Cozumel Women's Series Final Triathlon: World Series


Cozumel Women's Series Final

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# You're sunshine # Shining down on me

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# You love is so high

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# You feel me up with So, this is it - the 2016 World

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Triathlon series grand finale. After nine rounds of pulsating action

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across the global, we are down to two races to go. With both the men's

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and the women's title up for grabs and even the chance of British

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success, we are set for one thrilling finish.

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Now, as you can probably see, myself and Annie here are not on the

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Mexican island of Cozumel, where the grand minute farly is taking place.

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However, we will bring you all of the action from the BBC's HQ here in

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Salford. That is a silver lining, isn't it? It is not a bad one. Here

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is a test. Ahead of the women's race we will hear from reigning world

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champion Gwen Jorgensen, who is out to win a third consecutive world

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title. If she wants to hold on to that she'll have to overcome Flora

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Duffy from Bermuda. And the British women are out in force, led by Vicky

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Holland who is celebrating from her medal success in Rio. She has been

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talking about what has changed since that day. Later on we will look

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ahead to Sunday's men's race, which will see the Brownlees reunited for

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the final time this season. This time they are looking to give

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Johnnie a chance of glory. I can tell you the temperature here in

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Salford is pushing 25 Celsius. Warm enough. Who needs to go to Mexico?

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Having said that the weather in Mexico will be sticky. We have heard

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humidity up into the 90s. That will be something to contend with. We

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will talk about the women's race shortly. This season has been

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something else. Seven different winners, how would you assess it? It

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has been a fascinating season. More importantly it is an Olympic year.

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Gwen has raced less. Let's not take anything away from the other

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winners. We've had three British wins which has been fantastic. Gwen

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winning two races. Katie from the United States won and Flora Duffy,

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that great solo victory when she rode away from the rest of the field

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to take the Stockholm race. It's been an interesting series across

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the board. Last time out, in Edmonton, we saw the emergence of

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Cook leading a one, two, three for her and America. Are we seeing a

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Changing of the Guard? She does need to improve her bike a little bit.

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The key elements of triathlon these days are the swim and the run. She

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has both of those. She needs to when her technical skills -- hone her

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technical skills on the bike. Looking over the last year she's a

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strong runner. She ran a race, and she won Edmonton a couple of weeks

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ago. She's an athlete to look out for in the future. You heard it

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there. We will talk about the British women soon. Arguably they

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have the best strength and depth of all of the nations. Having said

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that, with a successful university recruitment programme, the United

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States are looking more and more powerful. Not least helped by their

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Olympic champion, Gwen Jorgensen. To be the first American to win gold

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for triathlon is pretty incredible. Triathlon was started in the US. It

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is a good homecoming. It is pretty emotional for me. I've put a lot of

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years of work and dedication into it.

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THE COMMENTATOR: Gwen Jorgensen is the triathlon champion... It is a

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way for me to invest in me. What is life like back home? I have not been

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back home since.ly go home for the first time since December after this

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race. It has been different, but all good things. For me, I hope I can

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inspire the younger generation and get people active and involved in

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triathlon. I had one gold this year in 2016,

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that was to win the Rio Olympics. I said if I did that I would be happy

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and I am happy. The World Triathlon series race is

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just the icing on the cake. I do have the opportunity to win. It's

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not in my complete control either. For me, I am excited to go out there

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and do my best. The conditions here, it is hot and

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it is energy-zapping. You are looking forward to this weekend,

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rntd you? I would rather it this way. I don't perform well in the

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cold. The heat will play a factor on

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everyone. It affects me less than other people. And so I say, bring it

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on. After this, what are your plans?

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Where do you go from here? I have no plans after this. I don't. I have a

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couple of races on the schedule. I am doing the Island House in the

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Bahamas and after that doing a marathon. I always wanted to do a

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marathon, the last four years I couldn't because I was focussing on

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Rio. It is a good opportunity for me to go out and do something I have

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always wanted to do. You said running a marathon is like your idea

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of going to Disneyland. Yes. So, a lot of people after you win a gold

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medal they say they go to Disneyland or Disney World, the happiest place

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on earth. For me my happy place is running the marathon. It is my happy

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place. It is a little reward for myself, I guess. It is incredible to

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think just what Gwen Jorgensen has done in the last six years. She was

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an accountant and now she's the Olympic World Triathlon champion.

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What she's done is amazing. Three things are key. One, she's

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phenomenally talented. She's incredibly foes theed and --

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focussed and her team around her and her husband have made it that much

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more, I don't want to use the word, easier. But they have been a huge

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part of her success. It is important to have that support network around

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you to get to the top and Gwen Jorgensen has done that. She's

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talked about doing the New York marathon, as one of her new goals

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and starting a family as well. So, where do you think she'll be over

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the course of the next t four years? In my opinion it is difficult to say

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because you don't know what is going on behind closed doored. It would be

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a surprise to see her in Tokyo. She'll do the marathon, she

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mentioned New York - it will be incredible to see. She's put a huge

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amount of pressure and given 100% to the last four years. I don't know if

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we will see her in Tokyo. She will go out and try new things. Tokyo is

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to come. She's got an important date to do just now. Let's see the

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standings, then, shall we? Flora Duffy leading the way. There

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are a bunch of girls who could come from behind and do something in

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Mexico. The world title is open. We are coming down to a Duffy/Jorgensen

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fight. There are four or five girls behind them, they are all capable of

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winning the race. It is points-and-a-half. That can change a

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whole lot of things. You only need a puncture or a technical issue on the

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bike and you are out of the race. You find yourself down the top ten

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instead of in the top five. It will come down to a very exciting race,

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indeed. They will fight all the way to the

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line. It looked like it might have been a battle between Flora Duffy

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and Jodie Stimpson. Just to compete Jodie's misery, after missing out on

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the Olympic Games her World Series season came to a halt with an

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achilli's injury suffered in Edmonton. Flora Duffy was unable to

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capitalise on the disappointment. Her fourth place not enough to add

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to her tally coming into the final. Now Flores told us what she has to

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do if she's to win the title here. Duffy takes the applause. Duff duff

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has the win in Stockholm. -- Duffy has the win in Stockholm. What is

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the secret to clinching the title? I wish I knew. I need to make the race

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play to my strength. It needs to be a fast swim and strong bike. If G

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weapon is not in that group -- Gwen is not in that group, she's a fe

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none malrunner. She finds the strength and chases you down. It is

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exciting and kind of a neat position for me to be in. I was not expecting

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this at the beginning of the year. There is a lot of great opportunity.

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Having the gold-medallist behind you, it is nerve-racking, but it is

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OK. She's been beaten twice this year,

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which is mind blowing. Last year I don't think she was touchable. So,

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yeah, the right combination of girls on the bikes and a lot are strong

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runners. It is great for me because with the points it is ideal if Gwen

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does not win the race. If I break with Jenkins and a few others, that

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is perfect. Looking back, it has been a great year, it is fair to say

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that Rio didn't go as you hoped it would have gone? It has been a

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really great year. And with having a great year you sort of get lumped

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into that medal contender group. For me, I got put there without me

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processing that. And the other day I didn't have my day for whatever

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reason, you know, everyone is at 110 pshs at the Games. -- 110% at the

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games. Maybe I was a little off. If I felt like myself I would have

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attacked that bike more and made it go my way. I am still happy with the

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top ten. It is a solid result with the Olympics. This year, is this the

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best you can do? Or can you push on? I can improve. My running has been

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the weakest for me. That has come along so far this year. There's a

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lot to build on this year and to be stronger for next year. It has been

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a season to remember so far for Flora Duffy. Despite having won only

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one race all season. What do you put it down to? A huge commitment to her

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job and the fact she's incredibly consistent. She's a very strong

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athlete. She has a great swim-bike combination. She's improving her

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run. She's been vocal in the fact she said I didn't expect to find

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myself here. Every race you see, her confidence is building. She will be

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very conscious when Jorgensen is always a threat she basically needs

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to beat her in this race. How do you think this will fare? She needs to

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beat her. You don't know what athlete strategies will be within

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races. Nothing will change for Flora. She will hit the bike really

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hard. She will deal well with the weather conditions. It might work in

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her favour. For sure, she'll need another athlete or two, perhaps like

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Jenkins, if she is strong enough to get that gap on Gwen going out on

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the run. Before we talk about those who are out in Mexico, one who

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isn't, and you have got to feel for Jodie Stimpson, who on paper has had

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an incredible season, first, second, a couple of fourths as well, but

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injuries once again have blighted her. How will she come away from

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2016? She would have learnt a lot. She's a growing athlete in terms of

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experience. That said, she has a gold medal at the Commonwealth

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Games. She has been open about her massive disappointment of not making

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the Olympic team. She walked away and said, do you know what, I don't

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think I can go through another four-year cycle. You know what, I

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can. The undecided thing that no-one knows about is who she will train

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with and where she will train because her old coach, who took her

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so far, Darren Smith, has now moved on and is not coaching any longer.

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She has someone in mind. It is not public knowledge at the moment. We

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wish her well in her recovery. She will come back for 2017 stronger, I

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am sure. What about the Brits on the start line. Helen Jenkins probably

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had Rio Olympic races that they might have thought would have gone

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better? Vicky was happy with her Bronze Medal. A tough phrase, it has

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been talked about a lot. Those two team-mates battling it out. Very

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tough. Both are coming to the race with great form. Let's not forget

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Helen Jenkins either. She had a shocker, I think, in Rio. She was

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really going for a medal. She got very, very poorly before the race.

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She's a bit of a dark horse for me. If she comes with her game she will

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be an athlete to watch out for. What about 2013 world champion, standards

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in public life, who was pipped to She suffers from a few pre-race

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nerves and stuff but she is fiercely competitive and she's going to want

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to come back and say, you know what, actually, I deserve to be world

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champion, I deserve to win races, you know, I work incredibly hard.

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She'll have a point to prove. Vicky Holland earned her place on

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the podium and she's been talking to David McDaid.

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For the last year 18 months, I've been targeting a medal. The battle

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continues... I was over the moon to know that I'd done it. Vicky

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Holland's moved clear. Then on top of that was this mix of guilt and

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sort rein the fact that there was only one medal to have. Vicky

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Holland! -- guilt and sorrow. You said you had complicated emotions,

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let us into what you mean? I didn't feel I was able to show that I was

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in the best shape of my life. I had stomach upset in the 18 hours

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beforehand and I felt so lucky that my body held up to the challenge but

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for the first week or so after the race there was this nagging what if,

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what could I have Don better if I hadn't have had the stomach upset,

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would I have been able to do better. Mixed in with the fact that I'm so

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delighted to have a medal but so desperately upset that Non didn't

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have one. What was it like when you were back in the house with him? It

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was just back to normality. In victory and defeat we are the same

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because underpinning all of it is the fact that we are friends. What

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do you hope to achieve this weekend? I think I would really like to have

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a solid result, as long as I get everything out in the race I'll be

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happy and can't ask for more than that. I would be lying if I said I

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was in the same shape as going into Rio. I've been training since then

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and want to maintain as much fitness as possible to come here, I know I'm

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not quite where I was for the big race. What long-term ambitions do

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you set yourself after this, Commonwealth, Tokyo maybe? It's

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really hard when you achieve one massive ambition, it's like Ground

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Zero, where do you go from there. I'm looking at the Commonwealth

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Games, it's 18 months away, not particularly long to continue for

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that. Other than that, ambitions to get a World Series overall podium.

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There is a lure to go to another Olympics and to try to better what

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I've done this time but at the same time I don't think I would even try

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and qualify if I didn't think I could be as competitive as I've

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been. If it gets to 2018 and I think, you know what, the rest of

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the world are just a bit better than me now and I've not got anything

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else to give, I'll leave it to the young guns. What's next? The

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season's done after this weekend. As exciting as it was and amazing as

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everyone's been to me since I won, I haven't had the chance to sit back

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and really bask in the glory of that a little bit. There's always been

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the next one coming. I think once the season's done and I really just

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take a minute to take stock, I think that will be a really nice moment.

