South Africa Triathlon: World Series

South Africa

Action from the second leg of the World Triathlon Series, which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. Great Britain's Non Stanford is the defending champion in the women's event.

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Hello and welcome to Strathclyde country Park, the 400 hectares of


countryside here will host three triathlons at the Commonwealth Games


in three months' time so we are here to check out the course and speak to


some of the Scottish triathletes hoping to take part. The centrepiece


of the show is this weekend's will triathlon series race which made


their debut in Cape Town. The South African city is the second stop out


of eight, so let's start by reminding ourselves of what happened


in round one. The opening race of the 2014 World


Triathlon series here in Auckland. Look at Jonny Brownlee! Jonny


Brownlee, having a word with Tom Bishop. Gomez has made the first


move. This might be going to Javier Gomez Noya. What an encouraging


return for Helen Jenkins. Goodness me! Massive shock. Carnage in


Auckland. Stimpson leads the way. Stimpson wins in Auckland. Jodie


Stimpson needs the way in the women's competition on 800 points


with Helen Jenkins not far behind. On the men's side, Javier Gomez Noya


smack victory puts on top with Jonny Brownlee hot on his heels. Don't


forget, the new rules this season meaning athletes must compete in


five races and the grand final if they want to have any hope of


becoming world champion. And, so, after a brilliant start the season


by the Brits down under, the World Triathlon series has landed in


Africa for the first time in its history. And the setting a glorious


one. Takes place on the Cape Town waterfront. Coastal views throughout


the 40 kilometre bike ride, and the run loops four times around Cape


Town Stadium. The location of this race is a big deal, especially for


the South African athletes, as they look to grow the sport in this part


of the world. The flatness of the sport should play to the hands of


Richard Murray in particular. One series regular who is unable to


compete is David McNamee. We are very glad to have you here. What


happened to your wrist? I forced myself, got caught in a cycling


crash, said I'd wrote and dislocated some bones in my hand. I have some


metal plates in there now. More fun at airports. Sort of, because it is


bad enough travelling through with a bicycle. There is never a good time


for an injury, but this must be especially frustrating because you


had a very good year last year. Three top three finishers. I was


16th in the world last year, three top tens, so my career was


progressing nicely. It has not been a great start to the year, but I


don't think the season is over just yet. You've already, qualified for


the Commonwealth Games, how much can you train at the moment, and will


you be ready? I think I am ready. Or I will be ready. There is not much


point in going on. I've got 12 weeks until the games. I've got 12 weeks


to get myself fit. And I believe I can do that. We want to talk more


about the Commonwealth Games, but we have to get into the action in Cape


Town. What are your predictions this weekend? It will be interesting.


Mario Mola, he is a dark horse. He could get his first win this


weekend. It will be interesting. Who else will it be? The usual? Alistair


Brownlee won't be there. Will it be Jonathan Brownlee going at it? I


think so. I would watch out for the South African, Richard Murray,


because he is one heck of a runner. And also some hometown advantage.


Definitely. South Africa very excited to host the first World


Series race. I am sure they will have good support. Let's see if your


predictions are correct. Time to hand you over to our commentators.


So, this is the scene at the Victoria and Alfred waterfront in


Cape Town on Freedom Day. 20 years ago, the country had its first


democratic elections. So, here we are in Cape Town, having begun the


series in Auckland at the beginning of April. We have now moved over to


Cape Town to this magnificent arena. The start takes us out into


the waterfront for two laps, 750 metres each. Then a plaque is on two


wheels. A collapse of under five kilometres each to round out the 40


kilometres. There is a big hairpin, then they come weeping back into the


desolation of the car park area behind the Cape Town Stadium into


the second transition, to separate transition areas in Cape Town. The


run takes them on for by 2.5, two laps. Here is the start list.


Richard Varga is the swimming specialist.


A total of 60 two due to start today. They are ready to go in Cape


Town. The elite men dive into the Victoria and Alfred Harbour in Cape


Town. They begin the first of two clap 's, 750 metres -- of two laps.


What a spectacular sight that is looking down from the helicopter


shot, a big spread of 62 swimmers in the cold waters of Cape Town, just


over 12 degrees, not for the faint-hearted this swim. They have


to go around a succession of brightly coloured inflatable buoy


s, before heading back to the X it point where they leave the water,


run along the poem -- pontoon. Then they had to the transition area


number one to pick up their bikes for the eight laps to complete the


40 kilometres on two wheels. Then a 10,000 metre race on foot. The


strong swimmers almost certainly led by Richard Varga of Slovakia. They


are starting to make an impact. It is a good start. Javier Gomez Noya


and Jonny Brownlee right on the left-hand side of the field, and


with their top-ranked numbers, they are looking to get the shortest


swim. It seems very quick. A little bit more difficult if you are on the


right-hand side because you'll have to go left to go around the turning


point. The weather is partly cloudy although it is pretty sunny at the


moment. It is quite chilly-bob in the water, 12.1 degrees. The field


is beginning to spread. Richard Varga wears number eight, and


normally we'd see him out in front, and that is what we are getting here


today. He is very much the swim specialist but he is improving all


the time in his overall triathlon performance. He trains a lot of the


time with the Brownlee brothers. This is how it started a few minutes


ago. This time it is seen from the helicopter. No. Is, everybody


comfortably away, right on the buzzer to begin the second stage of


the 2014 world fire from series. -- World Triathlon series. What a


spread we have, 62 in the water, and some of them are miles behind. So,


after eight minutes is in the water, Richard Varga leads them to the exit


point on the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. He will be the first


dive back in, let's see who has done what. Richard Varga is first.


Followed by the Spaniard, than the South African, McCartney, the


Canadian. Brownlee is in there. Gordon Benson has done well in 18th


position. Good start for the 19-year-old. Harris is doing very


well, too. Mario Mola is 28th. They keep coming. They are passing each


other. They are eyeballing others who are yet to reach the pontoon to


complete lap one, such is the spread of this cold water swim here in Cape


Town. The Frenchman as he came out of the water, our thoughts are with


his compatriot Vidal who suffered a heart attack in training last week


in the swimming pool. He was revived by the French paramedics, airlifted


to hospital, and we gather that he is in an artificial coma while he


begins his recovery. His girlfriend is at his bedside, and his family


are there. A horrific location for Kim and his family and friends. Our


thoughts are with him at this stage. There is the backdrop of Cape Town.


