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World Series Triathlon: San Diego

Sonali Shah presents highlights of the second race of the 2013 World Triathlon Series from San Diego, with commentary by Matt Chilton and Steve Trew.


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confused Spain for San Diego. We are on the Costa Blanca Ford two very

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good reasons, the Brownlee Bros. They have been training here to

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escape Britain's arctic weather. We have highlights of the races to show

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you. Let's remind ourselves of what happened in the first stage of the

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in earnest in Auckland. That is Brian Keenan from Ireland, I think.

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Javier Gomez, the Olympic silver medallist, has laid down a market

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here right at the start of the season. Here comes Matt Sharp. What

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a great reformers from the Britain. He is absolutely spent. What a stock

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that is to this swim. Only just going out onto the course. She knows

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that she has got to close down a gap. She has now worked her way back

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up into that group. This is a concerted effort. This is her bid to

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win once a game in Auckland. And how is grimacing but she is driving on

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and she's going to be rewarded with the world triathlon series victory

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to enter the richer, but Johnny has been suffering injury Robins through

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the winter so he will not be joining Alistair on the San Diego start

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line. This winter has been a bit compensated for me. After the

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Olympics are got into training quickly. I was over the moon to

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finish all my sponsorship things and start training again, doing the

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things I love. And then in January I injured my ankle. I recovered for

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two months and then when I started training again after that I picked

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up some other niggles. I had never been injured before so I did not

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know how to cope with it. With an injury, you have to learn from your

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own mistakes. You have to be in the position to know how it feels like.

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Hopefully he is learning from his mistakes. I said to him, when was

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the last time you had a day off from running? He said, June. I said,

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June? And he said, three years ago. So I do not think it will do him any

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harm. He has massive base fitness. They both have. And they get fit

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very quickly. So we know we can give him some recovery and downtime.

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Three years without a day off, really. I am a massive routine

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person. I did not get ill or injured for three years and I was very

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fortunate. I saw Alistair in that three-year time pick up a fuel

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injuries and some very serious ones and some not so serious, whereas I

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did not really have that. If I did have to get injured, this year was a

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great time to get injured. What have you changed about your training?

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Mostly, I have just done less. I did raise on the 1st of March and with

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it being a longer ride it gave me more of a white focus. It would be a

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shot of the Reading a bit. -- a bit more of a bicycle focus. It has been

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an interesting winter. You are coming back to normal now and I will

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get back to the normality I am craving. At the moment, I want

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normal weather. I want to experience some kind of normality again.

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the things I have tried to do this winter, as well as trying to stay

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injury free, is to try to find somewhere where I can come back and

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train consistently when the weather is bad at home. Injuries have

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happened in the past because of running on the snow and things like

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that, so making life a bit easier for myself. It is really icy and

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snowy on the roads. It is not that they do not want to train on it,

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they are both traditional Yorkshire boys who will train in any weather,

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a few have to think, this is dangerous. You cannot go out and

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cycle or Rome when it is icy. Also the injury prevention side where

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they do so much volume and loaded training anyway that little distance

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is likely to rain you are running on can make a massive difference and

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have an impact on any kind of injuries or niggles that you get.

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was thinking, this is ridiculous, I cannot physically run around the

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house. It was critical that there were ten foot snowdrifts around but

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I was enjoying it. More from Alistair and Johnny later in the

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show. Now it is time to head over to San

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Diego to see how some of the best female triathlete scope on the

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Californian course. So welcome to the women's race day

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in San Diego. Here is the map. Two lapse in the water. In Bonita Cove

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Park. And then eight -- lapse on two wheels. Gleason Road, then the

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bridge on West Mission Bay Drive before there is another tight turn

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back along the bridge, back to the transition area at Bonita Cove Park

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and then the run section, which takes them along Bayside Walk, a

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right and then another right down Ocean Front Walk, three laps for the

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run and then the 10,000 metres final champion wears number 28. Katie

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Hewison wears number 38. We have had a few moments silence to remember

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those who were affected by the number one. The way they go. They

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head out into Bonita Cove Park to we saw last year the guys go into the

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shallow water at the top of the screen where the spectators are

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standing. No one has done that this year. They have obviously changed

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the rules to prevent that happening. Now we have that arrowhead starting

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at the front of the swim field. We will look for some of the stronger

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athletes already in the water. Some fours coming from Aileen Reid,

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formerly Eileen Morris, from the per Republic of Ireland. She took on the

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name of her husband in the summer. What is interesting to me, looking

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at the start, where we have got used to the athletes begin their position

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on the pontoon or the beach, they are actually running them in just

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numerical order, so we had and Haug right next to us, go right through

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-- we had Haug next to us, going right through to the 30s and 40s. We

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are getting a bigger picture, a bigger spread of the swimmers coming

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through now. That was a tremendously fast start. There is a stretch out

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which we are not really used to seeing these early on. Already

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swimmers with clear water there, five or six metres. Carolina Routier

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of Spain and Oliveira of Brazil, they are within touching distance.