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The rise and rise of Vicky Holland. Anna you have followed her career in

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the space of a couple of years she's gone from somebody who would have

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been happy in the top ten to serious contender for the top honours. The

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girl deserves incredible credit? She does. Before she was an

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international athlete, when she was racing domestically, always had a

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smile on her face, always real strong and she was really good but

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you never could have imagined she'd go on to be a bronze medallist at

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the Olympics. Of course, we have seen a steady progression over the

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last couple of years and since she moved to Leeds to train with the

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Brownlees and others, that partnership and training with Non's

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helped bring her on. She's grown in confidence as well. She started

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believing in herself, then the results came. Talking about that

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partnership. A lot has been made of the bronze medal she won about the

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fact she pipped Non to it. Does she deserve more individual credit for

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the fact she won it in her own right. Had it been anyone else,

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there might not have been any mention of who she beat? She openly

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talking about the team around her and how fundamentally important it's

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been to her winning a bronze and yes, it's her own medal, she won it

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individually but she was definitely spurred on by having that

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camaraderie there, of having her team-mate racing alongside her. I

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can't imagine what was going through her head over the last few hundred

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metres. But incredible athlete and achievement.

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Of course, she's not in contention win the World Series title but no

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doubt she's going to want to finish strong? Well, yes. If you look at

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the maths she could still win but there'd have to be disasters happen

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for that to happen. She could still make the podium though, she could go

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out and win. After the Olympics, it's interesting to see what the

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athletes do, do they remain as focussed. The effort that goes into

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the Olympic Games is massive. Has she managed to carry that on and

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come to this race as in such good form as she did in Rio, you know.

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It's hard to peak and then go again but here they are out in Mexico and

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the conditions that may not suit the British girls, what do you think

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that they'll need to do to stay in contention to stay in the final

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stages of the run? They are very well prepared. It would have helped

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the athletes racing in Rio because it was hot and sticky over there.

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They don't see the conditions in any other world triathlon series events

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so they'll be doing their acclimatising and it comes down to

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how they feel on the day. They've been training in Florida. Things

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have been going well for them so it's an equal playing field. They

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seem to be enjoying themselves out there in Mexico, enjoying the

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conditions and the culture as well. Although the weather may not be most

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suitable for our girls, what does the course look like? Dave McDaid is

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the man in the know. Where else to start a triathlon on a

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Caribbean island than at the sea. Unlike Rio, there's no sandy beach,

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so the athletes enter the water by diving off this pontoon.

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After 1500 metres, they swim into the marina and exit into transition

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exit one. Whilst the sea should be calm, at around 30 degrees, it won't

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be exactly what you call refreshing. Into the saddle for a 40 kilometre

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bike ride. Eight laps around the course, including three hairpin

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bends and these potentially tricky cobbles.

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Temperatures are well into the 30s and humidity is up to 90%. The

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athletes will need every ounce of energy they have left by the time

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they get here for the final run. Four laps of two-and-a-half

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kilometres. Expect to see a good few athletes

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fall to their knees when they cross the line. But for one man and one

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woman, the pain will be worth it as they are crowned the 2016 world

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triathlon series champion. So, we are all set to go. The Grand

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Final of the 2016 World Series, and who better to take us through the

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race than Ali but first Matt. The final race of the 2016 season in

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the heat of Cozumel, beautiful afternoon, the hottest day of the

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week, temperatures have been steadily rising. The athletes are

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using every last second that they can under the shade. Here is the

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starters for the final race of the season:

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The searing heat of this Caribbean afternoon in Cozumel, 57 elite

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athletes lined up and ready to do battle for the final time this

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season. They're ready to race in Cozumel.

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The battle for the world title for 2016 begins. Away they go. Single

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lap in the water. Off none the world triathlon series they'll exit after

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750 metres then head back in for the second lap. But this takes them on

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rather a scenic Tour, this swim. They head out then swim in and

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around the beach area before coming back into the harbour where they'll

:25:00.:25:06.

exit the water after the 1500 metre swim. Always a spectacular sight. We

:25:07.:25:17.

have a total of 57 elite trath lets. The battle is on for the world title

:25:18.:25:23.

2016, certain to be a race between Flora Duffy who leads the world

:25:24.:25:29.

triathlon standings for 2016 and Gwen Jorgensen, the Olympic champion

:25:30.:25:35.

of course. Conditions are fantastic, it's very hot, 33 degrees, water

:25:36.:25:39.

temperature 29 degrees. Great start with the swim. It's going to get

:25:40.:25:46.

tough out on the bike, Annie? Certainly it's going to get very

:25:47.:25:50.

tough indeed. This is by far the coolest part of the race. We have

:25:51.:25:54.

got a great field of swimmers, we'll be looking at the likes of Lucy Hall

:25:55.:26:05.

and Jess Klamer. Flora Duffy will be hot on their heels.

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We are getting some interesting pictures today, drones are in use,

:26:13.:26:20.

we haven't seen that happen in the past. We have drones hovering above

:26:21.:26:25.

the water bringing you this picture, courtesy of the remote control

:26:26.:26:31.

drones getting us right into the thick of the action. When the wind

:26:32.:26:35.

is light, as it is today, they can use this technology. Early pace

:26:36.:26:43.

coming from Jess Learmonth, number 48 for Great Britain. Her and Hall

:26:44.:26:48.

have dominated world triathlon series stages in the swimming in the

:26:49.:26:52.

past and they'll aim to be near the front today.

:26:53.:27:04.

It's going to be interesting to see what these two athletes, Learmonth

:27:05.:27:13.

and Hall do. They come out of the water with Laura Duffy. The two

:27:14.:27:18.

British athletes had team orders not to race too far ahead with Stanford,

:27:19.:27:27.

Holland and Stimpson also in the race, but today will be a different

:27:28.:27:32.

matter. Jess Learmonth pushing them along. Good rhythmical strong,

:27:33.:27:38.

breathing to one side then the other. Very different conditions to

:27:39.:27:45.

Edmonton two weeks ago when the water was so cold, single figures

:27:46.:27:47.

the air temperature there, the water in the lake in the park absolutely

:27:48.:27:53.

bitter. It's a skating rink in the winter and may well be frozen over

:27:54.:28:02.

by now the way the temperatures were. Now we have the tropical

:28:03.:28:10.

conditions of Cozumel. One of the athletes were saying, you have to

:28:11.:28:14.

avoid being distracted by the tropical fish who mill around

:28:15.:28:18.

beneath when you are swimming along. You can see the multicoloured

:28:19.:28:23.

delights of the wildlife and you have to avoid getting distracted.

:28:24.:28:28.

They'll swim the #150 0 metre loop in a single stretch without exiting

:28:29.:28:33.

the water -- 1500 metre stretch. The second half of the swim will be on a

:28:34.:28:40.

trajectory back towards the harbour after they've made the half way

:28:41.:28:45.

turn. They head back to the narrow entrance into the harbour where all

:28:46.:28:49.

the luxury yachts are parked. Then they head up towards transition. A

:28:50.:28:53.

really good start for the British pair, Learmonth and Hall. We'll keep

:28:54.:29:01.

an eye on Helen Jenkins. Holland, the bronze medallist of the Olympics

:29:02.:29:06.

wears number seven. Non Stanford wears number 14. Stimpson absent

:29:07.:29:13.

from the final race of the season. This is a tough, tough swim here

:29:14.:29:17.

today because of the fact that they don't exit the water, which

:29:18.:29:20.

sometimes gives some of the athletes a bit of a breather and it helps

:29:21.:29:24.

break up the swim, but also it's a long, long way before they meet the

:29:25.:29:27.

first buoy. That is going to play into the hands of the stronger

:29:28.:29:32.

swimmers. I would expect to see some breaks in this swim at some point

:29:33.:29:36.

during the 1500 metres. We can already see at this early stage that

:29:37.:29:39.

Learmonth is really stretching it out. We can see four athletes there,

:29:40.:29:45.

then a pack behind and a few little packs just breaking up at the back

:29:46.:29:52.

of the pack. Hopefully we'll get sight of Gwen

:29:53.:29:57.

Jorgensen and Flora Duffy who're involved in the tussle for the title

:29:58.:30:04.

today. It's all about the season long world triathlon series title.

:30:05.:30:09.

If Jorgensen wins today she'll win the title unless, of course, Duffy

:30:10.:30:14.

is second. If she is second, behind Jorgensen, the title will be hers.

:30:15.:30:20.

If Duffy wins today, no question, victory in the season long world

:30:21.:30:23.

triathlon series will be hers. Learmonth and Hall have stretched

:30:24.:30:34.

them out in the early stages here. I think that is probably Carolina

:30:35.:30:38.

Routier in about third and possibly Flora Duffy near the front. Duffy

:30:39.:30:45.

will be keen to be in the thick of the action. You can see the drone

:30:46.:30:49.

hovering, bringing you some of those pictures. They are about to start to

:30:50.:30:54.

make the series of turns. Beautiful conditions here today. Water

:30:55.:30:59.

temperature 29 Celsius. That is possibly warmer than what they are

:31:00.:31:02.

used to in their actual training pools when they are back in training

:31:03.:31:09.

camps. Temperature is normally 23-24 degrees. 29 Celsius here today in

:31:10.:31:17.

Cozumel. Very, very warm indeed. Just over 500 metres to swim. They

:31:18.:31:21.

are close to the shoreline here. And they are about to head back in

:31:22.:31:27.

towards the harbour, through the narrow gap and it has been a

:31:28.:31:33.

stunning performance so far from Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall from

:31:34.:31:37.

Great Britain and the world leader, Flora Duffy is right up there in

:31:38.:31:43.

amongst the thick of the action. Gwen Jorgensen is in the middle of

:31:44.:31:48.

the pack, a little bit further back, but not too far removed at the

:31:49.:31:52.

moment. Jorgensen, who is the only one who can challenge Flora Duffy

:31:53.:31:54.

today isn't too far behind. Jessica Learmonth leading the way.

:31:55.:32:11.

Her team-mate, Lucy Hall, on her feet. They will know one and other's

:32:12.:32:17.

swimming techniques. Flora Duffy, from Bermuda, on her feet. Getting

:32:18.:32:22.

rough as the athletes in that big group behind. Once this swim has

:32:23.:32:27.

been strung out a fair amount, I cannot see any significant breaks

:32:28.:32:31.

happening as yet. We see them happening in transition. I sense

:32:32.:32:37.

this will be the case today. Just the faintest swell, a little bit of

:32:38.:32:41.

surf helping them into the final stages of this swim. Learmonth has

:32:42.:32:46.

not hung about at all. She's got cracking on this swim.

:32:47.:32:50.

Jessica Learmonth has really stretched them in the early stages

:32:51.:32:55.

here. This might play into the hands of Flora Duffy. If Duffy, Learmonth

:32:56.:33:01.

and Hall can potentially get away, coming out of the water, then Duffy

:33:02.:33:06.

could establish a decent lead, along with Hall and Learmonth, who are

:33:07.:33:10.

very capable of going with her. This is how close they are to the rocky

:33:11.:33:14.

shoreline here. You can see everybody standing there, getting

:33:15.:33:19.

the photographs. It's pretty shallow in places as well.

:33:20.:33:23.

I think what you can see in these pictures is just how much easier it

:33:24.:33:32.

is to swim on... Hall looking relaxed, looking only about 50%

:33:33.:33:36.

effort. Jessica Learmonth is absolutely smashing down on the

:33:37.:33:39.

water. I know she wanted to take this swim out hard. It is important

:33:40.:33:45.

that she does. She's got a great swim-bike combination. Watching them

:33:46.:33:50.

really attacking the swim. That bilateral breathing is fairly

:33:51.:33:54.

unusual in triathlon. She looks over her shoulder to see what is

:33:55.:33:59.

happening behind her. The bilateral breathing is tough when you see most

:34:00.:34:03.

athletes breathing every two or three.

