Stockholm Triathlon: World Series


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Highlights of the men's and women's elite races in the penultimate leg of the World Triathlon Series, held in Stockholm, Sweden.


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race of the 2014 world triathlon series.

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will take place over back-to-back weekends. It is about banking as

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many points as possible before the final in Edmonton when the world

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champion will be crowned. For the third time this year the competition

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will be over the shortest sprint distance. The men are hard first and

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if the previous two sprints are anything to go by, it is likely to

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be spectacular. Setting a fast and furious pace.

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Everyone is in and Setting a fast and furious pace.

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this. Murray and Mario Mola Setting a fast and furious pace.

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gather! Murray takes the win with Setting a fast and furious pace.

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brilliant sprint finish. Tens of thousands outlining the streets of

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Hamburg. Alistair Brownlee is kicking away! And he takes the win

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in hamburg. Even before that win, Olympic

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champion Alistair Brownlee Even before that win, Olympic

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could not become world champion this year. An early-season injury meant

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he was not able to compete in enough races. The Commonwealth Games had to

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become his top priority. Alistair Brownlee, the Olympic

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champion, is now the Commonwealth champion as well.

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Did you have this huge sense of relief crossing the line? Not so

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much relief. I didn't really feel that pressure to do it, it was

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moored that I just wanted to do it. I wanted to go out and race as well

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as I could, have a good race, because I had not really raced that

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well that year. I was happy to perform on the day. I had a couple

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of easy weeks up in Glasgow and a couple of good weeks of training.

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Hopefully I have not lost much and managed to push on a bit. Stockholm

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is a great course and Edmonton should be very good as well. What

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has this year taught you about winning the world title again?

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Winning the world title and the World Series has changed quite a lot

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in the last few years. You can't just rocked up in May or June and

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start racing. You have to race early and you probably have to do most of

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the races. If you want to commit to do the World Series, which I'm not

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entirely sure I want to do, it is a tough thing and I'm not sure it is

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worth it. Are you saying you will provide the not try to become world

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champion in this distance again? Never say never to it I suppose, but

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with the World Championship as it is with so many races around the world,

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having to race so early in the year, it is difficult to do. Until the

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World Series changes to a more sensible format, five or six races

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with a bit less travelling involved, I probably won't chase it.

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Some people will ask why it is difficult for the you to do if

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someone like Javier Gomez can do it? He is prepared to travel for a lot

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of time away from home. It is a choice of do I want to race in the

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World Series and be subpar all year and race lots of knee jerk races, or

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do I want to erase the best I possibly can be? For me it is not

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about travelling to the other side of the world in the middle of

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winter. I'm all about getting the most out of myself as an athlete.

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How do you approach Stockholm? It is nice because I can just go out and

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race well in the series. I have got Johnny to consider. Johnny really

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needs to win here in Stockholm. What happens if both of you are in the

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lead, do you go to the win yourself? I would never purposefully give him

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the win. But if we were both there and it made a big difference to him,

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maybe that would give him extra motivation to out sprint me. Can

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Javier Gomez be stopped from winning his fourth world title? He probably

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needs to crash to be honest. I suppose he can be. We have seen

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before where people have had bad races. He has been going very hard

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since early in the year, so we will see. That is Alistair's view on this

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weekend's race and the World Series as a whole. Current world champion

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Javier Gomez has certainly raised savvy this year, putting himself in

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a good position to win his fourth world title.

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It is an athlete's five best results that count towards their ultimate

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ranking. A win earns you 800 points but in the grand final it is 1200.

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Javier Gomez already has four victories. Yet another win for the

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Spaniard. He has done it in style in Chicago. Tellingly, he has not even

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made the podium in the two sprint races so far. It will be very

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difficult to stop him retaining his title. But the sprint specialists

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have an opportunity here in the Swedish capital. One of them, Mario

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Mola, is the only other winner of a World Series triathlon race this

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year, besides Javier Gomez and Alistair. But he will be tested over

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the hilly and technically demanding course. Ahead of Mario Mola is

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Jonathan Brownlee. It has been a disappointing season by his high

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standards. He has not won a race all year. But he did win Stockholm's

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sprint two years ago. A victory here would give him enough points to

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stand a chance of becoming world champion, but he would need to win

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the grand final too, and to count on Javier Gomez finishing outside the

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top three here and the top five in Edmonton. The water is very choppy

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and the cobbled streets out there will be very slippery. Let's see if

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Johnny Brownlee can keep himself in the hunt for the world title.

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COMMENTATOR: The beautiful Swedish city of Stockholm, playing host once

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again to the WTF, the world triathlon series. It is a sprint

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distance this year. Our umbrellas and ponchos out, very unseasonable

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today. One lap in the water. Into transition, pick up the bikes, five

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laps of four kilometres each to conclude the 20 kilometre second

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stage on two wheels. When they return to transition fire a couple

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of trips out and back past these Swedish Parliament house, and then

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the run. Two laps of 2.25 kilometres each, so a total of 750 kilometres

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in the water, 20 kilometre on two wheels, and a five kilometre run to

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round things off. All the main contenders are involved. Javier

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Gomez wears number one. Alistair Brownlee wears number eight. They

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are ready to go and they are into the cold waters. In Stockholm. They

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are in a huge freshwater lake upon which sits this magnificent Swedish

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city. The waters from the lake flow out into the Baltic Sea. I can tell

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you that conditions here are Baltic today. Wet suits for the swim and it

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will be chilly and difficult on the bike, and the water is very choppy

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here in Stockholm as well. Very choppy. The first thing we're

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looking at is how high the recovery of the arms are on this swim. You

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don't normally see the pack spreading out so much so quickly.

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I'm not too sure how well Jonathan Brownlee has

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I'm not too sure how well Jonathan We will have to see when we see

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closer up. To me it looks like Gomez and Johnny Brownlee have dropped off

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a bit. Richard Varga, we have become used to him leading out. He will

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certainly be up in the lead pack today. 18.8 degrees, the air

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temperature, which is fairly economical for August, and a chilly

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15 degrees in the water, as the early pace comes unsurprisingly from

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the Slovakian swim specialist Richard Varga, wearing number 17. He

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has done a lot of training over the past two or three-year is with the

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Brownlee brothers. He is a good training partner for them because he

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is such a strong swimmer. He has improved his running and cycling

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considerably in the last couple of years. Brownlee forcing the pace.

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Look out for Aurelien Raphael, the Frenchman, with number 15. One lap

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only in the freshwater here in Stockholm. A 750 metres swim

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followed by five laps of four kilometres on two wheels for a 20 K

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bike, and then a five kilometre run to finish off this penultimate stop

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of the world triathlon series for 2014, before they cross the Atlantic

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to head to the grand final in Edmonton. No tactics here. The only

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tactic Richard Varga has gone for is to go flat out from the front. It

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looks like he's trying to break the field early on. He is putting

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distance between himself and the chasers, and they are having to work

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so hard to stay with him. In the choppy conditions, they are looking

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up far more than they normally would. Normally they would be

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looking at the feet of the swimmer in front, trying to get onto him and

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take the draft effect from that, today they are having to look up to

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take the shortest line possible. Somebody getting caught on the loose

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rope, and I wonder if Somebody getting caught on the loose

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down to the conditions today. The loose rope thankfully not attached

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to anything, otherwise somebody could have got anchored down there,

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but it just came off the shoulder of the swimmer as they went through the

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turn. Around the two giant inflatables as

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turn. Around the two giant towards the starting point, with a

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ferocious pace being injected into the first stage of this triathlon by

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Richard Varga, the Slovakian, very much at home here.

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Richard Varga, the Slovakian, very cold conditions. Just under eight

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Richard Varga of Slovakia has led from start to finish. He makes this

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final short left hand turn and then heads towards the ramp, which takes

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him out of the water and back for heads towards the ramp, which takes

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the short run back towards the transition area, where the bikes are

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parked. We will get a transition area, where the bikes are

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everybody's standings at the end of the 750 metres swim, as they come up

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the steps and out of the water. Richard Varga, a little slip and a

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slide as he starts to prepare for transition. I think it is Alistair

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Brownlee who has come out in fourth place. They have a stiff climb over

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the cobbled streets which have been carpeted up into transition. The

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bike starts on an uphill. Richard Varga is leading Henri Schoeman

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bike starts on an uphill. Richard Varga is leading Henri of South

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Africa. It is Johnny Brownlee in fourth place and Alistair not far

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behind. Both the Brownlee brothers are there or thereabouts. The

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Olympic champion just arrives ahead of his brother at his bike park.