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Neither one prepared to give way and move to the side. And now they have

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sorted themselves out a bit. There was a time there that I feared

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somebody was going to get a foot in the face. They were very tightly

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bunched indeed. Aileen Reid from the Republic of Ireland who was the

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first to show in the swimmers' got back, three or four down the lead.

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Now the lead is coming from Camberley in every TA from Spain.

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She is looking ahead to see where the first lap is. -- Carolina

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Routier of Spain. A good swim from Routier of Spain. She has reached

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the end of the first lap. We will get a check on who is doing what as

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they come through with eight minutes and 40 seconds past. It is Routier

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and Oliveira in second. Emma Moffat is therefore Australia, followed by

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Rachel Klamer and Sarah Groff and Aileen Reid is six for the Republic

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of Ireland, . A group of Americans together. Then Stanford is first out

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for Great Britain in 17th position. A very good swim by Gwen Jorgensen

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there from the United States. She was suffering in Auckland. She has

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been tremendous in this phase so obviously working on her swim. We

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know that is her weakness. Her running is second to none. We would

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have liked to see Jessica Harrison higher up. She used to represent

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Great Britain. She has now represented France on a couple of

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occasions. She was a little further down than we would have anticipated.

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The best of British at the end of that lap was Non Stanford from

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Swansea, based in Leeds these days. She is the under 23 champion, won

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that title last year in Auckland. She also had a very good 10k race.

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So we will look out for her on the running stage of the race. She set a

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personal best in Manchester in early March at the Trafford 10k. She

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clocked a time of 32.40 seconds. So improving form on the roads for the

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Welsh triathlete. Carolina Routier at still in front. So they are

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approaching the end of stage one. This is the second World Triathlon

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Series event of the season in San Diego. 1500 metres in the water.

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Just about complete now for Carolyn Routier -- Carolina Routier and

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those chasing her out of the position. We will get a look at

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exactly who is finishing where. Routier 17.25, then Oliveira,

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Moffat, Groff, that will get the American supporters plenty to get

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interested about with her in fourth position. Then there is a gap and

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they followed out of the water by Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands,

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Ellen Pennock follows her, 18 seconds behind, and then this big

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group emerging. We think this group contains Aileen Reid but she's in

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for a bit of a shock because she will not know yet that she has

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incurred a 15 second stop-go penalty. The best of the British,

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Non Stanford has moved up to 10th from 15th at the end of the first

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lap. Eileen Reid is now 43 seconds off the pace and that is going to

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climb as she goes through this punishment, but it is Groff which

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are focusing on now. And on they go and it looks as if everybody who

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started is coming out of the water now. Katie Hewison down in 29th

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position. And here we go. This is what the problem is for Reid. She's

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shaking her head at the judges are bare and they are making her stand

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and stop. This 15 seconds will feel like 15 minutes walk Aileen Reid of

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the Republic of Ireland. She was not even allowed to carry on taking her

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wetsuit off. Harsh. So Routier was first out of the water followed by

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Groff of the USA, offered of Australia and Oliveira of silk.

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These are the leading four. They have broken away and not a decent

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also in that group. Jodie Stimpson is the second in that group of

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British triathletes. We have not got a concentrated working group chasing

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through it. Oliveira is still doing plenty of work, chopping and

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changing. But Routier is doing very little. She is tucked back in fourth

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place. She did hard work in the water, Carolina Routier, but she has

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been a passenger throughout the first two and a half laps of this

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bike stage. Moffatt is now out of her saddle, pushing hard, working

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her bike, looking for speed and looking to try to prevent this

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massive palette from closing the gap any further. -- pellet on. The end

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of lap five. Three to go. The Brazilian will take up first

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position officially at the end of the fifth lap. Routier is still at

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the back, where she has been throughout. Three laps to go. We

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have had one or two macro casualties so far. But the gap is still up

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around the 32nd mark, possibly greater. It is down to 30 seconds.

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If nothing happens with this chasing group, it is going to come down. It

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is looking like it will be a foot race between Groff and Emma Moffatt.

