Stockholm Highlights Triathlon: World Series


Stockholm Highlights

Highlights from the penultimate round of the World Triathlon Series. Jonathan Brownlee won in Stockholm in 2012 and 2014 but faces stiff competition from Spaniard Mario Mola.


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Hello, and welcome to the Penallta Matt round and this year's world

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triathlon series, -- Penallta Matt round. It comes from Sweden's

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capital, Stockholm. This is the last chance to amass points ahead of the

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grand final in Rotterdam next month. Up first this afternoon, it's the

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women's race. After her first World Series victory in Montreal this

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weekend, we've been speaking to one of the hottest properties in

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triathlon right now, Ozzie Ashleigh Gentle. Jodie Stimpson makes her

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latest comeback from injury here in Stockholm and is hoping to enjoy

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what is left of the season. I've missed a lot of time this year, I'm

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happy to be back racing. I've been catching up with Johnny Brownlee

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after another fourth-place finish in Montreal, and getting to know

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Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt. But first, here is Matt Chilton with a

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look at the 2017 series so far. The season start saw the return to form

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of Andrea Hewitt and Javier Gomez Noya both winners in Abu Dhabi. For

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the first time in many years, British success has been hard to

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find. Alistair Brownlee's cameo performance in Leeds the only

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victory of the 2017 series. But, God Save The Queen has still been a

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familiar sound. Only because it's also the album of Bermuda. Roudham

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Bermuda Flora Duffy has four wins, propelling her to the top of the

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women's rankings. Whilst on the men's side, Spain's Mario Mola has

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topped the podium four times. But neither he nor Duffy have had at

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there own way. Mola laboured over the hills of Montreal at the start

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of August as his mentor Gomez and second win of his year. The fee's

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expected breakaway never materialised. -- Duffy's. Ashleigh

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Gentle took the honours. There are many twists and turns in the two

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remaining courses, in Stockholm and in the grand final in Rotterdam on

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September 16. And there may well be further twists and turns in the to

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become world champion for 2016. -- 2017. Like Leeds, Stockholm has a

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split transition. This is transition won by City Hall, you can see the

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choppy waters behind me. Transition two is on a steep cobbled hill

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outside the palace, it is a tough course suiting and all-round

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triathlete like Flora Duffy, who had a resounding victory here last year.

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She had talked about skipping this race, but she is here, and you can

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see that she has an opportunity. She can further extend her lead if she

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can get back on top of the podium today. As second place finish in

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Montreal bought her Bartra race unbeaten streak to an end, but she

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can go to Rotterdam with maximum points available at -- as it is the

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five best placed results that count towards the World Title. A couple of

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familiar faces have been missing from the women's series's Helen

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Jenkins and Gwen Jorgensen. They have had a pretty good excuse, they

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have both had babies. Helens -- Helen first, and then when gave

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birth to Stanley Allen, both weighing in at sevenlbs. Great news

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to both of them. Whilst Wayne is coming to terms with motherhood, her

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coach has been working with Australia's Ashleigh Gentle to great

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effect. Victory for Ashleigh Gentle, for the first time in her career.

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Congratulations for Montreal. How did that feel? It was overwhelming,

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to be honest. I've had a few silver medals before on the world circuit,

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the win came when I least expected it. I went on to the race with a bit

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of sickness. To come out for the win was a bit of a shock. But obviously

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happiness and a bit of relief as well. When did you realise that this

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would be your race? Not until I crushed the finish line, to be

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honest. I'm told that I looked behind too many times. But I guess

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that was part of the shock. I was just like, is somebody going to come

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running past me now or what? It wasn't until I got to the end then I

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realised that I had won. How are you feeling going into Stockholm? You've

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got to be on the high? I guess I got more confidence from that. I saw

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what I could tap into it when I wasn't feeling so well. I need to be

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able to convert that into when I'm feeling good. And I'm feeling good

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now. I've got to think about those things that I learned from Montreal

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and take them with me and hold onto them and really dry and convert them

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into my racing all of the time. You have been training with Jamie

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Turner. What advice and support has he given new? I guess it's very

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different to what I'd done in previous years. The intensity in the

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training has gone up quite a bit from what I'm used to. But it's not

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just the physical stuff. I guess he's trying to mentally prepare me

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for these races as well. And I think that's a huge thing for me. Just

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trying to combine them and keep myself well balanced and relaxed

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going into a race is really important. Gwen has been out having

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her baby, Stanley. There we congratulations to her. She's -- is

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absolutely gorgeous, too. I can see what I can learn from her. That's

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what I've been thinking of doing. Just trying to better myself to be

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more like her and her she approaches the races. Tell us about what you

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are working on's swimming, have you been working on that particularly?

