly and


efficiently they can make the change from the water to the two


wheels. It is fairly well spread now. There are 67 starter's command


we will see a group of 25 plus coming out of the water -- there


are 67 starters,. The bikes are all ready to go, with front wheel


spacing out, as Richard Stannard mentioned. -- facing out. The entry


and the exit of transition is often described as the 4th element of


triathlon. I think so particularly today because the speed at the


front of the swimmers, I guess we will see them out 18-30, so


significantly faster than we saw the women factor -- barely a. But


that spread of the swim, I would say that we have done absolutely


huge spread, at over 90 seconds going right the way through. That


is going to be very difficult to catch up. We do we been out here,


we did see the second patch -- pack catching v -- with the women's a


area, we did see the second pack catching the first one. The


Australians, the English, the United States are America, or using


this as an Olympic qualifying and they want to grab those slots the


their country, and there will be a lot of hard work at the front today.


The Serpentine itself is 28 acres, at maximum depth of 48 feet. It is


only the eastern half that is known of the Serpentine. The other half


stretches into Kensington Gardens and is known as the Long Water.


Approaching the end job stage one. -- of stage one. Bennett is 40 km -


- but then it is 40 km on the bikes. Then they will return for four laps


on a for it, four of them at 2.5 km. Bash on foot of. Very tight at the


front. At the athlete's minds already focused on transition. They


are looking to get clean spaces, they run towards the bikes. A


minute, maybe just a few seconds to go, heads will be going up, the


right turn round, looking to go in there. We have seen a gap already,


as you said, around 25 or 30 swimmers, possibly a few more, but


working hard. It is a fall on race today, it is going to be absolutely


head to head -- full-on. If a break tries to go, I am sure there will


be a cover, and there will be break at the break after a break.


thoughts turn to transition, to make it as smooth and as clean as


quick as possible. Clean water out in front. There is the target,


those two blue pontoons on the right and at the blue carpet with


the steps. 17 minutes and 55 seconds, as they approached the


steps. The exit coming fast. Everything should be registered on


the computer as they go past. It is Gomes out first. Followed by


Frodeno. Alistair is the first of the brothers. Both of the Brownlee


brothers out in the top 10 as they sprint towards the transition. We


will join up Richard Stannard and Sonali Shar.


I think they were going out in 6th and 7th? They went through a


transition very quickly. It looked as though in this when they were


playing a bit of chess, they were happy to be where they were. -- In


the swim. But they want to make the front pack now and consolidate or


attack. You can never tell with these brothers, they have plans


that no one can think of. So you work that impressed with their


swim? It looked as though the whole group was a truly committing to


this when. That was certainly fast, it was not slows willing, but


nobody was really Committee -- it was not slow was winning. That is


why we have not seen the fireworks again. Bentley very much, Matt and


Stephen, back to you -- thank you very much.


MATT CHILTON:. And we will expect this to form into one medium group


up around 20, 25. There were a lot of races within 30 seconds of each


other. And now the cat-and-mouse begins under section that takes


them a long West Carriage Drive and out towards Hyde Park Corner, way


they will exit the park for the first time and out into the streets


of London -- where. Down Constitution Hill as we pick up one


or two of the stragglers. And the last bike is just being collected.


It is Jonathan Zipf of Germany. He is on his way. Also picking up with


Chris McCormack, coming out there. The back on the Brits, Alistair and


Jonathan way up there on this Wem. -- this win. Stuart pay is doing


extremely well. Tim a don at just 20 seconds then -- Tim Don.


Alistair Brownlee heads it out and Gomez following. Just to


shepherding him back on the bike. Along comes Jonathan, with Alistair


saying let's get up there and Let's see if we can make this from the


front. We have Brownlee and Brownlee, 1 and 2. Gomez is trying


to shadow every move. I think that is Chris Ken Ball from New Zealand


who had a tremendous win. -- get Olympic Games. He has been around


for a long time. It is the Olympic Games the tree focuses the mind.


Let's have a quick check on that. - - that of really focuses. A lot of


work being done added by the Brownlee brothers. Jonathan is the


younger one false start Alistair is the older bash at the younger one.


-- Jonathan is the younger one, Alistair is the older won by two


years. There is the Olympic champion coming into transition.


Gomez, the number one Spaniard, Swiss-born, left Switzerland at the


age of three, born to Spanish parents. One of the top triathletes


of that of Bass last 10 years. -- cut across the roundabout, which


you normally drive past if you are making your way past this part of


London and they will go under Wellington Arch. Also known as


constitution Arch or Green Park arch, that was its original name.


Wellington Arch and Marble Arch, to the north of the park, were plan


did 1825 by George the 4th to commemorate British victories in


the Napoleonic wars. The Wellington Arch named after the first Duke of


Wellington, the premier Duke of Wellington who commanded the Allied


Army when they defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.


have a real race on here, a group of 18-20 who have managed to get


away from the chasers. We can see that they are working together as a


team. They are coming together and working, and not slowing down


whatsoever. Allerston tells Jonathan to keep pushing. --


Alistair. But a huge gap at the moment, seven or eight seconds, --


not a huge gap. But it could be significant. We saw the group get


away with the women yesterday, there wasn't any closure at all


until the last lap and it looks as though the men have decided that is


not the way this race is going to go and they are going to be working


from the front, right the way through. I Kent 22 in that first


group and a similar number -- I count. And a similar number in the


chase pack. They come down towards the Victoria Memorial in front of


Buckingham Palace. One of the things we can see, we know they are


going at speed, where they are almost in a single line. Rather


than getting a very widespread, but the group just bunching up as the


speed slows down. Number 37 leading them through. Second place is


Jonathan Brownlee. Alistair Brownlee is right behind him.


Raphael of France, one of the top swimmers, next. William Clarke,


number two. Fabien of Italy is up there as well. Number five, of


Russia. And No. 7, Alistair Brownlee. There is a modicum of the


climb here as they regroup on Constitution Hill, but it is barely


that distance between the first and second, never far from France and


the Irish athlete as well. If the athletes keep working in front as


well, it will be different to catch. We say so many times that it seems


to the ground that second. Alexander Brukhankov putting


himself on the line. Alistair and Jonathan keep on talking to each


other. They all have been talking about what their plans are and


maybe getting the assistance of some of the other athletes there,


never to forget that they are looking for Olympic selection as


well. A big race over the Olympic course and the hammer is really


down and working in pack number one. It will the second pack catch them


up? Feeding back into the park now. They are glancing over their


shoulders. They will go under the trees and circle the park. Seven


laps in total on the bike, bringing the 40 kilometre distance up. A big


exciting group with nearly all the big names in there. I worry one


athlete that is missing is Will Clarke, Issie in the second group?


LaurentVidal leading the chase says. Looking like a few seconds from


joining that lead group. The numbers and the main peloton might


double quite sure if. I think it's time gap is around 12 seconds.