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There are such good runners in that chase pack. You have Anne Haug and

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Non Stanford, of course. She knows what it is like to go out very fast,

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whatever the hurt is. So if that gap does stay at around 30 seconds, I

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don't think we can really discount... There really is a depth

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of running in this chase pack. we go, into transition. They have

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got ten kilometres to go. They have got to get this right and time the

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dismount correctly. Moffatt arrives first, feet on the carpet. She keeps

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running. Routier is into third. That is a massive change as far as she is

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concerned. From fourth to third for the first time. They are all

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together as they come into transition for the change. Groff is

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first to exit transition. The Americans can start to believe.

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Routier will hook up with the first two macro. It is Groff, Moffatt,

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Oliveira and Routier. Here they come, looking for some space, moving

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side-by-side. Looks like we have got one wider down. Just a touch of

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wheels, perhaps a touch of legs as World Triathlon Series here, the

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second stage of the tour. Sarah Groff has never won a World

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Triathlon Series event. She just missed a medal in Hyde Park at the

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Olympic Games last summer. Here is what is going on behind. Non

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Stanford of Great Britain, who did such hard work in the 40 kilometre

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bike. Jodie Stimpson, also of Great Britain, looks full of running. Anne

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Haug, the Auckland winner, the World Triathlon Series leader at this

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stage, the German, with the white baseball cap on, is currently

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sandwiched between the two macro British triathletes. Gwen Jorgensen

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is also going with them. They have already passed Routier and Oliveira,

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who have fallen back from the leading group. But it is another

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American that the San Diego supporters are concerned with, Sarah

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Groff. She had the lead. She kicked away momentarily from Emma Moffatt.

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But at the end of lap one, Moffatt has recovered her poise and

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concentration and is back in front of this race in San Diego. The first

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lap is out of the way. It is Moffatt of Australia who leads Groff of the

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USA. What will Sarah Groff's reaction be not only to Emma Moffatt

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taking the lead, but you can be sure that within 300 metres going into

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the second lap, she will be given up to date knowledge of how much they

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have closed in on the chasers. We thought these would be the front

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runners. They really are tremendous runners. It is Moffatt's race to win

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now. Out in front, looks pretty comfortable. Slightly taken by

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surprise by that early kick from Sarah Groff, but she didn't let the

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gap widened. Felicity Abram has picked up a penalty. She has been

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asked to stop for what we think is a 15 second stop-go penalty. Here we

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have the American, the German and the two macro British competitors.

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That is the battle for third. form that Sarah was displaying at

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the start of the one seems to have slipped away. She went out of

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transition at a very fast pace. Didn't manage to maintain that.

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Looked initially as if she was moving away from Emma Moffatt.

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Moffatt bided her time and came back. Now it is closing down. That

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second position is very much under threat as we reach the halfway mark

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of this ten kilometre run. This is the lady in real form at the moment.

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She has played it tactically perfectly. Worked very hard on the

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bike, but was content to let Sarah Groff move away early on. She

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covered that and then made her move. You have to feel for Sarah Groff.

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She worked so hard on the bike section. I am sure she was thinking,

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hopefully we will hang onto that with a big chance of the gold or

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silver. And now, huge impact as she sees these athletes go past her.

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Stanford, from Swansea. Jodie Stimpson, from Oldbury in the West

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Midlands. When you're been some takes it up for the USA. -- when

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you're done some takes it up for the USA. Jodie Stimpson is about to be

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overtaken by Anne Haug, and Groff is going backwards now. Her race is

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run. We are coming to the end of lap number two. How comfortable is

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Moffatt looking? Over the last minute, she has looked less at ease

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on this course. Gwen Jorgensen has moved into clear second position.

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Three people are bunched together, sharing third. A little look behind

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from Moffatt. Feels under pressure for the first time. Up go the arms,

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really moved into 1500 metre-type pace. Gwen Jorgensen this chasing

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hard and fast. She has a real opportunity to take the first ever

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series win for a USA athlete. gap is now down to about eight

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seconds between Moffatt, the Australian who leads, and Gwen

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Jorgensen, the American, who is closing down that lead by the

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stride. She has recently moved to Australia. She is now coached by

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Jamie Turner down under. It has been a good move for her physically and

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mentally. It strengthened her approach to triathlon. Moffatt picks

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up some liquid to try and give her a boost for the last couple of

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kilometres. Gwen Jorgensen ignores the feeding station. She doesn't

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need any help. She feels as though she has the power in the legs and

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the lungs to make this final burst and close down Moffatt's lead.