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Of course, the swim is always seems to be and has been my weakest leg.

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I've been training hard for a really long time to improve my swim.

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Sometimes it's of course physical, but also mentor too. It's something

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that I'm going to continue to work on. That will be a big priority in

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my programme. Because I've always worked so much on my swim, I feel

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that I haven't really come the you know, see my full capacity on the

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run. I guess that's something which I will continue to work with Jamie

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with. I really look forward to trying to explore that more and

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seeing how fast I can go on the run. I feel as though it is something

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that I've got more to give in that area. That sounds really exciting

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for Ashleigh, but quite frankly terrifying for everyone else. What

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of the British team? Non Stanford isn't here, she's recovering from

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injury. Vicky Holland has announced a premature end to the season after

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injury, but she will be putting her vocal chords to good use helping

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Matt and Annie with the commentary. He'll is going to be diving in for

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Great Britain? We have Lizzie Hall, India Lee, and somebody who

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absolutely loves triathlon - Jodie Stimpson. I love triathlon. I love

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everything about triathlon. Well it's on TV, if I'm not supposed to

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be racing, I'll be watching it. But it's been terrible watching the WTS

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races, because I just want to be in them. How you feeling? Excited and

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happy to be back racing. I want to talk to about two or hold you.

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You've made some changes, you've moved to Loughborough. How has that

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been for you? Basically, everything that I used to do before I don't do

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now. On the bike... On the run, I have to run to pace. It's refreshing

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in one way, but new challenges for everything in training. Everything

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was going really great, going great into Abu Dhabi. And then between Abu

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Dhabi and the Gold Coast, I personally got carried away. Because

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Abu Dhabi's result was... Fantastic, so good, amazing. Such a big

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surprise. I had no idea how it would go, a new training group. I think I

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started training to quickly too hard after Abu Dhabi which flared up the

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keel is a bit and then it was a knock on. It was then trying to

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rehab from that as well. What are your aims next year? Number one has

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got to be defending the Commonwealth title? Jodie Stimpson and England

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went to be the first goal of the game. I haven't to go. It's in the

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selectors' Hands. It gives me goose bumps thinking about missing it. If

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I go, it's all geared towards that, of course, everything will be geared

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towards that. If I was one of the selectors, what would you say?

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Please, please take me! Yes, I'd love to have the opportunity to

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defend the title. How much are you looking forward to Stockholm? It's

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in two mindsets. I'm really happy and excited just to be here and be

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healthy enough to race. But this quarter of me is like, oh, I'm not

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wearing want to be. I've just got to make sure that I swim well. If I

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don't swim well, I'm going to be working my backside off to get to

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the front of the race. If I near the front, I'm going to be trying to get

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away. I just want to go into it and go and have fun. This course is

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definitely want to have it. -- one to have it. Fantastic to hear Jodi

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on such good form, very good luck to her. With Jodie, Flora Duffy,

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Ashleigh Gentle and the rest of the British women lining up at the

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pontoon, we have the makings of a great race. Let's can do to

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commentary from Matt Chilton, and the Amerson, and Olympic

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bronze-medallist Vicky Holland is -- Annie Emerson.