Still a lot of distance to cover up. A lot of talking going on in the


front pack. Not just the guys talking but also the guys at the


front and the back. 27 minutes of the race at the moment. It was 29


minutes at for the women's race from the first lap. There are the


off the pace. But the good news is that Will Clarke is in the leading


group. We will keep an eye on where Tim Don is. Simon Wood Hill has


come through, Olympic champion in 2000 and we are still waiting for


sign of Tim Don. The good news is that both of the Brownlee brothers


and Will Clarke are in the leading group. We need to be looking at


Stuart Hayes for Great Britain, we thought he was in the leading group


but we are just getting information through but the man who does not


appear to be there at the moment is Tim Don. That is the difference.


That will not take long. We saw a gap of one minute and the women's


grace closed down and the two packs eventually come together. The gap


is just a handful of seconds here. No real pace or urgent pace at the


front of the field so it will not be long before the two packs become


one. Jonathan Brownlee takes his turn at the front of the field and


through. And a big effort on the first lap and then backing off.


Just a few people are able to do the majority of their work. The two


lead packs combining that and we have got perhaps 45 athletes there


all vying to get a good position. Early days of course on the bike


ride but looking to get the good position going into the third


discipline. Alistair Brownlee, 23 and educated at Bradford Grammar


School and then gained a place at Cambridge to study medicine and


decided to give that up and attend the University of Lydd where he did


a psychology of sport degree in 2009 -- University of Leeds. He put


in a big effort in Beijing but maybe spent too much energy then.


He was young then, and the winner in 2009, taking pictures in Madrid,


London in Hyde Park and the Gold Coast. The umbrellas are up but the


spirits are not dampened yet. The front of the field sees union flags


worn by Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee as well. Jonathan,


the younger of the two, educated also at Bradford Grammar. Studying


history at Lydd University. He did well in Lausanne, but that is


coming up on the BBC shortly as they are. We are not getting the


big move. We had never be seeming to be willing to go out and push.


Maybe a bit of slowing down because of the weather conditions. Most


unpleasant for spectators. Very unpleasant indeed for the cyclists


out there. They have got the sunglasses on, wearing shades and


they will get drops of rain on them. If they are not wearing shades, but


will make it is even worse. They will get the wind and rain coming


into their eyes. Making it tough out there on the bike. Making the


general group psychology thinking that they should just get through


it. They don't want people going out of contention. Maybe a little


bit of confidence for the run later on. Under the arch of the second


time. A chariot drawn by four horses, not three as I said


yesterday. A relatively new addition to the arch from 1912. It


symbolises the Angel Of Peace descending on the chariot of war.


And apparently it is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe. They


are going down Constitution Hill for the second time. Try to keep


the sunglasses trouble wherever possible. The rain is coming and


going. Quite intense two minutes ago but it has eased off now.


Stuart Hayes we saw there, adjusting his glasses. Good news


for the Brits. We thought he was in the lead pack but we are just


waiting for confirmation coming through and we can confirm that now.


No news still on Tim Don, but with the two packs joined together, Tim


Don will have been in the regroup. Five British athletes in there. We


have not seen Alastair or and Jonathan Brownlee go towards the


back of the front group. Kris Gemmell we caught earlier on, we


will see if anyone is willing to go with him at the front. His team-


mate at 37, another New Zealander, and the I love London signed on


that umbrella. It does make a fantastic backdrop for this


Well into their second lap of seven now. 37 has been joined by seven,


37 is James L Murray, he has made a bit of a break and has been joined


by Alistair Brownlee on his side. These two are putting pace into the


front of the field. That looks to be significant because Alastair is


looking behind, he is worried about whether it will be Jonathan


bringing the chase. The New Zealand are getting out of the saddle.


Doing his bit of work now. Will we be seeing a reaction from the first


group? Second group closing very quickly. You can see how damp it is


now with the rain getting on to our camera lens. That is at the back of


the second group. We are approaching 50 races. The New


Zealand are closely shadowed by Alistair Brownlee who is about to


be joined by a Alexander Brukhankov of Russia. The Russian has made it


3 at the front. And these are watching them go off into the


distance. Will they respond and when? Well, well, well, we have a


group of three going away. Interesting that Alistair Brownlee


going away, and Jonathan Brownlee has not attempted to bridge the gap.


At the start wandering when you talk about team tactics, you are


wondering if the message get out, whether they hold out and wait and


see. And also criteria for selection is getting on the podium


here and the other race that is significant which is Beijing. Maybe


Jonathan Brownlee is putting his place at a bit of risk. With the


big man and Alexander Brukhankov working hard at the front, you do


seem to have a bit of time now between those three and the big


pack. I make it about 10 seconds. That is the early gap and there's


Tim Don, in for position leading the chases through. Not the best


swimmer so always taking a bit of time to get involved but he now


will get encouraged. Now we see the sun come out and we always see Tim


Don encouraging his competitors around to take their turn to put in


the work and he will be say that they cannot afford to let that trio,


the New Zealand athletes, Alexander Brukhankov and Brownlee get away.


Tim Don is such a good athlete. He is not too happy and confident at


the moment, we have seen that earlier this year and in a one off


race, he is still putting a lot back. For five laps to go with a


threatening dark cloud in the background, will it dumps


significant rainfall on this course? That should liven up this


already enjoyable section. The main pack coming through and encouraged


by the crowds who have come out. In the tens of thousands. Alexander


Brukhankov, the first man through. Getting a check on the other names


making up this large chasing group. Sandwiched between them, Alistair


Brownlee of Great Britain between Brukhankov. It will not be an easy


group to break without a concerted effort. I guess a bit of disquiet


in the pack, a bit of uncertainty with the rain coming through. We


saw everybody adjusting sunglasses. People backing off the speed a bit.


With the bravery of the three getting away, that has made a


difference. You take your chances and if it works, you have got a


significant gap and you can build on that for the run. It was the


Charles the first he changed the nature of Hyde Park. Completely


when he opened it to be public. Thousands of Londoners fled the


city and camped in the park in the hope of escaping the Great plague.