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Johnny Brownlee in, putting on his helmet while stepping out of his wet

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suit. There are lots of guys here. helmet while stepping out of his wet

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Anthony Varga first to leave the transition. We are looking out for

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Gomez Noya in Allred. Javier Gomez Noya, out of transition. We will get

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a decent group Noya, out of transition. We will get

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of 25 plus riders forming in the first lap. Richard Murray is not far

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away. He has done well, Commonwealth bronze-medallist. He

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has not let the swimmers get too far in front. The conditions set

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themselves up for what could be a very dangerous ride. We have got

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three breaking away already. Is it very dangerous ride. We have got

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Richard Varga there as well? That is Alistair wearing number eight. It is

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both the Brownlee brothers and their training partner Richard Varga. He

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did the hard work in the water and the brothers are not far behind, it

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is Varga and the Brownlee brothers leading on the first lap of five on

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two wheels. Wet underfoot, they will need to mind their peas and queues

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on the hairpin turns and thereafter three of them really on the course.

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That is exactly the thing to do, work hard in transition and in the

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first 200, 300 metres to get away from that huge mass of the pack

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which can be dangerous. With three riders up there, they know each

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which can be dangerous. With three and they will be working together to

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put a lot of distance between themselves and the chasers. They

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will turn here at City Hall having crossed the second bridge. They will

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look at this massive group which has formed, the peloton if you like.

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They will know exactly how far in front they are, roughly how far in

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front when the groups cross over. They're rather three leaders heading

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in the opposite direction. Varga is struggling to stay with the Brownlee

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brothers, they have decided to not wait for the pack to catch them and

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they move away from Richard Varga. We can see the chasers coming

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through but the difficulty the big group will have coming through the

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narrow roads and the corners, that has to slow them down if it is a

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couple of seconds on each turn, that will grow and grow. The pure

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logistics of trying to take place at the front and stay in a drafting

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position is so much more difficult in a big group like this. Assuming

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the Brownlees state upright, one of them will win this race, I think

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that is a fair conclusion, even at this stage. Richard Murray is a long

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way back, Mario Mola is a long way back. These

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way back, Mario Mola is a long way they need to do and how dangerous it

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is. A little bit of caution on the corners. More difficult to do in the

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big pack, being aware of breaking and also of the other athletes. This

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is just what we want to see because they train together, they race each

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other. In this situation, they will work together, doing 20 turns at the

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front, easing up, work together, doing 20 turns at the

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comes through and they will work together all the way through this

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bike section and it will be out for the hunting on the run. Javier Gomez

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is in that group. That is him in about ninth position in the chasing

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group at this stage, staying out of trouble with the World Triathlon

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Series title just about wrapped up this season for Javier Gomez. He has

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won in Auckland, Cape Town, Yokohama, Chicago. Gomez really does

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not have anything to prove. The sprint distance is never his

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favourite. He prefers the full Olympic distance and has not won a

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sprint so far this season. He does not have to work too hard today

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bearing in mind he has the Olympic distance finale in Edmonton next

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weekend to seal the World Triathlon Series title for 2014. I think he is

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maybe feeling a bit supported in the chasing group but also to an element

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in the comfort zone because he will be confident in his running ability

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and he does not need to work hard to chase down the Brownlees. That gap

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has extended out to 17 seconds as become to the end of lap two. At the

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end of lap one it was 14 seconds, at the end of lap to it will be

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considerably more. The chasing group have yet to hit the client. Some

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were close to 30 seconds -- hit the climb. They have just about doubled

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their lead. 23 seconds in fact as they come up in front of Stockholm

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Palace, passing the official residence of the King of Sweden. It

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is a familiar sight. Two of the best in the world. Alistair is probably

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the best in the world, the Olympic and Commonwealth champion, former

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world champion. It remains to be seen if he continues to focus on

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this World Triathlon Series which seen if he continues to focus on

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crisscrosses the globe. He has made no secret of the fact that he is

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unhappy with the mileage involved and the endless long haul flights

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that it takes to compete in all of the Riise 's -- all of the races.

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Maybe next year, we will see if his focus will be on defending his title

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in the Olympics in Rio. He may take part in some of the races but I

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don't think it will take his full attention and commitment. It is not

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just the races of course, the majority of these athletes will be

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involved in club situations, many of majority of these athletes will be

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them competing in the European summer for French clubs. It takes

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its toll. Alistair has made his decision. You are extending the

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number of races, there are more qualifying races now and it is a big

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decision. He said he likes to be fresh and rested. Raphael, one of

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the strongest swimmers, keeping himself out of trouble at the back

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of the pack. He has one of the Americans for company, Jefferson,

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and another one of the Frenchman, Pujades is there as well. The

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Brownlees stretched their lead to 23 second at the end of lap two, lap

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three will conclude shortly and we expect it to be closer to 30 seconds

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which will give them a comfortable conclusion to the bike with two laps

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to go. The Brownlee brothers are taking no prisoners this afternoon

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in Stockholm. We are looking back, Javier Gomez

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does not seem to be enjoying the bike, he was 42 seconds down. What

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if, what if, maybe we think, if he did not finish and lose the points

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available, that would be very critical but what if he is a long

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wait down in the pack? Johnny wants to go for it but he has raced

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against his brother so many times, I don't think we have seen Alistair

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backing off if there is an opportunity to win but we are

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talking about the title. Does that produce another scenario? It does

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and Jonathan can certainly close the gap on Gomez with a victory today.

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As Alistair said, all it takes is one bad race and things can change.

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Johnny will not have given up on the world title ambitions he has for

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2014. If we look back to last year, one appalling race coming out of the

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swim can change everything. We have seen Jorgensen in commanding

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positions and then crashing out and it can change so quickly. Unusual

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not to see Gomez at the front, we have become used to him being at the

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front and attacking. Certainly different tactics today. The

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brothers climb up the hill for the panel to much time, taking the bell

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with one lap to go. Jonathan crosses the line first, Alistair his older

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brother in second, the chasing group nowhere to be seen, still on their

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way back over the bridge towards the Stockholm Palace. 38 seconds at the

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end of number three. It will be climbing even further now. It really

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has become two races now, it is Brownlee against roundly and the

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rest of the world fighting it out for the bronze medal. -- Brownlee

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against Brownlee. It is 46 seconds officially at the end of lap four.

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What an effort from the Brownlee brothers, from 14 seconds after lap

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one up to 40 seconds -- 46 seconds. Magnificent riding.

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The brothers are not letting up at all, looking the more pace over the

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last lap. How do they attack this run going out together, knowing they

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will have a significant lead? We have become used to seeing Alistair

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and Johnny Brownlee and Javier have become used to seeing Alistair

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being prepared to put the hammer down for the first step on the run,

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attack and attack. In this situation, perhaps Alistair and

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Johnny don't need to do that so will there be a change in tactics? If

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Johnny Brownlee needs these points, his brother will not give him

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anything, does he go for it early? He has not had a World Triathlon

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Series win in 2014. Alistair has had one, Jonathan has been runner-up to

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Gomez, in Auckland and again in Cape Town, he finished fifth in Yokohama

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and fifth again over the sprint distance in London. And third behind

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Alistair and Vincent Luis in hamburg after that sensational sprint

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finish. Today he will be wanting to put things right and get his first

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win of the season and head into the grand final in Edmonton with a

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chance, an outside chance, of overhauling the lead of Javier Gomez

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in the rankings. The man he has to beat it is older brother and the

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competitive edge they have between them as a family is extraordinary.

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Alistair is never particularly them as a family is extraordinary.

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to Johnny when it comes to sprint finishes, he always wants to beat

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his younger brother. He is leading them here over the final stages of

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lap five, they will arrive in them here over the final stages of

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transition together, it'll be a race between the for victory in

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Stockholm. The final little out and back here towards the Swedish

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parliament building and the run for home. Raphael still camped out at

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the back of the peloton. He has done his work in the water. He has been

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on the tow for the majority of this 20 Lamah to ride. We started with a

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750-metre swim, the 20 kilometre bike ride is coming to its

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conclusion and the race will be won and lost after a five kilometre

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run, the exciting sprint format of the World Triathlon Series being

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employed here in Stockholm, as it was in London and in hamburg. The

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brothers are preparing for transition, the feet are

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brothers are preparing for shoes and resting gently on top of

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the pedals. They get to the dismount line and hop off simultaneously,

:27:40.:27:45.

synchronised transition for Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. They have got

:27:46.:27:50.

to get this bit right, Johnny looks pretty relaxed running up the blue

:27:51.:27:56.

carpet towards his allotted stand where he will need to park his bike

:27:57.:28:00.

and need to make sure his helmet find the plaque stick box, getting

:28:01.:28:06.

his running shoes on quickly and smoothly -- plastic box. They will

:28:07.:28:14.

leave pretty close together but Jonathan just steals march on his

:28:15.:28:18.

brother and Alistair has to head uphill to try to close the gap as

:28:19.:28:23.

