Grand Final Triathlon: World Series


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Hello and welcome to London's Hyde Park. It is a packed afternoon of

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sport on the BBC today, so if you are looking for the Moto GP, that is

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on the red button. But on the banks of the Serpentine we have the climax

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of the 20 13th world triathlon series. There are still three men

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with a realistic chance of taking the title -- the 20 13th world

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triathlon series. Those include Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. Here

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is how the series so far has led us to the exciting conclusion. Javier

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Gomez the Olympic silver medallist has laid down a marker here, right

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at the start of the season. Right now there is no want to touch

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Alistair Brownlee, and he wins in California. It is Jonathan Stern to

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shine in Yokohama. What a win. Jonathan Brownlee has been

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absolutely brilliant here today with his second successive victory in the

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series. Brown league wins in emphatic style

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ex-Commissioner -- Brownlee wins in emphatic style! It is a split

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between the brothers, but it is Jonathan's victory in Hamburg.

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Alistair takes the win in Stockholm. A stunning success. So it is likely

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to be Alistair, John thaw Javier Gomez to be crowned world champion

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after a bomb -- 1500 metres swim, a four kilometre bike ride and ten K

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run. Graham Bell will be out and about on the course. The race

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revolves around here, the transition. This is the equivalent

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of an F1 pit lane walk, except without all the noise and any

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mechanics, because the athletes do everything themselves, wracking

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their bikes, making sure everything is in the right position. You OK,

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Alistair? Looking good for today? I think so. A good crowd, but its

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toll. Good Yorkshire weather.We all need a bit of weather like this to

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make is the all at home. Don't let me interrupt your preparations. Even

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down to the helmet on the front of the handlebars, that would go

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straight onto the head. That has to be done up before they can pull the

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bike out of the rack and run out. It is important that you follow the

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rules and make sure that when you coming out of the swim, the wet suit

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is back in the box. If you break any of the rules, you get a penalty, and

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we don't want to see any of that today, do we? No penalties today,

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crossed. Brilliant. Once they have picked up the bike, they had onto

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the road and do the 40 K loop around London. Let's welcome four-time

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Ironman triathlon champion Chrissie Wellington, who will be with us all

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afternoon, and joining us is Malcolm Brown, who has been the running

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coach for the Brownlee brothers were a few years. We are so used to

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seeing the Brownlee brothers win that it is easy to take that success

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for granted. Chrissie, put it into context how important those two boys

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have been to the sport? They have catapulted the sport into the public

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consciousness, not just at the Olympics last year, but even before.

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They have taken the triathlon world by storm. They have dominated for

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the past three or four years. It's fantastic to see two amazing British

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the past three or four years. It's athletes on top. Malcolm, achieving

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the kind of results that they do not only takes a phenomenal amount of

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training, but also a certain amount of character. I know the boys are

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very different, but give us an insight into their personalities. As

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you say, they are two individuals, but what they share in common is a

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love of the outdoors, a love of pushing themselves. A little

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internal competition against the other one. All of those factors and

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many more have created the characters we will see in a few

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minutes. A top year for Alistair, lots of problems with his lack --

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ankle -- a tough year. There were lots of problems with his lack --

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rumours he would not make it to the start. How is he doing? He had a

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decent breakfast, looked out the window and saw the rain and thought

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decent breakfast, looked out the it was good. He is OK. He is going

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to start and see how it goes. When I spoke to Johnny ahead of the race he

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said he was not really feeling the pressure ahead of -- of being the

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reigning world champion. Can that be true? I don't think he feels the

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pressure of being the reigning world champion. He has the usual prerace

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anxiety is one would have, but he's in good shape and he sees an

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opportunity here. How important have the boys been to the sport of

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triathlon? How much more attention has the sport of triathlon got

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because of the Brownlee brothers? I think the combination of the boys,

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the Olympics on this course last year, and there is a lot of interest

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in the sport. I think because they are brothers there are a lot of

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little old ladies in the supermarket asking of the boys get on with each

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other. They are a bit worried, but they are, so we don't need to worry.

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I did love the story of the old lady who gave them £10 each for winning

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the Olympic medal, and that is what they call legacy. They seem to have

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appealed to more than the hard school of triathlon fans. There is a

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wider audience than that. Good luck to you and your boys today,

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Malcolm. The elite men's race is just a finale to a whole host of

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championship races. Yesterday it was just a finale to a whole host of

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the elite women's race where there were also two British athletes in

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the running to win that world title. Welcome to a soggy and at times

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foggy morning. The Gwen Jorgensen is the leader in the world triumphant

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-- triathlon seed -- series. If she wins today, she will become world

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champion. Anything can happen as they come to the end of the swim.

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Gwen Jorgensen will not be far away from the leaders. This race

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beginning to play into her hands. Non Stanford has not got her wet

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suit in the box, and that is a rule infringement. That could result in a

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penalty. A disastrous swim for she has to be over two minutes down. It

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looks like Gwen Jorgensen is down. It will be a battle for the title

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between the triathletes, all over for Gwen Jorgensen. They run towards

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the transition them in. She's kicking clear of the

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pack. What a gutsy move from Non Stanford. So, Stanford takes a

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punishment now. And the tactic has paid off for Non Stanford, she still

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in first position. Stimson has been dropped by Aileen Reid. A

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sensational raid -- Stimpson. This culminates in a magnificent victory.

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Non Stanford is the champion of the world.

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Delighted to be surrounded by great British sport -- sportswomen.

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Joining me is Non Stanford and runner-up Jody Stimpson. Thank you

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for joining us. Non-, thanks for joining us, your historic win, going

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from under 23 world champion to senior world champion in just a

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year, and more than 24 hours after the race, has it own game? Not

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really. Still on cloud nine, can't believe it. So surreal. Everyone is

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congratulating me and talking about the race, and I am just buzzing.

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It's all a bit of a blur, but it's fantastic. Just trying to soak it

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all up and enjoy it. Malcolm was talking about how much hard work the

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Brownlee brothers put in. How much hard work, dedication and sacrifice

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it really takes? You broke your arm earlier and it could have been the

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end of the season for you, but now you world champion. It is hard work

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and you have to make massive sacrifices, but everyone out there

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is putting in the work, and I really enjoy it, so that is the main

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thing. I love what I do, so it's not that much of a sacrifice when you

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enjoy it. It is great at the end of the season, because we can sit back,

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chill out and reflect on it and appreciate the hard work and all we

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have achieved. Jodie, you have had a phenomenal year as well and you have

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been part of the sport since the age of nine years old, so how emotional

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has it been for you to reach this level? I think yesterday it hit

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home, to be honest. It was a really emotional day yesterday. I got to

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see family and friends and everyone who helped me along the journey. I

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did get really emotional and I started crying a little bit. It

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meant the world yesterday, and to do started crying a little bit. It

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it on home soil means even more. Krissy, they are the headliners this

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year, but British women, including Helen Jenkins, have a history in the

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sport. But when it comes to a British one and two we always hear

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about the Brownlee brothers, so how proud were you to hear about it in

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the women's race? I could not have been prouder. It was such a great

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race, full of excitement. There were so many incidents happening out

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there. It was fantastic. And you have a British one and two is

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phenomenal -- to have. These girls will inspire the next generation of

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triathletes, and it is such an exciting time. Absolutely. We must

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not let you go without talking about your next big home race. The results

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mean that you have both been selected for the Commonwealth Games,

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but on different teams. Jodie, how important was it for you to be

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picked for team England, especially important was it for you to be

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after not making the London Olympics? Not making the London

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Olympics was devastating. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had

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to go through in my life. It was kind of in my head then never to

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miss another championship and to do all I could do not miss another one.

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When I was in the race yesterday, it was at the forefront of my mind that

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I had to get into the top six to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.

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I've done that, I'm going, and I'm ready now. You must be hoping to be

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part of team Wales with Helen Jenkins as well, which would make a

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part of team Wales with Helen very strong team for the relay.

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Yellow -- it will be so exciting to have Helen there and it will be

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great to race alongside her and be on the same team. And to represent

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Wales, that is a really special thing, you don't get to do it often.

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We are such a proud, strong nation, and I can't wait now. We could see

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your Welsh pride yesterday when you snatched the Welsh flag and came

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down the home straight draped in it. Yes, I saw the flag and thought I

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would have to take it. I got a bit of stick about not taking the

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British one, but it was the first black eyesore. I am really proud to

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be Welsh. We don't get the opportunity to represent Wales very

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often, so I like to keep the flag flying for the homeland. -- it was

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often, so I like to keep the flag the first black eyesore. There must

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be something in the water in Wales, so many champion 's. Thank you very

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much for joining us. Now, the success of the three ladies beside

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me has helped the boom in people taking up the triathlon over the

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past few years. Here are the series grand finalists, not just elite

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athletes who get to go on the Olympic course, but thousands of

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people who get to compete in various different disciplines, including

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70-year-old Londoner Eddie Brocklesby. She entered the oldest

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female age group race this morning, and here is how she got to the start

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line. My name is Eddie, Edwina Brocklesby.

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I am 70 years old now, and I am the oldest British woman to have done an

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Ironman. I did little sport until I was about 50. Even at university I

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did relatively little. I represented the University at the twist, of

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which I was very proud. My husband died when I was 52. And at that

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point I was part of a very small running club in

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point I was part of a very small They were going to cease being a

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club, and the last thing they did was to get what is a club's place in

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the London Marathon and presented it to me, so I had to do the London

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Marathon, and I had to do them justice, really. It's great when you

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are running. You can talk if you wanted or be absolutely silent going

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uphill and other people can talk to you -- you can talk if you want to.

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I had a son who was into triathlon and I watched him doing the London

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triathlon, so that was my first real sporting event in the world of the

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sport. I was out supporting my son doing the Lanzarote Ironman and I

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thought I would love to have a go at it, so that was the beginning of my

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thought I would love to have a go at Ironman career. She is an incredible

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woman, an inspiration, and I don't know too many people half her age

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you have the energy she has. The support I get, because I'm a lot

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slower than everyone else, by the time I get in the sun is going down

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and I'm going from bar to bar all along with great support from

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everyone. I think one of her best habits is that she is just

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relentless in her training. She trains incredibly hard, and her

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worst habit is the fact she does not know when to stop. In all walks of

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life, whether it's training, work, and I wouldn't say partying, but she

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is good at that too. I have been swimming here in Hampton, lovely

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venue, warm, all through the year. I've been here for coaching sessions

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and even more importantly to watch my grandson do the triathlon here,

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my 11-year-old grandson. So exciting to see him in the ball doing his

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lengths and then going off to bushy Park to do the run. I have probably

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minimise my running. -- see him in the pool. I have done quite a lot of

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biking in the fabulous Surrey Hills, and Herne Hill velodrome has been

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great fun. My main motivation is to stay fit and go on enjoying life as

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much as I am. I am running silver fit as a charity to encourage people

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to live a better lifestyle and participate more in exercise, even

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if they are quite limited in what they can do. I guess I am delighted

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if they are quite limited in what it is inspirational for women,

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certainly in Ironman competitions, 10-12% are women, and great to see

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younger women coming forward. How much longer can she train at this

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level? I think she has set new rules and do not see her stopping in the

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near future at all. I think we will see a lot more of Eddie. Triathlon

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particularly is a great sport. If you cannot run, you can always

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swim. Hiking is probably my favourite. -- biking. I have had

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some fantastic opportunities around the world swimming. I do not always

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enjoy a swimming, but you always feel good after you come out of a

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swimming pool, even after four lengths, there is a feel-good

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factor, which you can do for almost the rest of your life.

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And this is Eddie finishing her race this morning, aiming to do it in

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three hours, finishing fifth in the 70 275 age group, and she was happy

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with her placing. -- 70-75. Chrissy, how great does she look? And

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absolutely phenomenal lady. I had the privilege of first meeting heard

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when I first started this more -- the sport, he had in London, and she

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shows age is just a number. Why does age seem not to be a barrier in

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sports like triathlon, when everyone else seems to retire by 27? It has

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an injured and is sport, and people have that in June is capability. --

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it is a sport of endurance. In the amateur ranks, there is nothing to

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stop people taking up the sport at any age. I met someone who took up

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the sport at 73 and, as we have seen with Eddie, age is just a number. So

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many people, all different backgrounds and ages. And we see it

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up and down the country every weekend, people of any ages,

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particularly women taking the sport. Absolutely, that is what I laugh

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about triathlon, it is really open, growing exponentially, anyone can

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take it up, regardless of ability or age. Good to hear. With most of the

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race is done and dusted, all that is left is the men's Grand Final. Who

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will be crowned 2013 world champion? Here is how the leaders

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stand at the moment. Javier Gomez has one win and three

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second-place finishes. Johnny has three victories plus third. Alistair

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has three wins and a second place. If a Brownlee wins, he becomes world

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champion. Javier Gomez needs when and for Alistair to finish third or

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lower for him to clinch his dog world title. There were lots of

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elements that can bring other athletes into play, as we saw

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yesterday. Non Stanford had to spend time in the penalty box, as Jonny

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Brownlee did during the Olympics. They will want to avoid that penalty

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area, except for Graham, who always looks for trouble.

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I am with Emma Deakin in the dreaded penalty box. You were here when

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Jonathan Brownlee served out his penalty. How do you really across to

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the athletes that there is a penalty? There is a large penalty

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board. The number will appear when the athlete comes out of transition,

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and we have coaches placed at different points on the course, in

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an area with less public, so they can either shout or we use a

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whiteboard. In that particular incidents, with the coaches shouting

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to Jonathan, take that penalty on the third, or second lap, how does

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that work? The athletes and coaches speak to each other before, knowing

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what to do if they get a penalty, knowing when is the best position,

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so rather than seeing when to take it, the athletes will work to get a

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gap before going into the penalty box. And physiologically, what does

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it do? Non Stanford running flat-out, then suddenly you stop,

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then have to get going again. What does that do to the body? It is

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momentum, you are running, feeling good, it can give athletes the

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chance to stop, get their breath back, then get more of a surge.

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Others can feel worse. But you do not have to stop completely, you can

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jog on the spot, so you are being ready to go. You have been working

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with Alistair and Johnny quite a bit. Do they acknowledge you when

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you give information? Who has the best poker face? Both have good

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ones, Alistair tends to grimace more, but you cannot read much into

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that, I have been told that they can hear me streaking, but they know

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what they need to do. -- shrieking. Fingers crossed we will not have any

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penalties and have a fear race. Definitely.

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-- fair race. The races only eight minutes away.

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Now to hear from the men who have dominated.

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2013 has gone as well as I could have hoped. Not feeling too much

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pressure about being world champion. I want to have a good

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race. It has felt quite strange. Some problems after San Diego, then

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the tendons started flaring up, and some problems in my calf, the same

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ankle, just the rest of the body is fine. Started quite well at the

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start of the year, then not so good, the Brownlees doing very well.

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We were very tight in the end. It is going to be very exciting. Everyone

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has the chance to be one of champion, making it more exciting

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for the crowd. Quite emotional, having breakfast in the same hotel,

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the same as last year. Conflicting emotions, wonderful to be back, and

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it has special memories. It would have been nice to draw a line under

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the Olympics. That race was awesome, the crowd was huge, a great

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atmosphere, probably one of my best performances ever, so great

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memories. I just want to have a good race and, most importantly, a safe

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race, no penalties, run an extra 10-15 metres to start getting a

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penalty in that transition space. It can be harder to do this course

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well. Not like Stockholm, but it is going to be tough to do something

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different. We will see, it depends on the circumstances of the race

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around you. We will see what happens.

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It is brother against brother! I can afford to come second if Gomez wins.

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They are both fantastic athletes and difficult to beat. I would say to

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Gomez, go for it, if he is going to win, at least a Brownlee can win. I

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can use more tactics on this course. I do not have any team-mate in the

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first group, any other people working for me like the Brownlees,

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you can think about the race, but have to make decisions during it. We

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will see how I feel, how the legs are, trying to make the right

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decisions. I am in the stands with two guys

:25:22.:25:28.

very close to Alistair and Jonathan, the housemate to Jonathan, and the

:25:28.:25:37.

brothers' younger brother Ed. Rhys, of the two of them, which one will

:25:37.:25:45.

give you the hardest time? Both push you the in, day out, all three

:25:45.:25:50.

sessions per day, but Alistair is always the one trying to be

:25:50.:25:54.

competitive every moment, every session, whether sprinting up a

:25:54.:26:00.

hill, mother running. Alistair is more competitive, but both hugely

:26:00.:26:03.

competitive and unbelievable athletes, which makes it tough. And

:26:03.:26:09.

great to train with them and fantastic living with Johnny? A

:26:09.:26:16.

great guy to live with, like any normal housemate, anyone living with

:26:16.:26:21.

a friend, it is the same, going out together, living together, having a

:26:21.:26:27.

laugh. Any normal housemate doing triathlon for a living, maybe! How

:26:27.:26:35.

difficult where the as brothers for you? A bit of a nightmare, to be

:26:35.:26:41.

honest, absolutely everything was a competition. That is just how they

:26:41.:26:53.

are, isn't it? You two have come woefully underprepared, because I

:26:53.:26:59.

will hand you a Yorkshire flag. You can get a British flag and we can

:26:59.:27:06.

support the Brownlees here today. It is great to see a decent crowd on

:27:06.:27:11.

the banks of the Serpentine, despite the weather, and the crowds getting

:27:11.:27:15.

going. The athletes are announced through the transition area, then

:27:15.:27:20.

going to the pontoon area to pick the spot. Putting you on the spot,

:27:20.:27:27.

who do you think will win? Fantastic atmosphere and I will stick my neck

:27:27.:27:36.

out and the Jonny Brownlee -- and will say Jonny Brownlee, then

:27:36.:27:38.