A bit of history for you there. A different sort of event going on


here today for the thousands of Londoners who have watched this in


anticipation of the Olympic triathlon, the 4th one to take


place, on 5th August. A constant checking with Alastair Brown are


looking behind. Two things going through his mind, is my brother


there and other making inroads on the pack? Alexander Brukhankov


sitting at the back, he did so much work getting into the lead back


when he has put down the hammer. He is a big, strong man but they are


working so well together. I stick my position, I love to see the


athletes getting up front, -- I stake my position on this. Brownlee


37. James. He is the meat in the sandwich. These three have really


widened the gap and there will be concern in the chasing group that


it does not grow too large to counter. I think I read that right,


17 seconds, the gap on that. I am watching Alistair Brownlee's feet


to turn around on the pedals. And he seems to have opted for a


slightly smaller deer and the Russian and the Kiwi and if he can


maintain his position, that will make his legs feel a bit fresher


going into the run. He is not using the big here that will take a lot


of the impact but turning over that much faster, he will be in a nice


position if they can maintain his breakaway. There's the massive


chasing group. Almost all of the remaining 67 starters are in the


group. The trio out in front and there's a concerted effort from one


of the Australians now, and that would be Kahlefeldt possibly. He is


trying to bridge that gap under the Wellington Arch trying to make an


attempt on this lead held by these three who are already going down


Constitution Hill, the sight of three unsuccessful assassination


attempts against Queen Victoria. That was during her reign. Sir


Robert Peel wasn't quite so lucky, thrown from his horse and succeeded


the Duke of Wellington. He was thrown from his horse on


Constitution Hill and died three days later, when he was Prime


Minister. There's Helen Jenkins, the winner


of yesterday's race. Seeing herself on the big screen smiling broadly


and taking a break from the commentary, and have a word with


actually trying to help Alistair Brownlee during this race. Alistair


is off the front, that small pack of a three, and any time somebody


attacks that pack, Jonathan Brownlee will sit on the wheel of


of the person next to the attack and make no effort to make a turn,


and eventually slower the pack down. So the brothers are working


together, but we can't see the real evidence, it is hidden within the


race itself. Interesting, Richard Stannard's take on that. We will


see if the gap widens significantly. We did see one of the Australians


going off the front, obviously getting fed up with Jonathan


Brownlee's tactics. Maybe he is trying to counter it. Alistair is


making the most of this opportunity and these three are working really


well. Brukhankov coming past. They are chopping and changing with the


hard work at the front and taking time to refuel. It is a good little


trio. She it is, and they have stayed away for a long time, no


significant breaks like the women - - it is. Tim Don is in the chasing


pack. It is something they have committed now, and once they have


make that commitment, to fall back into the pack, they are going to


beat at a disadvantage. You very rarely see an effective brake


staying away. They have got to try and stay awake. As Richard said, at


the team tactics are beginning to come into play, the brotherly


tactics are beginning to come into play, with Jonathan Brownlee


covering every single move. So if somebody was stronger after the


getting away, he will be taken up as well, but not giving additional


help to a lone breakaway. He will not be in a position where he will


breach that group and take them back to the leaders. They really


heavy rain has stayed away for the moment, it is drying up again now,


although there is a cloud above the Serpentine. Pick looks rather


threatening. That is the gap between the leading three. You


could see from the helicopter, it was quite clear. That looks like


Jonathan Brownlee again at the front of the field. William Clarke


is five or six behind him. Tim Don is not far behind. All sorts of


very this and runners, with good chances going into the final


section. There is a man between the leading three and the chasing group.


Somebody is trying to bridge that gap. Do you think that is Gomes


coming through? It looks like the Spanish colours. They are all going,


come on, let's get up there, and Jonathan Brownlee says he is more


than happy to chase behind but I'm not going to do the work. So the


big chase group, one in the medal has made a big effort by himself,


but we still have those three leaders out there, including


Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain. You are right about the Spanish


colours, but it is not Gomes. It is rather, another former world


champion, with another excellent pedigree -- Rana. And with just


under five laps to go, it is Alistair Brownlee first, with


Brukhankov. Others are making an effort to close the gap as well. 16


seconds between them. 17 seconds officially, between the front for


back row and the chasing pack. Coming through transition again.


Bash the front four. It is not significant enough. We had


anticipated around 17 seconds would have stretched on the third lap,


but it hasn't happened. Maybe coming towards a critical part of


the race, if we have that commitment absolutely going down by


the leaders, or do we have a different sort of commitment, where


the chasing pack finally get themselves together. They are going


to have to ignore Jonathan Brownlee, who is more than happy to sit in


there. The other Brits have to make a decision. Again, that huge spread


on the road with the weak and it looks as though nobody is going to


commit. -- with the width. You can understand the mind said, if you


are looking for Olympic qualification, you will rest your


legs and try and pick-up selection in the run. So many mind games


going on. Always different things happening a, and that really is the


absolute beauty of triathlon. Alistair Brownlee just checking on


the time to see what sort of lead they have got on the chasers.


L very, Brukhankov, Alistair Brownlee, now joined by the


Spaniard at the back of the group of four. Brukhankov get an energy


bar of some kind down him. Trying to maintain his base. Then there is


the Spaniard, the form here world champion, he won in Cancun 10 years


ago -- former. He has been so good, almost the same age as Tim Don.


What a brave effort to come through. Another thing we need to talk about,


another fact that, that is because the lead four are going so fast,


even with the big group chasing through, they will be working hard


as well. So it is great tactics by the front for and if anybody thinks


they are going to be resting their legs in the chase back a, they need


to think -- make sure they don't get to the front, because they are


going to be called on to do some work. It looks to be closing, but


the camera shortens it for us. have another breakaway group of


three. Stuart Hayes is in there. I am pretty sure he is the third.


Stuart Hayes is at the back of that group. He has covered up his arms


so I can't get a look at his number. Is that Stuart Hayes? Or is that


William Clarke? I am going to call that as Stuart Hayes. He has been


brave in the past on loan breaks. But they haven't managed to get


away. We want to find out what the gap is between the leaders and that


this chase back. Those three that attempted it were quickly reeled in.


They four that did succeed in getting away now have a significant


lead -- the four. That has totally spread. 17 seconds on the last time


check, I would say it is way over 20 seconds there. Maybe 25 seconds.


It is such a fast pace, it hasn't slowed down at all. And credit is


due to the athletes up there making it so hard for everybody else.


Everybody taking care on the damp surface now, the rain is back again.


It is the third burst of rain that we have had. No need for sunglasses


at the moment. I umbrellas going up. I wonder how much longer the


helicopter can fly before we get a real burst of rain from the cloud


that is threatening at the moment. The helicopter might have to take


cover. Back at the front of the field. Alistair Brownlee ahead of


Brukhankov. They don't spend long in front. They are back in the park


there. Just 10 or 15 seconds before they move out and let somebody else


set the pace. The distance out between the leaders and the chase


pack is 30 seconds. 30 seconds between the leading four and the


chasers. It doesn't look like it is shrinking at all at the moment. Out


in the wet, difficult conditions on in the park, but not by the Palace.


So it is very localised, the weather. It is dry here, but it is


certainly reigning in the park at the moment. I am sure that will


change -- raining. It is a huge gap, that opening from 17 seconds to 30


seconds. We are looking at those four athletes at the top, not very


pleasant conditions with the water being flicked up from the wheels in


front, but a lot more pleasant than it he was sitting in the middle or


at the back of a chase back. Then you will have the cold water coming


all of the or racing costume, going into your eyes. -- all over your


race in costume. So those weather conditions up front, that is maybe


contributing to opening up the gap from 17 up to 30. Gavin noble is


off the bike. Represented Ireland in the Commonwealth Games -- Noble.