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COMMENTATOR: The weather isn't that one, it feels autumnal in the

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Swedish capital as we get ready for round eight of the 20 17th world

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triathlon series -- 2017 well triathlon series in this magnificent

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city. This is a full distance, a 1500 metres swim, a one kilometre

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lap followed by a 500 kilometre lap. Then a unique lap on the bike of 4.6

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kilometres before they then write nine laps of four kilometres in and

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around the city, taking in three of the different islands that make up

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this waterborne Swedish capital. And then the run, which involves four

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lapse of 2.5 kilometres each to bring up the 10,000 metre run

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distance. So, following the full distance race in Montreal and the

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sprint distance in Edmonton, it's back to full distance racing here in

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Stockholm. But Rob lapse of 2.5 kilometres to conclude. -- four

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lapse. Flora Duffy wears number one. The world champion looking to win

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the title for the second successive year. She wears the golden number

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one on Harbour on. Ashley Jensen, the Australian who came good in

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Montreal, is number two. Jodie Stimpson has number 14. Jess Lamont

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is also won the start list with number 11, the European champion,

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won the title in Austria in the middle of June. Lucy Hall is also

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involved. She wears number 18 today, a strong swimmer. And India Lee, she

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is the fourth British representative in the start list this afternoon,

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with number 90. It's a beautiful afternoon in the Swedish capital. We

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are ready for round eight of the 2017 world triathlon series,

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Stockholm playing host. Choppy water ahead. A wet suit swim. They are

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lined up and ready go. And the race begins. Somebody had a very early

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start. Somebody seemed to go a split second before the majority of the

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field. And now they set off on this first lap of 1000 metres. They will

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get out of the water at the end of that for the second, shorter lap of

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500 metres. That will be followed by a 40.6 kilometre cycle. Amber Rudd

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is a 10,000 metre Irfan, a full Olympic distance race this afternoon

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-- and the run is the 10,000 metre affair. I'm joined by Vicky Holland

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and Ami Emerson. We have justly and making a positive start to the swim

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for Great Britain is that Galip no surprise to see Jess is leading the

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way. She really is, on a good day, one of the strongest swimmers in the

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world triathlon series that the moment. Yes, I think it would be

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hard to overlook Jess is the best swimmer now in triathlon. Her and

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Lucy together, Lucy Hall, have dominated the swim is that they have

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been in over the last few years. Jess has a really, really good open

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water stroke, a short stroke, high turnover, similar to what we see

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from the Bramley Brothers. That lends it nicely to open water choppy

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conditions like this one. She has been at altitude recently in Italy.

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The word on the street is that she is swimming even better than she

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normally does. It's no surprise for me to see her leading the swim. Lucy

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Hall on her feet, the shot we had a double of minutes ago showed Flora

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Duffy just next to Lucy. I'm not surprised to see those three girls

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at the front earlier on. Looking back to Hamburg, Lucy raced there.

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She had an uncharacteristically slow swim for her. I would imagine that

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she is bringing her best swim here to Stockholm, isn't she?

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Yes, in a lot of ways comforting for those of us not at the front of the

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swim to see someone having a bad day because it shows we are human. She

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is second place to Jess. This is the Lucy we are used to seeing.

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Hamburger is a very short distance to the first buoy, and if Lucy is

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off her pace she may have ended up in the crash run, and for someone so

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used to being at the front of races, they are never in that crash, never

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in the melee with the masses. She is so used to being out front with

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clean water and not having to fight that when she is in that position it

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is quite hard, something she will not have practised often. We now

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have two swimmers on the right side, confusing for people looking on, are

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they in the same race? Of course they are but they have chosen to go

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wide. I have a feeling that is Flora Duffy on the outside. I think that

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is floral on Lucy Hall's feet, I think I can see the number one on

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the cap. On the far side, that is rootsy air, coming across from the

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far side, who may have had a pontoon position and may well have held her

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line. Approaching the first turn, they have installed underwater

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cameras this weekend, such is the concern with the authorities at the

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ITU about the danger of the tight turns and the injuries the racers

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can pick up. There are underwater cameras. They are well strung out

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now and I am not sure if we will see drama and incident here. It may be a

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different story for the men's race later. Jess Learmonth Way ahead, on

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the return leg while the last of the swimmers are still approaching the

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turning point. All Great Britain leading them through, halfway

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through the opening lap, a lap of 1000 metres to start with, after

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that they will exit the water, dived back in for the second shorter lap

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of 500 metres. British triathletes in prominent positions here. 1000

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metres done, 500 metres still to swim, and Learmonth is first to rise

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out of the water and make a way forward and round to begin the

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second lap. Team-mate Lucy Hall follows her up the steps and along

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the pontoon. Difficult to spot the numbers in the bright sunshine.