Alistair, then Javier Gomez. Keeping will say Jonny Brownlee, then

:27:38.:27:45.

his title for one year? If I was using my money, I would say Jonny

:27:45.:27:51.

Brownlee. Time for the race to start and to hand you to the commentators.

:27:51.:27:57.

Thank you. That is the scene looking down on the Royal Park and the

:27:57.:28:05.

Serpentine dividing the part in two, and the blue pontoon, the athletes

:28:05.:28:10.

lining up, with and the blue pontoon, the athletes

:28:10.:28:15.

areas, keeping warm, their jackets on until the last minute, looking

:28:15.:28:25.

down, and the current standings. The leaders tightly bandaged, three of

:28:25.:28:31.

them could win the title. -- tightly bunched. These are the current

:28:31.:28:42.

series rankings after seven of eight races. They are trying to keep warm.

:28:42.:28:49.

The brothers, Alistair, wearing number one, Jonathan in two, Gomez

:28:49.:28:57.

weirs three. And there is the Serpentine. Still and come today.

:28:57.:29:02.

And this doubtless for this final race, reflecting the standings. --

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still and calm. Richard Varga, the strongest

:29:12.:29:26.

swimmer, but he has been sick this week, likely to lead the swim if he

:29:26.:29:32.

has got his health back in order. The rest of the list is ticking away

:29:32.:29:39.

at the bottom of the screen, a total of 69 due to dive into this 40 acre

:29:39.:29:47.

lake. The eastern half is the Serpentine, the Serpentine Bridge

:29:47.:29:51.

marks the boundary over to the right of the screen, between Hyde Park and

:29:51.:29:57.

Kensington Gardens. Similar scenes to August the 7th 2012, when the

:29:57.:30:05.

British brothers brought home two of the three medals, gold and bronze,

:30:05.:30:13.

with Gomez between them. Now, they have a 1.5 kilometres swim,

:30:13.:30:17.

returning to the blue area, where there are bikes are part apart of 40

:30:17.:30:22.

K cycle, taking them out of the park down to the Palace, then returning

:30:22.:30:27.

to the park for a ten kilometre run, the concluding segment. The

:30:27.:30:34.

Grand Final of the 2013 World Triathlon Series for men, right here

:30:34.:30:43.

in Hyde Park, wearing number one, Alistair Brownlee, two Jonathan

:30:43.:30:47.

Brownlee, three Javier Gomez, ready to go, time for the talking to stop,

:30:47.:30:52.

for the triathlon to begin this afternoon. We have had a brilliant

:30:52.:31:02.

season and it has come down to this potentially enthralling climax. We

:31:02.:31:07.

had the success of Non Stanford in the women's race yesterday, and

:31:07.:31:10.

Jodie Stimpson joining her on the podium. Can the Brownlee Brothers

:31:10.:31:16.

wrap it up for Great Britain today? They are into the Serpentine and

:31:16.:31:22.

away! It is wild in the calm water as the arms and legs do their work.

:31:22.:31:27.

Everybody looking for Clearwater and we already have one or two

:31:27.:31:32.

struggling with the place. Expect Richard Varga to be involved. He is

:31:32.:31:37.

comfortably the best swimmer in the field and also a training partner of

:31:37.:31:40.

the Brownlee brothers, so there will be looking to get a toe up as they

:31:40.:31:46.

head towards the Serpentine Bridge, then make the turnaround of the

:31:46.:31:53.

three boys, then passed the Lansbury -- passed the Lansbury Lyda, then

:31:53.:32:00.

dive back into the water for lap number two. Flailing arms coming

:32:00.:32:04.

through, and Richard Varga going for it. The three main protagonists,

:32:04.:32:11.

Johnny, Alistair, Javier Gomez, trying to look for the shortest line

:32:11.:32:16.

they can take. The swim leaders seem to have come from the left-hand side

:32:16.:32:20.

this week and they will have taken note. They will be looking to chase

:32:20.:32:26.

on Richard Varga, and that pace, initially is absolutely stunning. No

:32:26.:32:31.

holding back there. No thoughts of a 1500 metres swim, flat out on the

:32:31.:32:37.

first 200 and hanging on, easing back slightly as the work takes its

:32:37.:32:40.

first 200 and hanging on, easing toll, and by then, we think, the

:32:40.:32:43.

pattern of the swimming section of the race will have been established.

:32:43.:32:48.

But it is ridiculously fast going out there, and people already

:32:48.:32:53.

desperately trying to hang on. It is fast because the water is so flat

:32:53.:32:57.

and calm and inviting. Richard Varga, as expected, setting the

:32:57.:33:02.

pace. He is a very good swimmer. Sometimes gets a little left behind

:33:02.:33:06.

on the bicycle and the run but making improvements in the

:33:06.:33:08.

on the bicycle and the run but disciplines and had his best result

:33:08.:33:12.

of the season in the seventh round in Stockholm a couple of weeks ago.

:33:12.:33:18.

He was seventh. There is Jonathan Brownlee, winner in Yokohama and

:33:18.:33:22.

Madrid, and in the spring disciplines in hamburg -- Hamburg.

:33:22.:33:30.

He will not want to let Alistair and Richard Varga get to in -- far in

:33:30.:33:36.

front. We saw an exceptionally fast swim to kick off the women's race

:33:36.:33:42.

yesterday, and it seems the men are following suit on this, so far,

:33:42.:33:49.

fingers crossed, dry Sunday afternoon. Dry at the moment, but

:33:49.:33:54.

rain expected around 3pm according to the forecast. If that is true, we

:33:54.:33:58.

are in luck, because by then they should be off the bike and the

:33:58.:34:03.

danger element is taken out. Very tight around the first pillar. You

:34:03.:34:09.

can see the arms flailing. Fighting the position. Yesterday we saw what

:34:09.:34:13.

could happen with the women's swim, and if you get a hit, that can play

:34:13.:34:18.

into it, but the leaders around safely. Just beginning to stretch

:34:18.:34:23.

out slightly with this extraordinarily fast early pace. One

:34:23.:34:28.

or two getting completely ducked, submerged in the Serpentine on the

:34:28.:34:33.

first turn. It was a violent at times. You need to steer clear of

:34:33.:34:39.

the pillars. They were like some sort of crazy washing machine

:34:39.:34:42.

through the first section. Richard Varga looks ahead. He has had this

:34:42.:34:46.

sickness, some sort of vomiting virus in the build-up to the event,

:34:46.:34:50.

but he seems to be stronger today. We will see how long he can hold

:34:50.:34:54.

it. He's been training with the Brownlee brothers at altitude in

:34:54.:35:03.

Saint Moritz, so he has improved his all-round triathlon performance.

:35:03.:35:06.

Earlier in the week he won the world championship Aqua triathlon event, a

:35:06.:35:15.

shorter swimming and running event, which he dominated. He has already

:35:15.:35:20.

tasted world championship success. They had off towards the Lyda --

:35:20.:35:31.

lido which was opened in the 1930s. It is open to the public. The

:35:31.:35:35.

Serpentine swimming club have a 100 yard swimming -- every Christmas

:35:35.:35:44.

morning, competing for the Peter Pan cup, inaugurated by JM Barrie, the

:35:44.:35:49.

creator of Peter Pan. The crowd getting involved, lined up on both

:35:49.:35:53.

the Southern and northern banks of the Serpentine. The noise level is

:35:53.:35:57.

beginning to build. This is what we want, as the Brownlee brothers raced

:35:57.:36:01.

shoulder to shoulder through the Serpentine. The noise level starting

:36:01.:36:07.

to build. It is the Olympic spirit of the 7th of August, 2012, being

:36:07.:36:13.

rekindled this afternoon. We saw a clash in the swim and it looked as

:36:13.:36:17.

though Jonathan Brownlee would be pulled back. He managed to recover

:36:17.:36:21.

but there was a hesitation. Richard Varga did win the Aquathon and had a

:36:21.:36:30.

time penalty on the run, and overcame it. His biking has

:36:30.:36:33.

improved, and I think he could be the dark horse in this. We talk

:36:33.:36:38.

about Javier Gomez and Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, but there are other

:36:38.:36:42.

people, and sometimes the script doesn't always follow what we wanted

:36:42.:36:46.

to. With Gwen Jorgensen yesterday, and with what happened to Anne

:36:46.:36:56.

Haug, things can happen, and it looked like the British might be

:36:56.:37:01.

affected there. There are other British triathletes there, like

:37:01.:37:04.

David McNamee, the boyfriend of Non Stanford. Matthew Sharp is number 20

:37:04.:37:11.

-- 30. Mark Buckingham is 38. Aaron Harris is 53. And Phil Wolfe is

:37:11.:37:17.

number 68, so lots of British interest in the water today. Gomez

:37:17.:37:23.

is getting a little left behind here. He is not with the lead

:37:23.:37:28.

group. He must be ten or 15 seconds behind Richard Varga. He certainly

:37:28.:37:36.

was, and that is the first close-up shot of Javier Gomez coming through.

:37:36.:37:40.

We see the way that Richard has stretched the field at the front. We

:37:40.:37:44.

are so used to him going out there and after a period of settling in,

:37:44.:37:48.

the athletes almost getting a straight line behind, but today it

:37:48.:37:51.

seems that Richard has not backed off at all and is stretching out the

:37:51.:37:55.

field, and it does look as if Javier Gomez is the pressure just a little

:37:55.:37:59.

at this early stage. -- feeling the pressure. 870 metres to swim. They

:38:00.:38:08.

will come out of the water, and did Richard Varga take a wrong turn? I

:38:08.:38:14.

wonder if he veered slightly onto an incorrect course. They have become

:38:14.:38:19.

behind the pontoon. No, he's got it. He went slightly further to his

:38:19.:38:23.

right than he needed and now has readjusted his course. And he will

:38:23.:38:30.

return to behind the starting pontoon, the next yellow

:38:30.:38:32.

return to behind the starting inflatable, and then he will turn to

:38:32.:38:36.

the X it and the spectacular re-entry to the water of the

:38:36.:38:41.

Serpentine, where the maximum depth is 17 feet, 5.3 metres deep. As we

:38:41.:38:48.

approach the halfway mark we is 17 feet, 5.3 metres deep. As we

:38:48.:38:51.

anticipate getting a clearer idea of what sort of time is on, but he is

:38:51.:38:58.

way out in front, and the sight of Javier Gomez showed him off the pace

:38:58.:39:03.

a bit. However, everybody is off the pace that Richard Varga has said on

:39:03.:39:05.

a bit. However, everybody is off the the first lap of the two. One more

:39:05.:39:10.

turn to make, and we will get a full check on the positions of the

:39:10.:39:13.

remaining triathletes, assuming we still have a full complement as they

:39:13.:39:20.

X it the water. One thing is for sure, Richard Varga is where he

:39:20.:39:24.

likes to be. Of course, he does not want to ride alone. He will want to

:39:24.:39:26.

leave transition in company with want to ride alone. He will want to

:39:26.:39:34.

Alistair and Jonathan. He is not going to win the race today, but he

:39:34.:39:38.

will want to be involved with the Brownlee brothers as he glances over

:39:38.:39:42.

his shoulder. Richard Varga burst out the water. In second position is

:39:42.:39:47.

Aaron Royle from Australia, then Fabian. Jonathan comes out in force.

:39:47.:39:55.

Henry Schuman has had a good season, and Aurelien Raphael and

:39:55.:39:56.

Hirokatsu Tayama. Javier Gomez is 16 seconds off the

:39:56.:40:07.

pace. Gomez has not had a great swim so far. He can't afford to let that

:40:07.:40:14.

gap grow too much in the second lap, Javier Gomez. We saw the same thing

:40:14.:40:20.

happen with Anne Haug yesterday. She did not have a great swim and was

:40:20.:40:26.

never really able to close the gap. They are exciting, walking over the

:40:26.:40:31.

ridge, and they are diving back into the waters of the Serpentine. One of

:40:31.:40:37.

the big danger is that we saw with Anne Haug yesterday, if you get

:40:37.:40:42.

caught in a pack, there is a chance that you might get an elbow or a

:40:42.:40:47.

hand flying out, or the goggles are dislodged. We did think there was a

:40:47.:40:54.

clash before and it was a clash, and it looks like Vincent Luis, trying

:40:54.:41:01.

to work his way through the Brownlee brothers, but no mishap for Jonny

:41:01.:41:07.

to work his way through the Brownlee and Alistair. Richard Varga is going

:41:07.:41:10.

to lead the swim and will go into transition with clean space in front

:41:10.:41:13.

of him and he will find it much easier. He will not be put off by

:41:13.:41:17.

anyone else and will have a clean entry and exit and will make sure he

:41:17.:41:23.

is in the lead pack as they go onto the second discipline the bike. A

:41:23.:41:29.

quick reminder of how the season panned out. Javier Gomez with a

:41:29.:41:32.

victory in Auckland, but the Brownlee brothers were not there. In

:41:32.:41:38.

San Diego Leicester -- Alistair won that. Johnny Brownlee won in

:41:38.:41:43.

Yokohama, and again in Madrid while Alistair was still struggling with

:41:43.:41:47.

an Achilles injury. Alistair dominated in Germany. He had nobody

:41:47.:41:55.

for company up the mountain, the complete destruction of the rest of

:41:55.:42:04.

the field. In hamburg -- Hamburg, it was a split finish the line. In

:42:04.:42:10.

Stockholm, Alistair was the victor, Gomez was second, and Jonathan was

:42:10.:42:14.

third. They have added up all of their points and they come to London

:42:14.:42:19.

for the grand finale, and all three of them, the two brothers from

:42:20.:42:24.

Yorkshire and the Spaniard in with a chance of the world championship but

:42:24.:42:27.

the Brownlee brothers have had a better start than their great rival

:42:27.:42:32.

Gomez in the swim section. When we get the big three triathlon together

:42:32.:42:37.

in men's field, that has been established, the order is the one

:42:37.:42:42.

that we play around with. Is this where Javier Gomez makes the change?

:42:42.:42:48.

He had a very hard race schedule in the year early on, then went up the

:42:48.:42:52.

distance, and that this race he has arrested a bit. He has come in a

:42:52.:42:55.

little bit fresher and you wonder what sort of told the season has

:42:56.:42:59.

played on Alistair with the injuries, and the whole accumulation

:42:59.:43:04.

of the pressure from the Olympic Games coming back into this.

:43:04.:43:10.

Alistair and Jonny, we support Great Britain, of course, but Javier Gomez

:43:10.:43:12.

Alistair and Jonny, we support Great is in with a great chance if he can

:43:12.:43:16.

recover from what am by his standards, is slightly below swim.

:43:16.:43:22.

-- what is by his standards. On the second lap of the swim with under

:43:22.:43:28.

500 metres to go. There are two laps of 750 to complete the swim. The

:43:28.:43:33.

bicycle involves seven laps of 5.7 kilometres. They come out of the

:43:33.:43:40.

park and head down Constitution hill towards the palace. Another bit of a

:43:40.:43:44.

argy-bargy at the turn. Some of the later starters including Aurelien

:43:44.:43:49.

Raphael getting pushed off his racing line. It really can be nasty.

:43:49.:43:54.

Fingers in our eyes, all sorts of injuries occurring at times. The

:43:54.:43:59.

field is now so well spread. We saw a similar pattern emerging in the

:43:59.:44:03.

women's race yesterday. You see on the bottom right the memorial to

:44:03.:44:07.

Diana, Princess of Wales, the stone ring Fountain. And then some of the

:44:07.:44:12.

most expensive real estate in London. I gather one house there was

:44:12.:44:21.

repossessed in Hyde Park last week. Possession and repossession, and in

:44:21.:44:25.

possession of the race, Richard Varga. Pushing and pushing. We have

:44:25.:44:30.

seen a spread on this elite field. It is unlike anything we have seen

:44:30.:44:35.

early on this season. He really has pushed it, Richard. We knew he would

:44:35.:44:40.

go out there and we have been accustomed to him backing to have a

:44:40.:44:44.

group to work with, but the tactics have changed. Alistair said that

:44:44.:44:48.

this race would depend on circumstances around him. Richard

:44:48.:44:53.