Johnny heads out of transition, the younger brother first to break as

:28:24.:28:29.

the pack arrives. They are clipping their shoes and getting ready for

:28:30.:28:34.

transition. Javier Gomez coming up the hill towards the transition

:28:35.:28:41.

area. 46 seconds was the difference at the end of lap four, it has grown

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even further, 54 seconds by that time they conclude the 20 kilometre

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ride. You can never say never but almost a minute, they has to be

:28:56.:29:06.

uncatchable. Gomez had a fairly easy bike section. Will he attack from

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the front? There is Richard Murray, again in front of his compatriot

:29:11.:29:16.

Henri Schoeman. Richard Murray against Javier Gomez could be the

:29:17.:29:24.

one to watch. Jonathan Brownlee is leading Alistair Brownlee. They are

:29:25.:29:25.

moving on at quite a pace here. they going to back off because they

:29:26.:29:43.

were in they going to back off because they

:29:44.:29:47.

could? That doesn't seem to have happened. Jonathan Brownlee

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could? That doesn't seem to have like a startled pair at the start of

:29:49.:29:52.

that run. -- like a startled hare. like a startled pair at the start of

:29:53.:30:00.

The situation we have seen so many times, the two brothers from Leeds

:30:01.:30:05.

in contention to take this victory. They are running a five-minute mile,

:30:06.:30:10.

that is a tremendous pace, that would be well under 30 minutes if it

:30:11.:30:19.

were a full ten kilometre race. He's just holding his arm, asking the

:30:20.:30:26.

driver camera combination to ease off and get out of his way. No one

:30:27.:30:29.

else inside. -- no one else in sight. Where is

:30:30.:30:45.

Gomez? Gomez isn't there. Certainly Richard Murray was in that... There

:30:46.:30:53.

is Mario Mola coming through. There is Tom Bishop. Javier Gomez Noya is

:30:54.:31:01.

a bit slow to react is Tom Bishop. Javier Gomez Noya is

:31:02.:31:04.

a after transition. Now slowly making their way through the field.

:31:05.:31:09.

Gomez I have to say is further down than I would have anticipated in

:31:10.:31:13.

this situation. A big performance by Tom Bishop there. But how quickly

:31:14.:31:19.

that chasing pack has just stretched and stretched. We know Richard

:31:20.:31:23.

Murray was up there, in the lead three, chasing the two Brownlees.

:31:24.:31:32.

The world number one Javier Gomez of Spain is in about ninth or 10th

:31:33.:31:40.

position. From Ponte Vedra, keen surfer, decent guitarist. Ponte

:31:41.:31:48.

Vedra just north of the border with Portugal. As the Brownlee brothers

:31:49.:31:53.

bounce along, coming up towards 50 minutes since the race began. They

:31:54.:31:58.

are halfway through the run. They climbed the cobbles. Jonathan and

:31:59.:32:05.

Alistair Brownlee are just about shoulder to shoulder, as they come

:32:06.:32:09.

past the bikes they left just a few minutes ago. Alistair takes up first

:32:10.:32:16.

position for the first time. They take the bell. 2.5 kilometre to run.

:32:17.:32:23.

Gomez with work to do. He has got Wilson of Australia not far behind

:32:24.:32:30.

him. That... Henri Schoeman just behind. The leaders of the chase

:32:31.:32:41.

group. Gregor Buchholz coming through for Germany, and Anthony

:32:42.:32:51.

Pujades from France. Richard Murray, the reputation of the

:32:52.:32:54.

strongest runner, but in very different conditions today. 59

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seconds is different conditions today. 59

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brothers and the next best, at the end of Lap 1. BELL

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Now some of the other main end of Lap 1. BELL

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contenders coming through, as Mario Mola tries to kick away from Joao

:33:16.:33:21.

Pereira, coming up the hill. Dodds of New Zealand. Tom Bishop from

:33:22.:33:26.

Great Britain. And Javier Gomez, the world number one, struggling in

:33:27.:33:29.

these dreadful conditions in Stockholm this afternoon. It looked

:33:30.:33:35.

like a bit of a stretch there from Jonathan. Alistair

:33:36.:33:42.

like a bit of a stretch there from covering. Alistair just seems to be

:33:43.:33:45.

working covering. Alistair just seems to be

:33:46.:33:49.

to be relaxed at the moment, but of course, as we always say,

:33:50.:33:53.

appearances can be so deceptive. Again, I think Richard Murray is

:33:54.:34:02.

looking to attack. He still stays there. Despite Richard Murray trying

:34:03.:34:06.

to attack twice now, not making any inroads at all on this final lap.

:34:07.:34:12.

So, Richard Murray is third. Gregor Buchholz of Germany is in fourth

:34:13.:34:19.

place. Anthony Pujades is in fifth place. Someone is about to join

:34:20.:34:22.

them, is it Joao Pereira of Portugal? He fancies being a part of

:34:23.:34:30.

this race, Joao Pereira. What an effort from him to bridge the gap

:34:31.:34:34.

from six all the way up to join these three who are battling it out

:34:35.:34:40.

to third place. Now we have men pushing for third place in Stockholm

:34:41.:34:53.

here this afternoon. -- now we have four men pushing for third place.

:34:54.:35:01.

Now goes Mario Mola. Mario Mola now trying to join these four. The three

:35:02.:35:06.

become for, and the four become five. It looks like there will be a

:35:07.:35:13.

five way sprint for bronze position -- third position and the bronze

:35:14.:35:17.

medal here in Stockholm. Mario Mola has tasted success in the Sprint or

:35:18.:35:23.

rent -- sprint event already in London so far this season. It is

:35:24.:35:29.

minor places, it is between the brothers for the win, as Jonny takes

:35:30.:35:37.

the hairpin and moves away from Alistair, as they come out of the

:35:38.:35:42.

turn. Just injecting a bit of pace. That slingshot effect we see so

:35:43.:35:47.

often in triathlon, and it was used wisely thereby Jonny Brownlee. We

:35:48.:35:50.

will see if it has been a significant move as we head back to

:35:51.:35:55.

the leaders shortly. Meanwhile we have got Murray, Joao Pereira,

:35:56.:36:01.

Gregor Buchholz, Anthony Pujades, and Mario Mola. Alistair had that

:36:02.:36:09.

break covered. Alistair glanced over to see where Javier Gomez was, and

:36:10.:36:13.

while he took his mind off the task in hand, Jonathan Brownlee moved

:36:14.:36:20.

away. And Brownlee Junior has a lead of about a second over Brownlee

:36:21.:36:25.

senior. The impact of that move, almost came to a dead stop going

:36:26.:36:30.

past the tight turn. That was the time to do it. It was covered and

:36:31.:36:35.

now it seems that Jonathan has made another move. This is now give away

:36:36.:36:42.

victory to his brother. In front of the Stockholm Palace, Jonathan

:36:43.:36:45.

Brownlee is leading Alistair Brownlee. They will make the Turn 1

:36:46.:36:50.

more time and climb the carpet, and it looks as if victory will go to

:36:51.:36:54.

Jonathan Brownlee, unless Alistair can claw it back over the final few

:36:55.:37:01.

metres. Jonathan Brownlee will take his first World Triathlon Series

:37:02.:37:04.

victory of the season, over the sprint distance here, in Stockholm.

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He picks up the union flag. Alistair will have to settle for second this

:37:11.:37:15.

afternoon. And at last Jonny Brownlee can celebrate. The

:37:16.:37:22.

runner-up in Glasgow wins in Stockholm. It is a reversal of the

:37:23.:37:27.

positions that they achieved in the Commonwealth Games, as Alistair

:37:28.:37:30.

comes home for second place in the Stockholm sprint. Jonathan Brownlee

:37:31.:37:38.

wins, Alistair Brownlee second. The battle continues for third, with

:37:39.:37:46.