We may have had a bit of a crash there, because some athletes are


down as well. We will try and get another look at that. Two men down.


We will assume there was a coming together. We can see the aftermath


of it from the helicopter. The Irish rider's race is done, I think.


Irishman. I think he will attempt to get back on his bike and close


the gap but the damage may be irreparable. That is tough on Gavin,


he is a very strong athlete, he has done a lot of work to establish


himself as a real player. If we go back to the action at the front,


they are still working so hard. The bike section has been tremendous


and I guess mentally, they are thinking it it is tough for us at


the front, it is a lot more difficult for those at the back.


And once that gap has opened, again we talk about the mindset, there


will be almost unconsciously a backing of of effort. Let's wait


until we get into transition and but all the work in on the bike.


Bad plays into the advantage of these leaders. Bash at that. Every


single turn, of 112 -- that. We see them backing off slightly, moving


away from each other, they are not taking any risks whatsoever. They


will not risk touching wheels and been brought down. Four are ahead,


the chasers are spreading. You can hear some breaks squeaking as they


make the right hand -- brakes. In transition where we are, it is dry


at the moment, so the weather is moving around. Dry in places and


wet in others. It is dry under those trees, certainly. It is


Alistair Brownlee followed by Brukhankov. 24 years of age, second


last month behind Alistair Brownlee. Also second in Sydney last year.


course, there are other bonus prize funds before finishing each lap...


Some athletes will think if they are not going to be in contention


on the run, they will put some effort in on the bike and and some


money anyway. Here they come again through a transition, the leading


quartet of riders. Let's get a check on the distance between the


four at the front and the chasers, with three laps to go. It is


transition area with a massive peloton of riders approaching. A


huge group. 26 seconds, and that is officially the gap. We will have


another word with Sonali Shar and SONALI SHAH: there's the very big


chase group. What tactics are you seeing, Richard was back the French


pack working very well. And with the surface changing all the time.


We have seen so much rain so far. You can see the rain. But this end


it is dry. You have got a van rather taking a year out -- Ivan


Rana, and hint works well in the pack. We saw Johnny Brownlee, ever


the bodyguard if you like. He is like a bodyguard, loch nothing


anybody through. -- not letting As the chasing group trying to work


out this puzzle. Lots of talented runners in that group. We have seen


a huge gap close down on the final section but they have got work to


do. We will follow the front four from up above. Changing as they


swap around taking their turn to lead and it is Ivan Rana who has


Sonali said, took a sabbatical from by a while ago. Elvery comes so,


Rana drops back down between Brownlee and Brukhankov. We are


looking at the athletes in the chase back, you have to ask how can


you are rung Alistair Brownlee when he has proved on the World Cup


series how strong he is. It has been Alistair and Jonathan and also


to a large extent Gomez going through as well. I am surprised


that Javier Gomez is in the back and has not made any attempt to go


through. We are not hearing anything it of injury coming


through from the Spanish camp but we are looking around, we are way


into the second half of the bike section and if we do not make an


impact now,... Just as we say that, somebody is making an effort for it


and will we have anybody brave enough to put down a substantial


lead. It closed down to 25 seconds but it has spread out again.


leading four on their way back down towards the palace again. Under the


Wellington Arch. The roads closed off and the traffic has been


terrible but all for a good cause. Here's the chasing group, a half-


hearted effort a moment or two ago to break away but that has been


stand down now. I know we are not getting full time cheques coming


through but having a look at the helicopter view of that, it has


stretched out to a lot more than 30 seconds judging on the previous lap


going through. We have got a lone rider, is that Gomez? No, it is one


of the Russians... We will check on who that is. Somebody trying to


bridge the gap to make the four a five? Looks like some elite is,


somebody having a go working their way towards the front of the field


to join the front four and I can tell you that it is a Swiss


athlete... No, it is another Russian. Number 29 who is going it


alone. Making it down Constitution Hill in an attempt to close the gap


but he is having a really good gapped. I is a brave man. Going by


himself and I am sure he has made that decision by himself and nobody


has done with him. You can understand why Jonathan Brownlee


has decided not to but why is nobody in that chase pack thinking


I have got to do this and put myself in contention? The four at


the front, the further they get away, the more difficult it will be


to close down. We have got a totally different race situation as


we saw with the women, the big slowdown in different pack that


enabled everybody to get back and enabled young Emma Jackson from


Australia to get back in contention but we are getting towards the end


of that, it will not happen here today. Were have got a retirement


here, the Austrian athlete has clearly come a cropper out on the


road and I am not sure if it was what that did for him. The problem


with his right arm is apparent and he is free wheeling slowly in it to


get some medical attention at the transition, that is the end of his


race here. 13.8 kilometres of the bike to go. We have got a leading


group of four, we have got a Russian athlete trying to close the


gap and 30 plus athletes still fairly tightly bunched together


coming round the Victoria Memorial now. The Russian has just about


half the gap so about halfway to his target area. Great effort. You


have got to feel for the Swiss athlete, whenever anything goes


wrong on the bike, it is the collarbone or the rest. It looks


like he is suffering from a broken wrist. A tough call. But you have


to deal with those conditions. It is the summer now, one year on and


it will be the Olympic Games, it will be similar then. Similar


weather conditions. These men have made his commitment and I keep


saying, you have to admire them, it is so easy to say they will stay in


the pack and go on for the running legs but these guys have gone for


it. Not too long before we get into the final lap on the back. Alistair


Brownlee leaves the way, Alexander Brukhankov his second, James Elvery


is third, then Ivan Rana, former world champion his 4th at the


moment. These four working well together and they have established


a very handy lead. Certainly favours Alistair Brownlee. We know


how good he is, Ivan Rana is a good run as well but will he focus just


on cycling, will it affect his running capabilities? It looks good


for a Brownlee gold to make it a double for the British team


following Helen Jenkins' victory yesterday. A lot of work already


done, and no easing up off the pace at the front whatsoever. Beginning


to see the chase group stretching out now, maybe something is


happening there. We cannot give this away entirely but with five


people off the front, Olympic selection at there for grabs. The


if other athletes are relying on the positions, it is difficult with


the four athletes plus the other one getting away. James Elvery has


done so much work on this. And a brave performance by Ivan Rana to


back that up. As you say, Matt, Rana a bit of time away from the


sport. Fresh coming back in, but he has lost the run fitness.


around 12 seconds. The Russians should be the next man through, his


time difference is around the mid- twenties. He is on a 24 seconds, he


has done well but can he close the gap further in this next lap? Two


laps to go. James Elvery, Brukhankov, Brownlee and Rana and


then the Russian. And then the rest of them, a 43 second gap. It is


going all the time. Surely now there will be an effort from this


huge group of riders to make inroads into the lead of the fund


for? -- the front four? Otherwise it will be too far and Brownlee


will be gifted a victory. Others in the pack will be thinking that


maybe Alistair Brownlee is out of sight but we are not too sure about


Ivan Rana, but do I fancy my chances against the big Russian man,


Brukhankov and McIlroy as well? Still podium places up for grabs


and you have got to think that maybe Jonathan Brownlee is thinking


he is a strong runner, he has proved that already. Maybe he can


push his way back on to this. Still no letting up of pace at the front.