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Moffatt is about to be caught, and potentially about to be overtaken by

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Gwen Jorgensen. Two macro seconds is the gap now. It went from eight to

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four to two. Moffatt's dream of winning in San Diego looks unlikely

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now. The only she has got is that when Gwen Jorgensen goes past her,

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she has got to stay in touch. Behind, you conceivably Moffatt

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Stanford, or it might be Jodie Stimpson. Then Anne Haug. Those

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three are involved in a battle for third, but first position is about

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to change, as Gwen Jorgensen slips in behind Emma Moffatt and then

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makes her move. Stanford and Anne Haug are doing battle for third.

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Gwen Jorgensen is aware of the danger. Moffatt can now feel Gwen

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Jorgensen breathing down her neck. Non Stanford and Anne Haug are now

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making inroads on Gwen Jorgensen and Moffatt. It looks like Non Stanford

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is dragging Anne Haug along with her. There is everything to play

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for. A couple of minutes from the finish, and Non Stanford senses that

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she has a real chance of a breakthrough. guns and Moffatt

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looked over her shoulder and took her eyes off Gwen Jorgensen, who

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kicked away and open up a gap of about three metres. Gwen Jorgensen

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has the lead. Now she can sense victory. She can taste it. She has

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got real speed across the ground here. Jorgensen head towards the

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finish to become the first American woman to win a World Triathlon

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Series race. What a place to do it. Into the finish area. Gwen Jorgensen

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glances behind her again. She has timed her race to perfection. And

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Stanford is going to finish in second for Great Britain! What a

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sprint finish for Non Stanford. She takes second place to deny Emma

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Moffatt in the last 100 metres. An astonishing finish all round here in

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San Diego. A personal best for Non Stanford on the World Triathlon

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Series podium for the first time in second. The celebrations continue

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for the British team, as Jodie Stimpson comes home in fifth.

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the disappointment in Auckland and not being able to finish that race,

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was their extra fire in your belly this weekend? I always try to come

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out and execute the processes. A lot of people had better races than me

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in Auckland, so I wanted to do my best. I am delighted. I was really

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pleased with the swim. The bike was a bit frustrating, because our group

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was a bit disorganised. I couldn't believe we were catching up Moffatt

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and Groff. Really pleased. To have a sprint finish is always exciting.

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Yourself and Emma Moffatt had an unbelievable last 300 metres.

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a really good track session. I just worked really hard. Luckily just got

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there. I wanted to take advantage of having the lead, but my hamstrings

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gave me a bit of trouble, so I was more effective by finishing and not

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men's race where all eyes will be on Alistair Brownlee. But before that,

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let's get back to our chat with the Brownlees. With their successes

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becoming distant memories, Alistair and Johnny have been busy setting

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new goals for the next couple of years. I do not really know when I

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am going to stop racing. -- start racing. Not starting in San Diego

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will be tough. I love racing and just to see Alistair and everyone

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else racing will be hard. Is it about becoming world champion or

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about taking the world championship title of your brother? I am going

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out and trying to be the world champion, I'm not looking at it like

:30:33.:30:38.

that. I am just getting the serious races in and seeing how they go and

:30:38.:30:41.

making sure I have the shape and ability to win at the end of the

:30:41.:30:49.

year. The finals are fantastic as they are in London. If I have one

:30:49.:30:54.

good race I would like it to be London. Since the Olympics, there

:30:54.:30:59.

have been a lot of rumours about you and Ironman and 10k, maybe, in

:30:59.:31:05.

Glasgow. What is the situation? I am going to

:31:05.:31:11.

do everything all the time, all this year. No, it feels like I have been

:31:11.:31:16.

doing triathlon for a long time. I am only 24 but I have been doing it

:31:16.:31:21.

for a long time. I have done two Olympics already. It would be

:31:21.:31:25.

fantastic to start looking at doing longer stuff. I'm concentrating on

:31:25.:31:30.

Mike Olympics distance. The Olympics has always been everything for me

:31:30.:31:35.

and is definitely my focus over the next four years. The 10k can fit

:31:35.:31:40.

into that a little bit. I want to run a few. It is something that I

:31:40.:31:43.

have always wanted to do and never had time to do because I am always

:31:43.:31:47.

doing more and more racing. It is difficult getting fit as well

:31:47.:31:51.

because I have been injured, so it is night to have time to do a bit

:31:51.:32:00.

more. I did think about Glasgow 2014 and I thought, wow, I have the

:32:00.:32:04.

opportunity to experience that again. So I am thinking about that

:32:04.:32:07.

again but the World Championships is coming along first. I am not good at

:32:07.:32:13.

thinking too far in advance. I prefer short-term. I am thinking

:32:13.:32:20.

about Glasgow 2014. I have never been to the Commonwealth Games

:32:20.:32:24.

before. Triathlon was not in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. That

:32:24.:32:33.

would be awesome. I am going to try to run a few 10ks and see how fast

:32:33.:32:36.

are run and if I can get anywhere near qualifying. That would be my

:32:36.:32:42.

dream, to go running and qualify in the Commonwealth Games. If I don't,

:32:42.:32:48.