:34:04.:34:07.

It is what we can see Learmonth doing. The swim reaching its final

:34:08.:34:13.

stages here and Jess Learmonth leads the way for Great Britain.

:34:14.:34:23.

Learmonth's had a terrific swim so far. . It is not a great surprise.

:34:24.:34:29.

She's had fantastic swims. I notice Lucy Hall on her feet. We are having

:34:30.:34:34.

a good look back there at the pictures. Lucy Hall... A couple of

:34:35.:34:42.

Americans in there. No surprise to see those strong swimmers out there

:34:43.:34:50.

in front. We have a drone just ahead of the swimmers here, giving us

:34:51.:34:55.

these good close-up shots. The drone is skimming a few feet above the

:34:56.:35:01.

still, warm waters of the Caribbean. So, the swim is almost done. It has

:35:02.:35:06.

been a single lap. They started on a beach on the other side of the

:35:07.:35:12.

peninsula before making their way off towards the west. Then coming

:35:13.:35:17.

back into the harbour area and they will exit after 18 minutes and 18

:35:18.:35:22.

seconds. Out of the water now. We will get a full check on who's done

:35:23.:35:29.

what during the first stage and Jess Learmonth is first to appear.

:35:30.:35:34.

18 minutes, 22, the official time. Great Britain first and second. Lucy

:35:35.:35:41.

Hall follows here. Duffy next. Oliveira next. Carolina Routier.

:35:42.:35:46.

Sarah True is there. There is a battle going on for the series world

:35:47.:35:51.

title for 2016 between Jorgensen and Duffy, who are both in the first

:35:52.:35:58.

Group of Seven, out of the water. A great start for Gwen Jorgensen, the

:35:59.:36:02.

Olympic champion. Behind Carolina Routier and just ahead of team-mate

:36:03.:36:08.

Sarah True. Flora Duffy makes a bee line for her bike. We will get a

:36:09.:36:12.

look and see what else is happening with the British athletes. Holland

:36:13.:36:18.

and Jenkins are through on their way towards transition. 47 seconds off

:36:19.:36:24.

the pace of Jess Learmonth, who was the quickest of them all. They

:36:25.:36:25.

continue to arrive. It is a really stemmy hot day. The

:36:26.:36:51.

hottest day of the week so far. They've had really brutality hot

:36:52.:36:54.

conditions for all the age group and under 23 races.

:36:55.:36:58.

They were hoping that things might cool down down. In fact they have

:36:59.:37:03.

got hotter for the elite athlete, who are now ontary way. The first

:37:04.:37:07.

lap of eight. Well, the swimmers have done a great

:37:08.:37:14.

job. Learmonth, Hall and Duffy did a great job of smashing up that swim.

:37:15.:37:18.

We saw a lot of little groups. Something we are not used to in

:37:19.:37:23.

these stages. We often see bigger groups coming out. Gwen Jorgensen

:37:24.:37:28.

finds herself in a difficult patch, she's with Routier and Oliviera.

:37:29.:37:34.

They are not as strong as these three out front. Let's remember back

:37:35.:37:39.

in Leeds when Learmonth and Hall broke well clear of the rest of the

:37:40.:37:44.

pack. I don't know if we will see the same here in Cozumel. A long way

:37:45.:37:48.

to go yet as they start the first of eight laps. In the scramble of the

:37:49.:37:55.

title for 2016 it is between Jorgensen and Duffy. If Jorgensen

:37:56.:38:00.

wins today, Duffy has to finish second to win the title for 2016.

:38:01.:38:06.

That is as simple as it comes, mathematically. In terms of the

:38:07.:38:11.

current rankings, Jorgensen is second on 3325 points. Duffy is

:38:12.:38:17.

ahead of her on 3491. There are extra points on offer

:38:18.:38:21.

today, as it is the grand final in Cozumel. So, Jorgensen is the

:38:22.:38:27.

pre-race favourite. If she wins, Duffy has to finish second. Below

:38:28.:38:32.

second will not do for Duffy. We get a check on the current standings

:38:33.:38:36.

after the swim, as they start to sort themselves out on this first

:38:37.:38:43.

lap through this almost tropical landscape, inland from the seafront

:38:44.:38:47.

at Cozumel. Flora Duffy, up near the front with

:38:48.:38:56.

Lucy Hall and Jessica Learmonth. They need to find themselves doing a

:38:57.:38:59.

Brownlee trick and working this first lap very, very hard, if they

:39:00.:39:03.

have any chance of staying away from the big group. This first section of

:39:04.:39:09.

the course very bitty. We approach another corner. We can see Jorgensen

:39:10.:39:17.

there with Routier and Oliveir. They have made back some time, but 10-15

:39:18.:39:21.

seconds off this front pack. There is real pace. Hall, Learmonth,

:39:22.:39:26.

barking instructions at each other. We are seen this before. Both really

:39:27.:39:31.

good swimmers. They have Duffy for company. She has super strength on

:39:32.:39:36.

the bike. This trio could make a really good little working pack. We

:39:37.:39:41.

can see how hot it is with Hall putting fresh water over herself.

:39:42.:39:45.

She did when she got out of the water. There was a bottle of fresh

:39:46.:39:48.

water offered. She immediately tried to get the salt out of her eyes and

:39:49.:39:58.

clear her face, ready for this hot ride over 40 k. There was talk

:39:59.:40:02.

amongst the organisers that they may have to reduce the distance. There

:40:03.:40:05.

was a suggestion at one stage they would reduce it down to a sprint and

:40:06.:40:10.

make it half distance for the grand final. Thankfully they have stuck

:40:11.:40:14.

with the full Olympic distance for the grand final. It should be, it is

:40:15.:40:20.

the biggest race of the season, of the World Triathlon series, the

:40:21.:40:23.

grand time, so it should be over the full distance, but it will be tough

:40:24.:40:27.

on the hottest day of the week in Cozumel. Here we have our third

:40:28.:40:32.

pack, Jorgensen leading the way. Sarah True and Carolina Routier.

:40:33.:40:39.

So, I think cex, I think I mentioned before it was Oliveria, that is the

:40:40.:40:45.

conclusion, True is wearing a black costume today. This is our chase

:40:46.:40:50.

pack here, working well together at the moment. The conditions will

:40:51.:40:55.

really get to these athletes. The organisers tried to make this race

:40:56.:40:59.

as late as possible in the day, but to me it looks like full heat out

:41:00.:41:05.

there in Cozumel. So the front group of Flora Duffy, Jessica Learmonth

:41:06.:41:10.

and Hall hall. Second seconds clear of the chase trio, Gwen Jorgensen,

:41:11.:41:14.

Sarah True and Carolina Routier. And we will monitor that 20-second

:41:15.:41:20.

gap to see the ebb and flow of the amount of time that the Duffy group

:41:21.:41:27.

has over, Jorgensen will not be too concerned over this at this stage.

:41:28.:41:33.

She can comfortably allow herself to fall 40 seconds to a minute behind

:41:34.:41:38.

and still have the confidence that she can close down Duffy. There is a

:41:39.:41:44.

long way to go until we get to that stage, the foot race at the end oh

:41:45.:41:46.

of this. So this group of three is now a

:41:47.:41:56.

group of five. Adding numbers to the pack is, it is all well and good,

:41:57.:42:04.

but as long as they do the work. Oliveria not as strong on the bike.

:42:05.:42:07.

It seems the Americans are doing all the work at the moment. True at the

:42:08.:42:11.

front. Carolina Routier tucked in there. She had an accident before

:42:12.:42:16.

the Edmonton race a couple of weeks ago and damaged her hand. It has not

:42:17.:42:22.

hindered here in the swim. Let's see how she goes on the bike. Jorgensen

:42:23.:42:29.

around the 180 degrees turn. Hall, Duffy and Learmonth leading

:42:30.:42:32.

the way. This is interesting. If we look back to Leeds, that was

:42:33.:42:36.

interesting. Tactical from the British girls who were trying to

:42:37.:42:42.

work for their team-mates. They were not really taking their turns. Today

:42:43.:42:47.

this is free-for-all, really. I think Hall and Learmonth really need

:42:48.:42:51.

to work hard with Duffy. Just see what they can do here.

:42:52.:43:01.

No Jodie Stimpson in the race. The akilly's injury has caused Stimpson

:43:02.:43:08.

to call an end to her 2016 campaign. She's, she would have been one of 12

:43:09.:43:13.

previous World Triathlon series winners in this race today. It is

:43:14.:43:19.

down to 11. So, it is a field packed with talent and experience and we

:43:20.:43:24.

will try and keep you up-to-date with the progress of Helen Jenkins,

:43:25.:43:30.

Holland and Stanford. They are further down the road as the front

:43:31.:43:35.

three come towards the conclusion of their first lap.

:43:36.:43:42.

26-and-a-half minutes having elapsed since they dived into the warm

:43:43.:43:45.

waters of the Caribbean. Flora Duffy from Bermuda is pushing

:43:46.:43:50.

the pace now. Hall and Learmonth taking their own

:43:51.:43:57.

Jek Tory on that round about towards the area and the conclusion of lap

:43:58.:44:01.

one. So, it is one down, seven to go. It is a flat and fairly

:44:02.:44:09.

straightforward cycle that, that the organisers have introduced for this

:44:10.:44:14.

World Triathlon grand final. Hall, at the moment, struggling with the

:44:15.:44:17.

pace there. Now, there is a group a little

:44:18.:44:25.

further back, this may be the group that contains Stanford and

:44:26.:44:30.

potentially Jenkins as well. We will get a check on the timings. The next

:44:31.:44:34.

three, we think are about 20 seconds behind. The next five, I beg your

:44:35.:44:44.

pardon. Sato and Oliveria have hooked up with them now.

:44:45.:44:55.

Interesting times here in this race because this is something we are not

:44:56.:44:59.

used to seeing with the girls right out in front and that little

:45:00.:45:05.

minipack that contains the Olympic champion, Gwen Jorgensen. This pack

:45:06.:45:08.

about to swallow them up probably. It's going to be down to what the

:45:09.:45:12.

three girls out front can do and how well they can work together.

:45:13.:45:19.

Bad news for Emma Moffatt, in the last race of her career's had to

:45:20.:45:23.

pull out. We are not sure why she's pulled out and we'll try and find

:45:24.:45:34.

out for you. Samuels and Jackson are in that group there. Jenkins to the

:45:35.:45:41.

left. The gap now is 38 seconds so it's grown considerably. At this

:45:42.:45:46.

stage in lap one, lap distance was 22 seconds. The mid lap time now

:45:47.:45:52.

tells us it's 38, so that's quite a difference. Good pace being made at

:45:53.:45:57.

the front by the British pair and Flora Duffy. What will be

:45:58.:46:00.

interesting, at the moment we have no sight of Gwen Jorgensen, but we

:46:01.:46:05.

only have the back of the pack, I can only imagine she's at the front

:46:06.:46:09.

because it's in her interests to pull some time back on Flora Duffy.

:46:10.:46:14.

She needs to finish in first if she's to take the title and Duffy

:46:15.:46:19.

needs to finish in second I think I'm right in saying. If Jorgensen

:46:20.:46:24.

wins, she's still favourite, she's not out of it despite she's 38

:46:25.:46:29.

seconds off the pace, but she's in that group, if Jorgensen wins, Duffy

:46:30.:46:33.

has to finish second to clinch the title. She's going for it, Duffy, no

:46:34.:46:38.

doubt about that. She wants considerable daylight between her

:46:39.:46:41.

and Jorgensen by the time they hang up their bikes at the end of this

:46:42.:46:46.

40k stretch and they are only in lap two now and there are eight 5k laps

:46:47.:46:53.

to negotiate on two wheels before they hit the 10k run which will

:46:54.:47:00.

consist of four laps of 2.5k. My fear is that the athletes could run

:47:01.:47:04.

out of water. They only tend to carry one bottle on their bikes to

:47:05.:47:07.

keep the weight down and usually they wouldn't need more than that.