Mario Mola, Richard Murray, Joao Pereira. Gregor Buchholz of Germany

:37:47.:37:52.

is the first to find the carpet and moves ahead, looking for third.

:37:53.:37:57.

Murray isn't far-away. Mario Mola might still have something to offer

:37:58.:38:02.

here. But it is Gregor Buchholz who seems to have the uphill power

:38:03.:38:05.

towards the finish. Gregor Buchholz of Germany, looks like he will

:38:06.:38:10.

finish in third place in the Stockholm sprint. Gregor Buchholz

:38:11.:38:15.

almost home, one final effort from Richard Murray but it is not enough.

:38:16.:38:21.

Gregor Buchholz wins, Mario Mola in fourth place, and Murray relegated

:38:22.:38:27.

to fifth, ahead of Joao Pereira, and Anthony Pujades finishing in

:38:28.:38:33.

seventh. Confirmation of the final results in Stockholm. The first win

:38:34.:38:37.

of the season for Jonathan Brownlee, with his older brother Alister in

:38:38.:38:42.

second. -- his older brother Alistair.

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Congratulations on your first win in more than a year. Yes, it has been a

:38:49.:38:57.

nine time -- long time. It is nice to win. I enjoyed it, it was pure

:38:58.:39:02.

racing. It was great, I was loving it, enjoying flying around those

:39:03.:39:12.

corners. There is no better feeling, we knew they were not going

:39:13.:39:17.

to catch us, and it was perfect. I think we were in our element. We

:39:18.:39:21.

tried to keep it safe and just put in a good consistent bit of riding,

:39:22.:39:27.

and it was perfect today. Brilliant race, really enjoyed it. We were

:39:28.:39:31.

really curious about how it would end, could it be a sprint finish?

:39:32.:39:40.

Tell us about the run. My feet were literally white! You will never hear

:39:41.:39:43.

me complaining about being cold again, but I was too cold going into

:39:44.:39:49.

the run. I had to close that five second gap, use a lot to close

:39:50.:39:54.

that. I was running all right but I knew I didn't have a massive kick in

:39:55.:39:57.

my legs are so when he sped up, I just didn't have it. I did think

:39:58.:40:02.

here we go again, I'm going to get off the bike and be shattered like I

:40:03.:40:08.

was at the Commonwealth Games, and Alistair is going to get away from

:40:09.:40:13.

me again. I enjoyed it. The good news is you could still win the

:40:14.:40:17.

world title. You have put yourself in that position today. I didn't

:40:18.:40:25.

want Javier Gomez to get in the top three, ideally. The pack behind with

:40:26.:40:30.

lots of other fast runners in meant it was going to be very difficult

:40:31.:40:35.

for him to get in the top three. But Javier is still favourite. Chances

:40:36.:40:43.

are he will finish in the top three like yield ways does. Tell us why

:40:44.:40:48.

you pulled up, is it tactical or are you injured? I just had a feud

:40:49.:40:58.

problems. -- a few problems. I was focused to try to have a good race

:40:59.:41:03.

still but I felt tired and my stomach wasn't good. I wasn't going

:41:04.:41:08.

to make the top four or better, so it didn't make sense to keep going.

:41:09.:41:13.

I will just try to recover for next week. Training was not very good the

:41:14.:41:19.

past four weeks, and I need to recover. I hope it is not anything

:41:20.:41:24.

to back and I can recover next week. With one race to go, it is tight at

:41:25.:41:26.

the top. I would say that was a near-perfect

:41:27.:41:48.

race. It is almost time for the women to take centre stage here, but

:41:49.:41:52.

before that happens let's remind ourselves of two outstanding English

:41:53.:41:56.

performances in the Scottish Sun a few weeks ago.

:41:57.:42:08.

The highest ranked triathlete in the race today, Jodie Stimpson,

:42:09.:42:18.

controlling the pace of the race. Stimpson goes away, is that gold

:42:19.:42:24.

medal safe? Final effort from Jodie Stimpson, as she moves clear! And

:42:25.:42:29.

Jodie Stimpson wins the first gold of the games! And it will be bronze

:42:30.:42:36.

for the Nikki Holland. What a finish.

:42:37.:42:39.

And the medals just keep on coming for the Brits. The youth Olympics,

:42:40.:42:52.

the Loughborough youngster showed great maturity coming from behind to

:42:53.:42:56.

the Loughborough youngster showed just beat Daniel Hyde from New

:42:57.:43:07.

Zealand to the line. Sian finished in third place. Great to see

:43:08.:43:10.

Zealand to the line. Sian finished Britain's juniors doing so well on

:43:11.:43:13.

global stage. Back to the seniors here in Stockholm. Commonwealth

:43:14.:43:17.

champion Jodie Stimpson is just about to warm up in the water.

:43:18.:43:22.

Yesterday I caught up with her over breakfast to get her views on the

:43:23.:43:26.

treat, breakfast with a Commonwealth treat, breakfast with a Commonwealth

:43:27.:43:30.

champion. I had a word with your coach beforehand to ask you what I

:43:31.:43:33.

should lay out and he said need to go to the loo in the race!

:43:34.:43:58.

Touch wood, it solved my stomach issues. Hopefully it will continue.

:43:59.:44:03.

The hard work has been done, the months and years of training, and

:44:04.:44:09.

the gold medal coming her way now. Gold to Stimpson. What did becoming

:44:10.:44:16.

Commonwealth champion mean to you? It meant so much. It was my goal for

:44:17.:44:24.

so long. Being able to achieve it the way that I did was amazing, it

:44:25.:44:27.

is hard to put into words how much it meant. What was the reception

:44:28.:44:34.

like when you got back home? It is brilliant, my house was decorated, a

:44:35.:44:41.

big gold medal on the window, it was brilliant to share it with my family

:44:42.:44:45.

and friends. What is the attention like that comes with winning the

:44:46.:44:49.

Commonwealth Games? It is obviously nice and I wouldn't turn away from

:44:50.:44:55.

it. It is nice for people to see the achievements. But it is not what

:44:56.:44:58.

brings me back to triathlon, it is that feeling of getting onto the

:44:59.:45:01.

podium and looking to the grandstand and seeing your family there looking

:45:02.:45:09.

at you and that proud moment. You have become such a local celebrity,

:45:10.:45:14.

you had an event named after you! Yes, it was just before I went back

:45:15.:45:20.

onto camp, it was brilliant, I raced it, I was not going to let them half

:45:21.:45:26.

all the fun! It was brilliant. How hard was it to get back into

:45:27.:45:32.

training after the games? That was quite a challenge. It is nice going

:45:33.:45:36.

into the final two races with less pressure but I want to finish the

:45:37.:45:41.

season well. On the other side, my main goal was the Commonwealth Games

:45:42.:45:45.

so a big tick on that front but I want to finish well. It has been a

:45:46.:45:53.

cruise in the end the Jorgensen, she will take her fourth straight World

:45:54.:45:57.

Triathlon Series Victor Riu. To become world champion you are

:45:58.:46:03.

relying on Gwen Jorgensen not racing well at the grand final. I cannot

:46:04.:46:09.

control her, how fast those legs go on the run but I can control what I

:46:10.:46:16.

do. She is a fantastic athlete, she is the one to beat but I will go out

:46:17.:46:22.

and give it my best shot. Going into Hamburg, Helen Jenkins had been the

:46:23.:46:29.

nearest rival to Jorgensen but the foot injury she sustained in Germany

:46:30.:46:34.

meant her season was over. No Commonwealth Games and no chance of

:46:35.:46:37.

becoming world champion for a third time. As far Gwen, her form has been

:46:38.:46:42.

so red-hot this season, with four back-to-back wins in Yokohama,

:46:43.:46:48.

Chicago, London and Hamburg, the World Championship is hers to lose.

:46:49.:46:52.

As we saw last year in London, anything can happen. Without her in

:46:53.:47:00.

Stockholm, if Stimpson can follow up with another win today, she will

:47:01.:47:04.

keep the pressure on but to actually steal the title away, Jodie would

:47:05.:47:10.

need to win in Edmonton and rely on Gwen finishing outside the top seven

:47:11.:47:17.

in Canada. Although when, Helen and Helen Jackson are missing today,

:47:18.:47:22.

Jodie is not without competition. Lining up alongside her is the

:47:23.:47:26.

common wealth games silver-medallist Kirsten Sweetland and Sarah Groff of

:47:27.:47:33.

the USA. Back to Matt and Steve. COMMENTATOR: The penultimate event

:47:34.:47:38.

of the World Triathlon Series for 2014 for the women, eight sprint in

:47:39.:47:45.