Table Mountain often has a layer of low cloud on top, the white cloud


known as the tablecloth, but that is absent today, clear air, clear


skies, a good day for racing, but they will be happy to get out of the


water and get some sun on their backs as they ride on the streets of


Cape Town for the second stage. Jonathan Brownlee, world number two,


second behind Javier Gomez Noya in Auckland at the beginning of April,


he was also involved in that titanic battle for the World Triathlon


series in September in Hyde Park, Gomez got the better of him on that


occasion. Jonny Brownlee has had some dramatic races, none more so


than the Olympic race in London in 2012 he was forced to undergo that


stop their penalty, having infringed the dismount line, still went on to


win the bronze medal, one of the most incredible moments of the


games. Very dramatic, very exciting, and Jonny Brownlee was in the heart


of it. He had a win in Madrid last year. And Yokohama. And was the


winner of the sprint event in July in hamburg where he beat his brother


into second, with Gomez third. So, the swim is done. Out they come with


Richard Varga leading them through. 16 minutes and 14 seconds from start


to finish over 1.5 kilometres. We will keep an eye out for the


British, Gordon Benson is 21st coming out of the water. 21 seconds


behind. He is in that first group, good start for the 19-year-old, off


to a fire here. That is very encouraging. If he can make headway


into that lead group, establishes position early on, it seems we will


have a gap. Mario Mola is down, he looks like he will miss that first


group. He might be disappointed with that. Aaron Harris is a little way


down. Johnny makes his way out of the transition. It is a bit of a


struggle for one of the Russians their... He is struggling to get his


wet suit. And Richard Murray is a long way down. Mario Mola also has


missed the break here. There will be a couple of good riders together in


what looks like being the second group, but it will all sort itself


out. Somebody has left their wet suit behind, but will be a stop-go


penalty, he might have been better advised to turn around, pick it up


and put it back in the box. It looks like Javier Gomez and Jonny Brownlee


are not surprisingly up at the front, I think that is Raphael in


second place, no, it is not. It is Vincent Luis. We see these guys get


to the front, forced the pace and get away into a small, working


group. Interestingly, Gomez has a friend in the front group in the


shape of Goloy, who has had a great swim. -- Godoy. Richard Varga was


first in, first out of the swim. This was Jonny Brownlee's


transition, making sure he got everything right. 37.5 pedometer is


still to run. Jonny Brownlee bellowing instructions down the


field. -- 37.5 kilometres still to run. That is a familiar look at the


front, they all finished on the podium. There is Godoy, the other


Spaniard. One of the Germans is there. The South African... Two


Frenchman, Vincent Luis and Raphael. We have got Dmitry Polyanskiy, and


his brother, both up there. There is the youngster from South Africa, he


is still racing under 23 and he's doing so well to be in lead group.


McCartney of Canada also in the lead group. The Polyanskiy brothers,


riding well. So so far, there is a really talented group coming


through. Fab Ian, traditionally fast in the water, he has made an impact


again. Will he edged forward and do some work? He is a worker, I've seen


him getting stuck in, he will be wanting to stay in the lead group,


but he will not be wanted to lead into the run. This is the chasing


group, they are one minute from the pace. They include Richard money


from South Africa -- Richard Murray, from South Africa, and I


think Aaron Royle is in the group as well. The world number one Javier


Gomez, the World Triathlon Series champion fought 2013, forcing the


pace. Jonny Brownlee on his rear wheel. These two have got very used


to seeing each other's backs in the last three or four seasons. Granger


Bay Boulevard now, back onto the main thoroughfare which takes them


to the southern end of Cape Town Stadium, before they head left, back


towards transition. So, getting towards the end of the


second lap of eight. Declan Wilson, the Australian, injecting a little


pace into his ride. I just spotted Gordon Benson, in that second group.


He has been a little mysterious for the last ten minutes but we know


where he is now, in the second group and hopefully the graphics will


stick with that second group and we can confirm his position. Lots of


noise as the South African right through to complete lap two. He is


in the group with the two Russian brothers, 14 in total in that first


group. That is the front of the field here in Cape Town. Then, a gap


of what we think is about somewhere between 30 and 50 seconds. The


second group coming in. So it was up to 58 at one point. Richard Murray,


wearing number 58, leads them through and it has been reduced. So


it has gone more realistically from 58 to 47. 47 seconds. Lots of the


names coming through, in this group. Gordon Benson, the 19-year-old, is


in that second group. A huge group of riders. They have taken some time


out of the leaders. They have taken about 11 seconds over the first


couple of laps. So heading in the right direction. Well, we are back


at the head of the field and for the first time, it looks as though we


might be getting split. The chase group, we see them going on the


other side, but there is a big move at the front. At the moment, we have


got five riders who may not be able to close back on that gap. At the


front, really working hard, we have got an impact of pace that has gone


through. Chance of this big group splitting and it will be so hard if


that happens, they will be in no man's land with a big group chasing


them down. The gaps are beginning to open and they will need an effort to


get back on. We are saying that it appears that the pace is beginning


to take its toll. We saw the athletes get back together, then we


get a deep turn and again, with got a gap forming. It looks possible,


just possible that they might beget in a group going away. -- might be


getting a group going away. That group involves Jonathan Brownlee. It


also involves Schoeman, there will be a lot of pressure bracing in his


home territory. He will be getting fantastic support every time they go


through the transition area. And think that pace at the front is


really moving up, people are having to work hard now. It is all shaping


up to be a foot race between Brownlee and Gomez, as we've seen


semitones. Schoeman will be hoping that his best running form is with


him today, to give himself a chance of making the podium. Halfway


through the bike course. Jonathan Brownlee is first in and first out.


Four laps to go. 47 seconds was the time difference towards the leaders


last time we got a look. It has been drifting between the late 40s and


the early 50s in terms of seconds. And the second group now arrive at


transition. It's around the 50 seconds mark, and try to keep out of


trouble, 53 seconds this time. No real change between the leaders and


the chasers. Just sneaking away that little bit, and extra three seconds


each lap, that progresses of course, possibly outside and then as we go


into the final discipline. Now, confirmation that the German has two


served a 15 second penalty. Still without 15 second penalty to come,


he is in the second group. -- still with that 15 second penalty to come.