I don't. In the process of running all the 10ks and hopefully training

:32:48.:32:54.

for them, I will learn a bit faster -- I will learn a bit more about how

:32:54.:33:01.

to run faster in the triathlon as well. I just want to carry on what I

:33:01.:33:04.

did before. I love the World Championship series and I would love

:33:04.:33:09.

to do it again. I would love to be world champion. I did it once and

:33:09.:33:15.

that was a great experience so to do it again would be awesome. I am

:33:15.:33:19.

feeling OK in the lead up to San Diego. I am aware that I had a

:33:19.:33:26.

massive gap in my training last year but I have trained hard in the last

:33:27.:33:31.

few weeks. It is about seeing where that takes me and linger where I am

:33:31.:33:38.

not going to be as bit as I possibly can be fitter in another month or

:33:38.:33:44.

so. I will see what I can do. see how Alistair gets on in San

:33:44.:33:50.

Diego. This is 2013's first act of Brownlee

:33:50.:34:00.
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versus Gomez, which never fails to the battle on the beach begin. An

:34:08.:34:15.

exciting start as 57 elite triathletes get into the water in

:34:15.:34:23.

this wetsuit swim. The temperature is slightly cool for the time of

:34:23.:34:27.

year in California said they have decided to go for wetsuits, and we

:34:27.:34:30.

will see some of the stronger swimmers start to make progress in

:34:30.:34:34.

the early stages. We will look out for Alistair Brownlee wearing number

:34:34.:34:39.

29, the ailing the champion will stop his younger brother, Jonathan,

:34:39.:34:44.

is absent with an ankle injury. Javier Gomez is the man who won the

:34:44.:34:49.

silver medal in Hyde Park last August behind Alistair Brownlee.

:34:49.:34:52.

This is the first meeting at World Triathlon Series level it win the

:34:52.:35:01.

two of them. Interestingly, Tom Ferris from the United States,

:35:01.:35:07.

relatively inexperienced in triathlon. He made a big impact

:35:07.:35:12.

coming off the beach. Interestingly, it was very different from yesterday

:35:12.:35:22.
:35:22.:35:26.

when we saw that as the women went off the beach, Aileen Reid, we have

:35:26.:35:30.

indications that she moved forward but also moved to one side as well,

:35:30.:35:38.

and that was the begin second penalty she incurred. It seemed to

:35:38.:35:43.

be a very straight start, the men going in. I think it was Tommy

:35:43.:35:50.

Zaferes who went in. They are already approaching the first time,

:35:50.:35:54.

back towards the beach before the X it and return to the water for the

:35:55.:36:02.

second half of the swim. The Pharisees leading them through. --

:36:02.:36:10.

Tommy Zaferes is leading them through. Gwen Jorgensen one the

:36:10.:36:16.

women's race for the United States yesterday. -- she won-macro. We will

:36:16.:36:20.

get a check on the standings as the X in the water at the end of the

:36:20.:36:30.
:36:30.:36:31.

first lap. That stroke rate has slowed down just a little. If Tommy

:36:31.:36:34.

Zaferes is in the position he will have a great run through into

:36:34.:36:41.

transition. It is the American Tommy Zaferes who will come out of the

:36:41.:36:46.

water seven minutes and 37 seconds is his time, as he looks to dolphin

:36:46.:36:50.

through the last few metres. He will come out of the water, turned to his

:36:50.:36:57.

right, had back in again for the second part of the swim. And we will

:36:57.:37:01.

get a check on who is doing what will stop Tommy Zaferes is first out

:37:01.:37:05.

of the water, followed by Alistair Brownlee, Henri Schoeman third for

:37:06.:37:15.
:37:16.:37:29.

That is a pricing. -- Richard Varga. The important thing from a British

:37:29.:37:31.

perspective is that Alistair Brownlee was out of the water right

:37:31.:37:37.

behind Tommy Zaferes. That is an extraordinary split time on the

:37:37.:37:46.

swim. That is not far off Olympics swimming time. So Tommy Zaferes lead

:37:46.:37:52.

Alistair Brownlee in the early stages of this three stage

:37:52.:37:58.

triathlon. They have the final stretch of the swim, a second lap

:37:58.:38:04.

about to unwind after 12 minutes of triathlon here in San Diego. Tommy

:38:04.:38:14.
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Zaferes is heading towards the beach champion, Alistair Brownlee from

:38:16.:38:20.