:47:08.:47:11.

In a race like this, when you are trying to keep cool and pouring

:47:12.:47:14.

water on your head, you are probably going to need more than one bottle.

:47:15.:47:20.

Just looking at the pictures now and Flora Duffy is leading the way.

:47:21.:47:25.

Perhaps some disappointment for her in Rio, finished eighth, topn the is

:47:26.:47:31.

commendable, but she spoke about her race and said she just didn't quite

:47:32.:47:37.

have the legs on the day -- top ten. She knows if she win this is race

:47:38.:47:42.

she'll be crowned world champion. Today they have, all three of them,

:47:43.:47:48.

gone for two bottles, so they are carrying the extra weight and also

:47:49.:47:52.

extra fluid, so let's see if the two bottles last them through. The

:47:53.:47:56.

conclusion of lap two now, they are back towards the side down where it

:47:57.:48:02.

all began half an hour ago. To complete lap two, we are going to

:48:03.:48:07.

check on the timings. 38 seconds the mid lap, it might have grown even

:48:08.:48:10.

further. The first three coming through. Look at the surroundings

:48:11.:48:17.

here. What a stunning location for the world triathlon series.

:48:18.:48:21.

Learmonth, Duffy and Hall finish lap two. The time ticks on and we'll get

:48:22.:48:29.

a full check of the riders who'll appear in transition to compete

:48:30.:48:33.

their second lap in a moment or two. It's already getting on towards 30

:48:34.:48:40.

seconds. Now the chase group, we just saw Non Stanford go through,

:48:41.:48:46.

Helen Jenkins is in there, Vicky Holland is leading them in. Holland

:48:47.:48:53.

and Stanford are leading them through into transition at the end

:48:54.:48:59.

of the second lap. That's the chase group coming through.

:49:00.:49:07.

Bonin is at the back of the chase pack. Jackson ahead of her. Holland,

:49:08.:49:14.

Stanford and Jenkins in this group as well.

:49:15.:49:21.

So all five British trath lets who're racing today are in the top

:49:22.:49:26.

20 at the moment -- triathletes. It's going to be interesting to see

:49:27.:49:30.

what Helen can do here. Such disappointment for her and her fans

:49:31.:49:35.

in Rio. I think she didn't make a really big thing of it but she was

:49:36.:49:38.

certainly very poorly going into the race. She says she is coming here

:49:39.:49:43.

into this race feeling a whole lot better. At the moment, this is the

:49:44.:49:48.

lead pack which contains Flora Duffy and the two British Agent loots.

:49:49.:49:54.

Lucy Hall is drinking a whole load then giving herself a shower trying

:49:55.:49:57.

to keep herself cool as well. She's struggling with the heat. They are

:49:58.:50:03.

nowhere near half way. Lucy Hall's quite pale skinned and I

:50:04.:50:07.

think she, out of the three, is going to suffer the most I think

:50:08.:50:11.

here. She's half way through her water. She's replaced the green

:50:12.:50:17.

bottle to the back and the pink one is at the front. We are only on lap

:50:18.:50:22.

three and Lucy Hall is half way through her supplies of liquid. You

:50:23.:50:25.

have got to pace it because you don't want to find yourself with ten

:50:26.:50:30.

or 15 kilometres to go with no fluids on board to take in. Not sure

:50:31.:50:35.

how Helen Jenkins is feeling today. She's normally at the front, perhaps

:50:36.:50:41.

she's had orders from her husband, her husband Mark Jenkins, to save

:50:42.:50:45.

some energy for the run and stay back. Next, 180 degree turn.

:50:46.:50:55.

Learmonth was pushing the pace there as we head to the back of the chase

:50:56.:51:00.

group. We think Vicky Holland's been making much of the running here out

:51:01.:51:04.

in front. It was certainly Holland who was first across the line at the

:51:05.:51:09.

end of lap two when they were about 33 seconds off the pace. They are

:51:10.:51:16.

watching the leading three head off in the opposite direction now.

:51:17.:51:21.

Duffy, Learmonth and Hall now 40 seconds. So it went from 22 seconds,

:51:22.:51:26.

then about 38, hasn't been much of a change. Mid lap time out to 40

:51:27.:51:33.

seconds now. Not quite sure how accurate that 40

:51:34.:51:37.

seconds is, but it must be there or thereabouts. Flora Duffy bidding to

:51:38.:51:43.

win the world title for the first time and we've got Holland down and

:51:44.:51:51.

who has she taken out there? I thought it was Jorgensen. Holland is

:51:52.:51:55.

down and she's picking herself up and getting back on her bike I

:51:56.:52:01.

think. The rider with whom she had a collision seemed to be a little

:52:02.:52:05.

worse off than Vicky Holland. We'll try to get a replay of that and keep

:52:06.:52:09.

you updated but Vicky Holland is down but not out, we hope, at if

:52:10.:52:15.

moment. Looked like, I'm guessing here, black-and-white colours, I'm

:52:16.:52:19.

thinking New Zealand, looked like Nicky Samuels but hopefully we'll

:52:20.:52:22.

have more information on that in a minute.

:52:23.:52:26.

Flora Duffy world number one, wearing the gold number one on her

:52:27.:52:33.

upper arm. Most of the triathletes looking a little pink in the

:52:34.:52:37.

blistering heat. Sun cream obviously needs to be waterproof if they are

:52:38.:52:45.

going to use it. Born and raised in Bermuda, Flora Duffy, competing in

:52:46.:52:50.

triathlon at the age of seven. Full-time representing Bermuda,

:52:51.:52:54.

after a few near misses had her first triathlon series win this

:52:55.:53:03.

year, that came in Stockholme on 2nd July when she defeated Hewitt and

:53:04.:53:08.

Jenkins. Stanford's picked it up at the front of the chase group where

:53:09.:53:13.

Vicky Holland left off following her collision a few moments ago. At the

:53:14.:53:18.

end, it was Nicky Samuels, we are hearing, who has been involved in

:53:19.:53:23.

that collision with Vicky Holland. So, with five laps to go, three

:53:24.:53:29.

down, five to go, we are going to check on the time difference between

:53:30.:53:33.

the Duffy, Hall, Learmonth trio. Last time we looked mid lap, it was

:53:34.:53:42.

40 seconds. Jorgensen takes her turn at the front, hoping to keep that

:53:43.:53:48.

gap between her and Duffy to a workable margin. Not much

:53:49.:53:53.

difference. 42 seconds, so still looking promising for Jorgensen.

:53:54.:54:07.

I wouldn't say Holland is a loss to that group because we know how

:54:08.:54:11.

strong she is. The loss is going to be felt for the three athletes

:54:12.:54:17.

outfront, 42 seconds, it's grown a bit since the last lap by about six

:54:18.:54:23.

or seven seconds but Flora Duffy will need 90 seconds or so over

:54:24.:54:27.

Jorgensen if she's going to win this race. Still no change at the back of

:54:28.:54:33.

the chase group. Jackson does this race after race after race, you can

:54:34.:54:40.

just know where she'll be and often Charlotte Bonin is there with her.

:54:41.:54:45.

These two are tail-end Charlies. Here you can see how much easier it

:54:46.:54:49.

is at the back. It's very evident when you see them cruising along

:54:50.:54:54.

like that looking fairly relaxed. If we could get pictures to the front

:54:55.:54:59.

of the pack, I can assure you, Non Stanford would be head down and

:55:00.:55:04.

working hard. That's the crash, that's the crash that involved Vicky

:55:05.:55:08.

Holland who is on the left of screen and Nicky Samuels who is tangled up

:55:09.:55:13.

with her bike. Holland was able to pick herself up quite quickly, but

:55:14.:55:17.

her water bottle back in its place on the bike and continue on her way,

:55:18.:55:22.

but we haven't heard any news of Nicky Samuels so far, so we'll try

:55:23.:55:26.

and bring you up to date as and when we can. That was a nasty tight

:55:27.:55:31.

corner with quite a ledge on the pavement. A big group of athletes

:55:32.:55:37.

going around doesn't necessarily mean poor bike handling skills, you

:55:38.:55:41.

know, a big group of 20 going through a small space. Vicky Holland

:55:42.:55:46.

is a great rider but we don't know what happened yet, it could have

:55:47.:55:50.

been Nicky Samuels fault, they could have been dodging another rider.

:55:51.:55:54.

We'll hopefully hear some more from Nicky. If it's Jorgensen who wins,

:55:55.:56:05.

she'll be the first to win two competitions in one season if she

:56:06.:56:10.

can overtake Flora Duffy in the rankings today in Cozumel. The chase

:56:11.:56:16.

back time difference is growing ever so slightly every lap. 22.3

:56:17.:56:22.

kilometres to go. Interesting to see how some of the athletes have been

:56:23.:56:25.

able to bring themselves up after the Olympic Games because obviously

:56:26.:56:29.

a lot of commitment and effort required to get yourself into the

:56:30.:56:33.

games in good shape and then to come to a final, Grand Final like this,

:56:34.:56:38.

just a few weeks later, I think takes a pretty monumental effort

:56:39.:56:41.

from these athletes. Jorgensen could consider a career

:56:42.:56:49.

elsewhere as well. She has a degree in accounting, before she came to

:56:50.:56:58.

triathlon, she worked for Ernst Young. I'm sure she's done well

:56:59.:57:03.

financially out of this. Maybe she doesn't need to go back to work! He

:57:04.:57:08.

may use her rewards for triathlon and maybe forge a career elsewhere.

:57:09.:57:14.

Anyway, lots to discuss and Jorgensen's got work to do, four

:57:15.:57:18.

laps to go. We are just about half way through. The leaders are half

:57:19.:57:26.

way through, the chasers are almost half way through the cycle stage.

:57:27.:57:30.

Learmonth, Duffy and Hall have gone through four. The rest of them

:57:31.:57:37.

coming up the rear. They are now 43 seconds behind. Non Stanford first

:57:38.:57:45.

to cut the time. Not just change. Gone from 22 to 33, to 42, to 43

:57:46.:57:52.

seconds as the laps have unfolded. They seem to be maintaining it

:57:53.:57:57.

around about 0 seconds now. Four laps to go. The lead pack are going

:57:58.:58:05.

to have to start working a little harder because Duffy needs a better

:58:06.:58:12.

lead over Jorgensen. Learmonth of Great Britain leads this world

:58:13.:58:18.

triathlon series Grand Final. Plenty more twists and turns to come.

:58:19.:58:24.

Battle for today's race. It's a battle for the 2016 world title

:58:25.:58:29.

also. And there are two athletes in contention. Duffy is in the lead

:58:30.:58:33.

group, Jorgensen is in the chase group. Back with the leaders now.

:58:34.:58:40.

We did just get a little sighting there of the chase pack, the third

:58:41.:58:50.

chase pack, rather. That did have Euda from Japan. She won it last

:58:51.:58:54.

year when it was a World Cup race, she ran like a track runner to take

:58:55.:59:00.

the race, she's 25 seconds down on Rachel Klamer who got second in the

:59:01.:59:05.

World Cup race here last year. Euda over 1 minute and 30 seconds down,

:59:06.:59:10.

so we are not going to see a lot of her. Duffy taking her turn at the

:59:11.:59:15.

back of the front three. Lucy Hall pushing the pace at the moment. I

:59:16.:59:20.

wonder how much water is left in their bottles on the frame of the

:59:21.:59:23.

bike. They are only just over half way

:59:24.:59:29.

through the 40k cycle and that's a rare sight, Emma Jackson having to

:59:30.:59:33.

do some work at the back of the chase pack. Frustrating, seems like

:59:34.:59:39.

she's struggling to keep on on the more technical sections of the

:59:40.:59:43.

course. We can see the athletes strung out which would suggest the

:59:44.:59:46.

ones at the front are working hard and Jackson's had to wake up and

:59:47.:59:51.

think, I've got to do a bit of work otherwise I'm going to get dropped.