Gomez is starting to consider his options, and guess who's right


behind him, and sharing the work rate at the front? It is Jonny


Brownlee. These two will once engage in shoulder to shoulder combat over


10,000 metres, a ten K run. The last stretch of this cycle stage. So, now


the athletes will start to think about removing their feet from the


issues that are attached to the pedals, -- from the shoes, resting


their feet at stop, getting ready for a smooth dismount. They are


barefoot out of the park here for these guys as they come to the


arrival. Jonny Brownlee will be first in and hope to be first out,


he will have Gomez for company. One or two others will be hoping to get


in or out of here without incident. Here go the bikes come up on the


hooks. Anything has to be done according to the rules. Gomez has


already got his running shoes in his hands and they are going on his


feet. Johnny struggling to get his left shoe on. They leave transition,


a very good transition for all 14 men. The anyone who has struggled


was Schoeman. The first man away was the German, Rieschlag, the unknown


quantity. Schoeman made a bit of a mess of transition and he finds


himself maybe 30 metres behind Rieschlag. Let's hope he does not


panic and try to cut it up in a few seconds, because that might get into


extra fatigue and tiredness. Here comes the chase pack. 72 seconds


down at the end of the previous lap, leaving themselves a lot of work to


do going into the temple or to run. -- into the ten kilometre run.


Richard Murray bounces into transition to hang up his bike. Had


a real spring in his step but he missed his target first-time with


the front wheel of his bike. Now he is surrounded by his opponents, he


needs to find an escape route. He's on his way out. The Germans still


has the 15 second penalty to come. Gordon Benson is in and out, keep an


eye on his performance. A massive group here, including Mario Mola who


is a great runner, he will look to turn on the speed here in the final


stretch. Gordon Benson just coming through now.


And no surprise to see Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee forcing the


pace here, already putting a dent into the run. Rieschlag exploded out


of transition quickly but he was hauled in in double quick time by


the current world number one and current world number two. Rieschlag


is third. One of the Russians looks to be in about this place, one of


the Polyanskiy brothers, but the race is here. A glance from Javier


Gomez, a familiar sight, accompanied by Jonny Brownlee, it looks like


it'll be a race to the finish between these two and they are


starting to stretch the field on the first lap. What goes through their


heads? So many times when they race against each other, the last five


times they have raced against each other, no one of us got a look in.


They must be thinking every time, what do I need to do this time? What


do I learn out of the experience to beat the other? It is that


confrontation, it is like a world heavyweight boxing match, one


against one all the time. So strong mentally and physically, it is such


a tough call. At the moment Gomez leads but he knows that Jonny


Brownlee is going to be just following and following and


following. Is there going to be a real change in tactics? At the


moment, they run away from the rest of the world. If Alistair is there,


it is the victory rather than the big two. Alistair, sadly injured at


the moment, taking a strong decision to stay away from this race. So many


times we have seen this and we've seen different results coming


through every other race. There is the man the South Africans hope will


produce America will run. That is Murray. They're coming from a


deficit of 1.20 minutes. The duel of the champions again. Jonny Brownlee


seems to have taken the lead, Gomez more than happy to stay on his


shoulder, more than happy to let his friend and competitor lead. We will


see many changes before the finish line. Dmitry Polyanskiy, currently


third, the fastest of the Polyanskiy brothers. He has moved up ahead of


the trio who currently hold for the position between them. So, Dmitry


Polyanskiy looking for a place on the podium. So, in Auckland, if I


under correctly, it was early in lap four when Gomez made a move on


Jonathan Brownlee, and Jonny had to settle for second because he was


unable to respond. Let's see how it pans out today, and what the tactics


will be. Are we going to see any new tactics? We have seen a variety of


the surge is going through particularly on the final three


kilometres, the surges, the sprint finishes between the two of them,


but what we have not seen is an early surge, somebody making a


determined surge in the first five kilometres, then trying to open a


gap and hold onto that. And you just wonder, will one of these make a


determined effort to do something different to try to catch the other


one unawares, to open a gap early on, and then it is the hard way


because you are going to hurt right the way through. We saw Alistair do


it in Stockholm on the bike, he made a break and it worked. With these


two, they know each other so well, they know their strengths and


weaknesses, and just getting information, they are over a minute


faster than the second group. Richard Murray and Mario Mola are a


minute off the pace, they pose no threat to this leadership.


Dmitry Polyanskiy currently holds third position. Polyanskiy has moved


well away from his particular chasers. At the moment, it is no


man's land, he's not going to catch these two, but he's going to be


aware of the chasers behind him. Polyanskiy's best results last


season came in San Diego where he was seventh and in London where he


was fourth behind Gomez, Jonny Brownlee and Mario Mola. He is a


decent runner. Jonny takes some water. With Dmitry Polyanskiy in the


frame, he is running well and strongly, maybe a comparison of the


arms with our front two leaders, a little bit wild, not in rhythm, but


these two are in rhythm. Jonny Brownlee leads, right towards the


end of lap number two. Gomez is shadowing him. As they have done


throughout this section. Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain,


Javier Gomez of Spain leading the World Triathlon series in Cape Town.


It is into the second transition. Five kilometres down, five


kilometres to go. We will have a look at the gap to the third placed


triathletes, Dmitry Polyanskiy. The Russian is trailing by about 15


seconds. So, that is the gap to third. The South African supporters


just craning their necks, looking down the corridor, the blue racing


corridor, looking for the next group in because there is one of their own


in this group. These four are running together, and


they are looking to maybe close the gap to Polyanskiy. Then there is a


further gap of ten seconds or so to Schoeman, who is in eighth position.


Meanwhile, the leaders are in the low niqab Park area behind the


stadium. And Gomez has injected some pace. -- are in the low niqab Park


area. This might be a significant break away for Javier Gomez. He is


attempting to sprint away from Jonathan Brownlee and Jonathan seems


to have no answer at this stage. Jonny looks at Gomez, his head


starts to roll slightly, he can't respond. It looks as though Gomez at


this stage has the better of Brownlee. We wondered if that


surge, the magical surge was going to come earlier. Jonny has got huge


decisions to make. Does he go to cover immediately? Run the risk of


going too fast too soon. Or does he hang back and tried to gradually,


gradually get that gap shortened and shortened? To see Javier Gomez go so


early, we wondered, we thought maybe something different will happen. And


that is what he has done, he has gone a couple of kilometres earlier


than we expected. Gomez leads outright, Brownie in second,


Polyanskiy in third. The gap has widened in the space of 60 seconds.