Varga has decided that he wants to dictate the circumstances on the

:44:53.:44:56.

swimming, and as we rapidly approach the end of the swim, it's been

:44:56.:44:59.

extremely fast and he has already put a lot of athletes out of

:44:59.:45:03.

contention, because they cannot stay with the pace. As we see the

:45:03.:45:08.

Serpentine safe area for swimming on the far side, that is 100 metres

:45:08.:45:12.

from one end to the other, and we can see that Richard Varga has a 15

:45:13.:45:15.

metre lead over all except about can see that Richard Varga has a 15

:45:15.:45:23.

of the athletes in the field. Tens of thousands out to watch this Grand

:45:23.:45:28.

Final this afternoon, the rain has held off, the helicopter able to

:45:28.:45:32.

fly, the wind and issue earlier, seeming to drop off slightly, the

:45:32.:45:39.

athletes thinking about the arrival in the transition, all taking note

:45:39.:45:44.

of what happened to Non Stanford when she deposited her wet suit

:45:44.:45:50.

yesterday, it did not find the box, the plastic box, the equipment has

:45:50.:45:56.

to be put exactly in place, it is hard, but rules there for a reason,

:45:56.:46:00.

otherwise equipment would be all over transition. Stanford broke the

:46:00.:46:07.

rules, incurred the 15 second stop-go penalty, still claiming

:46:07.:46:12.

victory in the race and the World Triathlon Series title for 2013. The

:46:12.:46:17.

boys will have learnt a lesson from that, and as we had from Jonny

:46:17.:46:22.

Brownlee, he learnt his lesson from incurring a stop-go penalty in the

:46:22.:46:27.

Olympics in 2012 when he had at this mind infringement -- dismount. At

:46:27.:46:36.

some point, he went over the line while still on his bike, and he was

:46:36.:46:43.

forced to take the stop-go penalty. Fast approaching the end of the

:46:43.:46:48.

swim, the possibility of a break after four swimmers, then maybe

:46:48.:46:53.

eight together, and other small break, everything depending on

:46:53.:47:00.

transition. Transition is so important, but possibly even more

:47:00.:47:03.

important in this, we'll Javier important, but possibly even more

:47:03.:47:06.

Gomez re-establish himself into the league back? -- the lead pack. I

:47:06.:47:17.

wonder how many will wear gloves, lots of frozen fingers yesterday,

:47:17.:47:21.

and Jodie Stimpson could not get one of her shoes on because of problems

:47:22.:47:26.

with her fingers. We shall see what they elect to wear on the first of

:47:26.:47:34.

the seven bike laps stop looking down on the swimmers, you can see

:47:34.:47:43.

how much there is nothing given at all by Richard Varga. He went at the

:47:43.:47:50.

front, stayed at the front, Jonathan and Alistair working to stay in

:47:50.:47:55.

contention, and Gomez appears to be falling off the pace a little,

:47:55.:47:59.

unless he has moved in the middle of luck number two, he will work hard

:47:59.:48:06.

on transition to get back on. We will get a split time for the

:48:06.:48:11.

Spaniard now. Richard Varga will win the swimming section, the Slovakian

:48:11.:48:18.

exiting the water now, preparing himself for the arrival in

:48:18.:48:24.

transition. Fast in the water. Aaron Royle still in second, John estate

:48:24.:48:28.

in third, Alistair and fourth, a Royle still in second, John estate

:48:28.:48:37.

slap on the water for the Japanese. -- slip. Javier Gomez has lost a

:48:37.:48:46.

little more, but will arrive shortly in transition. They need to get this

:48:46.:48:53.

right. Alistair looking calm and relaxed, barely even breathing

:48:53.:49:00.

heavily, multitasking, stepping out of his wet suit, Varga already on

:49:00.:49:06.

his way. Jonathan making sure everything is in position. The

:49:06.:49:13.

brothers are on their way. Alistair getting on board his bike. How far

:49:13.:49:20.

behind is Gomez? He will have to do a bit of early work to try and close

:49:20.:49:28.

the 18 second gap. Looks like Javier Gomez manage that. Alistair Brownlee

:49:28.:49:34.

almost relaxing through transition, surely looking behind for what gap

:49:34.:49:41.

is there, realising that, although Gomez was 18-19 seconds off, so many

:49:41.:49:48.

athletes with seconds apart, but he is likely to to be in succession. It

:49:48.:49:55.

looks like two athletes trying to get off in front. We'll be looked

:49:55.:50:04.

back? Everything to play for. Let us hear from Graham Bell.

:50:04.:50:09.

Fingers crossed, no real infringements. It looked like all

:50:09.:50:15.

athletes, articulate athletes, looking cold, I think it was

:50:15.:50:21.

particularly tough, and some riders actually riding with covers over the

:50:21.:50:28.

front of their cycle boats, just trying to get the feeling back in

:50:28.:50:32.

their tours. The Brownlees not going for that nonsense. -- their toes.

:50:32.:50:39.

They are out in front pushing hard on the bike.

:50:39.:50:44.

The first lap underway, looking back at Alistair's transition, keeping

:50:44.:50:49.

himself calm, some others quicker, but with his bike speed so

:50:49.:50:56.

dominant, he knows he can lead from the front, maybe making a breakaway,

:50:56.:51:06.

as he did in Stockholm. Kicking clear with a couple of laps to go.

:51:06.:51:11.

Alistair looked like he was suffering with the colder little,

:51:11.:51:15.

trying to get the clip into the crash hat, not getting out of the

:51:15.:51:22.

wet suit as he normally does, losing a few seconds, watching some

:51:22.:51:27.

athletes go past him. Getting control, then mounting on the bike.

:51:27.:51:32.

They are on their way, the first lap, taking them up to Hyde Park

:51:33.:51:39.

Corner, passed up to one Hyde Park, going through the Wellington Arch,

:51:39.:51:44.

cruising down Constitution Hill, connecting the western end of The

:51:44.:51:52.

Mall, ordered by Buckingham Palace gardens and Green Park, and we can't

:51:52.:51:56.

see who is involved in this front group. The brothers are there. -- we

:51:56.:52:07.

can see. Ryan Bailie, I think, is there, no sign yet of Gomez, Richard

:52:07.:52:16.

Varga at the back of that group of about nine in the early stages.

:52:16.:52:22.

Aaron Royle of Australia there, Gomez out of the saddle them, he has

:52:22.:52:31.

Raphael and Luis from France. The need to work hard and stay on it.

:52:32.:52:37.

Going out of the Queen Mother Memorial Gates, the right time,

:52:37.:52:43.

briefly onto Park Lane and Hyde Park Corner, where the traffic has been

:52:43.:52:51.

removed, passed the Duke of Wellington's London home, now a

:52:51.:52:56.

museum and art gallery, all about the Duke of Wellington here, the

:52:56.:53:05.

stone statue at the top, with the agent of peace, Buckingham Palace

:53:05.:53:13.

gardens, and the tennis court on the bottom right, then down Constitution

:53:13.:53:19.

Hill, through the Memorial Gates, the walls to Buckingham Palace

:53:19.:53:21.

Hill, through the Memorial Gates, gardens on the right. Single file,

:53:21.:53:27.

the roads are drive for the moment -- dry. The athletes staying in

:53:27.:53:35.

single file, wondering where they can get to, keeping working,

:53:35.:53:42.

focusing, concentrating. Hide him not quite getting his shoes on, now

:53:42.:53:50.

he has. -- Hirokatsu Tayama not quite. They know that if they lose

:53:50.:53:55.

the lead pack, the race could be over. Steffen Justus, the German, in

:53:55.:54:05.

the league group, currently the top man for the Germans potentially. One

:54:05.:54:11.

of the Russians. McCartney of Canada, this group trying to bridge

:54:11.:54:18.

the gap between the leading group containing all three world title

:54:18.:54:21.

contenders, the Brownlee Brothers and Gomez, onto this little triangle

:54:21.:54:27.

around what is known as bird cage walk, past the Queen Victoria

:54:27.:54:33.

Memorial, we're Gwen Jorgensen crashed yesterday. Buckingham Palace

:54:33.:54:40.

proudly watching over, and the flag is flying, the Queen is in

:54:40.:54:47.

residence. That front pack working with the front line, then the

:54:47.:54:50.

changeover, so the pursuing group can see what they have to do. No

:54:50.:54:57.

backing off whatsoever on pace, people working to establish their

:54:57.:55:01.

position knowing they have to keep working to stay there. This group

:55:01.:55:07.

with all the main contenders and others wanting to get involved.

:55:07.:55:15.

Vincent Luis not quite getting his feet there. Both Frenchmen likely to

:55:15.:55:17.

Vincent Luis not quite getting his work together. The Brownlee Brothers

:55:18.:55:24.

have put in a burst of effort and an extra modicum of speed. Jonathan I'd

:55:24.:55:31.

of the saddle, pushing hard, back up towards Constitution Hill, not a

:55:31.:55:36.

hill at all, a slight incline between the Wellington Arch down to

:55:36.:55:42.

the palace. -- Jonathan out of the saddle. That search proves the

:55:42.:55:49.

people baby are not lose concentration. Alistair said, if

:55:49.:55:54.

people want to beat me, they have to do it on the bike, he is very

:55:54.:56:00.

confident on the running. He knows what is necessary for a particular

:56:00.:56:04.

race situation. Looking at Stockholm, when we assumed that lead

:56:04.:56:10.

pack would stay together, then Alistair changed the plan, went

:56:10.:56:15.

early, no reaction, and he won because of that. This group of six

:56:15.:56:24.

working together as best they can to try and close the gap, lots of chat,

:56:24.:56:28.

working together as best they can to but an electric pace at the front as

:56:28.:56:31.

the Brownlee Brothers control the pack, heading back into the park,

:56:31.:56:39.

shortly completing lap one of seven, are very fast start on dry roads to

:56:39.:56:48.

the 40 kbytes. Such was the pace at Stockholm. -- 40K bikes. It looks as

:56:48.:56:58.

if the same tactics are being applied, the strong riders working

:56:58.:57:04.

hard to get rid of as many opponents as possible so it comes down to an

:57:04.:57:09.

honest run, no one there with fresh legs going into the final

:57:09.:57:11.

honest run, no one there with fresh discipline. Look at that speed!

:57:11.:57:19.

CHEERING. And the noise levels premises and -- the noise level is

:57:19.:57:26.

reminiscent of 2012, that real Olympic feel! And out of the front

:57:26.:57:32.

Aaron Royle. These cyclists are loving it! Whether Alistair has

:57:32.:57:39.

taken control, and known that the pace would be hot, then Alistair

:57:39.:57:48.

comes out, has had his rest, he has jumped over from fourth position

:57:48.:57:52.

back to the front, he wants to be in control, in the lead, totally in

:57:52.:58:02.

command. Gomez is with them. A total of 13 in the lead group, including

:58:02.:58:12.

the Russian Dmitry Polyanskiy. A great performance by Tony Dodds of

:58:12.:58:15.

New Zealand, and he will be happy to be there, and more than willing to

:58:15.:58:20.

put in every single piece of work to stay there. The chase group coming

:58:20.:58:25.

through on transition, not that far down at all. Over the Serpentine

:58:25.:58:33.

Bridge, now heading on this left turn on the southern bank of the

:58:33.:58:41.

lake. And this is the second chase group, these guys are 51 seconds off

:58:41.:58:48.

the pace, Aaron Harris is there, Richard Murray, lots of work to do

:58:48.:59:00.

here. 51 second gap. That is going to need a concerted effort by that

:59:00.:59:05.

group to try to break down. Richard Murray, such a strong runner, but

:59:05.:59:10.

needs to put himself in contention, close one minute, and that will be a

:59:10.:59:15.

difficult one to close, a very big ask. And this was a few moments ago,

:59:15.:59:24.

Alistair number one, and Jonathan saying to do some work, giving a

:59:24.:59:29.

mouthful to Alessandro Fabi and of Italy, letting his feelings be known

:59:29.:59:38.

to the Italian. -- Alessandro Fabian. Up to Hyde Park Corner.

:59:38.:59:47.

Gomez saying to him, you have laid down the rules, I will act and put

:59:47.:59:52.

on more speed, saying that to Alessandro. And now shouting that

:59:52.:59:59.

they need to work hard and get through that Chase Park. Jonathan

:59:59.:00:08.

Brownlee barking orders. Alistair in fact, bossing the situation,

:00:08.:00:12.

ordering them past, then like some sort of team coach, weaving through

:00:12.:00:18.

the middle of the pack and keeping the 13 riding and attacking,

:00:18.:00:29.

extraordinary scenes! Book is heated to command, when it is done, you've

:00:29.:00:34.

established the pecking order -- but isn't it working. He is able to do

:00:34.:00:40.

that, and almost at will he can decide if he wants to stay in the

:00:40.:00:43.

pack, go to the front, inject the pace. He is strong enough to do

:00:43.:00:47.

that, and he's confident if the pace drops off he has two options. He can

:00:47.:00:52.

attack, or sit back confident in the knowledge is running is strong

:00:52.:00:57.

enough. I don't think I've ever seen that happen. Alistair Brownlee is

:00:57.:01:01.

always vocal, but I've never seen him ease off, sit up, go backwards

:01:01.:01:06.

through the pack and bark is orders at all of his competitors.

:01:06.:01:11.

Extraordinary scenes, such is his remarkable confidence. This is the

:01:11.:01:15.

first chasing group, including the Russian, Ivan Polley and speak --

:01:15.:01:27.

the Frenchman. The lead group of 13 is stretching clear. They are

:01:27.:01:33.

already going down Constitution Hill, coming under the Wellington

:01:33.:01:40.

Arch, sometimes known as Green Park arch, at the top of Hyde Park Corner

:01:40.:01:46.

where six London streets converge. Park Lane, Piccadilly, Constitution

:01:46.:01:48.

Hill, Grosvenor Place, Grosvenor Park Lane, Piccadilly, Constitution

:01:48.:01:52.

Crescent, and Knightsbridge from the West. In the three grand tours of

:01:52.:01:59.

cycling they talk about the necessity of having a pack leader,

:01:59.:02:04.

someone who can command, and Alistair Brownlee has taken that

:02:04.:02:08.

guys upon himself, to command the pack, take control and set the rules

:02:08.:02:14.

he will accept and nothing else. Down towards the Palace and the

:02:15.:02:18.

Victoria Memorial. The Victoria Memorial comprises the dominion

:02:18.:02:24.

gates, the Canada gate, the Australia south and west Africa

:02:24.:02:27.

gate, and the vast central monument to member rating the death of Queen

:02:27.:02:34.

Victoria in 1901. It is 25 metres high and was created by Sir Thomas

:02:34.:02:38.

Brock and formally unveiled by King George V in 1911. A lot of hard work

:02:39.:02:46.

going on but no inroads being made into the leading pack, as we rapidly

:02:46.:02:53.

cover their yards and miles on this 40 kilometre bike ride. This group

:02:53.:02:59.

is pedestrian compared to the leaders. These guys are in a

:02:59.:03:00.

different race compared to the group leaders. These guys are in a

:03:00.:03:04.

that contains the boss man, Alistair Brownlee, and the 12 others. They

:03:04.:03:10.

have done the turnaround bird cage walk and will have a look at the

:03:10.:03:15.

chasers. The chase is still coming past the Victoria Memorial and the

:03:15.:03:18.

Palace, but the lead group are well on the way to complete their second

:03:18.:03:24.

lap of the seven. It is the coordination and leadership. Without

:03:24.:03:27.

that coordination and the insistence that everybody does their work,

:03:27.:03:31.

maybe we will get somebody fast at the front of the pack, but as soon

:03:31.:03:36.

as they move back the speed ebbs away. A clear indication when we

:03:36.:03:40.

come to the end of the second lap will come. But at the moment

:03:40.:03:45.

Jonathan and Alistair commanding the pack. Gomez looking very stern and

:03:45.:03:51.

dour. Wondering what will happen, and he's pretty sure he is in

:03:51.:03:55.

contention. He once this title, let's make no bones about it. One

:03:55.:03:59.

win in the opening race of the season for Gomez, without the

:03:59.:04:04.

Bradley brothers, in Auckland. Coming through the memorial gates at

:04:04.:04:09.

the top of Constitution Hill. A right turn, and a brief visit to

:04:09.:04:13.

Park Lane, before they re-enter the park. They go past the building next

:04:13.:04:22.

to the grand entrance of Hyde Park. It is the London home of the Duke of

:04:22.:04:26.

Wellington on the left, and they just pass it as they hit Park Lane.

:04:26.:04:33.

Just beginning to see the backmarkers having to work extremely

:04:33.:04:36.

hard as they come off the corner, re-establishing contact. They do not

:04:36.:04:40.

want to be left in no man's land as they approach towards the end of the

:04:40.:04:46.

finish of this lap. Look at this, working hard, Chase, Chase, Chase,

:04:46.:04:47.

chase. Back into Hyde Park. The leaders,

:04:47.:05:06.

the Bradley brothers, with a couple of Australians, with Javier Gomez --

:05:06.:05:12.

the Brownlee Bros. Alessandro Fabian is the back marker, but he got a

:05:12.:05:16.

mouthful from Alistair Brownlee for sitting in an soaking it up. Aaron

:05:16.:05:23.