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Zaferes was there as well. They will dive back in before they start the

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second lap. Hopefully the graphic will show us who is doing what. It

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hasn't worked so far, so a bit of guesswork. We know about Learmonth

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and Hall. Flora Duffy not far away last time we got a name check so we

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will assume Duffy is amongst the leaders as well. I think it was

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Flora inferred, the Faroes in fourth -- Flora in third, Zaferes in

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fourth. I didn't see Jodie or India. This was Learmonth first out of the

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water followed by Lucy Hall, Duffy not far behind scrambling up the

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steps, and backing for the start of the second lap. I think that is

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Kirsten Kasper. . I think in fairness, it is difficult for the

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viewer to see, looking at the swim, it all looks peaceful and easy but

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when you are in the mix it is tough. It is quite disorientating. It can

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be. When you are on somebody's feet you tend to be following them and

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not looking all the time at the buoy. The siting of the buoy is

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advised, you don't want to be too far off course, but you don't want

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to expend too much energy by constantly looking for it rather

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than getting into your rhythm. There can be times when you are not sure

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how close you are to be end of the swim or the next buoy. And the

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swimmers around you. And the swimmers around you! Stimpson has

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been given a 15 second penalty. We saw somebody executed. False start.

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I was hoping it wouldn't be a British triathlete, but

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unfortunately Jodie Stimpson will have a stop- go penalty to undertake

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later in the race. We know she was excited to get back racing! I think

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she was too excited to get back on the start line. Look to the right,

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there she goes. She falls a little bit in but that will incur a

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penalty. We have news of Stimpson's performance in the water following

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the false start, or the early start. At the end of lap one she was not

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far behind, only 12 seconds down, so after she takes the stop - go

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penalty in transition one, she will be getting on for 30 seconds down.

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So Stimpson is by no means out of this race despite the 15 second

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penalty coming her way that she is about to discover as she exits the

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water. First of all, it will be fellow British triathlete Jess

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Learmonth. What a stunning swim from Learmonth. Out of the water, starts

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to creep out of the wet suit as Learmonth leads them through

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followed by Lucy Hall, world champion. World leader Flora Duffy

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next, then the first of the Americans out, Katie Zaferes.

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Stimpson on the blue carpet, but she has bad news awaiting her when she

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reaches her bike. Routier further removed from the leaders than she

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would normally expect, 21 seconds down. Let's watch this, as they

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arrive in this autumnal scene with leaves scattered over the blue

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carpet in transition. Nobody waiting to penalised Jodie Stimpson. Yes

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varies. Stimpson is about to get the bad news. Awful for Jodie, such a

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fantastic swimmers well, and she will find out she has a stop and go.

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She hasn't realised. There we go. Now she is having her stop and go.

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This is awful. She had a fantastic swim, the best swim we have seen

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Jodie have in years, and she is still standing there. This is

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agonising to watch. She has improved her swim which was a weakness. We

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know she will ride had now but I hope she can get back into the race.

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15 seconds must have seemed like a lifetime for Stimpson. Gentle, the

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Montreal winner, one minute 18 seconds off the pace, and now

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Stimpson has taken her punishment and is on her bike. Let's hope from

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her point of view that she can find decent riders to team up with and

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maybe do some damage to the Learmonth group's lead. They are

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already on the way on lap one. I don't know what was going through

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Jodie's mine but she was very calm. She took it well. That is crucial,

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that she keeps calm, gets the heart rate down. Andrea Hewitt going down,

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she had a disaster in the swim, as did Ashleigh Gentle as you

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mentioned, one minute 18 down. At least Jodie knows she has strong

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cyclist behind but she is in no man's land because the front runners

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are way up the road and the good bikers are down the road so she will

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have to do quite a bit of work by herself. There is no way Jodie will

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be waiting for those girls behind her. She said no matter where she

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came out of the swim she would ride had the whole time. Lap one of the

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bike, the first unique lap from City Hall to the royal Palace. The lead

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group is controlled at the moment by world champion Flora Duffy, the