:59:52.:59:57.

We have no news in Hollaus or Samuels who were in-- Holland or Sam

:59:58.:00:05.

yells who were involved in that earlier on.

:00:06.:00:11.

Hall, Learmonth, Flora Duffy have just over 17.8ks to ride before they

:00:12.:00:20.

hang up their bikes and head out on what will be a brutal 10 kilometre

:00:21.:00:26.

run. It is a psychological barrier, or conquered when you hit halfway on

:00:27.:00:31.

these bikes, especially this these conditions, especially on the

:00:32.:00:35.

downhill section. You have hit halfway, perhaps psychologically it

:00:36.:00:38.

will be easier and it will be good now to see these three upping the

:00:39.:00:43.

pace slightly and see if they can up that time difference towards the

:00:44.:00:46.

minute as they head towards the fifth lap.

:00:47.:00:54.

Duffy is doing the lion's share of the work in the fifth lap here. She

:00:55.:01:00.

knows what she has to do. She needs to win this race. Needs to beat

:01:01.:01:12.

Jorgensen today. She's had good company throughout this first half

:01:13.:01:18.

and more of the cycle stage. Hall's arms are looking worryingly pink.

:01:19.:01:25.

She's taken a huge hit of sun this afternoon. She's an English rose, is

:01:26.:01:32.

Hall, very pale skin. These conditions will be very tough for

:01:33.:01:37.

her, especially on the run. A fantastic swim and bike from Lucy

:01:38.:01:42.

Hall. They have not 15 k to go on the bike and a 10 kilometre run to

:01:43.:01:50.

come. Three to go. Learmonth, Duffy and Hall, the leading three, which

:01:51.:01:53.

is where they have been since they came out of the water.

:01:54.:02:01.

There's a lot of support for the Mexican triathlete at the front of

:02:02.:02:08.

the chase group. We will get a check on the timings here, as the chase

:02:09.:02:13.

group finish their fifth lap. They were 43 seconds down at the end of

:02:14.:02:17.

lap four. Have they managed to close that gap

:02:18.:02:23.

at all? Let's look at the time. It will stop shortly, it has grown a

:02:24.:02:27.

little more. Just a couple of seconds. Out to 45 seconds. Claudia

:02:28.:02:36.

Rivas first through. Leading that chase pack, into

:02:37.:02:41.

transition to complete the fifth lap.

:02:42.:02:46.

22 at the end of lap one. 43 and now 45. So, no real damage done by the

:02:47.:02:56.

leading three. In the last 5 kilometres. Holland has withdrawn

:02:57.:03:00.

from the race. We are not surprised by that. She did go down quite hard.

:03:01.:03:04.

We think Samuels has probably called it a day as well. Vicky Holland is

:03:05.:03:11.

no longer in this grand final. Disapointedment for Vicky Holland

:03:12.:03:15.

because she -- disappointment for Vicky Holland because she could have

:03:16.:03:19.

got on to the stadium. That will not be today with her out of the race.

:03:20.:03:25.

So, they are coming back into the smart part of Cozumel now, down by

:03:26.:03:32.

the marina. Flora Duffy is once again taking them along at a serious

:03:33.:03:37.

pace. Learmonth and Hall have done more

:03:38.:03:40.

than their fair share of work so far. I wonder if they might be on

:03:41.:03:45.

for personal best results today if they can handle the heat on the

:03:46.:03:52.

10,000 metre run. Jessica's best result came in Leeds, when she

:03:53.:03:56.

finished 10th. And certainly looks like she can be more than capable of

:03:57.:04:00.

doing it here today, if she can hold it together on the run. Slightly

:04:01.:04:05.

better runner than Lucy Hall. She has a better chance of staying away

:04:06.:04:08.

from the chase pack if they do come off the bikes in this order, which,

:04:09.:04:12.

at the moment, barring disaster, I imagine we will see these three

:04:13.:04:17.

athletes coming in the T 2 first. Coming through transition now. This

:04:18.:04:23.

is only the end of lap six. They have two more circuits to ride. Six

:04:24.:04:29.

down. Two to go in the World Triathlon series grand final. The

:04:30.:04:32.

final race of the year here in Cozumel.

:04:33.:04:45.

Further back down the road the Australian, Gillian Backhouse. We

:04:46.:04:53.

have an Australian at the back of this chase group, Jackson, coming in

:04:54.:04:57.

to stop the clock. We will get an idea of how much work Jorgensen will

:04:58.:05:03.

have to do when she parks up her bike in a couple of laps from now.

:05:04.:05:09.

Hopefully we will. At the moment we don't seem to get any time checks,

:05:10.:05:13.

unfortunately. No clock at the moment. We cannot tell you.

:05:14.:05:17.

Apologies again. We've had graphic problems. I am told all the graphics

:05:18.:05:22.

and timing equipment, which all arrives on a container, it is

:05:23.:05:26.

shipped around from venue to venue, didn't arrive until very late. And

:05:27.:05:32.

there was no time for the officials and host broadcaster to actually go

:05:33.:05:37.

out and test the graphics and timing equipment. It is all very much a

:05:38.:05:43.

question of pressing the button and hope here in Cozumel. We will assume

:05:44.:05:48.

that it has not grown much beyond the 50-second mark.

:05:49.:05:55.

54 seconds. OK, so, that's the official time. It was a little late

:05:56.:06:01.

in coming. That was to the very back of that

:06:02.:06:07.

chase group. 54 seconds between first and about 20th. So, not a

:06:08.:06:10.

particularly accurate time, because there would have been the spread of

:06:11.:06:16.

maybe ten seconds between Gillian Backhouse, who was first through

:06:17.:06:24.

transaction and the last. Not a brilliant idea. We assume it hasn't

:06:25.:06:28.

changed much between the end of lap five and six. Around about the

:06:29.:06:34.

45-second mark. Still very much a winnable distance as far as Gwen

:06:35.:06:40.

Jorgensen is concerned. It seems to me that some of those good runner

:06:41.:06:44.

ins the second pack. There is Helen Jenkins in there. Non Stanford is in

:06:45.:06:51.

there and Gwen Jorgensen is in there. They are three who are more

:06:52.:06:56.

than capable of running down Hall and possibly Learmonth. Duffy proved

:06:57.:07:01.

herself in Stockholm, when she had about 25 seconds off the bike. She

:07:02.:07:05.

had an incredible bike which she took on by herself solo and managed

:07:06.:07:11.

to stay away from Jenkins and Andrea Hewitt, but a different story when

:07:12.:07:14.

you put Gwen Jorgensen into the frame.

:07:15.:07:18.

And Flora Duffy I think needing around about 90 seconds if she's

:07:19.:07:24.

going to take this race. 90 seconds, that is ahead of Gwen Jorgensen when

:07:25.:07:28.

they go out on the bike. Duffy, Learmonth and Hall, through the

:07:29.:07:32.

turn. 52 seconds clear of the chase group, with a lap-and-a-half still

:07:33.:07:39.

to ride. Jorgensen will be thinking about

:07:40.:07:44.

what she needs to do to win the world title for 2016. We have seen

:07:45.:07:47.

Jorgensen come from a minute-and-a-half down after a 40 k

:07:48.:07:52.

run and come up through the field and take the win. She does not mind

:07:53.:07:56.

the conditions. She's won in the cold n the hot. 17 triathlon vik

:07:57.:08:03.

victories. She is probably the best we have ever seen. That is

:08:04.:08:10.

definitely not up for question. A phenomenal athlete, what she has

:08:11.:08:14.

achieved over the last six years. If she takes this title she'll be the

:08:15.:08:18.

only second athlete in the women's field who has managed to achieve

:08:19.:08:24.

three world titles. Jenkins has won two, in 2008 and 2011. Moffatt has

:08:25.:08:31.

won two as well. 200 # and 2010. This is a tough, tough series. The

:08:32.:08:37.

athletes need to race five World Triathlon series events and the

:08:38.:08:41.

grand final. And of course the grand final there's points-and-a-half. So,

:08:42.:08:45.

if you have any mishaps like Hollaus does, well you are well done --

:08:46.:08:49.

Holland does, well you are well down in the race. With it being 800 for a

:08:50.:08:56.

normal World Triathlon series race. And it crisscrosses the globe as

:08:57.:09:01.

well. The travelling can be tough on the athletes, physically and

:09:02.:09:04.

mentally. Abu Dhabi is the first port of call, or was this year, 5th

:09:05.:09:10.

March. Then the Gold Coast, early spi April. The ends of April in Cape

:09:11.:09:16.

Town. Leeds, fantastic occasion on 12th June in Leeds, when they came

:09:17.:09:20.

out to watch this their tens of thousands.

:09:21.:09:24.

And then Stockholm, which was the opposite. Nobody out and about. Just

:09:25.:09:29.

people shopping on that Saturday afternoon in Stockholm. The Hamburg

:09:30.:09:34.

sprint, then the Olympic race. So, those that were in the Olympics were

:09:35.:09:41.

in and out of the north and southern hemispheres and crossing, covering

:09:42.:09:47.

many different time lines as they made their way around to compete and

:09:48.:09:52.

put themselves into contention. Now they've taken in the freezing cold

:09:53.:09:58.

race in Edmonton, post Olympics. Now the grand final in brutal heat in

:09:59.:10:03.

Cozumel, in Mexico. That is to conclude the 2016

:10:04.:10:07.

campaign, which has been memorable for many different reasons,

:10:08.:10:11.

particularly of course because it was punctuated by the incredible

:10:12.:10:16.

scenes in Rio. That was on August 18th and 20th.

:10:17.:10:23.

Well, at the moment this race is certainly looking good for Flora

:10:24.:10:26.

Duffy, if you do the maths and she manages to stay in second place and

:10:27.:10:30.

then wins and no-one else catches Duffy, then Duffy takes the title.

:10:31.:10:35.

So, pretty exciting times for Duffy, I would say. Let's not forget Non

:10:36.:10:43.

Stanford is in that chasing pack. If she has brought her legs to the race

:10:44.:10:49.

she will be a threat to Duffy. The end of the seventh lap now. They

:10:50.:10:54.

will take the bell and we will have one more circuit on two wheels. Five

:10:55.:11:02.

kilometres left to ride. No change. Duffy, Learmonth and Hall have been

:11:03.:11:07.

working together exquisitely so far. Came out of the water in close

:11:08.:11:13.

proximity. They had good transitions, in and out quickly.

:11:14.:11:18.

Picked up their bikes, away they went and they have remained as a

:11:19.:11:21.

trio throughout. The Australian, Gillian Backhouse and the American

:11:22.:11:27.

Gwen Jorgensen lead the chase group into transition. Last time we saw an

:11:28.:11:34.

official time check, two laps ago, they were 45 seconds behind. Let's

:11:35.:11:39.

see if they have managed to do any damage to the advantage that Duffy

:11:40.:11:43.

and the two British riders have at the front.

:11:44.:11:46.

Let's hope we get a clock this time. Yes, we've got one. And the time

:11:47.:11:52.

difference is significant. Jorgensen is going to have to do some work if

:11:53.:11:57.

she wants to win this race today. 58 seconds. That has been a fine lap

:11:58.:12:03.

from Hall, Learmonth and Duffy. They have extended their lead. Out to 58

:12:04.:12:09.

seconds. And they are now deep in their final circuit.

:12:10.:12:13.

You have to hand it to these three athletes, they have worked extremely

:12:14.:12:17.

hard and made this race extremely exciting for us and make the chase

:12:18.:12:21.

pack a little bit nervous. It has crept up to a minute. It has been

:12:22.:12:25.

slowly creeping up. It has crept up. By the time they come back to T 2

:12:26.:12:30.

and the final end of the final lap, eight laps here of five can

:12:31.:12:34.

kilometres, they will have around one minute over the chase pack.

:12:35.:12:39.