Stockholm. The weather has improved since the men's race but they still

:47:46.:47:49.

dive into a freshening headwind. One or two getting jostled out of

:47:50.:47:55.

position in the early stages. A single lap in the water, cool

:47:56.:48:01.

conditions, 15 degrees water temperature so wet suits compulsory

:48:02.:48:04.

and they will go out and make the turn, head back to the far end of

:48:05.:48:10.

the pontoon before climbing up the stairs towards transition to pick up

:48:11.:48:16.

their bikes for the 20 kilometre cycle around the city centre and a

:48:17.:48:20.

five kilometre run. Jodie Stimpson wearing number one should be

:48:21.:48:24.

somewhere close to the bottom left as we pick her up in the early

:48:25.:48:35.

stages. 31, always a strong swimmer is Carolina Routier of Spain,

:48:36.:48:38.

stages. 31, always a strong swimmer girlfriend of Mario Mola who was in

:48:39.:48:42.

the men's competition earlier. She is forcing the pace on this

:48:43.:48:50.

nearside. The wind has dropped off significantly. The return leg

:48:51.:48:55.

towards the pontoon will be pretty quick I would imagine with the wind

:48:56.:49:04.

behind them. So far this season, Jodie Stimpson has had an excellent

:49:05.:49:09.

campaign, winning the first round in Auckland in April and backing that

:49:10.:49:15.

up with victory in Cape Town. Then Gwen Jorgensen started to hit her

:49:16.:49:21.

stride, winning in Yokohama, the sprint in London, winning again in

:49:22.:49:26.

Chicago and made it four in a row with victory in Hamburg and another

:49:27.:49:30.

sprint, the most recent race on the circuit. Stimpson and Jorgensen have

:49:31.:49:40.

shared all of the World Triathlon Series wins so far this season.

:49:41.:49:46.

Sarah Groff has been the second best American behind the fast running

:49:47.:49:50.

Jorgensen and in the absence of her compatriot, she will be hoping for

:49:51.:49:55.

potentially her best result of the season. She was fourth in Cape

:49:56.:50:03.

Town, second in London in the sprint behind Jorgensen. She will be hoping

:50:04.:50:08.

to be up there with Jodie Stimpson at the end of this race as they make

:50:09.:50:13.

the turn by the giant inflatable. Everybody will have to watch out,

:50:14.:50:18.

especially those on the inside, a few loose chords getting in the way

:50:19.:50:23.

but they have negotiated the first part of the turn. And already a big

:50:24.:50:31.

stretch in these swimmers. 330 metres to go, across the top end and

:50:32.:50:37.

heading back now, just one lap of the swim. As we sort with the men's

:50:38.:50:44.

race earlier, critical that you get into a good position to enable

:50:45.:50:49.

yourself to get up there on this difficult twisting and turning bike

:50:50.:50:55.

course. Hopefully the very wet conditions of the men's race we will

:50:56.:50:59.

not see again and it will be easier for bike handling on these narrow

:51:00.:51:04.

roads. And I wonder if the helicopter will be able to go up and

:51:05.:51:09.

give us some aerial shots which were sadly absent in the men's race

:51:10.:51:14.

because of the heavy weather. Carolina Routier of Spain leads the

:51:15.:51:20.

way here. One final gentle left-hand turn before they had to negotiate

:51:21.:51:26.

the steep steps out of the water onto the blue carpet of the pontoon

:51:27.:51:31.

before jogging towards transition. As they do so, they will start to

:51:32.:51:37.

remove their swim caps and release the zips on the wet suits to be

:51:38.:51:41.

ready for a smooth arrival and departure on two wheels from

:51:42.:51:48.

transition. Solid swim from Carolina Routier, just under nine and three

:51:49.:51:52.

court minutes as she steps out and starts to prepare but plenty of

:51:53.:51:57.

company for her including the two Americans, Groff and Katie Hursey.

:51:58.:52:05.

Alice Betto, Charlotte Bonin, Sara Vilic, Kirsten Sweetland also there,

:52:06.:52:09.

a lot in quick succession as they Vilic, Kirsten Sweetland also there,

:52:10.:52:18.

transition. No signs yet Vilic, Kirsten Sweetland also there,

:52:19.:52:22.

Stimpson. She was not with that first group coming out. That is the

:52:23.:52:28.

first surprise of the afternoon. Very important because Kirsten

:52:29.:52:32.

Sweetland, who was runner-up in the common love games, has had an

:52:33.:52:35.

excellent swim, just eight seconds down. -- Commonwealth Games. Lucy

:52:36.:52:44.

Hall looking strong as always, there is Carolina Routier in the red of

:52:45.:52:50.

Spain and we can see Sara Vilic as well but still no sign of Jodie

:52:51.:52:56.

Stimpson which is a surprise. The Italians, Alice Betto and Charlotte

:52:57.:53:02.

Bonin, Sara Croft as well. Yet to step out of the wet suit -- Sarah

:53:03.:53:04.

Groff. There is Kirsten Sweetland, the Canadian who was

:53:05.:53:15.

silver-medallist behind Jodie Stimpson at Glasgow. We will keep

:53:16.:53:23.

our eyes open for Stimpson. She was noticeably slow in the water. I

:53:24.:53:28.

think I just spotted her sprinting up the carpet, trying to close some

:53:29.:53:33.

ground but she has clearly left herself some work to do. She finds

:53:34.:53:39.

her way to her bike but stumbles slightly coming out of her wet

:53:40.:53:44.

suit, watching the others head off into the distance. She has picked up

:53:45.:53:48.

her two wheels and she is on her way. As they sort themselves out, we

:53:49.:53:56.

will get a full check in a moment or two as to who is in this front group

:53:57.:54:02.

of what I think is six. They need to be careful, it is still pretty

:54:03.:54:12.

slippery. Carolina Routier and Sarah Groff from Spain and the United

:54:13.:54:16.

States respectively. Croft gets her head down and tries to pick up the

:54:17.:54:25.

speed -- Groff. Katie Hursey was also in the leaders. Perhaps she and

:54:26.:54:33.

Sarah Groff can form a working American partnership and do some

:54:34.:54:40.

damage. We have Lucy Hall up there in third place at the moment. Lucy

:54:41.:54:45.

made a big effort at the Commonwealth Games to get away by

:54:46.:54:49.

herself on the bike, she is a very strong individual. Watching her move

:54:50.:54:57.

to the front, of course last year Alistair Brownlee sprinted away from

:54:58.:55:04.

the lead pack on the bike which nobody was expecting and perhaps

:55:05.:55:07.

Lucy has it in her mind to look at that. Back with the chasers, we can

:55:08.:55:19.

see... Any big movements? Still looking for Jodie Stimpson.

:55:20.:55:21.

Important that she gets back into the lead pack. Clarke could not get

:55:22.:55:29.

her feet positioned in the pedals. Going back to the front, this is

:55:30.:55:37.

Carolina Routier of Spain taking it up, the pack at the front has grown

:55:38.:55:42.

to about eight in number with one or two is attempting to bridge the gap

:55:43.:55:47.

and get amongst the leaders. Jodie Stimpson will have that project

:55:48.:55:50.

and get amongst the leaders. Jodie her mind as well coming from a

:55:51.:55:51.

little way behind. We have Lucy Hall, Kirsten

:55:52.:56:07.

Sweetland, Sarah Groff. Two of what we thought would be the three big

:56:08.:56:10.

names challenging together with Jodie Stimpson of Great Britain.

:56:11.:56:16.

Nicky Samuels had a strong swim, looking for Andrea Hewitt of New

:56:17.:56:22.

Zealand as well. Charlotte Bonin from Italy is in second position at

:56:23.:56:26.

this stage and the Italians also had the 30 close by, she is a decent

:56:27.:56:31.

swimmer -- the Italians also had the 30 close by, she is a decent

:56:32.:56:38.

Mazzetti. We are still relying on the motorcycle camera pictures in

:56:39.:56:44.

the early stages. The group is growing all the time at the front.

:56:45.:56:49.