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Bermudan in the familiar red top out in front with Jessica Learmonth and

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Katie Zaferes for company. Lucy Hall in the background not too far away

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from the group but an awful position to be in, dangling 5-10 seconds of

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the group, and that group will work now. We know Flora will not hang

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around. The Faroes will be motivated and Jess will want to right the

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wrongs of other races. She is racing for herself and has free rein, and I

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think she races tactically we will see a fantastic results. Stimpson,

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number 12, 32 seconds behind after incurring the 15 second penalty she

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got for jump-starting. She was incredibly keen to race but perhaps

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a little too keen. It is marginal but the rules are the rules. This

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race is already fascinating, with Learmonth in contention in front

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along with Zaferes, and Flora Duffy and the trials and tribulations

:24:24.:24:27.

suffered by Jodie Stimpson, who will now try to make amends, there is all

:24:28.:24:33.

sorts of twists and turns to enjoy as this race unfolds, and they climb

:24:34.:24:37.

over the cobbles with the blue carpet making life a little more

:24:38.:24:41.

comfortable under the wheels, to the top of the hill, in front of the

:24:42.:24:46.

Royal palace to complete the first unique lap, the bike intro they are

:24:47.:24:51.

calling it, the first lap into transition one out of the water to

:24:52.:24:55.

transition two by the Palace. That is the chase group, the chaste pair,

:24:56.:25:03.

Lucy Hall alongside Alice Betto, and three on their tails trying to close

:25:04.:25:11.

the gap. Taylor Spidey, we saw with the second place result in Leeds,

:25:12.:25:18.

Kirsten Kasper virgin Yokohama -- third in Yokohama. . Jodie Stimpson

:25:19.:25:29.

is 53 seconds down on Flora Duffy. Just about 20 seconds down on the

:25:30.:25:34.

pack in front, so if Jodie keeps bogus and keeps working, we know she

:25:35.:25:37.

is strong on the bike and the swimming and has had time out with

:25:38.:25:42.

the Achilles injury. She has been working on the bike, so she is bike

:25:43.:25:49.

fit. India Lee coming through one minute 16 off the pace. Jodie

:25:50.:25:57.

Stimpson leading that group of seven in total. Can they do damage to the

:25:58.:26:06.

Duffy group's lead? Looking at the other athletes in her group, trying

:26:07.:26:10.

to pick out somebody who will help her on the bike, but it is tough,

:26:11.:26:15.

she is doing all the work at the moment and thinks, if I sit in we

:26:16.:26:20.

will lose more time. She has Joanna Brown from Canada, who has had

:26:21.:26:25.

decent races, a breakthrough year for Joanna, fourth in Montreal on a

:26:26.:26:29.

tough bike or so we know she can ride. Hopefully that is good company

:26:30.:26:34.

for Jodie Stimpson. Back with the leaders, Duffy, the Faroes and

:26:35.:26:38.

Learmonth, clean break in transition, Duffy put the hammer

:26:39.:26:40.

down in the early stages as she always does, Best biker on the tour,

:26:41.:26:46.

and they climb again. We will get a check on timings, they are in front

:26:47.:26:50.

of the Royal palace for the second time at the end of the intro lap.

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The gap to the next group then was 36 seconds so we will keep an eye on

:26:55.:27:00.

how that has changed now they have completed the first of the familiar

:27:01.:27:02.

laps around the streets of Stockholm. Eight laps to go in

:27:03.:27:11.

total. As Zaferes, Duffy and Learmonth head off into the cobbled

:27:12.:27:19.

streets of the old town of beautiful Stockholm. Lots out enjoying the

:27:20.:27:23.