Flora Duffy must be beginning to believe she can win the world title

:12:40.:12:43.

for 2016. Dep she wins today she will -- if she wins today, she will

:12:44.:12:50.

win the world title. Things are looking good at the moment. Now they

:12:51.:12:56.

take this turn for the last time. The leading three, Duffy of Bermuda,

:12:57.:13:03.

Jessica Learmonth and Lucy Hall, of Great Britain, have ridden furiously

:13:04.:13:12.

and have opened up a lead of one minute over the Jorgensen-Stanford

:13:13.:13:15.

group. They are approaching the end of their final lap and will hope for

:13:16.:13:20.

clean and fast transitions. T2 approaching. For the leaders in

:13:21.:13:26.

the grand final of the World Triathlon series for 2016, a series

:13:27.:13:30.

that could well be won by Flora Duffy. She's done what she has to do

:13:31.:13:36.

to put pressure on her closest rival, Gwen Jorgensen. We will need

:13:37.:13:41.

to see one of the classic Jorgensen run charges over the four laps that

:13:42.:13:48.

will follow if Jorgensen is to deny Duffy the title for 2016.

:13:49.:13:57.

So, nearly there, they will take a different routed into transition

:13:58.:14:04.

this time. Past the spectators and to the dismount line. Here we go,

:14:05.:14:09.

Duffy, first to arrive. Then Learmonth, clean entry for

:14:10.:14:12.

Learmonth. Duffy. Hall follows them in. She's within a second of the

:14:13.:14:17.

leaders. Duffy has to get this bit right. Knows where her bike park is.

:14:18.:14:24.

Front wheel in. Bike stays upright and the running shoes are on. And

:14:25.:14:29.

Duffy has executed that perfectly. She's on her way. Flora Duffy,

:14:30.:14:35.

followed by Jessica Learmonth. Hall, just a few seconds behind.

:14:36.:14:40.

Now the chase group, the Jorgensen group. Jorgensen in third, amongst

:14:41.:14:44.

this pack at the moment. Through that final turn on the round about.

:14:45.:14:50.

Feet already out of shoes and resting on top.

:14:51.:14:54.

Jorgensen needs to get this right. And then needs to go to work.

:14:55.:15:00.

The gap is about one minute. Possibly more now.

:15:01.:15:05.

The front three pick up some much needed water, a couple of bottles

:15:06.:15:10.

each and Duffy has kicked clear of Learmonth and Hall. Duffy sets off

:15:11.:15:16.

in pursuit of victory and in pursuit of the world title.

:15:17.:15:27.

Rabie coming in for South Africa. Non Stanford not far behind. She's

:15:28.:15:37.

arriving simultaneously with Gwen York Jorgensen who never seems

:15:38.:15:49.

stressed at this time. Neatly done. She follows R rabbly. Ahead of them

:15:50.:15:57.

all, picking up with serious pace on this first lap is the series leader,

:15:58.:16:04.

Flora Duffy of Bermuda. Will this be her day? Will she win the title for

:16:05.:16:10.

the first time in 2016 and deny Gwen Jorgensen the hat trick? There is a

:16:11.:16:15.

lot of triathlon fans out there that would like to see it happen just

:16:16.:16:22.

because of her style of racing. She makes these races that bit more

:16:23.:16:26.

exciting by her attacking on the bike, how she's able to go out there

:16:27.:16:30.

on her own or with a couple of other athletes and it's great to see when

:16:31.:16:34.

we have got used to seeing big packs coming in. Let us see what she can

:16:35.:16:40.

do. She'll have Non Stanford chasing her down. Jorgensen will be there of

:16:41.:16:48.

course. Jackson looking hot there. Duffy looking like she means

:16:49.:16:52.

business. Surprised she didn't grab a water bottle. She's clearly

:16:53.:16:58.

feeling comfortable. She's already left Hall and Learmonth behind.

:16:59.:17:10.

Jorgensen will have to be at her absolute best if she's to get

:17:11.:17:17.

anywhere near nuclear radio Duffy today -- Flora Duffy. She's tearing

:17:18.:17:22.

through the streets of Cozumel. What an explosive start. Gwen Jorgensen's

:17:23.:17:28.

got out in front, she wants to win this race. So Jorgensen is already

:17:29.:17:33.

up to fourth. She's leading the chase group. She has Learmonth and

:17:34.:17:40.

Hall and Duffy ahead of her. They are a further minute down the road

:17:41.:17:44.

but we know what Jorgensen is capable of, even in the brutal heat,

:17:45.:17:47.

but the pace of Duffy is much more serious. She really wants this one.

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She wants to get this won in lap number one. Let's see how she goes.

:17:52.:18:04.

Lots of athletes were saying she's not that good at sprinting. But she

:18:05.:18:13.

has a nice relaxed body, looking very strong at the moment, Flora

:18:14.:18:19.

Duffy. This will be something of a tactical master class this afternoon

:18:20.:18:22.

from Flora Duffy if she goes on to win it. Swam solidly, rode purposely

:18:23.:18:29.

as she always does, pushing the pace, dictating the race on her

:18:30.:18:39.

terms. Learmonth she's left behind mercilessly. She now sets out to

:18:40.:18:46.

complete lap one and we'll see how much she has over Gwen Jorgensen her

:18:47.:18:51.

rival for the title. At this stage, tough to see Jorgensen closing the

:18:52.:18:56.

gap. We never write Jorgensen off because she continues to surprise

:18:57.:19:00.

us, but I'm beginning to think that this is just a run too far for Gwen

:19:01.:19:05.

Jorgensen today. Wow, I mean she puts so much effort

:19:06.:19:09.

into the Olympic Games, she's spoken about it openly now, it was the

:19:10.:19:12.

race, the only race really that counted this year. She did what she

:19:13.:19:17.

set out to do four years ago and won the Olympic title, but she's such a

:19:18.:19:22.

competitor. She won't want to come here and give anything less than

:19:23.:19:27.

100%. 1 minute and 11 seconds down, I don't think she'd have a problem

:19:28.:19:32.

under normal circumstances. Interesting to see what the time

:19:33.:19:35.

will be after this first lap. Duffy has really attacked the first lap.

:19:36.:19:39.

Will she pay the price for that later? The heat is going to be a

:19:40.:19:44.

factor. It's the hottest race that any of these triathletes have

:19:45.:19:48.

competed in so far this year. Lucy Hall is showing the effects of that.

:19:49.:19:55.

Gasping for the hot air that's available, as Duffy completes the

:19:56.:20:02.

first lap. So we'll see the time between Lucy Hall and Duffy but what

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matters is the one between Duffy and Jorgensen who's clear of Stanford

:20:08.:20:15.

and Jenkins there. Already 24 seconds, so Duffy's done some

:20:16.:20:21.

serious damage to Lucy Hall in that first lap. Three to go for Flora

:20:22.:20:27.

Duffy, two-and-a-half kilometres down, seven and a half to go. Duffy

:20:28.:20:43.

grabbing water at every opportunity. I worry a bit for Lucy Hall because

:20:44.:20:48.

she suffers in the heat, I've seen her when she's gone down pretty fast

:20:49.:20:53.

in the heat. She's holding her own at the moment though. 17 seconds

:20:54.:21:03.

down, her team-mate behind her. Jorgensen next. It's 1 minute and 12

:21:04.:21:10.

seconds, so that's 72 seconds. That could be decisive for Duffy if she

:21:11.:21:15.

doesn't break down, if she doesn't blow up somewhere during this run,

:21:16.:21:19.

Duffy looks like she's in good shape to win the title.

:21:20.:21:26.

Jorgensen has raised her pace, noticeably now. She was steady

:21:27.:21:30.

during the first lap, now she's starting to make a move. What we can

:21:31.:21:34.

take from that is the fact that Duffy's held pretty much the same

:21:35.:21:38.

time over Jorgensen as when they first went out. They are now

:21:39.:21:41.

two-and-a-half kilometres into this run. More interestingly for Flora

:21:42.:21:46.

Duffy, the other athletes aren't making any inroad into her, they are

:21:47.:21:49.

losing time. Two laps to go, Flora Duffy leads

:21:50.:21:55.

the way, Gwen Jorgensen 1 minute 7 seconds off the pace. So at the end

:21:56.:22:00.

of the first lap, it was 1 minute and 12, end of the second lap, it's

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1 minute and 7. Helen Jenkins as moved up into third position. Once

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again, apologies for the standard of the pictures coming in from Cozumel,

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it's not how usual standard of triathlon coverage but it's the

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first time the world triathlon series has pitched up here in

:22:22.:22:27.

Cozumel. Looking good for Flora Duffy now. Unless she's just gone

:22:28.:22:32.

too early. She's got 4.2 kilometres to run. The end of this third lap,

:22:33.:22:38.

one more complete circuit, and the world title for 2016 could be going

:22:39.:22:44.

to Bermuda and to Flora Duffy. Well, looking at her at the moment, I

:22:45.:22:49.

don't think she's gone too soon because her rhythm hasn't changed,

:22:50.:22:56.

she's going as well as ever. Jorgensen's pulled a few seconds

:22:57.:23:05.

over Duffy and Duffy looking the more relaxed of the two. Jorgensen's

:23:06.:23:10.

pace not picked up as we expected it to. Jorgensen getting plenty of

:23:11.:23:15.

encouragement along the way from her connections but maybe this was just

:23:16.:23:18.

a run too far for Jorgensen this afternoon.

:23:19.:23:24.

She managed to reduce Duffy's lead by just five seconds over the second

:23:25.:23:30.

lap. Duffy isn't far away from completing her third lap and taking

:23:31.:23:35.

the bell for what may well be a lap of honour, a final two-and-a-half

:23:36.:23:41.

kilometre run which will take her to the world title for 2016.

:23:42.:23:45.

Interestingly, Helen Jenkins there in third and Jorgensen not really

:23:46.:23:50.

pulling that much away from her. I think that's Charlotte McShane from

:23:51.:23:55.

Australia just behind Helen Jenkins. Looking at the overall standings,

:23:56.:23:58.

Helen Jenkins is in sixth place at the moment. Depending on Hewitt and

:23:59.:24:07.

Euda are, they were way back in the second chase pack, things could be

:24:08.:24:10.

looking pretty good for Helen Jenkins and making up for a very

:24:11.:24:15.

disappointing Olympics for her. Great to see her showing the form we

:24:16.:24:18.

saw in the Gold Coast when she qualified for the Olympic Games.

:24:19.:24:23.

Jenkins out in third now. Doesn't mind the heat. Her win at

:24:24.:24:27.

the start of the season came in the heat of the Gold Coast. Duffy from

:24:28.:24:39.

Bermuda leading them through. Almost home at the end of her

:24:40.:24:48.

penultimate lap. Duffy has really taken this race

:24:49.:24:56.

apart. What a star. Fantastic swim in the first three coming out of the

:24:57.:24:59.

water. Did so much of the running on the bike and then what a start on

:25:00.:25:03.

the run. She got cracking straightaway. Good transition,

:25:04.:25:08.

smoothly in and out. Parked up her bike and then just exploded away

:25:09.:25:13.

from transition and opened up a significant lead in the first

:25:14.:25:18.

two-and-a-half kilometres. She's been on her own for the rest of the

:25:19.:25:23.

run. She'll shortly be arriving to take the bell with one lap to go.

:25:24.:25:29.

I think surely at this point, the adrenaline of knowing that she's

:25:30.:25:33.

running herself into a World Championship title is really going

:25:34.:25:37.

to spur her on. Two-and-a-half kilometres to go, she can hold it

:25:38.:25:42.

together, she's looked good for the entire race and about eight minutes,

:25:43.:25:47.

probably a little bit under to go in this race. Duffy is looking like

:25:48.:25:52.

she'll become a world champion here in cos mayor. Jorgensen so often

:25:53.:26:00.

able to deny those who would challenge for victory -- Cozumel.