Javier Gomez has put four seconds between himself and Jonathan


Brownlee. Jonathan getting some encouragement from some of the


supporters on the course. It must be psychologically a real blow for


Brownlee to get away from him again. Gomez has struck once again in Cape


Town. Dmitry Polyanskiy running in third position. 24 seconds between


first and third at this stage. There is Jonathan Brownlee. Javier Gomez


way off into the distance. He is already up towards the stadium. Big


spread within the top three. And Gomez is cruising now. Looking for


three wins in a row, Javier Gomez. London in September of 2013,


Auckland at the start of April 2014, and now Cape Town, the hat-trick of


World Triathlon series. He is the world champion. 19 kilometres per


hour his foot speed. He is really travelling beautifully, Gomez. Can


anyone beat him? Jonny Brownlee, in second, he will be looking forward


to the finish, I am sure. The last 600 metres for Jonathan Brownlee.


Beat again by Javier Gomez again today. And Gomez can start to enjoy


the moment. The noise levels are starting to build as the spectator


numbers increase on the final stages of this course. He swam solidly


enough, kept out of trouble over the bike, did his share of work at the


front of the pack. Good, clean, uneventful transitions for Javier


Gomez. Mistake free as usual. He moves from one discipline to the


next mistake free. And then that decisive turn of speed to make sure


of the wind. And make sure of the win is exactly what he did. He takes


the red flag pointing him in the direction of the blue carpet. He


will force a smile on this final stretch, looking for clues third


straight World Triathlon series win. He won in London 2013, in


Auckland earlier this month, and he claims the first-ever World


Triathlon series race in Cape Town on Freedom Day in South Africa. He


wins the race in Cape Town comfortably. Comfortably in deed!


And now he looks down to see his great rival Jonathan Brownlee finish


in second again. Brownlee on the podium once again, but a little


disappointed to have been beaten so, brands of only one more time by


Javier Gomez. Gomez executing the perfect triathlon race. In the end,


Dmitry Polyanskiy comes through for his first podium of the season.


Dmitry Polyanskiy from Russia holding off the challenge with a


ease and finish on the final lap. He finishes in third. 43 seconds off


the pace of Gomez, and Mario Mola wasn't far behind, didn't do


enough, fourth place scenario, Mario Mola, and just nine seconds of the


third. The final lap for Mario Mola. And the best of the South Africans


will be Richard Murray. He finishes in the top five. He is one minute


and five seconds down. There is a sprint for sixth with Aaron Royle


sprinting away from Aaron Harris. It is officially a photo. Joao Pereira


from Portugal, followed by Ryan Sissons to round out the top ten.


Confirmation of the final results of the Cape Town World Triathlon series


race, convincing victory for Javier Gomez, second place were Jonathan


Brownlee with Dmitry Polyanskiy third for Russia. Aaron Harris was


seven for Britain. I think we will work very tired with heavy legs. But


I ran as hard as I could. And I made this little gap with Jonathan. I


could keep it, luckily. In Auckland, he won the race in the front, and he


took it today. I thought I would change up a little bit, but he


counter-attacked everything I did. Simple as that, he was very


impressive, stronger than me, stronger in the swim and the run.


Well done to him. Richard Varga led out of the water with Jonathan


Brownlee and Javier Gomez close behind. 14 men setup the lead group


on the bike leg and stayed clear of the chasing pack. On the third lap


of Earth -- of the run, Gomez cruised away from Brownlee, taking


first, Brownlee taking second, and Polyanskiy taking third. Here are


the standings. If Alistair Brownlee wants to get involved in the World


Triathlon series battle for 2014, with the new rules, Alastair will


have to get involved in every remaining race.


Back here in Strathclyde, some of the triathletes are out and about


doing some mixed relay training. Every year, thousands of visitors


come here to make use of the fantastic bike and running tracks,


and enjoy some of the water sports on offer. In July, triathletes from


dozens of Commonwealth nations will be racing through this part, too.


What can we expect? I've been out and about with David McNamee to have


a look. So, this will be the start of the pontoon into the Strathclyde


Lock. Yes, it is good to go. We will dive in, do two laps, then we going


to transition this way. Have you swum in this place before? I have


slammed twice before. In 2009 and 2010. I have swam here before. It is


freezing cold in 2009. 2010, I had a wet suit on. What is it like to swim


in? It was OK. It is shallow. But you don't see the bottom. It is


quite murky. All triathlon swim is chaos, 60 guys want to get to the


first buoy, so it is about trying as hard as you can for 1500 metres and


seeing where you are. And on the mixed relay day, that will be the


most chaos. It is carnage, but good fun. It is chaotic. One of the most


interesting events of the whole event of the Commonwealth Games.


So, this is the top of the main hill the athletes will have to tackle on


the bike course. This is where we will turn around. It looks quite


flat here, but we will be riding hard for three minutes from the


bottom. There are five laps on the bike, this is going to be the key


point on the race. The last thing you want to do is turn around here


and realise there are guys disappearing off the front. So, if


the race splits, it is up this climb. This has been part of the


British super series, will that be a benefit to some of the Brits taking


part in the Commonwealth Games? Yes, I think you need to know the course


beforehand. It is invaluable to know the cause. The New Zealand athletes


came here specifically to see what it was like. It is very similar to


Auckland. And we saw there how valuable it is to know the course.


So, very tough bike course, what about the run? It starts off nice


and flat and then we do disappear up into the hills. It is three laps and


that is where the medals will be decided. Who do you think your


team-mates will be for the Scottish team? It going to be Grant Sheldon,


Austin? I think so, they won medals last year at the junior level. I


have been training with them, they are developing into world-class


athletes. What do you think your chances will be? Realistically, one


of us will be trying to get onto the podium. We are not all going to be


on the podium, we will not get first, second and third but I can


see one Scottish flag being up there.


So, that is what the course looks like and we have be -- we have


talked about the men, but what about the women? Let's start with Natalie


Milne, you make in Auckland, how did it go? I was ready pleased with my


Sim, my bike was OK and then my run was OK. I had a bad back because I


had just crashed. What do you need to do to qualify? I need to be a top


eight Commonwealth games athlete in Yucca Harmer. What would that mean


to you being in the Scottish team come July? I have wanted to do it


since I was a child, so even just putting the get on be amazing.