Royle is there. One of the New Zealanders there in black. Tony

:05:23.:05:29.

Dodds was there, and he works so hard just to stay there, and we have

:05:29.:05:33.

two New Zealanders, I think, but it will become clearer. The grandstands

:05:33.:05:43.

are full to bursting today. There is not any room anywhere. They are six

:05:43.:05:48.

or seven deep in the freestanding area on the side of the course.

:05:48.:06:00.

Extraordinary noise levels once again. I am reminded of the Olympics

:06:00.:06:10.

and the amazing atmosphere when Alistair Brownlee became the Olympic

:06:10.:06:15.

champion, as they complete lap two. The crowd are going crazy. Jonathan

:06:15.:06:21.

is officially second, but all of these guys are working exceptionally

:06:21.:06:28.

hard. Gomez, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Tony Dodds, Vincent Luis, Henri Schoeman

:06:28.:06:37.

and Alessandro Fabian. I thought we might have had somebody dropping off

:06:37.:06:40.

on that lap because of the speed but it hasn't occurred. Now, what is the

:06:40.:06:46.

time gap, if it stretched out, which I think it will have done. We can

:06:46.:06:50.

see them coming through the second pack, but the third pack is chasing

:06:50.:06:54.

down 51 seconds. But very early stages on the bike section. Here is

:06:54.:07:00.

the chasing group, and the gap is 41 seconds. 41 seconds between the

:07:00.:07:05.

leaders and the chase group, which is a big old group of riders. That

:07:05.:07:11.

gap has extended, hasn't it? Going out to over 40 seconds with five

:07:11.:07:15.

laps to go. Alistair Brownlee very pleased, I'm sure, with the tactics

:07:15.:07:19.

he has forced upon the lead group. You have to work hard if you want to

:07:19.:07:23.

stay with us. But everybody has done that and stayed in touch. The 13

:07:23.:07:27.

riders have stayed away and increased their lead over the

:07:27.:07:34.

chasers. The Royal Albert Hall is opposite the magnificent Albert

:07:34.:07:38.

Memorial, now fully restored, and a stunning piece of the London

:07:38.:07:48.

skyline. 27.5 kilometres to ride, so not quite halfway through the bike

:07:48.:07:52.

section. And he is at it again. Alistair is letting his lungs

:07:52.:07:58.

expresses feelings. He is really barking at the rest of them. He's

:07:58.:08:03.

doing it again. Same move, going backwards, encouraging them through,

:08:03.:08:06.

doing it again. Same move, going barking the instructions. And then

:08:06.:08:09.

he surges forward to take his place at the front. Both of the Brownlee

:08:09.:08:17.

Bros in a relatively low gear, really turning over fast. Jonathan

:08:17.:08:22.

particularly seems to have chosen a lower gear. Richard Varga being

:08:22.:08:25.

proactive in making sure that the speed stays up. Every time Richard

:08:25.:08:29.

goes to the front there is a bit of a surge and the others have to chase

:08:29.:08:35.

and follow. And Fabian, who is normally so strong, happy to do his

:08:35.:08:39.

work usually but seems to be happy to hang on as we progress on this

:08:39.:08:41.

work usually but seems to be happy cycle stage.

:08:41.:08:59.

Yes, the wind is not too strong. We were concerned that the helicopter

:08:59.:09:05.

would not be able to provide us with these magnificent pictures. But it

:09:05.:09:08.

would not be able to provide us with has just eased off. We were told by

:09:08.:09:10.

the weathermen that the first major has just eased off. We were told by

:09:10.:09:16.

storm of autumn was on its way, but we seem to have bypassed it here at

:09:16.:09:20.

the moment. The skies are a little grey above, but at the moment it is

:09:20.:09:27.

dry underfoot and under the wheels. A few spits and spots of rain

:09:27.:09:31.

earlier in the afternoon, but perfect conditions, and I'm glad it

:09:31.:09:38.

is dry. We would not have had such magnificent support at roadside and

:09:38.:09:41.

in the park to watch this race had it been chucking it down with rain.

:09:41.:09:46.

And also importantly with the rain holding off, it does give the

:09:46.:09:50.

athletes that ability and confidence that they can push it on the bike.

:09:50.:09:54.

If it had been wet underfoot, with the experience of the women's race

:09:54.:09:59.

yesterday, I am sure that the actual speed of the leading pack would be

:09:59.:10:03.

considerably down. But now it is dry they can afford to go flat out from

:10:03.:10:06.

the front and keep that pressure on throughout the second discipline.

:10:06.:10:12.

The New Zealand War Memorial is on the top right, and then through the

:10:12.:10:16.

memorial gates at the top of Constitution Hill. The stone

:10:16.:10:20.

pillars, the campaign stones they are called, inaugurated in 2002 to

:10:20.:10:27.

commemorate soldiers from the British Empire who served for

:10:27.:10:30.

Britain in the first and Second World War is. These are the

:10:30.:10:35.

chasers. They have come out of the park and are chasing through the

:10:35.:10:39.

arch. A bit of interest at the front, an injection of pace to

:10:39.:10:43.

reduce the lead which, at the end of the second lap, was 41 seconds. That

:10:43.:10:48.

is Richard Murray, probably the best of the group. The only one to have

:10:48.:10:53.

visited a world triathlon series podium this season, second behind

:10:53.:10:57.

Alistair Brownlee in San Diego. Richard Murray, along with Henry

:10:57.:11:04.

Schuman -- Henri Schoeman, the leading triathletes in South Africa.

:11:04.:11:13.

If this gap keeps growing, it is unlikely that Richard will be able

:11:13.:11:16.

to close down that. He is thinking of that and thinking, OK, let's see

:11:17.:11:20.

if I can make the jump. Is there anybody willing enough to come with

:11:20.:11:24.

me to see if we can work together and close the gap on leaders? Quite

:11:24.:11:29.

an autumnal scene with the leaves from the trees in the various royal

:11:29.:11:33.

parks being blown across the red tarmac of this part of London, in

:11:33.:11:38.

front of the Victoria Memorial with the golden statue of the Queen

:11:38.:11:44.

looking down. Buckingham Palace there. Bombed several times during

:11:44.:11:51.

the Second World War, the most serious incident resulting in the

:11:51.:11:57.

destruction of the palace chapel in 1940. And one German bomb landed in

:11:57.:12:02.

the palace quadrangle while King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were

:12:02.:12:07.

in residence and the Queen famously declared, "I am glad we have been

:12:07.:12:10.

bombed, now I can look the East End in the face. " I'm not sure if the

:12:10.:12:20.

chasing group can look each other in the face at the moment, because

:12:20.:12:22.

every time we come to turn, the group is stretched. There is no

:12:22.:12:25.

coordination. We have the workers at front. Ivan Vasiliev working hard,

:12:25.:12:32.

but the injection of paste seems to mean that the group is stretching

:12:32.:12:36.

out on the other athletes in the group display an unwillingness to go

:12:36.:12:40.

to the front -- an injection of pace. With Ivan Vasiliev trying to

:12:40.:12:46.

do that by himself, very little chance at all. Bottom right of the

:12:46.:12:50.

screen is the newly inaugurated Royal Air Force bomber command

:12:50.:12:55.

Memorial for the 55,000 aircrew of RAF bomber command who died during

:12:55.:13:00.

the Second World War. Built with Portland stone and unveiled at the

:13:00.:13:03.

end of June 2012, opened by Her Majesty The Queen. And the aluminium

:13:03.:13:10.

used to build the roof came from a Royal Canadian air force Halifax

:13:10.:13:14.

which crashed in Belgium in 1944 and was rediscovered in recent years

:13:14.:13:19.

with three of the aircrew still at their posts.

:13:19.:13:28.

Lots of chatter from Alistair Brownlee, world number one, Olympic

:13:28.:13:32.

champion, his younger brother Jonathan alongside. Aaron Royle,

:13:32.:13:38.

Tony Dodds, Richard Varga, the Brownlee Bros training partner, he

:13:38.:13:43.

is up there as well. They are coming up to complete lap number three. At

:13:43.:13:48.

the end of the second lap the advantage was 41 seconds. Just a

:13:48.:13:57.

little indication that the Japanese rider is feeling the pressure. He

:13:57.:14:00.

stayed at the back of the last few kilometres and not been able to come

:14:00.:14:03.

through and make a significant impact, and you just wonder if he is

:14:03.:14:07.

feeling the speed so much that he will not be able to stay there. Time

:14:07.:14:13.

to go down and hear from Chrissie Wellington.

:14:13.:14:39.

A few technical problems. We could not link up with Chrissie

:14:39.:14:41.

Wellington, but we will hear from not link up with Chrissie

:14:41.:14:46.

her shortly. Meanwhile, a chance to check on the leaders as they

:14:46.:14:51.

complete the third lap. Then we will get a check on the time difference

:14:51.:14:54.

between the lead group and the chasing pack. Four laps to go. So,

:14:54.:15:00.

we are soon to be halfway through, and a bit of pointing and waving

:15:00.:15:06.

going on. That is from within the chasing group, which is growing all

:15:06.:15:11.

the time. 41 seconds last time they cut the times. It is going to be

:15:11.:15:23.

more than that now. I think Steffen Justus has been pushed to the front

:15:23.:15:28.

to do some work. That gap staying the same, just 40 seconds,

:15:28.:15:31.

establishing an easing off at the the same, just 40 seconds,

:15:31.:15:35.

front, knowing it will be difficult to close the gap without concerted

:15:35.:15:41.

work. It looked like they would be a way off, but no change at all, it

:15:41.:15:46.

was the same in the women's race yesterday, the chasing pack not

:15:46.:15:57.

managing to make a dent on the lead. The group containing the three main

:15:57.:16:03.

contenders, meanwhile, Alistair, it Jonathan and Javier Gomez, well on

:16:03.:16:08.

their way in lap number four. We know that Alistair's preferred

:16:08.:16:14.

tactics are to treat the first two kilometres of the Rand, going fast,

:16:14.:16:22.

creating a gap. -- the run. He seems to have pushed that similar tactic

:16:22.:16:30.

onto the cycling, fishing, opening the gap, sitting back a little,

:16:30.:16:34.

appreciating, knowing it will be a huge effort to close.

:16:34.:16:44.

The lead group, a dozen or so riders, forcing the pace at the

:16:44.:16:51.

front of the field, then another huge group, the chase group,

:16:51.:17:03.

containing a cosmopolitan bunch, XT five is Francesc Godoy of Spain,

:17:03.:17:13.

number nine the Russian, number 23 is Steffen Justus, the German in a

:17:13.:17:19.

small breakaway group now grown to a group of about 20. 44, Simon from

:17:19.:17:32.

Belgium, and 36, Marco van der Stel from the Netherlands. Lots of

:17:32.:17:34.

discussion between the riders. We're from the Netherlands. Lots of

:17:34.:17:39.

at the end of each lap live far behind the leaders they are, knowing

:17:39.:17:48.

how much work needs to be done. But different when comparing how the

:17:48.:17:53.

work is divided, that lead pack at the moment, each individual athlete

:17:53.:17:58.

getting to the front, immediately the move over, the next athlete

:17:58.:18:03.

moving over smoothly. On the chase pack, some staying at the front for

:18:03.:18:12.

30 seconds, and that will cause fatigue, then working hard. There

:18:12.:18:17.

has to be a constant turnaround, a short time at the front, then with

:18:18.:18:24.

the opportunity to recover, to do the same again and again, to be at

:18:24.:18:30.

the front of the lead pack. And the Wellington Arch, onto Constitution

:18:30.:18:36.

Hill for the fourth time, rolling down from Hyde Park Corner towards

:18:36.:18:41.

the Palace, with three assassination attempts there on Queen Victoria in

:18:41.:18:49.

1840, 1840, 1849, all failing, of course, and in 1850, the former

:18:49.:18:55.

Prime Minister, Edward Beale, the Rhone from his horse and dying from

:18:55.:19:05.

his injuries. -- Edward Peel. And the Spaniards there, having a very

:19:05.:19:11.

good season. Mario Mola. He was first in Hamburg in the sprint

:19:11.:19:18.

event, a good triathletes. Big Ben staring down on this part of

:19:18.:19:23.

London, coming past the Victoria Memorial once again, in front of

:19:23.:19:30.

Buckingham Palace. The cycling discipline going so quickly at the

:19:30.:19:34.

front, eating up the kilometres, quickly approaching the running,

:19:34.:19:38.

then things will be interesting indeed, with that speed at the

:19:38.:19:45.

front. Gomez, the Brownlee Brothers, how strong will be the rest of the

:19:45.:19:47.

pack? Aaron Royle has had a good, how strong will be the rest of the

:19:47.:19:53.

some outstanding races, this could be the one where he will go.

:19:53.:19:59.

Interesting to see what Richard Varga will do, including that

:19:59.:20:09.

penalty. Nice for the leaders here, not so for the chasers, with the

:20:09.:20:14.

whole of the Birdcage Walk triangle to negotiate, an awful lot to do to

:20:14.:20:19.

get involved with this Brownlee to negotiate, an awful lot to do to

:20:19.:20:24.

controlled group of 13 at the front. There seems to be a front and back

:20:24.:20:30.

position, one brother leading, another one marshalling the rest,

:20:30.:20:32.

barking his orders through the group. Lovely, just that turnaround,

:20:32.:20:42.

pure seam filing we have seen in the grand tours, moving up on the

:20:42.:20:49.

right-hand side, moved to the front for a few revelations, down the

:20:49.:20:54.

left, do that again and again, maximising everything you have two

:20:54.:20:58.

in sure you stay at the front. The station beginning to set in, David

:20:58.:21:04.

McNamee looking back, saying he has done his bit, trying to chase them

:21:05.:21:12.

down, but a reluctance to get to the front, some thinking they would stay

:21:12.:21:17.

behind, you can do the work, having the fresh legs to run through.

:21:17.:21:28.

Richard Murray, momentarily out of this seat, pushing the pace at the

:21:28.:21:33.

front of this chase group. Another group not too far behind. Certainly

:21:33.:21:44.

frustration from Richard Murray, saying, come on, we have done our

:21:44.:21:54.

work, you do yours as well! Back with the leaders, Alistair looking

:21:54.:21:58.

back, sees what is happening, slots himself nice uncomfortably in the

:21:58.:22:05.

middle of the park. And enjoying the welcome the Brownlee Brothers will

:22:05.:22:12.

get. Now back with the chasers, as we check the timing at the end of

:22:12.:22:18.

this fourth lap, 41 seconds at the end of lap two, 40 seconds at the

:22:18.:22:22.

end of the three. Richard Murray not happy there, clearly disheartened

:22:22.:22:28.

with the company he is keeping at this stage. Important to be strong

:22:29.:22:33.

overall, if you have that weakness, particularly with swimming, and

:22:33.:22:39.

Richard Murray is a good swimmer, but not staying with the strongest,

:22:39.:22:45.

and if you leave that gap, you set yourself a difficult target, exactly

:22:45.:22:47.

and if you leave that gap, you set what he is facing now. This winter,

:22:47.:22:52.

he will work on his swimming technique. So, they are about to

:22:52.:23:02.

complete lap number four, 51 minutes and about 50 seconds into the final

:23:02.:23:08.

World Triathlon Series event of this season. The gap at the end of lap

:23:08.:23:28.

three was 40 seconds. And there is the leading group of 13, the clock

:23:28.:23:33.

ticking away at the bottom right, showing the gap to this group, with

:23:33.:23:36.

Richard Murray at the helm, in control, they might have fined five

:23:36.:23:44.

seconds. It was 40 seconds, it is down to 33, a slight bend made in

:23:44.:23:52.

the league during lap number four. No wonder there is frustration from

:23:52.:23:55.

Richard Murray, if he can close that gap without seemingly any real help

:23:55.:24:01.

from the other athletes, what could be achieved with a concerted

:24:02.:24:06.

effort, if they worked consistently to close that gap, that could give

:24:06.:24:12.

Richard a chance. With the weather worsening, and that lap four

:24:12.:24:17.

complete, time to hear from Chrissie Wellington.

:24:17.:24:22.

The first pack coming through, you realise how fast these boys are

:24:22.:24:25.

cycling out there with the rain coming down, making it very

:24:25.:24:32.

interesting, especially on corners. It is a really aggressive,

:24:32.:24:37.

competent, attacking raids. I would like to see some of their other

:24:37.:24:41.

competent, attacking raids. I would athletes really pushing it. Maybe

:24:41.:24:47.

pushing away from the Brownlees, where they stand a chance of

:24:47.:24:48.

victory. They know the boys can run where they stand a chance of

:24:48.:24:57.

29 minutes for the ten kilometres off the hard 40 kilometres cycling,

:24:57.:25:03.

and the need to push the pace to make a breakaway, the only way they

:25:03.:25:08.

can stand a chance to get on the podium today.

:25:08.:25:14.