Saturday afternoon sunshine and watching the World Triathlon Series

:27:24.:27:27.

unfold. 36 seconds was their lead at the end of the intro lap, I think it

:27:28.:27:32.

will be much greater now at the end of the first of the normal laps

:27:33.:27:35.

around the city. The next group making the turn. Kasper, Hall,

:27:36.:27:42.

better oh and Claire Michel, 55 seconds down. 36 seconds against 55

:27:43.:27:54.

seconds, a lot of damage done by Learmonth, Duffy and Zaferes on the

:27:55.:27:58.

first of the regular laps around the city. And it is now officially

:27:59.:28:08.

called the Jodie Stimpson group, the comeback triathlete. She is

:28:09.:28:14.

potentially about to dictate the pace of this group. She will hope to

:28:15.:28:19.

run this race on her turn. Mixed bag so far today for Stimpson. Started

:28:20.:28:26.

early, punished with a 15 second stop- go penalty in T1, worked hard

:28:27.:28:32.

to get back into contention, in control of this group of ten. That

:28:33.:28:37.

stumble at the start will haunt Jodie I think a little in this race

:28:38.:28:40.

because she is riding fantastically and the swim cannot be

:28:41.:28:44.

underestimated, it is something Jodie has struggled with over the

:28:45.:28:47.

years and worked so hard on. She has really improved and I am impressed

:28:48.:28:52.

with her swim today. Zaferes is down. Goodness me! Heartbreaking.

:28:53.:28:59.

Hopefully we will see what happened to Katie Zaferes. Her race is over,

:29:00.:29:04.

doesn't look like she will continue any time soon. She has picked up a

:29:05.:29:14.

nasty bump on my left shoulder, helped away from the scene of the

:29:15.:29:16.

crash, and that leaves Flora Duffy and just Learmonth in front. We are

:29:17.:29:19.

just seeing her go around the corner. She wiped out a little too

:29:20.:29:22.

much, maybe didn't have enough pressure on the outside leg it looks

:29:23.:29:26.

like, and that is the same corner Stanford crashed on last year so

:29:27.:29:30.

this corner has form, people have crashed here before. I was about to

:29:31.:29:35.

say how impressed I have been with her cornering and technical ability

:29:36.:29:38.

today. She was right at the front, in that group, but that is a nasty

:29:39.:29:43.

crash. Learmonth thankfully able to steer clear of the prone Katie

:29:44.:29:51.

Zaferes on the tarmac. Zaferes DNS today. Three laps to go for this

:29:52.:30:00.

pair, Learmonth and Duffy. The last time they were in front of the Royal

:30:01.:30:04.

palace their advantage over the Stimpson group was one minute 45.

:30:05.:30:09.

Let's see how that changes shortly as the Stimpson group approaches the

:30:10.:30:12.

turn and makes the climb to the Royal Palace.

:30:13.:30:18.

Jodie won't be the first that week to have faced the stop and go and

:30:19.:30:25.

trying to get herself onto the podium. We don't know how her

:30:26.:30:29.

running is yet, so that is speculation. But where she took her

:30:30.:30:36.

penalty was more disadvantageous than the Olympics. There is very

:30:37.:30:40.

little advantage to be gained at that point from being in a pack,

:30:41.:30:44.

whereas Joty missed the pack because of the stop- go she had to take so

:30:45.:30:50.

early in the race. In a run, you can choose on which lap you take it?

:30:51.:30:55.

That is right, you can choose on any of the laps you take it. It does

:30:56.:30:59.

seem a little harsh, but lessons learned, I guess. She was easy to

:31:00.:31:04.

get back, it shows how excited she was. Just a rush of blood to the

:31:05.:31:08.

head as the countdown continued to start. They're making the turn up

:31:09.:31:14.

the hill, almost two minutes. 1.58 now. They have done more damage.

:31:15.:31:26.

Nearly two minutes, Flora Duffy is overtake the Jodie Stimpson group.

:31:27.:31:31.

This has become a lead that increases Jess's chance of her

:31:32.:31:37.

holding on for the second place, and definitely a podium point. A couple

:31:38.:31:41.

of girls in that group he will argue at runners. Those girls are probably

:31:42.:31:47.

going to make a bit of inroads into Jess on the run. But I don't think

:31:48.:31:52.

they will make two minutes. These guys are further down the road. The

:31:53.:31:57.

second chase group, if they can minimise the deficit going on until

:31:58.:32:01.

the main chase with your Jodie Stimpson group. That is really good

:32:02.:32:07.

light -- for the likes of Ashley Jensen. They can really run

:32:08.:32:12.

themselves into a top ten, maybe even a top five position at the end

:32:13.:32:17.

of the day. If they make it onto the chase group, a couple of podiums are

:32:18.:32:21.

up for grabs, potentially. That group has all of the incentive now.