Gloria, you were born in England but you have Scottish roots? My mum and


dad are Scottish and I moved back to Scotland a few weeks ago. It a few


years ago. I have been brought up Scottish. How does it feel to be a


contender, someone who can compete in Glasgow 2014? It feels surreal.


If someone said two years ago when I was not even involved in triathlon,


that I would be here, I would have said they were crazy. So had to get


involved? I had done a bit of cross country running but not that much.


Then someone from the swimming club said, why don't you get involved in


triathlon? I did not have a bike, someone lent me a ?200 bike, I did


my first race and one that. Then the Academy picked me up and that was me


involved in triathlon. Part of the training camp this weekend is you


having to prove yourself to the selection team. Yes, it is been a


really good weekend, a little bit of swimming, biking and running. It is


nice to get involved with the girls, we cycled the bike course.


Shona Thompson, some of you might recognise her because she was super


series champion in 2012, so you have recognised this course? Yes, it was


just at US long, because the water was not warm enough to swim in. --


it was not a triathlon. It would be brilliant to race hear a game, it is


a good course, there are a lot of hills and turns which makes it more


interesting. You train in Leeds, where the world champion is also


trained, so she would be a competitor? It would not really felt


like I was competing against her! I heard that you are made to compete


into triathlon? Yes, my husband had done a few triathlons, I was a


runner but I had done some swimming when I was younger. He tried to


persuade me to have a go but I was not that keen. It was very expensive


to enter. He said, I will pay for you if you will come along. So he


did. And I loved it. I did not have any equipment, so I borrowed his


bike, I wore my trainers and worsening costume, stopped in


transition to put on my T-shirt and shorts. -- and eight swimming


costume. I loved it so I just carried on. So you are living proof


that you don't even need your own bike to succeed in triathlon! If you


want to get into triathlon or like Shona's husband know someone who


should be getting into it, here's how you can find out more. Keep on


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With information on why, how and where to get stuck in. Don't just


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kicking, or skating, all running... From the banks of the Strathclyde


Lock, it is time to go back to Cape Town for the elite women's race.


So, 51 elite women triathletes are lined up in Cape Town, ready to dive


into the bitterly cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For this shortened


swing to kick off round two of the world trust fund series of 2014.


They are ready to go, -- the world 's triathlon series. They are ready


to go, the 51 athletes are into the water after a delay of 25 minutes.


It will be a shock to the system, the water temperature is less than


12 degrees, it literally takes your breath away for the first few metres


until you adjust your body and your breathing. It will be a sprinter to


start. Normally we have a swim of 1500 metres, but because of the cold


litre, -- cold weather, it has been shortened to 750 metres. As we


looked down on the spectacular afternoon on the Victoria and Albert


waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa's southernmost magnificent


city. This is another look at the spectacular dive start. A good,


clean getaway for all 51. No force starts that we have been told of. So


no penalties to pay. -- forced start. 3.5 minutes gone in the


second stage of the World Triathlon Series the 2014. We began in


Auckland at the beginning of the month, Cape Town this weekend, next


up Japan, then London, Chicago at the end of June, then hamburg in


mid-July. Stockholm at the end of August, followed by the grand finale


in Edmonton in candour. -- in Canada. Heading back across the end


of the water swimming course, they are up to the clock tower. The lead


at the moment is with number 12, Lucy Hall from Great Britain. She is


leading the swimming here in Cape Town. We saw her do that in the


Olympic games two years ago and then at the first race this year, we


expected her to go out there and she chose not to. Maybe she is


experimenting with tactics, she has changed her training base. Just


playing around with it to become a complete triathlete, rather than


someone expected to lead the swim and then come back. Second place is


the Czech Republic athlete, Frintove, holding second position.


We think that Helen Jenkins and hope -- Jodie Stimpson are also in the


front group. Heading back towards the first transition, and another


regular front runner in the water is out in the lead. The Spanish athlete


up there with Lucy Hall and also Frintova from the Czech Republic.


The field has not had a chance to get too far spread out. I don't


think anyone has got left behind so all 51 will arrive at transition


number one within a couple of minutes of each other. We could have


one big group at the front of the field on two wheels when they pick


up their bikes and begin this long, looping first lap. The swim is


almost done. After eight and a half minutes, who will be first out of


the water? I think that was Lucy Hall, certainly one of the British


triathletes. Coming out of the water first. In the afternoon sunshine. We


will check exactly who has done what. Routier officially first,


Helen Jenkins is fifth. Vicky Holland is up there as well, a


good swim for her, 10th out of the water. Jodie Stimpson is 13th, right


on the tail of the leaders. So far so good for the British contingent.


Then there is a gap of about ten seconds or so, until the second


group, the water. The first of the swimmers arise, multitasking at


transition, helmets on, wet suit stepped out of, it is all done with


style and speed and plenty of practice. Everything has to be


placed particularly and perfectly into the equipment boxes. We have


seen enough penalties awarded in the competition is for people who have


failed to hit the target, chucking the wet suit into the box, it can be


costly if you miss. They are all arriving thick and fast into


transition. A massive group will form at the front of the field.


Carolyn Routier first out of the water, the first group, then another


ten seconds to the second group. They are a minute behind. We talked


about Helen Jenkins and confidence, if that is not confidence, I do not


know what is, she has gone straight to the head of the field. There is a


loose group of 15 athletes coming through the first couple of turns,


you can see the effort at the front because those gaps were beginning to


extend immediately. The athletes who are desperate to get into that


leading group, they are having to work so hard to get into it. Groff


is there from the United States. I have not seen Gwen Jorgensen yet. It


will be critical for her, whether or not she can get into the lead pack,


despite it being a flat cycle section. Thank goodness it is sunny,


they must be thinking now, as the come out of the water, a chance to


warm their buddies up in the afternoon sunshine. -- warm their


bodies up. Lucy Hall is up in the leaders. Jodie Stimpson is there,


there is no sign of Jorgensen in the lead group. I think it is a really


tremendous amount of speeds to go off with, they have tried to break


it down right from the start. Talking of Gwen Jorgensen, I think


she is the lone rider trying to close the gap. She did get left


behind, trying to warm her body up. She is now pushing hard. He has got


Co. This is the chasing group. That is Eileen Reid. And Anne Haug


as well. This is a big group. Some talented riders there, and now we


are back with the leading 12. They are going to the first of the out


and backs, they will be eyeballing the next group which is about 20.