Great Britain. Alistair Brownlee NDE. Seven times Yorkshire

:38:20.:38:25.

cross-country champion. The junior world champion in triathlon and the

:38:25.:38:29.

senior world champion, the European champion and now, of course, the

:38:30.:38:38.

Olympic triathlon champion. They have just got 80 metres to go before

:38:38.:38:43.

they X it the water. They will start to take off their wetsuits, remove

:38:43.:38:47.

swim caps and goggles as they head towards transition. They will need

:38:47.:38:51.

to get everything in place before they've pick up their bikes, put on

:38:51.:38:59.

their helmets and head out to the first of the eight laps, eight laps

:38:59.:39:06.

of five kilometres. Alistair Brownlee has pretty much matched

:39:06.:39:14.

Tommy Zaferes /full/ . We could have a group of ten coming out to start

:39:14.:39:24.
:39:24.:39:44.

the Reich phase. -- the bicycle gap. And that gap could be

:39:45.:39:48.

critical. They are working on their options, do we really go for it?

:39:48.:39:52.

There was no closing on the women's cycle station yesterday, and we're

:39:52.:39:58.

hearing that the straight ways were not long enough to put in a

:39:58.:40:00.

concentrated space. Everybody was concerned about the number of ends

:40:01.:40:06.

and the sharpness of the bends. Brownlee is struggling to get his

:40:06.:40:10.

wetsuit off. Could not get his feet out. And there is his main rival,

:40:10.:40:18.

the Olympic said Miller -- silver medallist. And as Brownlee comes

:40:18.:40:21.

out, Gomez has his bike under control. Alistair Brownlee is right

:40:21.:40:26.

with him, so there is a group of about eight or nine and one or two

:40:26.:40:29.

others are just hoping to be involved in that front group as

:40:29.:40:39.
:40:39.:40:39.

well. The group, with Gomez taking his turn to do the work. Alistair is

:40:39.:40:43.

just tucked in behind wearing the white helmet. He is quite easy to

:40:43.:40:48.

spot with that white helmet. We are about to get a group of nine leading

:40:48.:40:55.

the field here. And here are the chasers. We were in a similar

:40:55.:40:58.

situation yesterday, a group of four and then it hit group trying to

:40:58.:41:03.

chase them down. Lovely to see Alistair Brownlee fare just picking

:41:03.:41:09.

up the wheel, then it is his turn. He goes. Up he goes and off he goes.

:41:09.:41:18.

Goodness. Brownlee is saying, you have to keep ahead of these guys and

:41:18.:41:23.

if you want it you have to come with me. No one seems to be taking it on.

:41:23.:41:28.

The gap is 37 seconds between the leaders and the chasers. Henry

:41:28.:41:36.

Sherman leading them in from the Republic of South Africa. -- Henri

:41:36.:41:46.
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Schoeman. And Brownlee has just moved back to the fifth position.

:41:49.:41:56.

Somebody came dangerously close to the metal barrier. That is the front

:41:56.:42:02.

group of nine. The chasers seem to have made an impact now. It is up to

:42:02.:42:11.

around the 32nd mark. It is now 26 seconds, they have gone from 37

:42:12.:42:14.

seconds to 26 seconds between the end of lap one and the end of lap

:42:14.:42:21.

two. Good work from the chasing group. Adam Bowden is 18th at the

:42:21.:42:26.

moment. He is the second ranked British rider at this stage. He is

:42:26.:42:31.

in the chasing group. The chase group stretching themselves out,

:42:31.:42:37.

trying to close the gap. Someone is having a go. Alistair Brownlee is

:42:37.:42:44.

still injecting pace. He is trying to grab this race by the scruff of

:42:44.:42:49.

the net. So now we have three distinct groups within 25 seconds of

:42:49.:42:54.

each other. Alistair Brownlee on his own, currently clocking 42

:42:54.:43:00.

kilometres per hour. Then we have a gap and then the eight guys with

:43:00.:43:06.

whom he was riding for a while, but that aid is about to swell its ranks

:43:06.:43:13.

to maybe 20 plus. -- that group. The guys have seen Alistair go and they

:43:13.:43:19.

have responded in a small way to the pressure. Alistair obviously does

:43:19.:43:25.

not want this group to become enormous. He's happy to keep the two

:43:25.:43:29.

groups separate, and he's pushing his way to complete lap four. He's

:43:29.:43:38.

halfway through the bicycle now. He crosses the line. About four seconds

:43:38.:43:48.

clear of Gomez, exactly four. Then Tommy Zaferes and Varga and Royle

:43:48.:43:54.

and then a gap and another handful of seconds until the rest of them.