It is ten and number 11 is not far behind. A group of potentially a

:56:50.:56:56.

dozen or so. There is Jodie Stimpson. She is slightly detached,

:56:57.:57:09.

she is pushing a pretty big gear, clearly hoping to close the gap. She

:57:10.:57:22.

has Jolanda Annen for company. She is in that big gear, chasing hard

:57:23.:57:28.

and determined to re-establish contact but chasing behind what I

:57:29.:57:34.

think is a second group. That will be very hard to bridge. Picking back

:57:35.:57:40.

up here at the front. Here we go. be very hard to bridge. Picking back

:57:41.:57:47.

Lucy Hall still up there at the front. Lucy Hall of Great Britain in

:57:48.:57:56.

second position at the moment. It is Kirsten Sweetland leading with Lucy

:57:57.:58:00.

Hall working hard to get on her wheel. Very strong, Kirsten

:58:01.:58:07.

Sweetland, we saw that at the Commonwealth Games and in the World

:58:08.:58:13.

Triathlon Series. Anja Knapp behind Lucy Hall as well. Kirsten Sweetland

:58:14.:58:20.

first across the line at the end of lap one. A group of ten or so and

:58:21.:58:25.

this is the gap back to Jodie Stimpson who has broken clear of

:58:26.:58:31.

Jolanda Annen. Stimpson still working on her foot position in the

:58:32.:58:37.

shoes as well, she has a lot of work to do, and you are right, she is

:58:38.:58:40.

behind the second group, not the leaders. The chasers come up the

:58:41.:58:52.

hill, Kovacs, Chelsea Burns, McShane from Hungary, USA and Australia. And

:58:53.:58:57.

then Jodie Stimpson, a further ten seconds off that group, nearly a

:58:58.:59:03.

minute behind the leaders. Jodie Stimpson with a real mountain to

:59:04.:59:09.

climb as she grips her teeth and comes past the palace in Stockholm.

:59:10.:59:14.

Your Annan is unable to match her for speed. -- Jolanda Annen. Hewitt

:59:15.:59:22.

and Clarke of New Zealand, Lucy Hall is the best position of the British

:59:23.:59:28.

triathletes at the moment, showing real prowess in the water. Now we

:59:29.:59:35.

will follow directly the hind the leading group. -- directly behind.

:59:36.:59:44.

Katie Hursey of the USA just bringing up the rear.

:59:45.:59:57.

where Jodie Stimpson was aiming. They can eyeball the leaders heading

:59:58.:00:02.

in the opposite direction. It is quite a significant gap. There

:00:03.:00:04.

in the opposite direction. It is Stimpson, just going through. She

:00:05.:00:10.

has a lot of work to do. She knows she's going to have to give it

:00:11.:00:14.

everything on the bike. It is not just about winning this race today,

:00:15.:00:18.

it is about giving Jodie Stimpson a fighting chance going into the grand

:00:19.:00:24.

final in Edmonton next weekend. Jonathan Brownlee's victory in the

:00:25.:00:28.

men's race has ensured that it will no longer be a dead rubber, the race

:00:29.:00:35.

in Edmonton. It will be a race for the world title between Jonny

:00:36.:00:42.

Brownlee and Gomez. Stimpson will hope to keep the women's world title

:00:43.:00:46.

race alive, but she is a long way off featuring that today. Nicky

:00:47.:00:53.

Samuels, a bunch of riders grouped within two seconds of each other

:00:54.:01:01.

there. About to begin the climb. Let's see just how close Jodie

:01:02.:01:05.

Stimpson has managed to get to this big chase group. I think Aileen Reid

:01:06.:01:12.

is there as well. That looks like Jodie Stimpson coming through, so

:01:13.:01:19.

she is making inroads. The gap down to 42 seconds between the lead group

:01:20.:01:23.

and the chase group. It would appear that Jodie Stimpson has just caught

:01:24.:01:31.

up by a few seconds. We will get Stimpson's official margin here, as

:01:32.:01:39.

she awaits the timing. Stimpson is 52, that is where it was, so now

:01:40.:01:46.

that difference between -- time difference between Lap 1 and Lap 2.

:01:47.:01:50.

The difference for Stimpson is that she has managed to catch the

:01:51.:01:54.

chasers, and she is still just under a minute off the leaders.

:01:55.:02:03.

chasers, and she is still just under Stimpson normally up there at the

:02:04.:02:06.

end of the swim but today she found herself off the pace. She's having a

:02:07.:02:21.

go now, trying to close the gap. It is tough to see that Stimpson, on a

:02:22.:02:26.

shorter sprint distance, can come through and win the race. I wonder

:02:27.:02:29.

if that will hand the World Triathlon Series title away, with

:02:30.:02:37.

the race in Edmonton to come next week. Stimpson has left herself an

:02:38.:02:44.

awful lot to do. She has been in great shape this year. She has

:02:45.:02:47.

learnt and improved so much over the past couple of years, particularly

:02:48.:02:54.

with her swimming technique, and her running is superb. Jodie Stimpson

:02:55.:03:02.

still not re-establishing contact. Again I question whether something

:03:03.:03:05.

happened out there in the swim to put her in this very unusual

:03:06.:03:22.

position. Just ahead of her, Kirsten Sweetland of Canada. The fear Kovacs

:03:23.:03:28.

of . -- Sophia Kovacs of Hungary.

:03:29.:03:39.

Natalie Milne on the right for Great Britain. She is middle order in this

:03:40.:03:47.

chase group as well. Milne 's number 38 today. Are we going to see any

:03:48.:03:58.

chase group as well. Milne 's number changes on this? Are we going to see

:03:59.:03:59.

Jodie Stimpson get back into the changes on this? Are we going to see

:04:00.:04:02.

second pack? Very changes on this? Are we going to see

:04:03.:04:06.

sprint distance race, time and distance are running out on the bike

:04:07.:04:10.

section. A group of 11 at the front of the field as they head towards

:04:11.:04:19.

the building for the turn, just in front of the Swedish government

:04:20.:04:32.

the building for the turn, just in premises. And we have something

:04:33.:04:33.

going on here premises. And we have something

:04:34.:04:39.

Zealand. She came to a grinding halt. Everyone was forced to put the

:04:40.:04:41.

brakes on Possibly a bit of help for Joni

:04:42.:04:50.

Stimpson to re-establish contact there, possibly with Ackerman going

:04:51.:04:54.

to wide on the turn and into the barriers. Didn't crash but certainly

:04:55.:05:00.

will have slowed her down. 48 seconds still the difference

:05:01.:05:04.

will have slowed her down. 48 Stimpson is still a little way off

:05:05.:05:05.

the chasers. There she Stimpson is still a little way off

:05:06.:05:14.

same stretch of road as the chasers, and she will arrive in front of the

:05:15.:05:22.

pond they few seconds behind the second group. Kirsten Sweetland

:05:23.:05:27.

pushes in hard for the tail end of lap number three. They will climb

:05:28.:05:32.

for the third time towards the top of the hill and the end of the third

:05:33.:05:45.

lap. Kirsten Sweetland and Samuels. Eighth place, Clark. Ninth, Lindsey

:05:46.:05:56.

Jerdonek. At the end of Lap 2, the gap between the leaders and Jodie

:05:57.:06:01.

Stimpson was 52 seconds. I can't see it being that much difference

:06:02.:06:06.

between the end of Lap 2 and the end of Lap 3, to be honest. Jody within

:06:07.:06:12.

a couple of seconds now of getting back in contact. We have got this

:06:13.:06:19.

climb which I think will help Jodie. The athletes will be watching out

:06:20.:06:23.

for each other by the transition, giving Jodie an opportunity to get

:06:24.:06:30.

back in the chase group. The gap between the leaders and chasers is

:06:31.:06:34.

49 seconds. The gap between the leaders and Jodie Stimpson is beyond

:06:35.:06:42.

52 seconds now. She has lost a bit of time, but she has just about

:06:43.:06:49.

caught the chasers. Now the rain is coming again, an umbrella is up

:06:50.:06:52.

around the course. That dark clouds were threatening and now they are

:06:53.:06:57.

delivering the precipitation that every rider fears. It can become

:06:58.:07:02.

rapidly slippery underfoot, under the rubber wheels. Lucy Hall is

:07:03.:07:13.

leading again, into one of the few long straight ways on the course.

:07:14.:07:19.

And it looks like we are down to nine now, with Katie Hursey

:07:20.:07:28.

struggling at the back. It seems there is a gap appearing now. Katie

:07:29.:07:35.