That is the difference. That group heading to the hairpin will be


working hard to close the gap and join the leading 12. I do not think


it will be long before they are up there with them. Unofficially, I


make that gap 25 seconds which is a big gap early on. Something is going


to depend on whether Anne Haug can dominate in that second group and


get people to work with her. This front group are not giving in


anything at all. They have got to the front, they are looking behind,


Lucy Hall is there, they desperately wants to stay away from the strong


runners like Anne Haug and Gwen Jorgensen. Jodie Stimpson gets her


head down, she loves working hard in the bike. A big collision that! One


rider flat on her face in some trouble. It is one of the Americans.


It cannot be Jorgensen again, surely? It is not, it is Hursey, she


is in tears as she picks up her bike and goes to the side. Let's see what


happened here. Number 16, oh it was a collision, of wheels, and down


went Hursey. She managed to avoid getting run over by the riders, but


she took someone out with her. Lucy Hall, number 12, for Great Britain,


fast in the water today. Jodie Stimpson, the world 11 is alongside


her. And good work so far from the British pair at the front of the


field. Leave area from Brazil, she struggles on the run, she is strong


on the wheels. Vicky Holland there as well. Yes, Holland, Stimson and


Lucy Hall, three British triathletes. And so maybe we have


got for Brits? That would be very good. A real depth in talent and


strength gap Great Britain are exhibiting in triathlon in the men's


and women's field. The German lets Lucy called come past. Routier, the


Spaniard is there. We have this power trio of Jodie Stimpson, Helen


Jenkins and Vicky Holland working well at the front of the field, as


Routier edges up to take a turn, just avoiding that rear wheel of


Jodie Stimpson. There was one collision, we could do without any


more. It really is great teamwork, not just by the British athletes but


by everybody because it is classical teamwork, moving up from one side,


from the right, getting to the front, it is only about 20 pedal


revolutions, and then they just revved into the left-hand side, and


then they start taking recovery. That is the cliche of a single wolf


moves fastest is not true when you get a good group of athletes working


here and working so well and efficiently together. Officials


working hard to keep the tarmac clear. No barriers, I notice in


certain areas, they are relying on people's common sense to stay away


from the field of play. End of lap three, no change, Lucy Hall leaves


Jodie Stimpson and Routier. Jenkins is seventh.


They are all pretty compact and tightly knit, this group of 12. At


the end of lap one, the gap was 25 seconds, at the end of lap two, it


was around 44 seconds, at the end of lap three, it is going to be getting


on for a minute. This second group have been unable to make an impact


at all. And the chances of Jorgensen and Haug, the strong runners, making


an impact when they come to the 10,000 metre conclusion of this


triathlon are getting slimmer and slimmer. It might be more than a


minute at the end of lap three! The indication to me was when we saw the


overview, and first of all, group one, it is worth repeating, it


really was a perfect chain gang. We flash back to group number two, they


were overtaking, there was no cohesion, I've got a bit of energy,


I'll go to the front. As you said, over one minute, that is 15 seconds


extra on the first lap, then another 15 on the second lap, possibly need


Jorgensen and Haug will be able to close down sad gap. -- closed down


that gap. Working hard on right-hand side, working hard, move over, then


coming back down. Just a chance of recovery. That is why they are


working so well together, that is why they are moving their head in


terms of time over the second and third groups. -- moving ahead.


Again, Lucy Hall, she saw a gap opening, they weren't able to bridge


that, so she dived in, and she is more than willing to take extra work


on just to ensure this lead group stays away. No real urgency, no work


ethic, no bossing of the race from the chase group, they have got a


pedestrian pace about them compared to the leaders. That is the time


difference. From 25 seconds, 44 seconds, out to 93 seconds over the


third lap. The athlete who seems to be getting stronger as the rest of


alerts, Lucy Hall, always admired and respected as a swimmer because


she was swimming to help Helen Jenkins through, and now we see her


doing a huge amount of work on the bike. The motorcycle is following


the chasers, it accelerates up to get close and personal. Big group,


but the lack of pace is obvious, just from a cursory glance. They are


just ambling along. No real hunger for a win from this chase group.


Jenkins, Stimpson, Holland and Hall leading the way, doing plenty of


hard work. Four of the front 12 are British triathletes. We expected a


big group, but I expected it to be at the front of the field. But that


leading 12 went early. They can do so much more effective work than a


group of 20 or 30, and they got away. Again, we have seen them


coming through a tight bend, two switches, and we've still got the


motivation, we have still got the hard work going through. They are


following the wheels as much as they can. That is what is making the


difference. The work ethic stays there. And the work together, that


stays together as well. The end of lap six, no change. The leading 12


riders, as they have been since the exit of the water, pretty much. The


gap started off at 25 seconds at the end of lap one, it grew to 44, then


93 seconds, so they have just completed lap six. And this huge


group, which forms the chasing peloton will come into transition at


the end of lap six and we will get a check on the time difference once


again. I am watching this, counting down


the seconds, expecting to be in transition, and it is not


happening. It is going to be up to the two-minute mark! I think so. It


need somebody to take charge. Such a big group like this, it is so


difficult. The group has recently doubled in size as well. Previously,


we have seen somebody like Annie Haug, she will take command, get the


athletes working and bringing them back, and that hasn't happened. She


can come and do well from being in an unlikely position after the


swim, she has done it many times before. But look at this. We


suggested more than two minutes, and that is where it is heading. It


might just be slightly under the two-minute mark as they break the


time here. One minute 58. Two laps to go. Still no sign of any damage


being done as everybody just eases out of transition. They have to give


each other space and width to avoid any bike parts coming together. The


group of 12, meanwhile, they have worked beautifully together. Sarah


Groff has played her part. The favourites now have to be Stimpson


and Jenkins. Jenkins has proved her return to form has been solid,


robust, and Stimpson won in Auckland. There are two other


British contenders in the shape of the Holland and Lucy Hall. They will


be keen to make a mark. And we have speculated about the chance of a


British one two, three, well maybe there is a chance of a British one


two, three, four. I think Sarah Groff might have a say in that! I


respect and admire her so much because she is a working athlete.