It is going to get interesting in the second half of this bike race,

:25:14.:25:21.

because the rain is falling, and a couple of incidents in the women's

:25:21.:25:27.

race, when the road surface was slippery. Chrissie spoke about a

:25:27.:25:31.

break from one of the others. We might get a break from a Brownlee.

:25:32.:25:36.

We saw Alistair do it with magnificent results in Stockholm.

:25:36.:25:42.

With three laps to go, about 2.5 maybe, Navy Alistair thinks

:25:42.:25:45.

With three laps to go, about 2.5 the time to do it again. It will

:25:46.:25:50.

take a brave man to break away. With the time to do it again. It will

:25:50.:25:54.

wet conditions, the rain starting even later, possibly even more

:25:54.:26:00.

dangerous. The grease on the London Road, a slight time could make it

:26:00.:26:06.

difficult to maintain contact. The gap is back out to 40 seconds

:26:06.:26:13.

between the leaders and chase pack. Perhaps there is an attack going on

:26:13.:26:18.

from it looks like Alistair, being covered by everybody else, extending

:26:18.:26:26.

the gap now. Single file again, all keeping out of trouble. They need to

:26:26.:26:31.

be careful as the rain continues to fall on these already greasy

:26:31.:26:34.

streets. Up towards Hyde Park Corner once again, with under 15 kilometres

:26:34.:26:47.

to right now. And at the back, Hirokatsu Tayama of Japan has Rafael

:26:47.:26:51.

just ahead of him. Those wearing sunglasses will need to keep them

:26:51.:26:56.

clean. Some will throw them away as vision becomes more difficult at the

:26:56.:27:02.

high speeds and the rain is something down now. Much heavier

:27:02.:27:06.

rainfall than the women injured yesterday. Tough conditions indeed,

:27:06.:27:16.

possibly I game changer, possibly a change of pace, becoming difficult,

:27:16.:27:24.

the need for strong mental attitude. Buckingham Palace, 20 metres high at

:27:24.:27:35.

its highest point, and there would ordinarily be a changing of the

:27:35.:27:39.

guard today, odd numbered days in September, but no changing of the

:27:39.:27:48.

guard cause of the triathlon. -- because of. This extended chase

:27:49.:28:01.

group is well spread, as the leaders reach the bottom of Constitution

:28:01.:28:04.

Hill, riding the Queen Victoria Memorial once again, round the

:28:04.:28:11.

triangle, then back towards the park. From a sightseeing point of

:28:11.:28:17.

view, aspect a killer triathlon, maybe the most spectacular in the

:28:17.:28:24.

world. -- spectacular triathlon. Taking in so many renowned sites as

:28:24.:28:30.

the World Triathlon Series in Hyde Park and the surrounding area.

:28:30.:28:35.

Conditions becoming more and more difficult. The chasing pack, so many

:28:35.:28:42.

people, and a reluctance to leave. And a reluctance to stave close

:28:42.:28:47.

behind the wheel in front because of water being flicked up. They could

:28:47.:28:54.

be brave enough to use the advantage to work from the front to keep the

:28:54.:28:58.

speed up. Hesitation going into corners, very weird how quickly the

:28:58.:29:04.

game can change, you can lose that we'll and be back on the floor and

:29:04.:29:06.

game over. The rain seems to we'll and be back on the floor and

:29:06.:29:15.

eased fractionally. Looking down that the spectators, some umbrellas

:29:15.:29:23.

have gone down. Maybe reigning heavier down at the park. There are

:29:23.:29:32.

pockets of white club, -- white clouds, but looking grim generally.

:29:33.:29:42.

Some easing of effort. Taking a little bit more time. Slight

:29:42.:29:47.

hesitation on the corner, no one wants to throw their chances. Just a

:29:47.:29:55.

little bit of easing off before the final race. Possibly an individual

:29:55.:30:02.

could be brave to break, but it will be a brave effort needed. So, they

:30:02.:30:10.

have of the hill again, and they will dive back into the park, and go

:30:10.:30:14.

into transition to complete the fifth lap. At the end of the fourth,

:30:15.:30:19.

it was a 33 second gap, then we have a graphic flashing up saying it had

:30:19.:30:24.

grown to 40 seconds but I'm not sure that is accurate. I can't see the

:30:24.:30:27.

leaders added seven seconds in the that is accurate. I can't see the

:30:27.:30:29.

brief time between the end of the transition and when we saw them. We

:30:29.:30:33.

might get confirmation of exactly what the time difference is as they

:30:33.:30:37.

come down to complete the fifth lap. Real efforts coming down, Vincent

:30:37.:30:44.

Luis, playing his part, having ridden strongly, the Frenchman.

:30:45.:30:50.

Already it looks as though we have an athlete dropping out, and whether

:30:51.:30:54.

that is just sheer frustration or whether he's not been able to

:30:54.:30:58.

maintain the speed. Once you are lapped on a multilateral course, it

:30:58.:31:01.

is all over. It looks like the pace at the front means they are lapping

:31:01.:31:07.

some of the backmarkers. Look at the wind, that is gusting. That giant,

:31:07.:31:13.

white inflatable art, I hope it is anchored well because it could take

:31:13.:31:16.

off at any minute -- inflatable arch. We might not have the

:31:16.:31:21.

helicopter shots that this long if it continues. Time for us to hear

:31:21.:31:28.

from Graham Bell. Unlike London 2012 when there were two orders and the

:31:28.:31:32.

Brownlee brothers had Stuart Hayes do act as a domestic, this time they

:31:32.:31:36.

are on their own. It's notable that when I watched the second chasing

:31:36.:31:40.

pack come through that Aaron Harris was on the front of the pack,

:31:40.:31:44.

working to help them catch the lead pack. The Brownlee brothers are on

:31:44.:31:49.

their own, and if they have a mechanical or flat tire, they have

:31:49.:31:52.

do ride all the way round to this point here where the spare wheels

:31:52.:31:57.

are left, where they will change those wheels themselves and

:31:57.:32:01.

hopefully get back out on the road. Clearly no team orders and no

:32:01.:32:07.

domestic working with the Brownlee brothers today. So, five laps are

:32:07.:32:17.

complete. There are two to go. Aaron Royle, Oriental Raphael, Dmitry

:32:17.:32:26.

Polyanskiy, and Hirokatsu Tayama with the Brownlee brothers. The gap

:32:26.:32:30.

is about 33 seconds now. So no change at all. At the end of lap

:32:30.:32:33.

is about 33 seconds now. So no two, 41, then it dropped down to 40

:32:33.:32:37.

at the end of the third lap. By the time it was lap four, 33, and at the

:32:37.:32:43.

end of lap five, still 33 seconds between the group being led and

:32:43.:32:51.

controlled by Alistair Brownlee. Just a slight easing off from

:32:51.:32:57.

Alistair. Perhaps Javier Gomez appreciating the damage that has

:32:57.:33:01.

been done to the running leg of the chase pack. They will be whereof

:33:01.:33:08.

Richard Murray, but I am surprise -- they will be aware of Richard Murray

:33:08.:33:11.

but I'm surprised they have not tried to extend the lead, but

:33:11.:33:16.

Alistair Brownlee knows better than anyone his capability of running

:33:16.:33:17.

hard off the bike section is better anyone his capability of running

:33:17.:33:21.

than anyone else there. Gomez is the big danger. The way he has played

:33:21.:33:25.

this season, he went out and raced a lot early in the season, often going

:33:25.:33:29.

right through training doing that, but coming into the final race he

:33:29.:33:34.

has had a bit more opportunity to back off and have recovery time.

:33:34.:33:40.

Perhaps Javier Gomez feels more confident than he would do normally

:33:40.:33:43.

against the two brothers, who we can see right now leading out the pack.

:33:43.:33:51.

Henri Schoeman riding alongside. He is a good workhorse. He will take

:33:51.:33:56.

his turn as they ride again through Hyde Park, which was bought by Henry

:33:56.:34:02.

VIII in 1536 as his own private hunting ground. It was Charles the

:34:02.:34:07.

first who opened it up to the public in 1637. We had a little break away,

:34:07.:34:18.

and one of the Brownlee brothers has gone, and Gomez has gone after him,

:34:18.:34:22.

and so has Jonathan. Alistair has done it again. This was the tricky

:34:22.:34:28.

tried and was successful at in Stockholm. -- the trick he tried. He

:34:28.:34:32.

broke clear, and this time it looks as though Gomez and Jonathan have it

:34:32.:34:36.

covered. They have covered it and have managed to drag back the whole

:34:36.:34:42.

of the lead pack, so a big effort to maybe just wake them up. Of course

:34:42.:34:44.

of the lead pack, so a big effort to the mind games are really going.

:34:44.:34:46.

Will he do it again? Do I need to the mind games are really going.

:34:46.:34:51.

get up to the front to slow him down? Because I will want an

:34:51.:34:55.

opportunity to be up at the lead. Alistair has demonstrated just by

:34:55.:34:57.

opportunity to be up at the lead. the move that he is totally in

:34:57.:35:01.

command and control, and just buy that action he is telling the pack

:35:01.:35:04.

what he's capable of whenever he wants to make the move. Dan Wilson,

:35:04.:35:12.

37, from Australia. 53 is Aaron Harris of Great Britain. Just behind

:35:12.:35:16.

him, number 28, Jonathan Zipf from Germany. The speed of the lead group

:35:16.:35:24.

is pretty impressive, 38 or 39: It is per hour. Just slowing down for

:35:24.:35:37.

the turn -- 39 kilometres per hour. Sitting at the back of the pack is a

:35:37.:35:41.

decision you make, and when you get all of the encouragement from the

:35:41.:35:44.

likes of Alistair Brownlee, it takes a brave man to explain this yourself

:35:44.:35:51.

-- to take it on yourself. But those are the tactics he has decided to

:35:51.:35:54.

employ and he thinks this could be the breakthrough race coming up to

:35:54.:35:57.

the final one of the season where he makes his mark and moves to the new

:35:57.:36:01.

level. A brave man to do that, but he's made the decision and will

:36:01.:36:10.

stick with it, I'm sure. Thankfully, despite the increase in wind, the

:36:10.:36:13.

helicopter is still flying and bringing us the overhead shots. 36

:36:13.:36:21.

is Marco van der Stel from the Netherlands. That was a quick trip

:36:21.:36:25.

back down the field towards the chasing group as the leaders rolled

:36:25.:36:29.

down Constitution Hill for the sixth time. Next time they arrive at the

:36:29.:36:34.

park they will take the bell with one lap to go. The Japanese athlete

:36:34.:36:41.

still maintaining his position, happily at the rear of the pack. Let

:36:41.:36:45.

everybody else do the work. Those are the rules, they cannot make me

:36:45.:36:49.

go to the front. If I have fresh legs that gives me the opportunity

:36:49.:36:53.

to get the best race of my career. The guys at the front still working

:36:53.:36:57.

hard. Alistair, Johnny, Javier Gomez covering every move -- Jonny. Maybe

:36:57.:37:05.

it was not an attempt to break away, just showing that he can do what he

:37:05.:37:08.

wants to do and has the strength in his legs to increase the speed. Are

:37:08.:37:16.

you able to stay with me? The Japanese rider still at the tail end

:37:16.:37:25.

again. Now they get to check the position of the chasers. The chasers

:37:25.:37:28.

have made a slight move, maybe a position of the chasers. The chasers

:37:28.:37:37.

second or two. 33 seconds last time they crossed the timings at

:37:37.:37:41.

transition and it might be down to 30 or 31. I would concur with that

:37:41.:37:44.

and it gives the opportunity that the strong runners in the pack to

:37:44.:37:50.

start thinking more positively and think, if we are this close so far,

:37:50.:37:55.

big effort on the last lap, take it down to 15 or 20 seconds and I have

:37:55.:38:00.

an opportunity to possibly get onto the podium. But the three slots, the

:38:00.:38:04.

three names we expect to be on the podium, two of them the same,

:38:04.:38:10.

Brownlee, and Gomez, who has covered everything, every push that has been

:38:10.:38:14.

made. Javier Gomez has been there and safely brought it back. We are

:38:14.:38:19.

told the gap is down to just 25 seconds. They are alongside Green

:38:20.:38:24.

Park on the right. Formerly known as up at Saint James 's Park, renamed

:38:24.:38:32.

in 1746, and there is the memorial to Canadian soldiers there which was

:38:32.:38:37.

added in 1994. A very green stretch of London, this part of the capital.

:38:37.:38:44.

The leaders arrived at the top of the hill once again, and they will

:38:44.:38:49.

shortly return to Hyde Park -- the leaders arrive. They will head to

:38:49.:38:55.

take the Bell two complete lap six. Any break in the early stages of lap

:38:55.:39:03.

five, quickly covered by Alistair Brownlee's younger brother and

:39:03.:39:05.

Javier Gomez. The three main contenders have steered clear of

:39:05.:39:11.

trouble. The rain is easing off still, not raining at the moment,

:39:11.:39:14.

although it is still dark and grey above. Still the Japanese athlete at

:39:14.:39:21.

the back, content to stay there. Happy in the knowledge that he's

:39:21.:39:25.

being dragged along to a great performance. Meanwhile, at the

:39:26.:39:29.

front, Brownlee and Brownlee look over. A bit of a discussion. We come

:39:29.:39:34.

towards the end of lap number six. Do we make a push to go away? At the

:39:34.:39:37.

moment, without the real injection Do we make a push to go away? At the

:39:37.:39:40.

of pace, everybody staying there with us. A big decision time for the

:39:40.:39:46.

Brownlee brothers because they know in this particular race they are

:39:46.:39:50.

going to be under threat from Javier Gomez. Down to the last 6.1

:39:50.:39:57.

kilometres of this 40 kilometre ride, then a ten kilometre foot

:39:58.:40:04.

race. The battle between the three Olympic medallists of 2012. You can

:40:04.:40:07.

see the chase group in the background. It was 33 seconds at the

:40:08.:40:12.

end of the fifth lap, and likely to be a little less at the end of the

:40:12.:40:18.

six, where they will take the Bell. -- the sixth lap. Another thought

:40:18.:40:25.

process with the chasing pack, do we put it on the line to try and get

:40:25.:40:28.

contact with the leading pack. How put it on the line to try and get

:40:28.:40:32.

much will that take out of our legs going into the running. The man

:40:32.:40:36.

largely affected will be Richard Murray because he will feel, as they

:40:36.:40:42.

close in, he has a strong chance not just breaching the gap, but doing

:40:42.:40:45.

They take the Bell. Six laps down, want to go. Still 13 of them

:40:45.:40:52.

They take the Bell. Six laps down, involved in the front group,

:40:52.:40:58.

including dogs, Vincent Luis -- Aaron Dodds. Now the chasers make

:40:58.:41:02.

their way to transition. It was 33 seconds at the end of the fifth

:41:02.:41:07.

lap, and it has been reduced down to 26 seconds by the end of lap six.

:41:07.:41:13.

Some good workmanship from the 26 seconds by the end of lap six.

:41:13.:41:18.

riders in this massive group. Richard Murray will be feeling a

:41:18.:41:23.

tiny bit more confident. But now we have another attack of the front. It

:41:23.:41:25.

is Alistair. He is gritting his teeth, the world

:41:25.:41:35.

number one, the Olympic champion having another go. At the field of

:41:35.:41:43.

12 opponents behind him. He has opened up a lead of three or four

:41:43.:41:47.

seconds, and this time Gomez and Jonathan have not covered it. This

:41:47.:41:49.

is what he did in Jonathan have not covered it. This

:41:49.:41:54.

seems to have caught them napping again, an injection of pace from the

:41:54.:41:59.

world number one, and Alistair Brownlee has opened up a decent lead

:41:59.:42:06.

early in the final lap. Very brave tactics, far more difficult to stay

:42:06.:42:10.

away on the course than it was in Stockholm. Stockholm, twisting and

:42:10.:42:15.

turning, ups and downs, changes in the Touraine. Here in Hyde Park it

:42:15.:42:20.

is more difficult. No really tight turns, just soft smooth turns. For

:42:20.:42:26.

Alistair, is it absolute confidence that he has proved it before? There

:42:26.:42:31.

we go, the replay. He has moved them to the right and stretched out

:42:31.:42:34.

immediately. He does not appear to be coming back. He has made his move

:42:34.:42:38.

now, and we get back onto the leading pack and will have a much

:42:38.:42:42.

better indication of what's going on there. A huge injection of pace and

:42:42.:42:47.

nobody immediately able to cover that. It worked for him in Stockholm

:42:47.:42:52.

and he went on to win the race, kicking away from a similar

:42:52.:42:55.

position, but it doesn't always happen successfully for Alistair. In

:42:55.:43:00.

the Beijing Olympics of 2008, he tried a similar move, when he was

:43:00.:43:05.

younger and less experience, and paid the price, finishing way out of

:43:05.:43:10.

the medals. But here he is, on his own, leading them through Hyde Park,

:43:10.:43:14.

head down. He's been barking out orders throughout. He has been in

:43:14.:43:18.

control, but now he has set out to beat them all. Alistair Brownlee

:43:18.:43:24.

leads the way. That lead is extending. Pedal revolution bipedal

:43:24.:43:26.

leads the way. That lead is revolution. It takes a good look --

:43:26.:43:32.

he takes a good look back, decisions are making every second of the race

:43:32.:43:35.

because if he feels he is working hard and not able to get away, he

:43:35.:43:39.

will sit back and come back to them, but the tactics seem to have

:43:39.:43:45.

worked. Whether he maintain it remains to be seen. We can see from

:43:45.:43:48.

the overhead shot they are beginning to close in again. About two and a

:43:48.:43:54.

half seconds, no more than that. They might just swallow him up here.