:43:54.:44:01.

Adam Bowden is in there. Benjamin Shaw from the Republic of Ireland.

:44:01.:44:09.

Richard Murray, a good all-rounder, had a good season last year. A very

:44:09.:44:16.

brave move for Alistair, for one athlete to stay away, and I am sure

:44:16.:44:22.

he is hoping he's going to get one, two or three to go with him. It

:44:22.:44:25.

would be lovely to see. But there is the frustration from Alistair. He

:44:25.:44:30.

has almost sat up there and waved his hands in frustration and said,

:44:30.:44:36.

what are we doing? We have worked so hard to get away and now we are

:44:36.:44:41.

giving these guys the opportunity to get back. Now it looks like that

:44:41.:44:48.

chase pack has joined. Yes, it has become a huge procession now. Single

:44:48.:44:55.

file at this stage on these hairpin bends. Alistair Brownlee has plenty

:44:55.:44:59.

of triathletes for company now, the lead group numbers getting on for 30

:44:59.:45:09.
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plus. This has slowed down so much. Nobody was prepared to go with

:45:11.:45:15.

Alistair. Now he seems content as if to say, if that is the way the race

:45:15.:45:25.
:45:25.:45:30.

develops, I will just wait here and So the second half of the bike race,

:45:30.:45:40.
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which is 20 kilometres, could be a broken away. I am not sure if we can

:46:09.:46:14.

see exactly who is involved. The gap is about seven or eight seconds at

:46:14.:46:24.
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this stage. Two Russians and a Alistair Brownlee. They clearly

:46:49.:46:53.

don't see a major threat amongst the running qualities of these three.

:46:53.:46:58.

don't think they will be a big effort to chase down. They are quite

:46:58.:47:03.

happy if it stays at ten or maybe goes out to a few more seconds. The

:47:03.:47:07.

strong runners are confident that they will be able to close this gap

:47:07.:47:17.
:47:17.:47:20.

down. Alistair Brownlee is keeping himself clear of danger. They have

:47:21.:47:26.

completed their 40 kilometre ride and now start to prepare for the

:47:26.:47:31.

transition, slipping their feet out of their shoes. There is a single

:47:31.:47:37.

rider in force who has made the break as well. Denis Vasiliev

:47:37.:47:42.

arrives first. The case is an amongst the group behind. Oh,

:47:42.:47:48.

goodness me! Jesus Gomar hit the deck hard and sent his bike in

:47:48.:47:54.

towards the crowd. He has picked himself up and will continue, but I

:47:54.:47:59.

hope no damage was done to any of the spectators. What happened's

:47:59.:48:04.

there was no collision on bikes, he didn't hit a barrier. Possibly the

:48:04.:48:09.

shoe just hitting the ground as it came down, still attached to the

:48:09.:48:19.

pedal. Denis Vasiliev leads them out. Alistair Brownlee is in no real

:48:19.:48:25.

rush to put his shoes on, but he is heading out now. This is where

:48:25.:48:35.
:48:35.:48:36.

Brownlee's race really begins. You can see the gap between Denis

:48:36.:48:41.

Vasiliev and the next best. And I believe the next best is Alistair.

:48:41.:48:51.
:48:51.:48:51.

That looks like his running style. I think I can spot it from this camera

:48:51.:48:57.

boat mounted on the waterside. They have already closed down the gap to

:48:57.:49:02.

Denis Vasiliev. Richard Murray is playing along as well as Vasiliev

:49:02.:49:06.

watches Alistair Brownlee go past him. There is no sign yet of Javier

:49:06.:49:13.

Gomez. Good position for Adam Bowden, very strong in the second

:49:13.:49:23.
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half of the 10K. Javier Gomez, with compatriot Mario Mola on his

:49:27.:49:32.

shoulder, trying to eat into this lead that Alistair Brownlee has

:49:32.:49:38.

opened up in this first lap. And the leaders widening. Brownlee is on his

:49:38.:49:44.

own. Richard Murray of South Africa in second. The Portuguese athlete is

:49:44.:49:50.

in third. Then we think it is the two Spaniards, Javier Gomez and

:49:50.:49:56.

Mario Mola. And there is one of the British athletes there as well, Adam

:49:56.:50:03.

Bowden. He is up into fourth position. This is good for Adam

:50:03.:50:13.
:50:13.:50:16.