She does not have any weaknesses, and she displayed that at the London


2012 games. What a spectacular backdrop this has provided, this


beautiful city of Cape Town. The Cape Town Stadium, built for the


football World Cup, which is coming our way again in Rio. With the


chasing group again. Annie Haug resigned to a mediocre performance


today. Jorgensen in front of her. Jorgensen can take out some during


the run, but a place in the top ten is surely even beyond her strong


running capabilities. There is a gap of more than two minutes, and the


gap is likely to grow at the end of lap eight. A couple of hundred


metres on two wheels for the front 12. One hour and ten minutes has


passed. And transition is approaching. So, here we go, the end


of the 40 kilometre ride, the front 12 has remained the same throughout.


They come in at the dismount line, and they look for position. Jodie


Stimpson is leading the way. Stimpson, Holland, Jenkins, first,


second and third into transition. Lucy Hall is seventh. Getting in


first is one thing, getting out first is another. Stimpson, not


rushing. Holland and Stimpson exit together, Knapp, the German, is


third. They won't be a group for much longer on two feet. Sarah Groff


is bouncing her way across the carpet in about seventh or eighth


position. Lucy Hall, backing them up, she is 12 of the runners as they


leave transition to begin lap one of four, 2.5 kilometres per lap on this


inner circle around the Cape Town Stadium. Huge statement by Knapp and


Holland, they are sprinting out of transition, determined to get on


Jodie Stimpson's leading legs. Stimpson is out there and Holland is


working hard to get back. It looks like Jodie Stimpson has decided she


will run this as she started in Auckland, by putting the hammer


down, and maybe she is looking at that, the Brownlee tactic, of going


flat out on the first 2.5-3 kilometres. Holland has chosen to go


with her, it is a huge statement. Jodie Stimpson is in great running


form, and Holland has said, I will give it a go to see if I can do


that. Maybe this is the one. Holland beat Stimpson in Stockholm last


year. Holland was fourth, Stimpson was fifth in the World Triathlon


series race. But Stimpson has kicked already. There is a gap growing.


Stimpson is taking this race by the scruff of the neck in the first lap


of four on two feet. She is moving clear. Meanwhile, the chasing group,


which numbers about 25 comes into transition more than two minutes


behind. Now we will see what Haug and Jorgensen are made of on the ten


kilometre run. We know Jorgensen is a strong runner, and Haug has in --


has it in hard to do it. Haug puts on her shoes, reaches for the visor,


makes her way out, shoulder to shoulder with Jorgensen. They are


the big threat from the chasing group, but they have a mountain to


climb in the shadow of the mighty table Mountain. So, back at the


front of the field, Jodie Stimpson has opened up the lead of about four


seconds. Four seconds early in the 10,000 metre run. Not many


supporters out here. It is a slightly lonely run. Stimpson has


taken it on early, wants to make a mark. And that looks to me like


Helen Jenkins, who was in second was issued for Great Britain. But it is


the 25-year-old from the West Midlands, who won in Auckland


earlier this month, second overall in 2013, she showed in Austria she


can win triathlons, whether they are flat or steep. Helen Jenkins came


out of transition is just a few seconds adrift. Jody's tactics are


to go flying out, perhaps Helen's is to get into the group, and then


surround her. We are back with the chasers. Moffat is there, chasing


behind Jorgensen and Annie Haug, but that is a huge ask. Now goes


Jorgensen. She has used the first 600 yards to get herself into place


and now she lengthens her stride. Annie Haug follows her through.


Surely, surely two minutes is too much. They are running through the


deserted car park of the deserted stadium. It is Great Britain first


and second. It is down to about 2.5 seconds now, the gap, it was closer


to 3-3.5, but Jenkins has made a little break. And Stimpson, I don't


think she will be aware of the proximity of Jenkins just yet. We


had hoped for a potential one, two, three for Great Britain, but one,


two is on the cards. Can we get a gold and silver in Cape Town? So


strange to see a dearth of spectators. Normally, the athletes


will be getting the crowd behind them, almost instant feedback bike


listening to the noise and cheers of the crowd. The only opportunity Judy


is going to get is if she looks behind on one of the turns to see


what the difference is between herself and Helen. Vicky Holland is


running in sixth place at this stage. Behind Kirsten Sweetland of


Canada. Holland looking for a solid results, possibly to give her


confirmation of a place in the Commonwealth Games team for Glasgow.


A big performance by Vicki, she has moved comfortably away. She went out


very fast indeed. Perhaps realised that, back off a little bit, seems


to have got her second wind now and is running well here. I do not think


we will have any collapses, it seems like a fairly comfortable gap from


that top six. There we are, that gaps between Helen Jenkins in second


and Sarah Groff in third has opened significantly. I think Jenkins might


be about to take first position in her own right, they are shoulder to


shoulder. Stanford is out of action at the moment, what a prospect when


she returns to full fitness with a race against Stimpson and Jenkins?


So, Jenkins leads Stimpson in first position, after a move of staff and


courage. She has moved alongside Stimpson and now sits at the front


of the field. Sarah Groff is third, Jodie Stimpson second. The leader in


the Cape Town World Triathlon Series women's elite race is Helen Jenkins.


Just 200 metres to go until transition. Further back down


through the field, 102 of the backmarkers are about to be lapped.


Glover of South Africa, she will be overtaken by Stimpson and Jenkins is


Stimpson glances over her shoulder to try and gauge the difference


between her and Jenkins in the lead and Groff in third. Glover will have


to give way now. Stimpson once again takes her place


at the front of the field. Wants to be the first to cross the line at


the end of lap three, just to give her chance, her psychological


mindset to boost here. She kicks clear as she did after she ditched


her bike at the end of the 40 barometer ride. She left transition


quickly, she seems to have eased off in the last ten minutes of the run.


No real damage done here for Jenkins who is able to respond. Helen


Jenkins stays on the shoulder of Jodie Stimpson. They have run 7.5


kilometres, they have 2.5 kilometres to run. Great Britain at number one


and two, with Sarah Groff in third for the United States of America.