Still trying to going out from the 15 seconds initially to three times


that now. The hesitation was beginning to appear in the traced


back, not wanting to close that down. By a brave effort by Rana to


come up and now the Russian try to bridge the gap on his own as well.


Elvery leading Rana. And brother Jonathan Brownlee is in the group


the helicopter above with the motorcycle camera alongside and


this is the way it has been for the majority of the race since the


three and then finally four went away. We have got three-quarters of


a minute lead over the chasing group, they have worked effectively


together. Sharing the workload evenly and fairly. Nobody has done


more than anyone else, the Russian is hoping to join them but he has


the disadvantage of working alone. And that will not help him. He has


got no one to share the workload with. A with the four at the front,


there is an element of trust, and they will not allow anyone to sit


in there. So making that commitment is there an importantly, it is the


time element. They have got to stay with this, however hard it is. And


however much it may take it out of your legs going into the run, you


have still got that as well. 43 seconds at the moment but perhaps a


bit more going in and to try to close a one-minute gap on the run,


there are some people who are capable of doing it that such


strong runners as Rana at his best and also Brownlee as well, that


will be tough to do. For they are heading now once again under a


constitution Arch or Wellington Arch. The chases behind, plenty of


them have done a pretty much nothing. The Portuguese up for it


at the back, he is a good runner. Minimal work-rate were acquired at


the back of the pack and hoping that the pace is solid enough at


the front when they come to transition of the second time, they


can move forward and make a run. It is a bit of a gamble. I know we


don't get a true impression when comparing the small group of four


and a huge group going through, but it looks like there is not impetus


in the big group. People able to sit up and freewheel for a bit and


then with a minimum of effort re- establishing contact on to the


the penultimate time before they had passed the Memorial Gate at the


top of Constitution Hill, memorial to the Commonwealth soldiers and in


that don't you can see on the right, there are inscribed the names of


the Commonwealth soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross and the


George Cross in the great wars. All unveiled by Her Majesty Queen


Elizabeth in 2002. There's the Palace. Familiar to everybody now


after the incredible scenes on where we have seen before, the


riders crossing over and us as we say that, that gap has gone out to


even more. I was just going to say, a great, great back-up to the four


leading riders knowing that their a good position going for a run.


For there's the man who had tried to make the break to join the


leading four, he might find that it is a push too far for Ivan, the


Russian. All alone as it comes past the palace. Out in front, Rana of


Spain, Brukhankov of the Russian former the -- Russian Federation.


And the man at the back of the leading group is James Elvery of


New Zealand. Back towards the pack cry out from the barriers. Just to


remind you, this will be a free to view events at the Olympics next


year. August 5th for the women, August 7th for the men. If you have


got tickets or not, to take up at the front. Bet has been such a


good race, with everybody taking their turn up -- it has been. A


little bit of caution going into the corners, making sure the inside


peddled is up, not taking any chances with the difficult


conditions. A glance over the side of from Byrukhankov, as Alistair


Rana, the latest addition to this group of. But Brownlee heads


towards the back. Can he reduce the gap? The last time we checked


combat there was a gap of 24 seconds. Back alongside the


Serpentine now. Talking about that hard work at the front of combat


with everybody working so hard, but of course, we are ready working won


in 24, and then we move over, and then when we get to the back of the


group, it is even the 30% less, so although the legs will be tired,


they will not be as tired as they would be that as the people on the


lone ride. The crowd beginning to get behind the front four as they


come through a transition. The next time, they will be dropping off


their bikes and picking up their running shoes and heading out of


the park. The bell sounds, one lap to go. Byrukhankov, Brownlee,


Elvery and Rana have done some fantastic work leading at this bike.


The gap is getting towards 30 seconds. Still no sign of the


chasing group. The Russian a rise, I think his is a lost cause. --


arrives. He is now nearly 40 seconds behind. And at the chasers


are getting aren't for one minute behind the. -- the chasers are


getting on for one minute behind, possibly more. So, 42 seconds.


Stuart Hayes, 50 seconds. Then nearly a minute to Jonathan


Brownlee. That is the gap that Alistair Brownlee and his fellow


leaders have over the chasers. There are dark clouds over head,


there may be some rain to come, but so far it has been a tactically


astute race from this quartet. has been almost tactically perfect.


They have shown a commitment. Be brave early and go for it, that is


what you have to do. We saw Helen Jenkins doing it yesterday, being


brave enough to go very early on the run and establishing a gap and


building on it right the way Wales Memorial Fountain. On the


left of the screen, more of the sides were then the park. -- sites


within the park. Polyansky of Russia is 36. And a quick sighting


of William Clarke. You can see noticeably the slowness going


around the bend and the turns. the rain fall in the background.


Kensington Palace just on the right of your screen, is that coming our


way? That part of London, which is kind of High Street Kensington,


will be taking the brunt of that rainfall. Is that heading our way


shortly? If that rain is coming through, far better to arrive when


the athletes are getting out onto the run rather than at of a bike


discipline. Bash on the bike. -- on the bike. This was athlete having a


go at the leading pack. Others are responding. Another Swiss rider


behind him. The Swiss are looking to place in the top 10 to gain


automatic Olympic selection for their country, so maybe that is why


we have got the Swiss athletes out there. We are into the last lap and


they are looking to get a clean space going into the final


transition. Still very tightly bunched. There are 10 or 12 that


they still have not moved from the back of that pack. They have sat in


there, taking the easy route, hoping that they can conserve their


energy for the run to come. Under Wellington Arch again for the final


time, down Constitution Hill for the last time, towards the palace


where they will make the turn around the Victoria Memorial and


climb back up once again all the last trek up Constitution Hill,


back into the park. The spectators will see these guys five more times.