Hursey has been touted as the next great thing within American

:07:36.:07:39.

triathlon, but so far she has not quite backed it up with results. She

:07:40.:07:44.

has started a couple of races pretty well, she started this one pretty

:07:45.:07:47.

well, now starting to drift. Once again the rain distorts our view of

:07:48.:07:55.

the back of the leading group. The chase group hunting down the

:07:56.:08:00.

leaders. Let's see how much headway Jodie

:08:01.:08:02.

leaders. Let's see how much headway chase group. She is in about six or

:08:03.:08:09.

seven position in that group. I think it is Natalie Milne pushing

:08:10.:08:18.

out in front of the chase group. Here we are on the lead group.

:08:19.:08:22.

Kirsten Sweetland wearing number three, right behind and

:08:23.:08:28.

-- behind Anja Knapp. Another downpour. They are already soaked to

:08:29.:08:41.

the skin and now they will get another drenching for good measure.

:08:42.:08:45.

Samuels hits the Bell first. another drenching for good measure.

:08:46.:08:49.

Hursey is the one struggling to maintain pace. The leaders on their

:08:50.:08:57.

way on their final lap. Meanwhile the chasers have still got the back

:08:58.:09:09.

end of Lap 4 to complete. Now with the weather really setting in, that

:09:10.:09:14.

chase group just stretching out and the athletes taking a bit more

:09:15.:09:18.

care, a bit more caution as they are going round corners.

:09:19.:09:29.

That is Vendula Frintova, as we go up the hill. It has grown

:09:30.:09:40.

substantially, the chase group. Another ten seconds, the gap between

:09:41.:09:46.

the leaders and the chasers. The end of lap for, it is now one minute and

:09:47.:09:56.

two seconds. -- lap four. Natalie Milne

:09:57.:09:58.

two seconds. -- lap four. Natalie lose contact. And perhaps an

:09:59.:10:04.

injection of pace in this chase group now, because that has really

:10:05.:10:09.

stretched right the way through. Jailing and slander is in that group

:10:10.:10:15.

from South Africa, currently based in London. I would suggest that this

:10:16.:10:23.

is shaping up for a battle between Andrea Hewitt, Kirsten Sweetland and

:10:24.:10:32.

Sarah Groff. The change from two wheels to a 5,000-metre foot race.

:10:33.:10:41.

Under -- five kilometres to ride. Those three all featuring in this

:10:42.:10:45.

lead group and it is cautious, sensibly so, as they make the last

:10:46.:10:51.

hairpin bend and then head back towards the final lap. Charlotte

:10:52.:11:04.

Bonin of Italy struggling in the conditions. Similar to how it was in

:11:05.:11:07.

the men's race earlier this afternoon. Interesting, Sarah Groff

:11:08.:11:12.

just seems to be staying slightly to the side of this pack now. Looking

:11:13.:11:18.

to keep out of trouble, counting down the few remaining metres to go.

:11:19.:11:21.

Getting towards the very end of the bike section. There is Sarah Groff,

:11:22.:11:25.

just in front of Carolina Routier. She doesn't want to see the

:11:26.:11:38.

possibility of a rider coming down just in front of her at this late

:11:39.:11:39.

stage, on the bike. Going a bit wide on the turn, don't

:11:40.:12:02.

want to go to wide and take the risk of the back wheel falling away in

:12:03.:12:08.

the wet conditions. And now more and more emphasis on caution. Now we

:12:09.:12:16.

have got through almost the full 20 kilometres, beginning to anticipate

:12:17.:12:22.

the run. Well, for a long time it was a group of 11. It is now down to

:12:23.:12:32.

ten. Katie Hursey unable to match the pace. Sarah Groff will really

:12:33.:12:40.

fancy her chances now, heading into the 5,000-metre run. Along with

:12:41.:12:50.

Sarah, I think Kirsten Sweetland has really developed her running from

:12:51.:12:52.

what was already a very good standard. Just so close and so far.

:12:53.:13:01.

She may well have a mechanical problem there, because you wouldn't

:13:02.:13:04.

have expected her to be spinning that easy a gear, it wouldn't feel

:13:05.:13:10.

right. Possibly the weather conditions, if you have some grit in

:13:11.:13:17.

the chain well. Kirsten Sweetland very dynamic in this group, keeping

:13:18.:13:23.

the speed up. Must be feeling confident in her running after that

:13:24.:13:27.

renders performance in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games. Sarah

:13:28.:13:32.

Groff, who perhaps had a down season last year and has really come back

:13:33.:13:35.

to the very top level now. Jodie Stimpson sitting in, I think, second

:13:36.:13:40.

place, beginning to force it a little. Yeah, Stimpson just sitting

:13:41.:13:58.

in behind. This is the chase group. Going back for the conclusion of the

:13:59.:14:03.

final lap. The leaders will make their turn on foot. They hit the

:14:04.:14:08.

dismount line which is at the bottom of the Cobble Hill, and then they

:14:09.:14:14.

climb towards their allotted stands, up the hill, led by Nicky

:14:15.:14:21.

Samuels and Andrea Hewitt and Sarah Groff. Sweetland of Canada. Andrea

:14:22.:14:36.

Hewitt arrives on stand. Sweetland follows quickly. A good transition

:14:37.:14:46.

from Sarah Groff, Anja Knapp matching her stride for stride with

:14:47.:14:54.

the rest being catch up. Great grand vision -- great transition the

:14:55.:15:00.

Groff. Looking back at Kirsten Sweetland, very fast indeed, almost

:15:01.:15:10.

looks to be sprinting out. We will see what happens with the lead

:15:11.:15:15.

group. At the moment, that gap has stretched out more and more over the

:15:16.:15:19.

final lap. One minute and ten seconds now, that will be

:15:20.:15:26.

extraordinarily hard to close down. Jodie Stimpson being very careful as

:15:27.:15:30.

she pushes her bike, she had an accident doing that in Yokohama

:15:31.:15:36.

earlier in the season, she tripped over her bike and injured her leg.

:15:37.:15:40.

Massive time difference with only five kilometres to run through the

:15:41.:15:47.

field, Jodie Stimpson will not be winning here in Stockholm this

:15:48.:15:50.

afternoon. If she is watching this from afar, Gwen Jorgensen will be

:15:51.:15:56.

starting to relax a little bit heading into the final race of the

:15:57.:16:02.

series in Edmonton next weekend. Groff was in and out like a flash

:16:03.:16:06.

and the others were left a little dazed as they watched her move

:16:07.:16:12.

gracefully out of the carpeted area and onto the first lap of two in the

:16:13.:16:18.

run. Sweetland is trying to close the gap but it was Jerdonek who was

:16:19.:16:23.

first to react and now Sarah Groff decides to inject some extra pace as

:16:24.:16:29.

she moves clear of her fellow American Lindsey Jerdonek. Sarah

:16:30.:16:37.

Groff has made a real statement this early on. I was almost anticipating

:16:38.:16:42.

that she would sit there with the first group on the first lap and

:16:43.:16:46.

possibly make a move on the second lap at she has decided to go for it

:16:47.:16:51.

from the start and to put that kind of distance between herself and

:16:52.:16:55.

Kirsten Sweetland in third place... Jodie Stimpson going through towards

:16:56.:17:02.

the front of the chasing pack. She is running for pride as much as

:17:03.:17:08.

anything, determined to chase down. Wearing number one, currently ranked

:17:09.:17:13.

second in the world. Looking to see how many people she can break

:17:14.:17:16.

through from the chasing group. Sarah Groff is leading, Sweetland in

:17:17.:17:23.

second, Hewitt passed Jerdonek into third, she can be a slow burner in

:17:24.:17:28.

the run. She can take a while to find her speed and sometimes you

:17:29.:17:34.

think she is broken and beaten. Then she gets her second wind. Andrea

:17:35.:17:40.

Hewitt has been so consistent over a number of years, she has had ten

:17:41.:17:46.

podium placings which is exceptional, the consistency is

:17:47.:17:50.

there. Kirsten Sweetland is looking strong, seems to be closing down on

:17:51.:17:57.

the leader Sarah Groff. Lucy Hall struggling a little bit. Sarah Groff

:17:58.:18:06.

is looking so strong now and if anything she is moving away from her

:18:07.:18:12.

pursuers. Back on the flat, open ground, knowing she is within six

:18:13.:18:17.

minutes of finishing the race. Sweetland covers yet again, Hewitt

:18:18.:18:23.

working hard. I think they are maintaining that gap and that

:18:24.:18:32.

consistency. Sarah Groff, a real nature lover, she has a degree in

:18:33.:18:39.

conservation biology, a very team ornithologist. -- keen. She has been

:18:40.:18:51.

overshadowed, her generally consistent results in the American

:18:52.:18:55.

set up overshadowed by the epic performances of Gwen Jorgensen but

:18:56.:19:00.

in the absence of Jorgensen here in Stockholm, Groff is leading them

:19:01.:19:07.

home and the job is almost done. Is there any movement from the three

:19:08.:19:13.

hind who look bunched for a battle for second and third? Hewitt of New

:19:14.:19:19.