She's 28 seconds off the pace. So it is a three athlete race at this


stage, with Gwen Jorgensen climbing her way up through the field as she


so regularly does. But she is a minute behind at this stage,


Jorgensen, more than a minute behind. She has done fabulous work


so far. She was two minutes down at the end of the bike. It is now down


to one minute and seven seconds as she looks up at the clock. He has


got 2.5 kilometres to do the real damage. That is an absolutely


stunning final discipline bike when Jorgensen, and you have got to ask,


could you get on the podium? She is within 30 seconds of the third


place, and taking 1.5 minutes on the first three laps, that is a definite


possibility. This will be one of the best runs ever at an individual


discipline, but she did not make the break to go with the first bike pack


and that is the difference. It will come back down to a battle between


the two of these, to see who claims the race. Stimpson took the honours


in Auckland, with Haug second and Jenkins taking a stunning comeback


after two years out. In her first ever World Triathlon Series


competition in its new format. Jorgensen, about two overtake fellow


Americans Sarah Groff. Groff has nothing left to give, her heart must


think as she sees Gwen Jorgensen heading off into the wild blue


yonder with such a pace. There is a break at the front, one of the


British runners has broken, Stimpson has gone clear. Stimpson is first to


kick again. This time, so far, Jenkins is unable to respond. We saw


it from the helicopter shot, it was a bit of a mystery, then we came


down to see it was Stimpson who was put her foot down. Jenkins is trying


to respond. We cannot write her off at this stage. She has already


fought back once under the pressure of the Stimpson kicked. She might do


it again right here. And Jorgensen is getting a little closer. Another


backmarkers getting in the way. Stimpson moves away from Helen


Jenkins... She makes contact with the motorcycle. Goodness me,


disaster averted! But right in the dying stages of the race, a coming


together of motorcycle and wider. As they come into the final stages. It


will be two out of two for magnificent Jodie Stimpson. She


timed her sprint finish to perfection here at Cape Town. And


she has got plenty more in reserve. She will finish in spectacular


style. Stimpson wins in Cape Town, as she did in Auckland. Second place


to Helen Jenkins, going one better than her third in Auckland at the


beginning of the month, and it will be a magnificent third position for


Gwen Jorgensen who's come from the clouds to claim a place on the


podium in Cape Town, having been more than two minutes down after the


40: That a bike. -- 40 kilometre bike. Confirmation of the final


results of the World Triathlon Series race in Cape Town. A win for


Jodie Stimpson, with Helen Jenkins in second. And when Jorgensen in


third position after a magnificent run. Vicky Holland finished in


eighth position. Katie Hewison was 13.


The GB girls are pushing hard on the bike today, Lucy Hall was absolutely


amazing on the bike today, so was Helen and Vicky. They are definitely


strong today. When Helen passed me, it was all about trying to hang on,


I was going through a bad bit, I had a stitch, and I was trying to hold


onto Helen. I gave it all I got, I tried to break her going onto the


last lap and I couldn't, so I sat back behind. I just gave it all I


got and managed to got come out on top. I knew she was going to play a


tactical game, I had to keep the pressure on, so do you keep pushing


or are you tactical? I didn't have anything at the end, but I am happy


to be on the podium, it is brilliant. I am not happened -- not


sure what happened on the bike, there was a crash in front of me, I


was at the back of the pack, I should have been at the front, there


are lots of things to think about. The overall series rankings sees


Stimpson ahead of Jenkins. Vicky Holland is in 11th position for


great Britain. As well as putting the girl through


their aces, the head coach was busy on his phone keeping up with the


action of the women's race in Cape Town. What a great result, a British


one, too. It is amazing, highlighting the strengths that we


have in Britain with male and female racing. It is awesome to see Helen


and Jodie going at each other, a very healthy and good rivalry to


have. The key thing for the Brits was the swim and bike brakes, that


front group of 12 committing to make it snapped and they really broke the


race which is fantastic. I like to see committed, hard racing. Massive


credit to the British girls, Vicky and Lucy Hall, as well, getting


really stuck in. And that break was so good that girls like when


Jorgensen really had to work on the run. You and I were debating whether


she could make up the two minutes, and she did and she got a podium


place. Yes, you called it beautifully, you said podium and I


said top five! That highlighted that these races are not at done deal, it


is not a procession, you have to do all three things well, and Gwen was


exposed on the first bit in the bike. She has improved her swim, to


come out so close to the front means he has got a chance to take control


of races but she needs to get that bike tiptop so she can deliver the


high power in the first five K. And so she does not have to run so hard.


No question, if she had not been working so hard on the bike, maybe


she would have got even closer to the podium. It is an exceptional


performance, when you consider how far back she was, commitment and


drive, the constant effort she showed to believe that she could get


back up there, the girls have got to be frightened of that. They will


have to be making smart, tactical and hard decisions to push the race


is on and expose Gwen where possible. We were talking about


Commonwealth selection, the English team will be difficult with the way


the girls are working today. Absolutely, it was nice to see Katie


Hewison making a strong return, and Lucy delivering consistently, the


swim and the bike very well, and making progress in the run. The


England selectors have got a tough job. Jodie is world class right now,


top of the world standings, but the rest of the girls are fighting hard,


it will be tough. The women's races seem to be getting more and more


exciting. I am already looking forward to Japan.


If you are coming in late, getting up early, you can watch it live on


the BBC sport website, on the red button or unconnected TVs, for 2am


for the women's race or 5am for the women -- men's race on the 17th of


May. We will have highlights at a more civilised hour on Sunday 18th


of May in the afternoon at 4:30pm. Here are the key dates for the phone


nation 's athletes hoping to be on the Commonwealth start line.


We should note who will be -- we should know who will be joining


Stanford and Jenkins on the Welsh team by the time we get to Hyde


Park, but we will not find out the Scottish and England teams until


June 12. The athletes will then have just over a month to prepare for the


men's and women's races which take place on the same day, July 24, and


the mixed relay, two days later on July 26.


So great to have a few more races on British soil to look forward to. It


is time to say goodbye to Strathclyde until the Commonwealth


games. I will see you next time with all the action from Japan. Goodbye.


Ted, I... I'm not interested in coming to see Lady Gaga, sir.


Action from the second leg of the 2014 World Triathlon Series, which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Great Britain boasts the defending champion in the women's event - 25-year-old Non Stanford. And Team GB's two outstanding male triathletes are brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. They won gold and bronze at the 2012 London Olympics respectively, but face competition from Spaniard Javier Gomez, who won 2013's series.

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