Once at the end of this lap and then at the end of each of the four


run laps of. -- lap. Rana, the Spanish champion, 45, he will be


happy with the decision he made to take the break before it got too


large. Alistair Brownlee, still Spedding very swiftly indeed on the


bike, and a conscious decision -- spinning. With a muscle memory


there, a lot of people, if the legs are turning over at a particular


speed, they will never raise that undid will come through into the


run. With Alistair's excellent running it, he needs to be turning


over exactly what he is doing it, 95, perhaps even a hundred as he


goes through. The arch used to form part of Hyde Park corner, which has


been moved into what is now the roundabout. The leaders are way


beyond that, they all already down at the Palace. -- they are. But


can't see anyone other Buckingham Palace balcony, I am not sure if


they are paying attention -- on the. Now, the chasers know how far these


four men are ahead. Up the hell for the last time, up towards the park,


the return to Hyde Park -- up the hill. Brownlee has a word with Rana


as he lets Byrukhankov said the pace again. -- set the pace. They


know just how much their leaders and I guess, at being brave enough


to go for the run a early on, they know they have that big a gap in


there. Lots of good run as in the second pack, including Simon would


it has all day on Hyde Park. I don't think it has reached this


section outside the park -- heavier than it has all day. It has now


reached this corner of Hyde Park and refuge is being sought wherever


be anticipating the transition. Just over one kilometre to go. They


will be looking down at the time. As we saw with the women's race,


the shoes will be untidy and added that, the feat will be coming out,


just lane defeat on top of the shoes -- and their feet. And then


that swift transition. I am sure we will see... That weather really has


just come, I would say at the right time, but the athletes will know


what I mean, not having to put up with it on a bike. They have


managed to get through the bike section up without having these


conditions underfoot. Just over a kilometre to go. Just under one to


go for the leading quartet of riders. They are coming into a


downpour in this part of the park, it is really tipping get down now.


Typical English summer weather. -- keeping it down. The riders at the


end of the club have come through transition. This time they will


stop just before transition. They will comes to that this meant line


and they will jog along alongside their bikes before handing them up


-- this mad. They will pick up their running shoes and a head out


for four laps around the park. In terms of the time, it couldn't have


been better, because the rain is coming thick and fast now as they


come into Transition at the end of the bike course. Let's join Richard


and Sonali Shah. The Richard, is Alistair conserving


his energy? It looked as though on the way in from Buckingham Palace


he certainly was. He has now moved to the front of the pack in order


to get the best a transition possible. We will see him running


into Transition in the lead, he will get his traders aren't as fast


as possible and this weather will suit him down to the ground. He is


a Yorkshire man, he can handle this rain. He will grab the bike, it


gets the traders, and get out on the run. -- get his trainers. But


Jonathan and Alistair work extremely hard at this. It wasn't


extremely fast, but they have worked together, and look at the


gap they have already bulletin or two of Rana. A we will see Jonathan


said that he has already been conserving energy. He has, but so


have the rest of the British. Stuart Hayes had ago, but we have


seen nothing of William Clarke and Tim Don -- had a go. They have been


waiting, it is almost at team tactic by Great Britain today. They


hadn't chased Alistair Dam, they have let him do his job. -- down.


Can Jonathan do it with these gap? somewhere between heavy and


torrential -- are in. They could be some chaos here, as they look for


their positions and the transition area. Gomez is in, he looks for his


place, easy for him to find as the world No. 1. No. 8 is Jonathan


Brownlee, he is getting his shoes on, trying to chase down his


brother. Gomes put his hat end the box, but it is 1.25 minutes that


these guys have to finish as they streamed out of the blue carpeted


transition area and go on the hand of the leading four, who left more


that 60, 70 seconds ago. A huge group that. Time for the runners to


do their job now. They are crossing the Serpentine Bridge. They will


Loop, the spectators will see them on the far side of the lake if they


can see through the rain, and they will come past in front of them are


three times before the final lap, which takes them across the


finishing line. We will try and get a catch up on what is going on.


There is Byrukhankov, the Russian. He is second or third at the moment.


Alistair Brownlee, I recognise that running technique. He has a bend


the gap. Alistair Brownlee is leading the way. We think they back


and El very have been dropped. We have seen Alistair slip and fall


the previous race, he will be aware of that -- we have seen in Rana and


James Elvery being dropped. doesn't have that would form as a


runner compared to Alistair, but the second race within his who is


going to be coming out of the second pack and seeing who can


possibly get onto the podium. Alistair is running a confident


they, we knew he would, he has chosen his tactics ideally. There


is Jotham Brownlee. -- Jonathan. Brad Kahlefeldt N the green and


gold of Australia. A tremendous victory a couple of weeks ago.


Jonathan Brownlee part of that chasing group. Miserable conditions


now. This is how Alistair came into Transition. The rain is twice as


heavy now as it was a couple of minutes ago. He hung up the bike,


the front wheel in the slot, his helmet came off, and he struggled


for about that to take it off. Gomez followed 1.25 minutes later.


David Howes of France just after him. -- House. That gives you an


idea of how hard the rain is off until they reach transition for


a second time. There are pockets of blue-sky above but that is no


consolation at the moment to the athletes and the spectators. The


helicopter, I am happy to say, is staying airborne. We will hopefully


get our pictures from the front of the field at the front of the field,


we think Brukhankov is second and as far as we can tell, that is


Alistair Brownlee, now we can catch up with him at the front of the


field with Alistair Brownlee. He has run 1.5 kilometres already. And


there's of Richard Stannard he said that he is an experienced fell


runner in his youth, he is from Yorkshire, this is the sort of


weather they like in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The sort of


conditions will suit him down to the ground. He looks full of


running at this stage. He is running away from Brukhankov but


Brukhankov is having a great performance. These two seem to have


got away and the second race developing behind them. Record's


John A Brownlee both in great form -- which caught Johnny Brownlee.


Brukhankov today, first sign of James Elvery going through as well.


Elvery did so much work on the bike and now we have the sighting of


Rana. He is third at the moment, and Elvery behind him. Rana ran


well a few years ago in the heat of can Combe of the Caribbean coast of


Mexico. Cancun. Will Clarke going through there as well among the


leaders. That was Sven Riederer of Switzerland going past, Jonathan


Brownlee leading the second group and on his shoulder, the World


Number One, the champion here 12 months ago, Javier Gomez of Spain.


If they David Hauss just sits on Javier Gomez's shoulder. -- and


David Hauss just sit. Laurent Vidal of France comes through and then


Jan Frodeno of Germany. The rain has eased off slightly but the


darkest cloud seems to have passed so we will expect some bright


spells ahead. The everybody has got a soaking though. There's our


leader, Alistair Brownlee, the noise around Hyde Park as he comes


through his first lap coming through transition is absolutely


deafening. Incredible scenes here. They were treated to a British


victory yesterday, in the form of Helen Jenkins in the women's grace.


Can Brownlee make it a golden double for Great Britain? Carl


Jones is coming through... That is a long way behind. Alistair


Brownlee has just moved away with Rana in third place and James are


very in 4th place. What an established gap on the first lap


alone. Brownlee, Brukhankov, Elvery and Rana spread out on the course.


Rana will be hoping to capitalise on his tactically smart move on the


bike earlier. He may have run himself into a podium place. He is


a long way off the lead of Alistair Brownlee as the Spaniard comes


through transition at the end of the first lap with the Kiwi James


Elvery behind him. He is being hunted down by Jonathan Brownlee


behind him. Elvery will be easy pickings here 4 Jonathan Brownlee


who is with Gomez and Hauss. Alistair Brownlee leads, Brad


Kahlefeldt further behind along with Steffen Justus, Laura --


Laurent Vidal. Other British contenders also down in the pack


but might be too far off the pace. We are seeing Simon which Bill


going through from Canada but what an indication -- Simon would field


but what an indication that the cycling can take it out of the


latest of the athletes. Tremendous effort from Brukhankov. I think the


bronze medal is certainly up for grabs today and just possibly, just


possibly the silver as well. At the moment Alistair Brownlee is free


and running strongly, Brukhankov still looks very good at the moment.