Zealand, Sweetland of Canada, Samuels of New Zealand. It is Groff

:19:20.:19:26.

of the USA who is leading the World Series in Stockholm. It looks like

:19:27.:19:34.

we have a slight surge from Sarah Groff. If anything, moving a couple

:19:35.:19:38.

of extra metres away from her pursuers. Andrea Hewitt and Kirsten

:19:39.:19:48.

Sweetland just exchanging the lead position in this group, Nicky

:19:49.:19:52.

Samuels seems content to stay in fourth place overall. Just

:19:53.:20:00.

approaching the big roundabout turn around and that will give Sarah

:20:01.:20:05.

Groff a good indication of how much other lead she has got and whether

:20:06.:20:10.

she can maintain it over the last few hundred metres to the finish.

:20:11.:20:18.

She will take the hairpin and will return in the other direction with a

:20:19.:20:25.

great idea of just how significant her lead is. Hewitt, Sweetland and

:20:26.:20:34.

Samuels turn, Groff looks in no danger at all of surrendering her

:20:35.:20:41.

lead, she is cruising along here. If there is to be a closing of the gap,

:20:42.:20:48.

it needs a surge because if Sarah Groff has that gap, however fast the

:20:49.:20:52.

Sprint might be from her chasers, it will not close. With less than 800

:20:53.:20:58.

metres to go, she is moving away from her pursuers. The last 750

:20:59.:21:06.

metres of the race for Sarah Groff to hold on and take her first World

:21:07.:21:11.

Triathlon Series victory. She had to settle for second behind Gwen

:21:12.:21:16.

Jorgensen in Hyde Park in London in May. In the absence of Jorgensen and

:21:17.:21:21.

a misfiring Jodie Stimpson this afternoon, Groff has taken

:21:22.:21:29.

advantage. Meanwhile, Hewitt and Sweetland along with Samuels who

:21:30.:21:32.

looks to be fading slightly, they are locked in combat for the other

:21:33.:21:38.

medals. Actually, Samuels looks to be digging deep and may

:21:39.:21:41.

but Sweetland and Hewitt look more comfortable. Samuel is not giving

:21:42.:21:52.

this up. A big move by Nicky Samuels, she moved away and covered

:21:53.:22:00.

it. What will we see in the final stage? We know we will see the

:22:01.:22:06.

leader coming through. Sarah Groff has performed beautifully this

:22:07.:22:09.

afternoon, her timing has been exquisite, there is a move on behind

:22:10.:22:15.

for second and third. Hewitt is moving clear of Samuels and

:22:16.:22:20.

Sweetland cannot stay with them. The New Zealanders will battle it out

:22:21.:22:24.

for the medals but victory in Stockholm will go to Sarah Groff of

:22:25.:22:27.

the United States of America! At last she wins a World Triathlon

:22:28.:22:33.

Series race, Andrea Hewitt finishes in second, Nicky Samuels makes it

:22:34.:22:40.

two Kiwis on the podium in third and Kirsten Sweetland is out of the

:22:41.:22:44.

medals here in fourth place. One hour and three minutes exactly for

:22:45.:22:50.

Sarah Groff to win the World Triathlon Series in Stockholm.

:22:51.:22:54.

Lindsey Jerdonek turned 30 yesterday, she finishes in fifth

:22:55.:23:04.

position. Meanwhile, they come through with Anja Knapp the first of

:23:05.:23:09.

the Germans to finish. Andrei -- Anja Knapp sprinting

:23:10.:23:24.

home, sixth place for her. We will find out shortly how much time and

:23:25.:23:29.

how many places Jodie Stimpson was able to recover during the run. Lucy

:23:30.:23:36.

Hall has done well, Charlotte Bonin finishing in eighth, it is

:23:37.:23:39.

Hall has done well, Charlotte Bonin for Lucy Hall, I think that is her

:23:40.:23:44.

first World Triathlon Series top ten of the series as they come home

:23:45.:23:49.

thick and fast. Stimson comes home a way adrift of the leaders down in

:23:50.:23:55.

16th position, one minute and 21 off the pace. The first ever World

:23:56.:24:01.

Triathlon Series win for Sarah Groff, beating Andrea Hewitt by four

:24:02.:24:07.

seconds, Nicky Samuels finished third. Lucy Hall was the best of the

:24:08.:24:12.

British triathletes today, finishing in ninth. Jodie Stimpson came home

:24:13.:24:18.

in 16th. Gwen Jorgensen is still leading the series standings

:24:19.:24:22.

comfortably, Sarah Groff has leapfrogged Jodie Stimpson into

:24:23.:24:27.

second position overall. I got battered in the swim, I wasn't too

:24:28.:24:33.

far off, I think I could have caught the front group. But on the first

:24:34.:24:39.

bend, the South African girl went into the back of my wheel and her

:24:40.:24:42.

handlebars got locked into my back wheel so it was catch up for the

:24:43.:24:47.

second group and not the first group. It was quite hard! I would

:24:48.:24:52.

like to think I am like a fine wine and get better with age! I lost

:24:53.:24:58.

pretty much all of June and hamburger was a bit rough but it is

:24:59.:25:01.

nice to have a consistent year and be back racing at a better level

:25:02.:25:03.

Best hamburger -- hamburger. The Sprint finish, I got there in

:25:04.:25:17.

the end. I came out of the water a bit back and had a hard first lap on

:25:18.:25:22.

the bike. It paid off at the end. When it started to rain, you get

:25:23.:25:28.

tentative around the corners. Everybody gets a bit more cautious

:25:29.:25:33.

but it can play into our hands, the Brits, we are all quite handy on the

:25:34.:25:37.

bike and confident. The Brits, we are all quite handy on the

:25:38.:25:41.

played into our hands. You did your best and you still have an outside

:25:42.:25:45.

chance of being world champion. I will take the Commonwealth Games and

:25:46.:25:50.

we will give the series ago! It was a hard day but one more race to go

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so hopefully I will end better than that. What have you learned from

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your best result ever? You cross the line, you think I could have done

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this or that better come athletes always want to be number one and get

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to the top. My run is coming on and I am happy with how it is

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progressing but at the same time I was disappointed with the second

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lap. I tightened up a bit, I could feel my shoulders rolling but I am

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happy and I will go away happy. It was not Jodie Stimpson's date but

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always fantastic to see a new winner. Lovely to see the Brownlees

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making full use of their Commonwealth Games form and younger

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brother Johnny outrunning Alistair to take top spot. That is seven

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events down, want to go into seven days time, the 2014 World Triathlon

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Series grand final in Edmonton and as well as that action from Canada

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there are lot of other Olympic sports to enjoy in the next few

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days. The brothers showing the way once

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again. It is simply stunning! A wonderful performance. Geraint

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Thomas, what a superb victory! It is a golden floor routine!

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After their most successful European games ever, British athletes are

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back on home soil will stop you can see the Birmingham Grand Prix on BBC

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Two from 2:30pm tomorrow afternoon and on Monday there are highlights

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of the European swimming Championships in Burlington. -- in

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Berlin. We are back next weekend with extensive coverage of the grand

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final of the 2014 World Triathlon Series. Both races will be live on

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the BBC red button. That brings our time here in Stockholm to an end.

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Thank you for your company, joiners again next weekend for the climax of

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the season in Edmonton -- join us.

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Highlights of the men's and women's elite races in the penultimate leg of the World Triathlon Series, held in Stockholm, Sweden.

American Gwen Jorgensen has a healthy lead in the women's rankings after winning the last four races. Her nearest rival in the standings is Britain's Jodie Stimpson, who won individual and mixed relay gold at the Commonwealth Games while representing England.

World champion Javier Gomez is top of the men's standings thanks to his tally of four wins. His closest challenger is another Briton, with Jonathan Brownlee closing the gap slightly thanks to a third-place finish at the most recent race in Hamburg. That competition was won by Brownlee's elder brother Alistair, the reigning Olympic champion, whose improved form saw him also claim Commonwealth Games gold in both the individual and mixed relay events in Glasgow.


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