:43:54.:43:57.

half seconds, no more than that. He might return to the pack before

:43:57.:44:02.

they reach the bottom of constitution Hill. I suppose what he

:44:02.:44:08.

has done with that is to demonstrate that when he does want to move away,

:44:08.:44:12.

he's totally capable of doing that, and with the athlete thinking about

:44:12.:44:17.

that, he knows, and they know, importantly, that he has the ability

:44:17.:44:21.

to do that on the run. We know he will go out very fast early on the

:44:21.:44:26.

run, and so much will depend on how quickly Gomez can cover him and

:44:26.:44:28.

run, and so much will depend on how whether he is able to stay with him

:44:28.:44:33.

on the initial two kilometres. Under the Wellington arch, first out is

:44:33.:44:37.

Alistair Brownlee. Gomez is tracking him all the way. We might see the

:44:37.:44:42.

gap shrink as they come past the memorial gates onto constitution

:44:43.:44:47.

Hill. We might see the gap dwindle as they roll down the hill. In fact,

:44:47.:44:52.

Alistair has given it up. He looked over his shoulder, had a look back,

:44:52.:44:56.

and decided that it was not enough to make a severe dent or telling

:44:56.:45:03.

impact on the race, so they will all become one again shortly. Already

:45:03.:45:10.

planning ahead, thinking about transition, we have seen the

:45:10.:45:18.

athletes turn and turn about, doing their work to stay away, now and

:45:18.:45:22.

easing off, which could play into the hands of the chase group, who

:45:22.:45:28.

will be thinking about transition. They do not want to get caught

:45:28.:45:33.

behind, taking no chance that the wheel, shoe off at will because by

:45:33.:45:35.

another. That could put down at wheel, shoe off at will because by

:45:35.:45:43.

final disadvantage. By the time they get to the bottom of Constitution

:45:43.:45:50.

Hill, back to a group of 13 riders. Still the three World Championship

:45:50.:45:56.

contenders involved. Jonathan Brownlee, Alistair Brownlee, Javier

:45:56.:46:00.

Gomez, the three men who stood on the Olympic podium in August the 7th

:46:00.:46:08.

2012. They are likely to be on the World Triathlon Series podium today,

:46:08.:46:12.

both for the race and series, but in what order? Did Alistair go to LA

:46:12.:46:18.

there? The final discipline still to come. -- go too early? We know his

:46:18.:46:28.

capabilities as a runner are not matched. But he paid the price for

:46:28.:46:33.

the break in ageing. It worked in Stockholm. -- for the break in

:46:33.:46:48.

Beijing. Alistair is such a strong runner. He will be looking at what

:46:48.:46:54.

tactics on the bike, he has shown he has the power to do it when he

:46:54.:46:59.

wants. But has he done it out of strength or possible weakness? We

:46:59.:47:06.

know he has been fragile over the months since the Olympic Games.

:47:06.:47:14.

Maybe making the move on the bike for and advantage going into the

:47:14.:47:21.

run. It is, so frequently, going to come down to a foot race, and the

:47:21.:47:28.

three main players, Javier Gomez, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. Now

:47:28.:47:33.

passed Apsley House again, run by British heritage as a museum.

:47:33.:47:42.

Thoughts now turning to transition. Starting to think about the arrival,

:47:42.:47:48.

Jonathan Brownlee especially, not wanting to go over the dismount

:47:48.:47:52.

line, encoding a penalty as he did in the Olympics. Another surge of

:47:52.:47:59.

speed at the front, and this group of 13 suddenly a little disjointed

:47:59.:48:05.

as Alistair has another go, Jonathan has it covered in about four, an

:48:05.:48:10.

explosion of pace once again, I shout from the crowd, he knows he is

:48:10.:48:19.

here to win from the crowd. Jonny Brownlee looking happy to cover

:48:19.:48:22.

Javier Gomez there. Alistair going off the front, Jonathan sitting

:48:22.:48:30.

behind Javier, at the same time looking ahead, seeing what gap there

:48:30.:48:34.

is to breach. What is he now happy enough? The technical elements now,

:48:34.:48:41.

the hand going down, let's unbuckle, the feet eased out of this use, to

:48:41.:48:51.

insure the fast transition, so in Porton transitioning into the run.

:48:51.:49:01.

-- so important. The Australians involved now, bunching up again as

:49:01.:49:05.

the pace slows down for the arrival into transition complete the seventh

:49:05.:49:19.

and final lap, then 3 3.3 kilometres laps to end this Grand Final at the

:49:19.:49:24.

end of a magnificent week of sport in around Hyde Park. The dismount,

:49:24.:49:34.

Alistair jogs in towards position. The three contenders there, the

:49:34.:49:38.

Brownlee Brothers and Gomez, ten kilometres to decide who will be

:49:38.:49:44.

champion of the world. As Alistair Brownlee comes into

:49:45.:49:48.

transition, with his brother alongside, the move he made on that

:49:48.:49:56.

last lap could be out of desperation, because he says he has

:49:56.:49:58.

last lap could be out of lacked the running legs, so those

:49:59.:50:05.

moves on the bikes, maybe just trying to put him in the best boss

:50:05.:50:12.

will position going onto the run, because he perhaps does not have the

:50:12.:50:17.

running speed, and trying to get away, because of that ankle injury,

:50:17.:50:22.

and just as they have started the run, the heavens as opened, it is

:50:23.:50:31.

tracking it down here in transition. -- heavens have opened. It will be a

:50:31.:50:39.

very rough 10k. Where is Alistair? No sign unless he has cleared

:50:39.:50:44.

already. Struggling coming off the bike and it has handed the chance to

:50:44.:50:49.

Jonathan Brownlee, leading the way out of transition, Javier Gomez on

:50:49.:50:58.

his shoulder, Aaron Royle there, a definite wins as he came off, and he

:50:58.:51:06.

is limping and hobbling, and may not leave much of a part for much longer

:51:06.:51:12.

in this 10k race, the crowd trying to raw, but it is for his younger

:51:12.:51:19.

brother to win this world title for the second year.

:51:19.:51:26.

Certainly, Alistair looked tardy coming out of that transition. That

:51:26.:51:31.

changes the whole perspective of the race, and it now comes down directly

:51:31.:51:37.

between two protagonists Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee as who

:51:37.:51:44.

will be the World Triathlon Series champion this year, because

:51:44.:51:48.

undoubtedly, Alistair suffering on the run. Will he continue or will he

:51:48.:51:54.

realised that he may do himself serious damage if he carries on? At

:51:54.:52:00.

the front, Javier Gomez covering Jonny Brownlee. Alistair shouts for

:52:00.:52:08.

Johnny to go. Waving at his brother. I think they will have to settle

:52:08.:52:16.

with one of the minor places. He winced with pain coming off the bike

:52:16.:52:25.

there. His race is undoubtedly run. The league is Jonathan Brownlee,

:52:25.:52:33.

Javier Gomez on his shoulder, Aaron Royle in third. Then quite a gap.

:52:33.:52:38.

The battle between Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee. Javier Gomez

:52:38.:52:45.

looks comfortable in second place, as has Aaron Royle, and what a

:52:45.:52:49.

looks comfortable in second place, performance by the Australian.

:52:49.:52:53.

Threatened to deceive a couple of times this year, but coming down to

:52:53.:52:59.

the final big raise and Gomez covering Jonathan Brownlee and Aaron

:52:59.:53:04.

Royle will not let go. A slight turn, Jonny Brownlee moving one

:53:04.:53:11.

stride away, covered immediately by Gomez, then Aaron, and Alistair

:53:11.:53:20.

Brownlee and totally feeling that injury. Down to a head to head

:53:20.:53:27.

10,000 metre race between Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez, first

:53:27.:53:31.

past the finish line will be champion for 2013, as the older of

:53:31.:53:38.

the Brownlee Brothers, Alistair, continues. Jonathan in the front,

:53:38.:53:45.

looking relaxed, Gomez with every move covered, lingering, lurking on

:53:45.:53:52.

Jonathan's shoulder. It .65 kilometres to go, . 8.65. In the

:53:52.:54:04.

pouring rain. It looks like Aaron Royle is having to give best. As we

:54:04.:54:11.

have said so many times, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, and Javier Gomez

:54:11.:54:18.

will go out so fast. Aaron Royle trying to go with him, but now

:54:18.:54:23.

paying the price and giving up that third play is due to that early fast

:54:23.:54:33.

pace. In Yokohama, in a similar situation, Jonathan got the better

:54:33.:54:41.

of Javier in round three. In Madrid, Jonathan once again got the better

:54:41.:54:45.

of Gomez as they battled it out over the last three kilometres for

:54:45.:54:49.

victory in Spain. In Hamburg, the last three kilometres for

:54:49.:54:54.

Jonathan was first, Alistair second, Gomez third. Right now, Jonathan is

:54:54.:55:01.

on his own in front as he attempts to defend his World Triathlon Series

:55:01.:55:07.

champion, he was the champion in 2012, when Alistair became Olympic

:55:07.:55:13.

champion. Down to Jonathan now to bring it home for Great Britain

:55:13.:55:15.

champion. Down to Jonathan now to afternoon, as Non Stanford did on

:55:15.:55:21.

Saturday morning. The early pace taking its toll on everybody else.

:55:21.:55:27.

Jonathan Brownlee, Javier Gomez, as we have seen so many times, shoulder

:55:27.:55:33.

for shoulder, stride for stride, moving away from Aaron Royle, which

:55:34.:55:37.

for shoulder, stride for stride, was a brave attempt to stay there,

:55:37.:55:42.

can he maintained that position? That will be a huge rate through for

:55:42.:55:50.

him. Jonathan Brownlee trying to stretch, not backing off at all,

:55:50.:55:54.

certainly trying if Alistair cannot do it. And some resurgence by

:55:54.:56:00.

Alistair, maybe feeling the pain less, and beginning to move through

:56:00.:56:06.

the field, perhaps it is not all over. The last time Jonathan took on

:56:06.:56:13.

Gomez in Stockholm was a race for second. Gomez was the winner of that

:56:13.:56:18.

race within the race, Alistair winning, Gomez second, Jonathan

:56:18.:56:25.

third, there are most recent head, and a different race fighting for

:56:25.:56:32.

second and third. Home turf to Dave for the Olympic bronze medallist up

:56:32.:56:37.

against the visiting Spaniard, the Olympic silver medallist. -- home

:56:37.:56:44.

turf to Dave. Will Alistair run of that injury? Can he run his way back

:56:44.:56:51.

into this race? What may be going through Alistair's mine, certainly

:56:51.:56:56.

as your dog the place, not dropping out. -- certainly assure of third

:56:56.:57:04.

place. I think he only needs to finish in the top 14 to take third

:57:04.:57:12.

place. We saw that with Anne Haug yesterday despite a disappointing

:57:12.:57:20.

race, maintaining third position. Javier Gomez now taking the lead,

:57:20.:57:26.

covered by Jonny Brownlee. In terms of the World Triathlon Series final

:57:26.:57:32.

standings, the effort from Alistair maybe because he knows he needs to

:57:32.:57:38.

finish better than ten to feature on the podium for 2013. And he is up to

:57:38.:57:45.

fifth. Alistair is back in the running! Back up to fifth! It cannot

:57:45.:57:54.

be unbelievable, because we are seeing it, but the man we thought

:57:54.:57:59.

giving it best, has said no, moved seeing it, but the man we thought

:57:59.:58:05.

on 13, 212, now in fifth position, seeing it, but the man we thought

:58:05.:58:07.

and that is a fantastic effort. -- seeing it, but the man we thought

:58:07.:58:18.

moved on 13, to 12. Jonny Brownlee, face full of focus, concentration.

:58:18.:58:25.

Covering every move on Gomez. And they will now turn on here then and

:58:25.:58:29.

will see that Alistair is holding fifth position. They will get a look

:58:29.:58:38.

at the Olympic champion. Down in fifth at the moment. An hour and 27

:58:38.:58:42.

at the Olympic champion. Down in minutes of triathlon complete so

:58:42.:58:50.

far, with two and a bit lapse of the run to go. A big performance by

:58:50.:58:58.

Alistair Brownlee, seems to get the effort now going back into it.

:58:58.:59:03.

Astonishing! Can he close back on the leading two? Nothing seems to be

:59:03.:59:10.

impossible with this young man, proving that at the Olympics last

:59:10.:59:16.

year, seeming to have a dehydration on one of the trial events. He

:59:16.:59:20.

appears to be running stronger than ever now, making inroads on the lead

:59:20.:59:28.

his brother holds. Jonathan Brownlee the first to arrive to complete the

:59:28.:59:33.

first lap of, alongside Javier Gomez, the lap to the next best 14

:59:33.:59:42.

seconds to Dmitry Polyanskiy and Aaron Royle, and we can look at the

:59:42.:59:46.

time difference to Alistair, another eight seconds distant. 22 seconds

:59:46.:59:58.

between first and fifth. What a performance from the big three. Two

:59:59.:00:03.

of them at the front, Javier Gomez with Jonathan Brownlee, the lead

:00:03.:00:06.

fluctuating, but from a man we thought might even drop out, he has

:00:06.:00:13.

put himself back on the line, and just 22 seconds adrift. I think the

:00:13.:00:16.

majority of that time was lost coming out of transition. Back at

:00:16.:00:21.

the front, we have the surge from Jonathan, and we will see him

:00:21.:00:25.

surging and surging again with both athletes working against each other,

:00:25.:00:29.

trying to establish superiority and seeing if they can break before a

:00:29.:00:31.

sprint finish. 69 men started this race, and it is

:00:31.:00:42.

down to just two. They are racing it out the victory and one of the two

:00:42.:00:49.

will become champion of the world for 2013, as they head over the

:00:49.:00:53.

Serpentine Bridge for the second time. Jonathan Brownlee of Great

:00:53.:00:58.

Britain in first position. Javier Gomez of Spain in second. These two

:00:58.:01:04.

old friends, old enemies. They know each other well, and they are

:01:04.:01:09.

matching each other, stride for stride so far through the park.

:01:09.:01:14.

Javier Gomez is so well liked and respected by the other athletes on

:01:14.:01:21.

the circuit. And as we look for Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee to

:01:21.:01:24.

represent Great Britain, as we always do, but Javier Gomez is such

:01:24.:01:28.

a popular athlete and if he were to win today it would be a popular

:01:28.:01:30.

victory coming from the other elite athletes. Graham is with the British

:01:31.:01:37.

team physio, and we can hear from her now. Are you going to have some

:01:37.:01:43.

work to do on Alistair? I've had a lot of work to do all year, but yes.

:01:43.:01:49.

It has been well documented about his injuries this year, and I think

:01:49.:01:51.

It has been well documented about it's a testament to the type of

:01:51.:01:54.

athlete he is that he's still in contention for the World Series and

:01:54.:01:59.

up racing today. A very slight limp as he comes past, but pushing so

:01:59.:02:05.

hard. He looks a bit better than how he is running. Jonny? He looks nice

:02:05.:02:14.

and relaxed, so hopefully he will do the job. Good luck to both of them.

:02:14.:02:25.

They are well on their way in lap the job. Good luck to both of them.

:02:25.:02:31.

number two of three. All of the 10,000 metres is run within the

:02:31.:02:32.

boundary of the Royal Park, but no 10,000 metres is run within the

:02:32.:02:38.

change at the front. It is still the battle for world championship

:02:39.:02:43.

honours, and it looks as if Alistair Brownlee is once again losing

:02:43.:02:47.

position within the race. He was up to fifth place at one point but has

:02:47.:02:54.

dropped back behind Vidal, and he is stretching the lead. Alistair must

:02:54.:02:58.

finishing 10th or above to stay in contention for a place in the

:02:58.:03:01.

overall World Series podium for 2013. I wonder, because he is

:03:01.:03:07.

looking less and less comfortable, I wonder if he will finish. Let's see

:03:07.:03:12.

how it develops. He might think it is smarter to be cautious and opt

:03:12.:03:17.

out and maintain his physical health. Alistair will think about

:03:17.:03:20.

the long-term consequences. Of course he wants to do well. But he

:03:20.:03:27.

knows that he has a long future redhead, he is such a young man, do

:03:27.:03:31.

have already been to two Olympic Games -- a long future ahead. He

:03:31.:03:36.

will be weighing in up in his mind will stop if he feels that in any

:03:36.:03:40.

way at all he might be looking out of long-term injury, he will back

:03:40.:03:45.

off completely. It does look like Jonathan Brownlee is surging and

:03:45.:03:50.

surging. In the last kilometre and a half he has maintained the lead.