A big man for running but I think first and second, we could have a


change in position coming in for the bronze medal. The at the


British competitor we have not mentioned is Adam Bowden, also a


minute and a half off the pace so going well today. 66, his number,


we will keep an eye on him. He was quiet on the bike. A break from the


chasers, John A Brownlee leading Javier Gomez and Hauss, the next


athlete to go past. Adam Bowden that you mentioned there,


international steeplechaser for Great Britain, went to the Comm of


games for England and has tremendous running strength. -- to


the Commonwealth Games for England. Maybe it is a chance for him to


older brother Alistair in first position. He is way out in front.


Johnny with Gomes try to make a whole in the lead. Jonathan


Brownlee has got sight of Ivan Rana ahead. There's a chance for maybe


two British competitors on the podium today. Alistair is out in


front, there's our leader. The art would be sensational, all the


effect that he had on holding the group back, but for him to be able


to run through to a medal to join his brother on the podium would be


very special indeed. We are looking at a tremendous athlete. On current


form, the number one athlete in the world in triathlon. Unless there is


an accident, Alistair and Johnny go through and the moment Alistair


taking it through. Lovely upright position. Coming in front of the


Serpentine Lido know, Javier Gomez on the left, Brownlee on the left.


Johnny was second after the dramatic scenes when Alistair


Brownlee ran out of steam in the final lap and drifted home in a


daze. Javier Gomez and Bramley take turns to set the pace as they look


ahead. I don't know if it is Brukhankov or Rana next in the


firing line. Somebody mate have got something from the back but I think


Rana is definitely within the site for third place. The rain


continuing to fall, no longer torrential but so much heavy.


Happily the helicopter is staying airborne bring as these hazy, damp


pictures from above. -- bringing as and John A Brownlee. And of the


second lap about to conclude for Alistair Brownlee, he is in a


sensational position here. Jonathan Brownlee, his younger brother,


taking the turn and Ivan Rana the next target. Rana is passed by a


Javier Gomez, added that he has got anything else to give, he will


Rana chose the right tactics for him. We knew he is not great


running form. Hopefully he will get a respected position,. This is the


bravest going off from the lead pack. The others will try to work


their way through. Already on five kilometres of running, over one


minute gap players from the huge gap and then into bronze-medal


position, will we see a further breakdown of Brukhankov holding


second, we think Alistair Brownlee must be set up in gold medal


position at the moment but the way these chasers are running, Jonathan


Brownlee and Javier Gomez, they could be running at the silver


medal position. The rain is getting heavier at the moment. The noise


built in the grandstand as Alistair Brownlee... He is already through


but a gap of... Here he comes again onto that the carpet but still has


half of his run to complete. Five kilometres down, five to go for


Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain. Absolutely tremendous running.


Still maintaining that. Brukhankov just 19 seconds down, he is having


the race of his life he might to do this. It is painful to watch,


Brukhankov really struggling here and that sensational second place


in Kitzbuhel but he is where there is a danger behind as Jonathan


Brownlee and Javier Gomez make their challenge on his position.


Here they come through the drizzle. The you would think that they need


to be within 3545 seconds, and it is coming away from that now.


Brukhankov still won a significant going to go much faster but Javier


Gomez kicks past Jonathan Brownlee. That is for the advantage, the


minimal advantage as they come through the transition area with


two laps to go. It looks like the real medal hunt will be on for the


bronze. Brukhankov maintaining that position around one minute in front


of his chasers and Alistair Brownlee, some 20 seconds in front


of Brukhankov. Probably around four kilometres only to run now for top


Ivan Rana is going backwards, and Brukhankov we are watching from the


helicopter with the white cap and a lot of agony of his face, there's


our leader. Alistair Brownlee, 4.32 kilometres to race for the British


No. 1. Surely no repeat of his running out of steam in dramatic


fashion one year ago. Surely the conditions are much cooler and


damper this time, surely he will be able to maintain his advantage. He


passes Brukhankov going in the other direction, Brukhankov is


digging deep here, really working hard to keep up this place. I think


he has been a brave man, he has done so much work on the bike. He


has chased Alistair Brownlee going through, he has only got 20 seconds


on two laps, and has maintained a gap of about one minute over the


guys who are trying to take away his silver medal, and that is what


he is thinking about. We do not have any information from Russia


about how they will choose their Olympic teams. But for Brukhankov


to be running as well as the is, you will be putting himself into


Gomez, trying to open the gap. He can sense third position coming his


way, could be a battle between these two for third, possibly


second if Brukhankov runs out of steam. It has been a while since


Brukhankov went round that hairpin. The Russian might just hold on for


second and we could have a sprint finish between Jonathan Brownlee


Laurent Vidal and uses, and then Jan Frodeno, the Olympic champion.


Will Clarke coming round the hairpin now. Maik Petzold for


Germany and the early leader, certainly on the bike, Rana still


going backwards. And the others fighting out for positions within


chance here and now we are seeing Jonathan Brownlee getting away from


Javier Gomez. The first time we have seen a significant gap coming


through there. Quite early days there, still about 3.5 kilometres


to go and they will be looking to establish that but also being aware


that David Hauss is not that far behind. Brownlee has made an impact,


Javier Gomez is struggling to respond and Jonathan Brownlee would


have preferred these conditions to the Spaniard, it is much more what


he is used to training and running in West Yorkshire. Javier Gomez is


tried to respond. Jonathan Brownlee for has got plenty more to offer


here and he is widening the gap ever so slowly and very slightly


but it might just prove to be stand-up turned... We just see that


slight kick, as if Johne is thinking, another heart second --


every time we see a slight twist or turn. Smooth as they come going


around the bend. There doesn't matter to him whether they are


racing in bright sunshine or these wet unpleasant conditions at the


moment. He is used to do whatever the weather throws at him. He is


back on the north side of the Serpentine, so he will be coming


into the transition area. He will take the bell any second now.


Alistair Brownlee comes past the hordes of our umbrellas and


supporters, who are giving him lots you can't get any wetter! Once.


They helicopter is still flying at, I am happy to say. -- the


helicopter is still flying. Alistair leading the way while his


younger brother tries to widen the gap between himself and Javier


Gomez. It has got a little bigger, that break between third and 4th.