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Duffy decided she would make it impossible for Jorgensen to close

:26:08.:26:12.

the gap. Still a lap to come. All sorts of things can happen, we see

:26:13.:26:19.

it often in triathlon, athletes push too hard in the first three quarters

:26:20.:26:22.

and pay the price in the final quarter.

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But Duffy's got the experience, hopefully she's got the hydration

:26:28.:26:32.

and the ability to keep up this pace. Jorgensen's never really hit

:26:33.:26:39.

full race pace during the first seven and a half kilometres of this

:26:40.:26:45.

final stage of the final race of the season.

:26:46.:26:49.

The leader is going to take the bell shortly.

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I think looking at her, Jorgensen's focussing on putting one foot in

:26:58.:27:02.

front of the other, she is overheating, trying to keep herself

:27:03.:27:06.

really cool. Hard to see the eyes with her glasses on. First time you

:27:07.:27:10.

have ever really seen Gwen kind of suffer, certainly for a very, very

:27:11.:27:12.

long time. World champion in waiting, Flora

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Duffy. At the top of your screen, the Olympic champion. Just behind

:27:27.:27:31.

her, Helen Jenkins of Great Britain who might fancy second place if

:27:32.:27:37.

Jorgensen starts to lose speed. Jenkins seems to be full of running

:27:38.:27:44.

at the moment. She does. McShane is hot on her heels. Interesting to see

:27:45.:27:51.

what the time differences are on the third lap. Sometimes the camera

:27:52.:27:56.

angle can be deceptive, but Helen Jenkins certainly didn't look like

:27:57.:27:59.

she was that far behind Gwen Jorgensen.

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Shortly, Flora Duffy of Bermuda will take the bell and she'll know then

:28:06.:28:11.

that she's got a 2,500 metre run ahead of her between her and the

:28:12.:28:18.

world title for 2016. Has she got the timing right?

:28:19.:28:22.

Looking good. But there's still a bit of running to do for Duffy.

:28:23.:28:31.

Still looking incredibly composed and relaxed. Interesting to see what

:28:32.:28:37.

her run splits are throughout this 10k run. There's been no let-up in

:28:38.:28:41.

the pace just yet. I wonder at some stage she's going to think, I have a

:28:42.:28:46.

minute and I can back off, but until she crosses that finish line, she's

:28:47.:28:50.

not going to be stopping any time soon knowing Jorgensen is behind

:28:51.:28:54.

her. With the skills of Jorgensen on the run, I don't think there's

:28:55.:28:57.

anything she can do to match Flora Duffy today. Duffy takes the bell in

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Cozumel. One lap to go. She looks like she's

:29:02.:29:07.

full of running, just like she was at the start of the first lap. The

:29:08.:29:11.

time difference between Duffy and Jorgensen at the end of lap one, 1

:29:12.:29:16.

minute and 12. By the time they completed the second lap, it was

:29:17.:29:19.

down to 1 minute and 7. I wonder what it will be now. I don't think

:29:20.:29:24.

it's going to be any significant difference for Jorgensen. Jorgensen

:29:25.:29:31.

just hasn't been able to find the pace to overcome Duffy's quest for

:29:32.:29:32.

the title. Further down, you can see McShane in

:29:33.:29:46.

the green and gold for Australia and Jenkins in the red, white and blue

:29:47.:29:49.

for Great Britain. And the time difference has grown

:29:50.:29:55.

now. Duffy has stretched her lead again over Gwen Jorgensen. It's 1

:29:56.:29:58.

minute and 14. It looks as if Jorgensen will have

:29:59.:30:09.

to settle for second here, which will bring her second in the world

:30:10.:30:16.

standings for 2016. Of course the Olympic Games was always her focus,

:30:17.:30:20.

as the best triathlete in the world. It was one thing which was missing

:30:21.:30:27.

from her ses sue may, didn't finish in London, 2012. Absolutely took it

:30:28.:30:37.

out in Rio in 20 167 16. -- 2016. The Olympics was always her main

:30:38.:30:43.

focus of the year. Duffy thought she could win the

:30:44.:30:48.

world title and it looks like she may. One minute and 14 seconds clear

:30:49.:30:54.

of 17-time World Triathlon series winner, Gwen Jorgensen. Duffy has

:30:55.:31:00.

only ever won a single World Triathlon singles race. That victory

:31:01.:31:07.

came this year she is about to add her second potentially and most

:31:08.:31:10.

important one, the victory which will bring her the title of World

:31:11.:31:22.

Triathlon champion for 2016 and for an island just 26 miles by two, that

:31:23.:31:27.

is some feat. Born and raised in Bermuda. Started to compete in

:31:28.:31:36.

triathlon at seven. Now a full-time professional triathlete about to

:31:37.:31:39.

bring Bermuda to the top of the world stage. And she really is a

:31:40.:31:46.

multi-talented athlete. She took the World Championship title in 2014.

:31:47.:31:50.

That is triathlon, but it is off-road biking. Almost a tougher

:31:51.:31:56.

version of what we are seeing here today, because the athletes have to

:31:57.:32:02.

ride technical sections off road. So Flora Duffy, it looks like she'll

:32:03.:32:07.

add another toll that title she won back in 2014. Back with Gwen

:32:08.:32:10.

Jorgensen now. She's trying to do her best to keep cool. Looks like

:32:11.:32:16.

she's well clear of Jenkins in third place. I think the race was on for

:32:17.:32:23.

third place, because Charlotte, from Australia, ran alongside Jenkins

:32:24.:32:25.

when they came through the third lap of the run. Hopefully we'll get

:32:26.:32:29.

pictures to see what is happening in third and fourth place. Duffy looks

:32:30.:32:35.

like she's bouncing along at the front of the field. 1.2kms to go.

:32:36.:32:40.

She seems to be getting quicker. Flora Duffy is having the run of her

:32:41.:32:42.

life. She is. Across the road I saw

:32:43.:32:48.

talking about Jenkins and McShane, two athletes running close together.

:32:49.:32:54.

Non Stanford tucked in there around about fifth place. Non Stanford

:32:55.:33:01.

having a strong run. It could be a battle for the final place on the

:33:02.:33:06.

podium. Maybe a sprint finish between McShane and Jenkins, of

:33:07.:33:12.

Australia, and Great Britain, respectably.

:33:13.:33:16.

Somebody just said to Duffy, smile, and she did. She understood the

:33:17.:33:21.

humour. She was able to force out the smile and then switch her mind

:33:22.:33:28.

back to the final workload that has to be care Ied now. At the --

:33:29.:33:33.

carried now. At this point she must know the title is hers. Barring

:33:34.:33:38.

disaster and I don't see anything bad happening right now, this race

:33:39.:33:43.

really is going to Flora Duffy and a world title.

:33:44.:33:48.

Finished second to Gwen Jorgensen in Leeds, on 11th June. Won her one and

:33:49.:33:56.

only triathlon series race in Stockholm, full distance, on the

:33:57.:34:03.

second July. Didn't really perform in the Olympics, but now she's

:34:04.:34:08.

making it happen and she will win the world title for 2016. Managing

:34:09.:34:12.

to get some liquid down her throat, as well as over her head. She's done

:34:13.:34:17.

well to keep herself cool. Keep herself out of trouble. Remember,

:34:18.:34:22.

there was talk that this race might not go ahead in its full distance

:34:23.:34:26.

capacity because of the temperatures. There was talk this

:34:27.:34:31.

afternoon it might be reduced to a sprint distance race because it was

:34:32.:34:36.

so hot. It was just within the permitted perimeters in terms of

:34:37.:34:42.

what the medical officials deemed was acceptable for the triathletes.

:34:43.:34:47.

That is how tough it is out here this evening in Cozumel.

:34:48.:34:54.

And the Olympic champion has battled on and this stage looks like she'll

:34:55.:34:58.

be doing enough to take second in the race. And second in the

:34:59.:35:05.

championship for 2016. She's worked very, very hard. It is

:35:06.:35:10.

not a usual sight to see her suffer so much on the run. Fair play to

:35:11.:35:15.

Gwen Jorgensen because this has probably been one of her most

:35:16.:35:20.

uncomfortable runs. Jenkins there in third place, McShane hot on her

:35:21.:35:24.

heels. These two have never gone head-to-head like this before. Ueda

:35:25.:35:31.

has come through from the third back. She won the World Cup race

:35:32.:35:34.

here last year. What a run for Ueda. What an extraordinary race.

:35:35.:35:51.

Conditions stunning. Visually the crystal-clear water, the athletes

:35:52.:35:53.

able to view the tropical fish as they made the swim and then the

:35:54.:36:02.

brutal, oppressive heat on the 40K cycle and the lonely run for Duffy

:36:03.:36:08.

and for Jorgensen. Loneliness will be rewarded shortly for Flora Duffy.

:36:09.:36:14.

Just starting to look around. Starting to sense that her dream is

:36:15.:36:21.

about to become a reality. She's going to lap Pamella Oliveira

:36:22.:36:25.

of Brazil on the way to the finishing line. Jorgensen is further

:36:26.:36:29.

behind than that shot suggests, because Jorgensen has a little semi

:36:30.:36:34.

circle to run before she's on the same bit of roadway as Duffy. And

:36:35.:36:42.

Jenkins appears to be just a few metres clear of McShane now, in her

:36:43.:36:46.

quest to take third and win bronze today.

:36:47.:36:54.

28-year-old Flora Duffy can start to enjoy it any minute now.

:36:55.:37:02.

She will realise that she's got it done today. Her tactics, risky in

:37:03.:37:11.

the heat, but ultimately rewarding. Her tactics were courageous. The way

:37:12.:37:17.

she stomped on the cycle stage with Learmonth and Hall for company, the

:37:18.:37:21.

way she took it out and stretched that lead, lap, after lap, taking

:37:22.:37:26.

ten seconds a lap at one stage, until it was beyond Gwen Jorgensen.

:37:27.:37:30.

She was a minute in front by the time she hung up her bike and now

:37:31.:37:38.

Duffy can ease up on the pace and enjoy this World Championship

:37:39.:37:48.

winning moment. There is a ba mu da flag waiting for her. She can smile

:37:49.:37:56.

at last and soak it all in. Duffy is the World Triathlon series champion

:37:57.:38:01.

for 2016. She comes home to win the final race and win the title. What a

:38:02.:38:08.

performance from Flora Duffy. One hour, 57 minutes. 59 seconds.

:38:09.:38:14.

She is the champion of the world. And now she'll just wait for the

:38:15.:38:19.

former champion, the Olympic champion. If this is the end for

:38:20.:38:22.

Jorgensen, then it is a glorious end. She's performed spectacularly

:38:23.:38:28.

this season. Today she wasn't quite good enough to overcome Flora Duffy.

:38:29.:38:32.

It is a remarkable second place and the sprint is on between McShane and

:38:33.:38:39.

Jenkins and McShane has Jenkins. McShane comes home for third.

:38:40.:38:42.

Charlotte McShane on the podium for Australia.

:38:43.:38:47.

She's beaten Helen Jenkins in the final 100 metres.

:38:48.:38:53.

Jenkins has to settle for fourth and is there to congratulate Flora Duffy

:38:54.:38:58.

on her extraordinary achievement of becoming the world champion for

:38:59.:39:03.

2016. Sarah True has just come home and

:39:04.:39:18.

collapses in a heat just over the line. Sarah True in a bit of trouble

:39:19.:39:24.

there and Non Stanford is next to finish for Great Britain.

:39:25.:39:30.

Stanford coming across the line. Another top-ten for Stanford.

:39:31.:39:41.

And Shorets of Russia next over the line. Without exception an exhausted

:39:42.:39:50.

group of triathletes who are finishing and wondering probably why

:39:51.:39:53.

they put themselves through this in the heat that was on offer today in

:39:54.:39:58.

Cozumel. Flora Duffy wins the final race of

:39:59.:40:03.

the season in Cozumel, ahead of Gwen Jorgensen and Charlotte McShane.

:40:04.:40:06.

Helen Jenkins was the best of the British today in fourth. Non

:40:07.:40:12.