:03:50.:03:54.

Gomez hanging on, and he is absolutely inscrutable. The eyes,

:03:54.:03:58.

the expression covered by his sunglasses. We cannot see what he is

:03:58.:04:03.

feeling. Jonathan Brownlee has put himself at the front and looks like

:04:03.:04:11.

he is intending to stay there. So, Jonny deciding on the pace of the

:04:11.:04:17.

race. They are eight or ten deep through Hyde Park, ignoring the

:04:17.:04:21.

weather as the rain continues to batter the triathlon spectators. So

:04:21.:04:25.

reminiscent of the Olympic Games when this man came through to take

:04:25.:04:29.

gold, but he is hobbling his way through, hoping for a finish to the

:04:29.:04:36.

finale at the end of the 2013 season. Back with the leaders, no

:04:36.:04:41.

change. Jonathan Brownlee leading Javier Gomez. No one has yet made a

:04:41.:04:46.

significant kick. There has not been a break at the front just yet. Water

:04:46.:04:54.

is being offered, but not taken. A crucial moment Alistair Brownlee,

:04:54.:04:57.

because going back from this position down to eighth, and now

:04:57.:05:01.

three more athlete is beginning to challenge, and if they go past him,

:05:02.:05:05.

that would mean that the podium position is lost, and it will be a

:05:05.:05:11.

huge decision whether to carry on and risk long-term injury, or drop

:05:11.:05:16.

out and think he can fight more battles and better in the future.

:05:16.:05:22.

Mario Mola is also in contention for a place on the world 's triathlon

:05:22.:05:28.

series -- World Triathlon Series podium. He was second in Germany,

:05:28.:05:36.

fifth in Auckland, and in San Diego. He's had good results. He won't win

:05:36.:05:40.

today, but he might ruin things for Alistair Brownlee if he gets

:05:40.:05:43.

involved in that particular battle. We will see how that unfolds and do

:05:43.:05:48.

the maths. Meanwhile, out in front, no change. Jonny Brownlee and Javier

:05:48.:05:59.

Gomez, over halfway through now. Quite frightening the way Javier

:05:59.:06:01.

Gomez is sitting on Brownlee's shoulder. He tried his surges, and

:06:01.:06:06.

they didn't work. He seems happy to stay there. We have seen what Javier

:06:06.:06:11.

Gomez is capable of if it comes to a sprint finish. We have seen it on a

:06:11.:06:15.

few occasions over the last three years where he is happy to

:06:15.:06:16.

few occasions over the last three there, makes a move along way out on

:06:16.:06:22.

the sprint, anywhere between 501,000 metres. That capability is very

:06:22.:06:26.

important, especially in a race like this where the speed is increased --

:06:26.:06:32.

anywhere between 500 and 1000 metres. Here is the out and back.

:06:32.:06:41.

Sometimes on those hairpins runners can make a little break and get a

:06:41.:06:47.

slingshot effect out, but no sudden injection of pace on the exit from

:06:47.:06:59.

Jonathan Brownlee. In third, Dmitry Polyanskiy and third, the Russian,

:06:59.:07:03.

and there is Mario Mola making Polyanskiy and third, the Russian,

:07:03.:07:07.

move. He fancies a visit to the World Triathlon Series podium at the

:07:07.:07:15.

end of 2013. Vidal and Vincent Luis. Vidal was fifth in the Olympics last

:07:15.:07:19.

year. Vincent Luis has had a solid season with some impressive results.

:07:19.:07:24.

Richard Murray, who was hampered by his poor cycling during the 40

:07:24.:07:30.

kilometres bike ride. And there is no sign of Alistair Brownlee. He is

:07:30.:07:35.

way, way down the group now. He is jogging along with guys that he

:07:35.:07:42.

would normally see no sign of inner world triathlon series event. --

:07:42.:07:49.

within a World Triathlon Series event. He is trying to the podium

:07:49.:07:53.

but hurting every step of the way. You can see the grimace every time

:07:53.:07:58.

the foot touches the ground. Perhaps a matter of pride that he wants to

:07:58.:08:03.

finish here. I can certainly understand that. But what we are

:08:03.:08:06.

seeing now is not the Alistair Brownlee we know. Slowing down

:08:06.:08:12.

entirely. A real hobble out of the corner before he gets on the

:08:12.:08:17.

straight line. Encouragement every step of the way from the

:08:17.:08:20.

knowledgeable fans here. Will he finish? Part of me wishes that he

:08:21.:08:27.

would just stop and put us all out of our misery, but that is another

:08:27.:08:31.

story. As Gomez kicks away from Johnny Brownlee excavation mark

:08:31.:08:36.

Brownlee appears to have it covers -- covered. A sudden injection of

:08:36.:08:41.

pace from the Spaniard. A great response from Jonathan Brownlee as

:08:41.:08:43.

pace from the Spaniard. A great Mario Mola moves up to third

:08:43.:08:49.

position. The leading pair, some way distant, but Mario Mola is pushing

:08:49.:08:54.

for a place in the final standings. Gomez has taken it up. One hour and

:08:54.:09:00.

37 minutes and 43 seconds. It's going to come down to the wire in

:09:00.:09:05.

Hyde Park. Good response from Jonathan Brownlee, reacting well

:09:05.:09:08.

Hyde Park. Good response from the danger. Tremendous tactics from

:09:08.:09:10.

Hyde Park. Good response from Javier Gomez. Do the unexpected, do

:09:10.:09:15.

the unexpected again, then once again. That is what is occurring. An

:09:15.:09:20.

absolutely huge effort with 3.5 kilometres to go, but covered by

:09:20.:09:26.

Jonny Brownlee, and the time tells the story. No time difference at

:09:26.:09:30.

all, just a couple of metres, maybe less, as they go into the third and

:09:30.:09:36.

final lap. What a big move by Mario Mola. Really playing it smart. Did

:09:36.:09:40.

not come out of the transition to quickly by any means, and now he has

:09:40.:09:46.

moved into third. Mario Mola is hurting. This is a mammoth effort

:09:46.:09:50.

from the Spaniard. He sensed his opportunity and saw the wounded

:09:50.:09:56.

Alistair Brownlee and realised that there was a chance of a place on the

:09:56.:10:01.

final season standings podium, maybe even third in the race itself as he

:10:01.:10:05.

moves past Dmitry Polyanskiy, who even third in the race itself as he

:10:05.:10:09.

looks a little battle weary now will stop they take the Bell, 3.3

:10:09.:10:15.

kilometres to run -- who looks a little battle weary now. Gomez and

:10:15.:10:22.

Jonathan Brownlee still locked together. Javier Gomez leading but

:10:22.:10:24.

Jonathan Brownlee still locked it might put Jonathan in the driving

:10:24.:10:28.

seat because Gomez made his mark and put it down. He was not able to get

:10:28.:10:33.

away from Jonathan Brownlee. Now Jonathan, capable, he will sit

:10:33.:10:38.

there, cover and cover. What is Gomez going to do? Does he go

:10:38.:10:40.

again? Does he make another move? away, does that give the mental

:10:40.:10:51.

advantage to Jonny Brownlee, who seems to have taken Gomez's

:10:51.:10:55.

confidence away and is covering every footstep? Deep into the final

:10:55.:11:00.

lap. What a race it has been and it is going to come down to a battle

:11:00.:11:04.

between Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez over the last three

:11:04.:11:09.

kilometres. Here goes Jonathan. Moves alongside Gomez. Gomez slots

:11:09.:11:14.

in behind. No real daylight opened up in that little move from

:11:14.:11:20.

Jonathan. Gomez had it covered. Watching

:11:20.:11:25.

confident, and perhaps the first grimace we have seen from Gomez.

:11:25.:11:28.

Great move by Jonathan. He grimace we have seen from Gomez.

:11:28.:11:31.

have sensed that the pace was dropping a little and felt he

:11:31.:11:33.

have sensed that the pace was to go to the front to try and draw

:11:33.:11:38.

any possible sting out of Javier Gomez. He hasn't managed to do it as

:11:38.:11:42.

they go around the turn. They are still locked together. Round the out

:11:42.:11:51.

and back, and no effort from Jonny to try and break his opponent on the

:11:51.:11:55.

turn. Mario Mola in third position, and that is the way they will

:11:55.:11:58.

finish, if they finish in this order. Jonny Will be champion, Gomez

:11:58.:12:07.

will be second and Mario Mola will take his third position on the

:12:07.:12:10.

podium in the final standings. That is what Mario Mola saw, with Gomez

:12:10.:12:18.

and Jonny Brownlee heading in the opposite direction. They are well on

:12:18.:12:21.

their way now to completing this triathlon. The lead is extended by

:12:21.:12:30.

Jonny and Gomez, with Mario Mola in third but not making any inroads

:12:30.:12:31.

into the lead. Another surge by third but not making any inroads

:12:31.:12:37.

Brownlee. Not happy to sit behind Gomez. He knows the Gomez has a

:12:37.:12:41.

powerful sprint, and he seems to have gone the long wait round. He

:12:41.:12:48.

has made the move, but once again Gomez covers -- long way round.

:12:48.:12:53.

Round the right-hand turn, and the gap is still next to nothing. Just a

:12:53.:12:58.

metre at most. Between the defending world champion and the man who,

:12:58.:13:03.

himself, has been world triathlon champion on two occasions. An extra

:13:03.:13:08.

little burst of energy from Jonathan. Gomez responds. Gomez,

:13:08.:13:12.

watching his man every step of the way. That little pace -- a lift of

:13:13.:13:22.

pace, going for it, bit faster and we can see it from the overhead

:13:22.:13:26.

cameras really well. Really working hard, but he cannot get away from

:13:26.:13:31.

Gomez. That was the signal, the wave of encouragement early in the race

:13:31.:13:35.

from Alistair to his younger brother. No change at the front. It

:13:35.:13:39.

will be a sprint finish but the title in 2013. I am sure that Jonny

:13:39.:13:48.

Brownlee does not want to let it go to a sprint finish. He will have to

:13:48.:13:52.

try and go from the front, even at this early stage. He has not managed

:13:52.:13:57.

to get away yet but he has to continue doing that, exactly the

:13:57.:14:01.

same tactics. He has to try and stay awake because it Gomez can maintain

:14:01.:14:05.

contact, he will have the power in the spring. Now it looks like Gomez

:14:05.:14:12.

is making a move. Gomez having another go at Jonathan Brownlee.

:14:12.:14:16.

Mario Mola holds on to third. The rain continuing to pour down on the

:14:16.:14:23.

park. A soaking Sunday afternoon, the final triathlon chapter of the

:14:23.:14:29.

season, as dramatic and lively and enjoyable as we expected and hoped.

:14:29.:14:33.

As Gomez hits the front this time, and Jonathan Brownlee responds. With

:14:33.:14:39.

all the tens and fat -- tens of thousands of supporters behind him.

:14:39.:14:44.

With Alistair out of the running we could not have seen a better contest

:14:44.:14:47.

at the front. You can see these athletes have the utmost respect for

:14:47.:14:49.

at the front. You can see these each other. They know each other's

:14:49.:14:51.

at the front. You can see these strengths and weaknesses and we have

:14:51.:14:55.

seen a surge and another surge, less than one mile to go. Less than five

:14:55.:14:58.

minutes of running and it's certainly not all over yet, because

:14:58.:15:03.

we are going to seek every surge covered, another surge, alternating

:15:03.:15:06.

the lead, until finally one of these men breaks. Into the last 1500

:15:06.:15:16.

metres to conclude this series for 2013 and Gomez has a little spring

:15:16.:15:20.

in his step as he tries to break Jonny Brownlee. Gomez looks over his

:15:20.:15:28.

shoulder from time to time, feeling the young Brownlee Brothers

:15:28.:15:32.

breathing down his neck. Immaculate running by both athletes, trying to

:15:32.:15:38.

test each other, managing it, gap of running by both athletes, trying to

:15:38.:15:44.

three or four metres, and Johnny going again! Having a little look,

:15:44.:15:52.

judge edging past Javier Gomez, not a race winning move, and Gomez has

:15:52.:16:00.

it covered again. -many times can they do this? A war of attrition.

:16:01.:16:06.

They are hoping to get the better of the other athletes. It is Gomez's

:16:06.:16:18.

turn to respond. Is he capable? One turn to make, then the run to the

:16:18.:16:22.

line and the world title. Down to the last kilometre and a fraction to

:16:22.:16:33.

decide the CDs for 2013. The Spaniard looks solid and

:16:33.:16:38.

comfortable. The man from Yorkshire, Jonny Brownlee, takes the turn,

:16:38.:16:43.

maintaining his lead. Jonny Brownlee tried to up the pace coming out of

:16:43.:16:50.

that turn, once again immediately covered by Javier Gomez, just

:16:50.:16:55.

trailing Jonny Brownlee, waiting to see what he will do. Once again, the

:16:55.:16:59.

trailing Jonny Brownlee, waiting to man in the driving seat, in second

:16:59.:17:04.

position, and we are waiting to see an attack by Gomez, and if

:17:04.:17:07.

position, and we are waiting to see Brownlee can counter attack. In the

:17:07.:17:14.

last kilometre of the triathlon. It has been a sensational race,

:17:14.:17:19.

brilliant for the women on Saturday, equally as compelling for the men on

:17:19.:17:23.

this Sunday afternoon. Which way will it then edge? Brownlee hugs the

:17:23.:17:30.

real, deafened by the noise of supporters in Hyde Park. CHEERING.

:17:30.:17:36.

Gomez tracking his every move, no daylight between the two. It will be

:17:36.:17:41.

our sprint for the line, almost home, noise levels deafening in the

:17:41.:17:49.

Royal Park this afternoon. Will it be Jonathan Brownlee's win and World

:17:49.:17:55.

Championship? Or will Gomez take the world title for 2013? Gomez has a

:17:55.:18:02.

goal! Can Brownlee respond? He has matched him, slots then behind, not

:18:02.:18:09.

a race winning effort from Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee is only

:18:09.:18:17.

one foot behind the Spaniard. Gomez slowing down momentarily. Gomez will

:18:17.:18:21.

one foot behind the Spaniard. Gomez try to go again. Can Jonny Brownlee

:18:21.:18:27.

respond? Gomez, look over his shoulder, Willie CD-R goal? The yard

:18:27.:18:39.

is running out. -- will he dare go? 250 metres to race, shoulder to

:18:39.:18:44.

shoulder, as Jonathan Brownlee kicks and clicks again, Javier Gomez

:18:44.:18:50.

responds and responds again, nothing between them, Alistair stops to

:18:50.:18:55.

bellow encouragement towards his younger brother, Gomez is not broken

:18:55.:19:01.

yet, still fighting for his world title, the gap starting to grow

:19:01.:19:07.

fractionally as Jonathan responds to their shouts and jeers of the people

:19:07.:19:13.

in Hyde Park. Gomez still dangerous, hitting the blue carpet, Gomez is

:19:14.:19:20.

hunting Jonathan down, not beaten, Gomez alongside, Gomez might go

:19:20.:19:25.

past, Johnny responds, sprints Dennis, it is Gomez's victory in

:19:25.:19:36.

Hyde Park! -- sprint finish. Gomez takes the title for 2013. An

:19:36.:19:41.

extraordinary finish. I have never seen anything quite like that.

:19:41.:19:49.

Absolutely stunning! Human guts and determination from both athletes. I

:19:49.:19:54.

did not know who would take that, even in the last 30 metres, Javier

:19:54.:19:59.

Gomez gave it everything, Jonathan Brownlee down there, both giving it

:19:59.:20:07.

all. Look at that mutual respect, two great athletes, and today is

:20:07.:20:15.

Javier Gomez's day. Mario Mola makes it two of three for Spain. Gomez saw

:20:15.:20:23.

that Alistair Brownlee was in trouble. 54 seconds behind his

:20:23.:20:33.

compatriot, two Spanish men on the podium this afternoon. Jonathan

:20:33.:20:39.

Brownlee beat by one second. What an athlete Javier Gomez is. And a

:20:39.:20:47.

slightly dejected looking Jonathan Brownlee. Left alone to ponder the

:20:47.:20:54.

outcome of this I know race of the season, which has gone to Javier

:20:54.:21:00.

Gomez. I do not think either athlete could give anything else. It was

:21:00.:21:05.

anybody's race. What a way to finish, dumbing down to the last

:21:05.:21:12.

five seconds of a two hour race. We could not ask for anything better.

:21:12.:21:19.

-- going down to the last five seconds. We will wait and see if

:21:19.:21:31.