Bowden. 10th was the last official news we had of him. There are four

:50:16.:50:26.

or five athletes now close together. That is an extraordinarily fast

:50:26.:50:33.

time. Murray certainly hasn't given anything. He is still very much in

:50:33.:50:43.
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contention. The Olympic champion has includes the two Spaniards for

:51:05.:51:11.

company. Brilliant running from Brownlee. Swam well my second

:51:12.:51:18.

position all the way round behind Tommy Zaferes. Tried to make a brick

:51:18.:51:22.

on the bike, decided it would be a waste of energy. Sat back, kept

:51:22.:51:28.

himself out of trouble in the middle of that elite group, and then struck

:51:28.:51:32.

for the front early on the run. Richard Murray is next best in

:51:32.:51:40.

second position, the South African. There is Adam Bowden. They are ten

:51:40.:51:45.

seconds behind. If Javier Gomez really wants to make this a battle

:51:45.:51:51.

on the beach, according to the hype in the build-up to the race, he

:51:51.:51:59.

needs to move now. Alistair Brownlee just getting word from the British

:51:59.:52:09.
:52:09.:52:10.

contingent that his gap is 20 seconds. Richard Murray of South

:52:10.:52:20.
:52:20.:52:20.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 76 seconds

:52:20.:53:36.

Africa comes through in good shape backmarkers. That is how far ahead

:53:36.:53:46.
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comfortably now, we think. Certainly within the last kilometre now.

:53:56.:54:02.

Alistair Brownlee was again into the shaded area. The picks himself out

:54:02.:54:08.

of the sunshine for a few precious moments. Victory is all but sealed.

:54:08.:54:12.

Richard Murray has a little spring in his step as well as he can sense

:54:12.:54:22.
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his second position. Murray gap, between Alistair Brownlee

:54:32.:54:34.

arriving in crossing the line and Richard Murray coming home for

:54:34.:54:41.

second. And Alistair can start to soak it up now, as he comes into the

:54:41.:54:51.

finish area. One hour 46.5 minutes. It has been fast, it has been fun in

:54:51.:54:55.

the end for Alistair Brownlee. He can enjoy it now as the crowds

:54:55.:55:01.

turned out to salute the Olympic champion on his triumphant return to

:55:01.:55:08.

top-level triathlon racing. He has got time to enjoy it. He can slow

:55:08.:55:14.

down, as he did in Hyde Park last August. And he can enjoy the moment.

:55:14.:55:19.

He is walking home to victory in San Diego. Right now, there is no want

:55:19.:55:23.

to touch Alistair Brownlee. He is the best Olympic distance

:55:23.:55:28.

triathletes in the world at present, and he wins in California, and he

:55:29.:55:35.

wins in style. There is no sign of Richard Murray as yet. He is coming

:55:35.:55:40.

in now, the South African. Meanwhile, Alistair has got time to

:55:40.:55:46.

enjoy the moment. His margin of victory, despite walking home, is

:55:46.:55:51.

still 20 seconds. Richard Murray comes home for second place. In

:55:51.:55:58.

third place, it'll be Joao Silva, who was also third in Auckland

:55:58.:56:02.

earlier in April, on April the 6th. He has got himself another podium

:56:02.:56:09.

place here in San Diego, and we wait to see how the battle unfolds for

:56:09.:56:14.

fourth. It looks like Steffen Justus in the man who will come through to

:56:14.:56:24.
:56:24.:56:27.

take fourth place, for Germany. He has broken away from that pack.

:56:27.:56:37.
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then it is Adam Bowden, coming take sixth position. British

:56:44.:56:52.

triathletes are first and sixth in San Diego. Javier Gomez has finished

:56:52.:56:56.

down in eighth. I am sure you think I am lying when I say I did only six

:56:56.:57:06.
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weeks of training, but I swear. I just pushed on since Abou -- Abu

:57:07.:57:16.

happy. I don't understand. There were eight guys in that group, and

:57:16.:57:20.

none of those finished in the top ten. It doesn't make sense to me. So

:57:20.:57:26.

I tried to get away from them a bit and see if we could work a bit

:57:26.:57:30.

better, and that didn't work. They are not tactically efficient, some

:57:30.:57:37.

of these guys. It is a step up from last year. Last year, I was a bit of

:57:37.:57:41.

a newcomer to the World Series. This year, I thought I had dropped my

:57:41.:57:46.

feet in the swim, and apparently that wasn't true. I saw a whole

:57:46.:57:53.

bunch of good swimmers, and I came out to see where it took me. This is

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Sonali Shah presents highlights of the second race of the 2013 World Triathlon Series from San Diego. The competition will visit eight cities over four continents as the world's top triathletes look to emulate 2012 world champions Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain and Sweden's Lisa Norden.

Follow each race on BBC Sport, with London's Hyde Park playing host to the Grand Final in September.


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