Stanford finished eighth, with Lucy Hall, 23rd. Jessica Learmonth in

:40:13.:40:17.

30th. The final standles for 2016:

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I am kind of speechless. I have no idea how it happened. You hope and

:40:38.:40:43.

wish and train for the perfect day and you know, the perfect day came

:40:44.:40:48.

when I needed it, when the pressure was on. I don't even know what to

:40:49.:40:54.

say right now. Are one of the best runner on the circuit but you could

:40:55.:40:57.

not hunt down Flora Duffy on this occasion? Flora had two people

:40:58.:41:04.

working with her. It made the difference today. You seemed like

:41:05.:41:08.

you had a lot of work to do on the bike, you were leading that chasing

:41:09.:41:11.

group? Our group was not very organised. It is hard to get

:41:12.:41:14.

organised. Try to keep the pace alive. It is hard when you have

:41:15.:41:18.

three committed people up the road. We got into the first with the bike,

:41:19.:41:23.

I was like, look, are you guys working or not? This race has a lot

:41:24.:41:27.

riding on it. They were keen to pull turns. It wez great working with

:41:28.:41:31.

them. I have to thank them for working with me. It is what you

:41:32.:41:35.

want. You know you want to make the bike count and yeah, perfect today.

:41:36.:41:39.

You did it by leading pretty much from the start as well. Coming off

:41:40.:41:44.

with a minute on G wen, I thought, oh, gosh. I knew if she passed me I

:41:45.:41:49.

whatted to hang on to second. Every split I had a minute, a minute and

:41:50.:41:53.

five. I thought I will keep running and see what happens. It proves like

:41:54.:41:57.

anything is possible and, it is incredible day for me and I hope it

:41:58.:42:02.

just inspired like, no matter where you are from, a little country or

:42:03.:42:05.

what, you can stand up there with the best. And you are on to the New

:42:06.:42:10.

York marathon. How do you prepare for that? You know, I am more

:42:11.:42:14.

looking forward to going home. I have t no been home since December

:42:15.:42:19.

27th. I am flying home tonight. I am looking forward to spending time

:42:20.:42:22.

with my family and friends. At the beginning of the year I said if I

:42:23.:42:25.

won nothing but the Olympics I would be happy. I am disappointed with the

:42:26.:42:31.

race today. I got my gold that I have been working for. I actually

:42:32.:42:36.

struggle in the heat. I collapsed a few time in the heat. For me. It was

:42:37.:42:40.

about conserving myself in the race. I couldn't believe it when I started

:42:41.:42:45.

the run and felt like I was being conservative and I was up there.

:42:46.:42:50.

That last lap I could see Helen, I thought, that's the party, I am this

:42:51.:42:54.

close to the podium. I gave it all I could. I owe a lot to Gwen. She's

:42:55.:42:59.

the most amazing training partner to have. She pushes me every day and

:43:00.:43:04.

encourages me and I have learnt so much from her and I am pretty

:43:05.:43:09.

excited to be up there besides her. They often say that fourth is the

:43:10.:43:13.

toughest place to come. What are your thoughts on that? I am happy. I

:43:14.:43:20.

struggled since Rio. It took me a few weeks to get over the virus, or

:43:21.:43:24.

whatever it was I had. I started to feel good the last few days. I am

:43:25.:43:30.

happy to come away fourth. I sat in on the bike and didn't do anything,

:43:31.:43:34.

I was not feeling great, so I was surprised to do all right on the

:43:35.:43:38.

run. It is really hot today. I was feeling terrible, to be honest.

:43:39.:43:43.

Today I knew Gwen had to get ahead of glor ra. It is up to her to do

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the work today. I kind of sat there, tried to keep myself out of trouble.

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It was notten easy. I was not having a good time. You seem pretty pleased

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with who is the overall winner? She 's deserved it this year. She's been

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like an attacking athlete. Made the bike morel vent. I am happy for

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Flora to come away with a win. How are the girls looking backstage?

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Everyone is in a bit of a mess. Non is struggling a bit. We have a good

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medical team. Our team are great. All the staff are great. I have been

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inspired by all the juniors, and the under 23s over the last couple of

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days. It is a nice team atmosphere we've got. So now the presentation

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for the World Championship trophy. Ai Ueda, a brilliant performance

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today. Representing Japan, please welcome,

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Ai Ueda. The 32-year-old from Kyoto did enough today to seal third

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position overall. After a consistent season.

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Fifth today, seventh in Hamburg, fifth in Stockholme, eighth in

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Leeds. An emotional moment for the Japanese

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veteran. Representing the United States of America, please welcome

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Gwen Jorgensen. Three wins this season, one of which was the Olympic

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triathlon. The hat trick just one step too far. She has to settle for

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runners up position overall for 2016.

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It could be the last time we see Gwen Jorgensen on the AT

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triathlete stage. Please welcome Flora Duffy! Flora Duffy world

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champion! Consistently Sol I wouldth Ied -- solid this season. First

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triathlon series victory came after so many near misses in Stockholme on

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2nd July and she was forever in the top five getting better and better

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as the season progressed. Had a disappointing Olympics. But she made

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this Grand Final her focus. And didn't she nail it in Cozumel! ?

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Brilliant swim, fantastic 40k on the bike and a brilliant, grave run to

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win the world title for 2016. NATIONAL ANTHEM

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PLAYS. APPLAUSE.

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The moment that Duffy will never forget, done the double today. She

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wins the race and the world title. A good day for Flora Duffy in Cozumel.

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TfL TfL It was nice to hear God Save the Queen ring out even though it

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was for Bermuda. But take nothing away from Flora Duffy who over the

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course of 2015 has proved herself a worthy champion? I love to watch her

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race because she's so fearless. She's kind of changed the racing,

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she's made the other girls up their game a bit and she certainly makes

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it a lot more exciting. The strides she's made have been huge, haven't

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they, and there were so many similarities this time to Leeds, you

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had nuclearry at the front, tucked in behind Learmonth and Hall, but

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unlike in Leeds when Gwen came from behind to take the race, this time

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Flora even increased her lead so that proves just what a racer she's

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become? Yes, I think looking at 2015 she had two thirds of her race.

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Initially she's come with a full game, she's improved her run beyond

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doubt really. We can't look too much into the run times because it was so

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hot yesterday but she managed to hold that minute gap that she got

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over Jorgensen coming out. She really held it together in the heat

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where I think a lot of the other athletes were suffering. What about

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Gwen because it did look perhaps like after all she did in Rio, she

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just didn't have enough in the locker? She came to the race to win

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without a doubt but yes, I guess the media stuff she's had to do and just

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the fact she's won a gold probably has meant that the last few weeks

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have not been the best preparation for her. That's been the same for

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everyone as well. Strong showing for the Brits, Jess and Lucy did well

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after the first and second disciplines, terrible way to end the

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season for Vicky Holland. She wouldn't have been happy with that,

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even though it's been a year to remember? Yes. That can happen to

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anyone, it was just so unfortunate that it was Vicky and it was the

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Grand Final. She'll be hugely disappointed but she's not going to

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forget about that bronze any time soon. You wouldn't, would you, if

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you had one? ! What about Helen Jenkins, so close to getting herself

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on the podium, but again someone who's been there for Great Britain,

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flying the flag better than most and she had a point to prove? She

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certainly did. It was a great shame she was outsprinted by Charlotte

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McShane because this is probably her last Olympics I would say without a

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doubt, she's 34 now. While she came and started the year so positively

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and strongly, you know, she just had such a tough time being so poorly

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going into Rio. Then she's come away in the series fifth overall and

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hopefully that is some consolation for a very, very greatest athlete.

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Great athlete and a Great British athlete too. Flora Duffy world

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champion in 2016. What a champion, what a season. That rounds off the

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women's season and before we look ahead to the men's race, a reminder

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of the conclusion of the para-triathlon series. Two world

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champions in Andy Lewis and Alison Patrick in Rotterdam in July and a

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hugely successful debut for the Paralympics, all the events went

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spectacularly well and the British team came away with a gold. For Andy

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Lewis in PT 2. Steadman and Patrick got silver.

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It is great to see this side of the sport making such huge strides isn't

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it, Annie? It really is. Coming away with four medals, as triathlon makes

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its debut in the Paralympics, I can really only see it going from

:51:47.:51:50.

strength-to-strength. There is another indication the sport is in

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safe hands with strong British performances in the juniors in

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Cozumel. The junior men's race, a 17-year-old performed well in three

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disciplines with only an American and Canadian getting the better of

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him. Impressive debut at this level for 16-year-old Alex Yee who showed

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lightning run speed on the final discipline to go from 36th to fifth.

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European junior silver medallist Sam Dickinson struggled with the

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temperatures, but showed resilience to finish eighth. The conditions

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were so, so tough. Working with Sam and the other guys on the bike

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trying to get it done, I'm over the moon. I I had probably the swim of

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my career. I headed towards the front pack. I didn't quite have it

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in the end. There are a few holes in my race. I'm going to go back, have

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a good winter, patch up the holes and hopefully come back next year

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and see what I can do. I did the best I could in this heat. It was a

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strong team effort. In the junior women's event, for the juniors, it

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was tough. After problems with her bike, Rainsley finished 45th. Waugh

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and Mathias finished well, 11th and 17th respectively. It was won by

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Taylor Nib from the US. The men's Grand Final now, two guys who are

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clear signs of how far the British triathlon's come. They are back in

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action together tonight for the first time since the Olympic gold

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and silver-winning performances in Rio. I think you know who we are

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talking about. I would absolutely love to see

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Johnny win the world title. I've got to come first or second! I've gotten

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used to not winning races and not knowing how to win races but after

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Edmonton I've learnt what it is again to win a race. It's been a

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performance of experience, intelligence and ability.

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It's just going hot and hard. It will be a race of attrition. It's

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great to have Alastair here. I can trust him, he's going to want to

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race the same as I do. I don't think there's any secret that our tactics

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are to get out at the swimming at the front and ride out our laps.

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That's always in our best interests. It will be a glorious Golden double

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for Alastair Brownlee and Johnny finishes just a handful of seconds

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behind to take the silver. First and second in the Olympic

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Games then to become world champion would be the icing on the cake. We

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can do all we can to help him win the world title this weekend.

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And you will be able to see Johnny and Alastair in the Grand Final live

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on the red button from 10. 30 tonight. You can hear more from them

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in our highlights show with myself and Annie on BBC Two tomorrow

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afternoon at 1. 45. Both the mens and womens highlights are available

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on the iPlayer. We really do have another

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mouth-watering encounter for you. Set this one up Annie because there

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are some serious businesses to sort out on the start line? There

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certainly is. There is a World Championship title up for grabs

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between Johnny Brownlee and Mario Mola from Spain. Mola might get the

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edge in the heat but Brownlee has his brother to help him. Mola might

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have a lot of things going for him, he's leading the Championship,

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however, Johnny Brownlee has a little known Olympic champion up his

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sleeve that could help push him over the line and it will be so good to

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see the guys going toe-to-toe in the race for the last time? We saw them

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in Leeds, brilliant together, again in Stockholme, they both finished in

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the gold and Silver Medal position. Then of course, at the Olympic

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Games. The fact that Al can't win the title, he hasn't raced enough,

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doesn't have enough points, means he's most definitely going to be

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working for his brother. Almost like a soap opera, you can see the

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storylines coming out. A fantastic end to the women's season and it's

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set to be another fantastic climax in the women's race as well. Thank

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you for joining us From all of us in Mexico and from us in Sal for, thank

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you for joining us, we'll see you tomorrow.

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Ore Oduba introduces the best of the action from the elite women's race in the season-ending world series grand final. Britain's Jodie Stimpson was among the triathletes seeking to finish the nine-leg world series as world champion on the Mexican island of Cozumel.

Look forward to a stellar line up as the series reaches its climax, with Olympic champion Gwen Jorgensen and bronze medallist Vicky Holland both looking to end the season in style.


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