Alistair, who had stopped to shout a couple of final words of

:21:31.:21:36.

encouragement to Jonathan, we will see if and when Alistair will finish

:21:36.:21:44.

this afternoon. Huge effort, Aaron Harris coming in, David McNamee, his

:21:44.:21:49.

this afternoon. Huge effort, Aaron sword Non Stanford

:21:49.:22:10.

will be pleased. -- of Ireland. The crowd knows how brave Alistair has

:22:10.:22:17.

been, when it would have been easy to drop out. Alistair may not finish

:22:17.:22:22.

for a little while, hobbling home, clearly in pain. He wants the crowd

:22:22.:22:33.

to be able to see him finish. And this is how the race and the

:22:33.:22:38.

Championships was won and lost, owing to the man in red. What an

:22:38.:22:48.

effort from Javier Gomez. World champion and top sprinter, we

:22:49.:22:53.

have to love that. I cannot believe it. I was pretty tired, working on

:22:53.:22:59.

have to love that. I cannot believe my sprint, my last kick, and maybe

:22:59.:23:01.

Jonathan started to soon, that extra gear in the last 100m.

:23:01.:23:07.

You are like heavyweight boxers back that extra gear in the last 100m.

:23:07.:23:14.

and forth, Brownlee was incredible that extra gear in the last 100m.

:23:14.:23:21.

all day long, then those little sprints, you wondered if there was

:23:21.:23:26.

one more gear for either of you? It was hard to keep up with Jonathan. I

:23:26.:23:32.

gave my best, had to give everything in the last big race.

:23:32.:23:38.

Congratulations to Alistair and Jonathan, a great year, tough

:23:38.:23:44.

competitors. Beating these guys is difficult, making it special to me.

:23:44.:23:51.

Mario Mola, making it two Spaniards and a Brit, different from normal.

:23:51.:23:56.

Sharing the podium with him is great. Believing you have been

:23:56.:24:03.

running faster than normal? Obviously paying out today? Yes,

:24:03.:24:10.

today was tactical, not flat out all the time. It was the world title. I

:24:10.:24:17.

was a bit careful and had more on the last 100m. Javier Gomez,

:24:17.:24:23.

three-time world champion, winning with a sprint here in London.

:24:23.:24:27.

As we wait for Alistair to finish, Javier Gomez winning for a third

:24:27.:24:39.

time, Chrissie? Absolutely phenomenal, what an amazing finale,

:24:39.:24:45.

down to the wire, to this sprint finish. We could not have wished for

:24:45.:24:54.

a better race. Phenomenal. How often do these triathlons come down to the

:24:54.:25:01.

run, then a sprint finish? Amazing, racing for one hour and 15 minutes

:25:01.:25:07.

and then this race separates them. It was strong racing and what the

:25:07.:25:13.

crowds and the athletes wanted. It was really thrilling to watch.

:25:13.:25:18.

Jonathan may have lost his World Championship title to Gomez, but you

:25:18.:25:23.

could see the mutual respect at the end. These athletes know how much

:25:23.:25:31.

each other puts into getting to the start line. And there is this mutual

:25:31.:25:37.

respect between them. It was absolutely amazing to see them both

:25:37.:25:42.

respect between them. It was attacking each other on the run.

:25:42.:25:47.

Playing cat and mouse. It was phenomenal. Let as make space for

:25:47.:25:55.

the world champions himself. Huge congratulations. Thank you.Your

:25:55.:26:00.

third World Championship title, we can see how you feel on your face,

:26:01.:26:07.

but tell as anyway. I've did not know if it would be possible.

:26:07.:26:13.

Alistair was really good today. I was fighting with Jonathan the whole

:26:13.:26:20.

run. That's a good athlete. Very happy at high could do it. Anne Keo

:26:20.:26:27.

is Alistair finishing behind you. -- very happy I could do it. And here

:26:27.:26:31.

is Alistair finishing behind you. -- is Alistair finishing. Could you see

:26:31.:26:39.

he was in pain? I could see he was struggling. Then I focused on

:26:39.:26:44.

Johnny. So I knew I had to race Jonathan this time. He is tough to

:26:44.:26:52.

beat, such a great athlete. Beating them is amazing. Congratulations. We

:26:52.:26:57.

shall let you go for the medal ceremony. Huge congratulations,

:26:57.:27:06.

Javier. Thank you. One of the best all-round triathletes in the world,

:27:06.:27:11.

phenomenal, he can excel at any distance, absolutely amazing. He has

:27:11.:27:18.

shown it once again today. And Graham is with someone special.

:27:18.:27:24.

I am with Keith Brownlee, bitterly disappointed, and it must be

:27:24.:27:28.

difficult to watch Alistair run in so much pain. Yes, and a tribute to

:27:28.:27:35.

him he went for it. And a sprint finish again against Gomez? I know,

:27:35.:27:43.

I thought Johnny had him, but Gomez is a brilliant athlete. How will the

:27:43.:27:52.

boys pick themselves up after this? Going on holiday to climb

:27:52.:27:54.

Kilimanjaro. It is what the boys are made of. Good job anyway, what a

:27:54.:28:03.

fantastic set of boys. A brilliant race, taking your hat off to anyone

:28:03.:28:07.

racing in those conditions, fantastic, all doing well.

:28:07.:28:13.

From father to son, your dad was speaking to Graham Bell, and coming

:28:13.:28:17.

down to the wire, fighting hard for it?

:28:17.:28:23.

Yes, and I am absolutely gutted, but to get beaten by a few metres is

:28:23.:28:30.

hard to take. I do not know what I could have done differently. I was

:28:30.:28:35.

quite tactical with the sprint, but I gave it my all, old you can ask.

:28:35.:28:40.

Is it harder to lose on a sprint finish, or is it just harder to lose

:28:41.:28:50.

when it is so close? Absolutely, when it is so close, you wonder what

:28:50.:28:56.

you could have done differently. Could you have done things

:28:56.:28:59.

differently? When you are beaten by 30 seconds, you can say that someone

:28:59.:29:05.

is just better than you, but it is tough to be beaten like that. A good

:29:05.:29:10.

race to be part of. Us Alistair was struggling. -- Alistair was

:29:10.:29:18.

struggling. What was he saying to you on that turn? He wanted me to

:29:18.:29:23.

use my brain, because I can you on that turn? He wanted me to

:29:23.:29:28.

carried away and run at the front. It was quite windy and the other

:29:28.:29:32.

person behind could stay there. I did not use my head as much as I

:29:32.:29:38.

could, but Javier was better at the end. Alistair was helping me out, it

:29:38.:29:43.

has been a tough year for him, and I am sure he is pleased 2013 is over

:29:43.:29:48.

for him. Big Brother using your head, so much to chat you about, but

:29:48.:29:53.

you have to go to the medals put the, fully we can speak to you

:29:53.:30:07.

later. Thank you.In saying congratulations because you second

:30:07.:30:10.

in the world, but he's not going to be happy. There will be an element

:30:10.:30:15.

of disappointment that he will look back and realise that he did all he

:30:15.:30:18.

could and gave it everything out there. You saw him on the floor at

:30:18.:30:22.

the finish line, totally spent. He could not have given it any more. He

:30:22.:30:26.

will look back and appreciate what an exciting race it was and how much

:30:26.:30:32.

he did put into it. How tough a race did you think it would be mentally

:30:32.:30:37.

for Alistair, knowing that we had heard the rumours that he might not

:30:37.:30:41.

have made the start line and pull out of the grand final? He clearly

:30:41.:30:45.

has had an injury all year and it has niggle him all this week. How

:30:45.:30:51.

tough would it have been to race? It's incredibly difficult to go into

:30:51.:30:54.

a race, especially one as important as the world Championships, with any

:30:54.:31:00.

kind of injury. Our race is as much mental as physical, and an injury

:31:01.:31:06.

affects you mentally as much as it does physically. It would have been

:31:06.:31:09.

hard. The preparation for this race would have been difficult. He might

:31:09.:31:13.

have stood on the start line questioning himself. I think we saw

:31:13.:31:17.

it in the tactics. Several times he tried to break away on the bike, and

:31:17.:31:21.

that was probably to create a gap so he had a cushion on the run, because

:31:21.:31:25.

he knew he was physically compromised. But I admire what he

:31:25.:31:29.

did today. He did not pull out. He carried on, and he showed his true

:31:29.:31:34.

class as an Olympic champion. Yes, many athletes would have pulled out

:31:34.:31:36.

class as an Olympic champion. Yes, because they would not want

:31:36.:31:39.

class as an Olympic champion. Yes, further injury, but he was

:31:39.:31:42.

determined to finish and was giving his brother signals along the way

:31:42.:31:46.

and cheering him on. Yes, and what he said was really important, Jonny

:31:46.:31:53.

telling to use his head, and that was incredibly sound advice for him

:31:53.:31:59.

to give -- telling Jonny to use his head. We saw Jonny play the game as

:31:59.:32:05.

well as he could, he and Javier Gomez taking turns in the lead,

:32:05.:32:07.

important, but it didn't take -- pay Gomez taking turns in the lead,

:32:07.:32:11.

off in the end. It shows that the sport is as much about physical

:32:11.:32:16.

strength and tactics as much as physical ability. We have been

:32:16.:32:21.

sending the athletes back for the medal ceremony and it is time to

:32:21.:32:22.

watch them collect their medals. Yes, the three medal recipients are

:32:22.:32:39.

ready to go. And it will be the same three for the individual

:32:39.:32:52.

beginning of the season, was a winning run with victory in

:32:52.:32:58.

Auckland, and his end to the season is a winning one with victory in

:32:58.:32:59.

London. Mario Mola exploiting the injury to

:33:00.:33:09.

Alistair Brownlee, and bursting up through the field with an excellent

:33:09.:33:16.

run to take third place in the race and third-place in the standings.

:33:16.:33:27.

Well, Jonny smiling through the pain. One second, one metre, that is

:33:27.:33:35.

Well, Jonny smiling through the all that stood him between him and

:33:35.:33:38.

the world title for 2013. That title all that stood him between him and

:33:38.:33:44.

will go to the Spaniard, Javier Gomez. What a courageous

:33:44.:33:52.

performance. Representing Spain, Javier Gomez.

:33:52.:33:57.

Gomez came to London to the home turf of the Brownlee Brothers, and

:33:57.:34:06.

he took them on and try him. He wins the final race of the season -- he

:34:07.:34:11.

took them on and triumph. And with it he wins the World Triathlon

:34:11.:34:14.

Series title for 2013. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise as

:34:15.:34:27.

we play the national anthem of Spain.

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An unforgettable moment for Javier Gomez and his compatriot, Mario

:35:57.:36:01.

Mola. Time to face the photographers, and

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I am sure that Jonathan Brownlee will be looking forward to catching

:36:17.:36:21.

up with his older brother and talking about the dramatic events of

:36:21.:36:22.

today. Here are the final standings for

:36:22.:36:30.

2013. In a sprint finish Jonathan Brownlee

:36:30.:36:43.

was defeated by Javier Gomez. Alistair eventually finished fourth

:36:43.:36:48.

in the World Triathlon Series standings for 2013.

:36:48.:36:58.

Well, Chrissy, it has been two days of absolute drama at the grand final

:36:58.:37:06.

here. I think it has been a perfect illustration of just how

:37:06.:37:10.

unpredictable this sport can be. It is, and all the best laid plans and

:37:10.:37:15.

predictions can go to waste when you actually get out there on the

:37:15.:37:20.

racecourse. You have got athletes coming in with injuries that we

:37:20.:37:24.

might not have known the full extent of, coupled with that, three sports

:37:24.:37:28.

might not have known the full extent in one, where anything can happen.

:37:28.:37:32.

Then you have the course and different conditions. So, triathlon

:37:32.:37:35.

is really unpredictable, but that's what makes it so exciting. It has

:37:35.:37:41.

been really, really exciting, dynamic racing out there. It has

:37:41.:37:46.

been a huge delight to watch. How much wood conditions like this,

:37:46.:37:51.

rainy, slippery conditions, affected the course? -- how much would

:37:51.:37:57.

conditions? We saw yesterday it really affected the cycling. The

:37:57.:38:01.

female athletes were a lot more careful. Unfortunately we saw a

:38:01.:38:05.

couple of crashes, which I hope were not too serious. But definitely the

:38:05.:38:09.

rainy conditions do affect the athletes, not only the slippery

:38:09.:38:14.

conditions, but also the cold. Many of these athletes training warm

:38:14.:38:19.

conditions, so they may have not been used to the cold, which would

:38:19.:38:23.

have affected them. Will the men have been watching the women's race

:38:23.:38:27.

yesterday and tried to figure out how to play it out, and how they

:38:27.:38:32.

would attempt to play it out? I think the men and women's races are

:38:32.:38:36.

very different. Neither is more exciting than the other, but they

:38:36.:38:40.

are very different. Fortunately, we did not see too many crashes out

:38:40.:38:47.

there on the course today. That is great, but I definitely think that

:38:47.:38:50.

the boys would have had one eye on the conditions and made sure that

:38:50.:38:55.

they would not end up on the tarmac. Great to see such a huge

:38:55.:38:59.

crowd out here today as well, and a day like this, and it is not an

:38:59.:39:04.

Olympic Games, but Hyde Park can draw in the crowd. Hyde Park can

:39:04.:39:09.

draw in the crowd, London can draw in the crowd, and triathlon can

:39:09.:39:13.

definitely draw in a crowd. It is phenomenal and is emblematic of the

:39:13.:39:18.

growth of the sport, but also the Passion of the people that do the

:39:18.:39:21.

sport and the public that come out to watch it and enjoy such an

:39:21.:39:27.

amazing sporting spectacle. I really think that, despite the weather,

:39:27.:39:32.

London has put on a great show, and that is shown by the thousands of

:39:32.:39:37.

people who came out to enjoy it today and yesterday. It is athletes

:39:37.:39:41.

like Alistair Brownlee, who I can see at the corner of my eye, that

:39:41.:39:47.

have put on a great show, and that is why triathlon is becoming more

:39:47.:39:50.

and more popular. Absolutely. They are serving as role models. Non

:39:50.:39:59.

Stanford, Jody Stimson, Alistair and Jonny our amazing role models for

:39:59.:40:02.

the sport -- sport and will continue to be. Alistair, come and join us,

:40:02.:40:09.

please take centre stage. How are you? I'm all right, just my ankle

:40:09.:40:16.

was really sure will stop -- saw. It has been really saw the last three

:40:16.:40:21.

or four weeks, and I found that it gave way. When I got off the bike it

:40:21.:40:24.

was so cold it wasn't working properly. When I warmed up I thought

:40:24.:40:26.

was so cold it wasn't working I was doing all right, but it went

:40:26.:40:31.

again. Not very nice but I'm glad it's all over now. We saw you

:40:31.:40:35.

wincing as you came off the bike and we saw the pain in your face. Is

:40:35.:40:40.

that why you tried to break away, because you knew that this niggling

:40:40.:40:41.

that why you tried to break away, injury was there. I thought I had

:40:41.:40:47.

run all right but I did not think it would be that saw. But it was, and

:40:47.:40:52.

I'm just so glad it's over, this whole year. It's been a nightmare.

:40:52.:40:57.

I'm looking forward to taking a bit of time off, getting better and

:40:57.:41:02.

doing some training. You are gutsy. You did not pull out. Forget about

:41:02.:41:05.

risking more injury, you finished the race and were telling your

:41:05.:41:08.

brother what to do in the middle of it. Well, I planned to pull out, and

:41:08.:41:17.

the physio said she would yell at me to pull out, but I have never pulled

:41:17.:41:21.

out of one in my life and I won't start now. I literally could not

:41:21.:41:28.

pull out. I was watching Jonny racing, I was getting so

:41:28.:41:32.

frustrating, all he had to do was sit behind him for 50 metres, and I

:41:32.:41:35.

saw him make the move with about 200 metres to go and I thought, oh, no,

:41:35.:41:41.

what an idiot. Is that why you were tapping your head. Usual head! All

:41:41.:41:48.

he had to do was sit behind him with 25 metres to go, and he would have

:41:48.:41:53.

won. I can imagine you discussing it and calling each other's idiot and

:41:53.:41:57.

then having a winter break. I will give him some stick to that. He has

:41:57.:42:09.

been a complete tactical numpty. I will let you tell him that. It's

:42:09.:42:16.

been exciting and I've enjoyed every minute of being here. It's been a

:42:16.:42:20.

really dramatic, and you might not like to hear it, a fantastically

:42:20.:42:27.

entertaining end to World Triathlon Series the season. The season has

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been fantastic to watch. If you have been inspired, do look at our next

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programme on Saturday at 3pm on BBC One. It will feature Lizzie

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Armistead and Lewis Smith. As it has been such a fantastic season, let's

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do it again next year, after the winter break, which Alistair will

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appreciate. Then the season starts again in April and we will see you

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in 2014.

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Sonali Shah presents live coverage of the hotly-anticipated men's race at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final from London's Hyde Park. The race marks the culmination of a truly punishing eight-stage calendar, and superstar British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will be desperately battling each other - and the likes of Spain's Javier Gomez - to be crowned champion. Commentary comes from Matt Chilton and Steve Trew.


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