Between them all is the brave Russian Bryukhankov, who is still


holding on to second position. Staring through the drizzle, here


is the leader. I would say 45 seconds, around cabinet, before we


see the leaders coming through -- around a minute. Jonathan Brownlee


moving away from Rana -- Gomes. -- Javier Gomez. The gap is widening


slightly. Back with the leader, who closes his eyes in an attempt to


clear his vision of the raindrops, which must be obscuring his view


ahead. Bryukhankov is still holding on and digging deep, he is having


the run of his life. Onto the blue carpet, he will be warmly welcomed,


with one lap to go. Alistair Brownlee, into Transition. The next


time he comes through, he will go to the right and head for the


finishing line. 2.45 measure Macro the -- to buy 45 km to run.


Bryukhankov is somehow keeping his second place and silver medal hopes


are live a. He was 19 seconds down with two laps to go. He has only


dropped another eight seconds and that is absolute guts and pure


determination. He is refusing to give in, he is in all sorts of


agony but he will not give it the second best. It would be a huge


effort from the chasing back if they can close them what is a


minute. -- close down. Backward Jonathan Brownlee. 10 third


position in his own right that backward Jonathan Brownlee, in


third position in his own right. -- back or with. The gap has and


widened too much. He will hope he has timed his kick away from the


Spaniard right and he can lead Gomes at a safe distance. -- Javier


Gomez. The second of the Brownlee brother comes through transition.


He has opened up a decent lead over Javier Gomez. It just over 40


seconds to close on Bryukhankov before Jonathan Brownlee. It is a


tough call, but the way Bryukhankov was running a, he looks so tired,


just hanging on, pure inner strength that the moment, so there


must be a chance for Jonathan did take that. But he is against it at


the moment. Hauss, he seems to have fallen back. Alistair Brownlee


can't go soon enough at the moment. He is almost home. He is into the


last six or seven minutes of running down he is going to be


acknowledged by this huge crowd here. Want 0.8 km to go, around the


hairpin for the last time -- 1.8. He will see Bryukhankov coming the


other way. He will also see his younger brother in the chase as


well, as the athletes coming through a transition and see the


one lap signed. -- signed. It is brightening up. The leading


contenders could be welcomed back in a bit of sunshine, which would


be nice up to the unpleasant weather of the last hour or so.


can't speak highly enough of Bryukhankov, he is working so hard.


You look at his face and think, how can you hold on, you are obviously


suffering so much. And yet the stride and the pitch has not sought


and does -- shortened, he is still driving with that up a body. He is


refusing to give him, he wants that medal -- up a body. Backward the


leader, No. 7 in the world standings at the moment -- a back


home well serious race end London, where he dramatically drifted


across the line in a state of semi- conscious best a year ago -- his


home World Series race in London. The weather is drying up and for


his grand finale and his run at two potential victory in Hyde Park. The


others are still battling for the minor places, but none of them


today, so far, able to match Alistair Brownlee, who has been in


a class of his own. He was up there on the swim, in the top 10, as soon


as they got on to the bike, he was there, holding it through and he


has maintained it on the run. Around four minutes left, if that,


and he knows, he is probably remember it what happened last year


and thinking, that is not going to happen again, I am going to show


that was a one-off. He has moved away now from Bryukhankov, we saw


that happening there. I hope Bryukhankov hold on, because it has


been a great effort. He went from the front of the run, he didn't sit


back and think he could move through. We saw Jenkins did


yesterday and we are seeing Alistair Brownlee do it today. --


do it yesterday. The crowd beginning to get ready to welcome


at home -- welcome him home. They are on their feet, starting to get


ready with their horns and hooters to make him very welcome. Alistair


Brownlee is on the right side of the Serpentine. It Bryukhankov is


also on the northern bank. He looks like he will hold on to second


position. Alistair drifts off towards his left, shadowed by the


motorcycle with the camera on board. Looking for a bit of softness


underfoot. Now, then, the final stages of this 2011 Hyde Park


adventure, about to come to a close. Behind him, Alexander Bryukhankov


has been a picture of pain, but a model of courage so far. What a


performance from him. Will he hold on for second of will Jonathan


Brownlee steal his thunder one more time? -- Paul will. It is a long


gap for Jonathan Brownlee into the last lap. Alistair is about three


minutes away from wedding. I am sure Bryukhankov will be able to


maintain that -- away from winning. Here is the man running home. You


can't guarantee Olympic selection, but to get the gold medal, to get


that first place on the podium coming into the finish in Hyde Park,


we will see that. Bryukhankov in second place, knowing if he has


nearly got to the finish and the pain will stop, he will have a huge


kudos to take home to his selectors. Jonathan Brownlee in third position


on his own. It looks as though the brothers will once again graced the


podium, this time together, in London. -- race. Alistair is on


course for the victory, as he makes his final stages of this Hyde Park


world championship series. Instead of going straight on through


transition best time, he will keep right and take this little elbow up


towards the finishing line. The others are still doing their work


behind, trying to close the gap. Javier Gomez looks as though he


will have to settle for 4th position today. $18,000 for the


winner, 13,000 for the second, 9,500 for third at 7004 4th. $7,000


looks like what Javier Gomez well look -- taken today. But Alistair


Brownlee can start to celebrate. A year ago, it ended in dramatic


style as he ran out of speed and collapsed before the finishing line.


In 2011, it has been completed with ease. He has got time to salute, to


shake hands, to high-five the crowd. He is enjoying the celebrations. He


jogs home with consummate ease. Alistair Brownlee, reduced to a


snail's pace as he enjoys this moment. He makes it a golden double


for Great Britain, on Saturday morning Helen Jenkins one the


women's race, and on Sunday afternoon, Alistair Brownlee


crosses the line to celebrate victory in the men's competition


for Great Britain. With the white rose of Yorkshire, rather than the


British flag. Here is a brave man coming through, thoroughly deserved


the acknowledgements. Well done, Alexander but that -- Bryukhankov.


A courageous second place. Are we will wait and see the second of the


Brownlee brother's home -- we will wait. It will be Jonathan taking


third. There will be two Brownlee brothers on the world series


champions podium in Hyde Park. What a weekend for Great Britain, for


Helen Jenkins, for Alistair Brownlee and for Jonathan Brownlee,


who joins him on the podium. First and third for the Brownlee boy is


in Hyde Park. -- Boys. 1 and 3, what a weekend it has been


for Team GB. Not forgetting Helen yesterday. It is absolutely amazing


it, what a second before London 2012. The eyes of the world will be


on the triathlon for Great Britain and with these two brothers,


working together, but getting on the podium, it is on had offer.


Fantastic. Britain has shown how good it is. Come and join us... Oh,


good it is. Come and join us... Oh, good it is. Come and join us... Oh,


good it is. Come and join us... Oh, no. Congratulations,... Thank you.


By Kadri speak, I am really knackered. -- I can barely speak. I


got into that with five minutes to go but I am really pleased,


absolutely shattered. I am so sorry we are running out of time but we


will do a proper interview and that will be on the website. Thank you


very much for Richard for keeping us company at giving us your inside.


Thank you to the commentators. -- insight. Less than a year until


London 2012 hits this town and almost a year to the day and tell


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