:32:22.:32:31.

One more lap to go. A great performance from these two. They

:32:32.:32:34.

were three for a while until Katie is a vera is and her bike parted

:32:35.:32:41.

company, bashing down on her belly onto the tarmac on the street of

:32:42.:32:46.

Stockholm, a nasty crash. The American tried briefly to get back

:32:47.:32:49.

into the race before eventually calling it quits. That opened up the

:32:50.:32:53.

transfer somebody to come from the chase group and potentially get onto

:32:54.:32:57.

the podium. -- that opened up the chance. We are hoping that Jodie

:32:58.:33:02.

Stimpson can get involved after taking a Stoppard and go penalty at

:33:03.:33:06.

the end of the swim. Stimpson has kept her cool and kept herself into

:33:07.:33:12.

contention. Potentially Learmonth of Great Britain or potentially

:33:13.:33:14.

Stimpson of Great Britain could be on the podium this afternoon. It is

:33:15.:33:18.

hard to see anybody winning this race apart from Flora Duffy. The two

:33:19.:33:28.

leaders prepare for transition now. So, the pace is reduced

:33:29.:33:31.

significantly. They steer clear of each other. Feet out of the shoes,

:33:32.:33:37.

rest the shoes on top as they get set for the final climb. One hour

:33:38.:33:44.

and 24 minutes since this triathlon began with a 1500 metres swim. The

:33:45.:33:53.

dismount lying is approaching. Just got herself to the front

:33:54.:33:57.

convincingly down the last straight and put herself in the right

:33:58.:34:10.

position going into the -- into T2. Learmonth for Great Britain kept out

:34:11.:34:17.

of trouble. They were with Katie Zaferes, who had the crash.

:34:18.:34:21.

Learmonth keeping her cool in transition. And Duffy getting it

:34:22.:34:28.

done sharply. They break again. Learmonth and Duffy on their way at

:34:29.:34:38.

the end of the -- D two. 10,000 metres ahead of them now, Duffy is

:34:39.:34:45.

on her way, the world leader goes on the hunt for yet another world

:34:46.:34:50.

triathlon series win. She won in Yokohama, she won in Leeds and

:34:51.:34:55.

Hamburg, she won again in Edmonton. By the looking for her fifth win of

:34:56.:35:00.

the season. Learmonth in the hunt for her first world triathlon series

:35:01.:35:05.

podium. The leaders are on their way. Next group, with Jodie Stimpson

:35:06.:35:08.

fully involved, second to arrive at the dismount line. Stimpson on her

:35:09.:35:20.

way up the hill, looking out for her position in T2. Some athletes have

:35:21.:35:28.

further to go up the hill with their bikes. Everybody hoping to get this

:35:29.:35:35.

right. Keep our eyes on number 14, Jodie Stimpson. Nothing wrong with

:35:36.:35:43.

that, she is away. Solid transition, need -- neat and tidy for Jodie

:35:44.:35:48.

Stimpson. The chase group lost some time, disappointing for them,

:35:49.:35:53.

especially the ones are hoping to keep someone like death in their

:35:54.:35:57.

sights. I'm backing Jess for the second-place -- someone like Jeff.

:35:58.:36:02.

They will have wanted to keep that gap down just a bit more. At this

:36:03.:36:09.

point, every second matters. Gentle is sprinting up the hill, she means

:36:10.:36:14.

business here. She arrives at position number two. She needs to

:36:15.:36:18.

get this right. Nothing wrong with this so far, the winner in Montreal.

:36:19.:36:23.

Of underway. First to arrive and first to depart commode Andrea

:36:24.:36:27.

Hewitt for company. They go in pursuit of the Jodie Stimpson group

:36:28.:36:33.

now. Flora Duffy, potentially on course for a world triathlon series

:36:34.:36:40.

victory number five this season. And she's got nobody for company, she's

:36:41.:36:45.

all on her own, good transition for Duffy, good speed across the cobbled

:36:46.:36:52.

of Stockholm. There is just Learmonth. There is no doubt the

:36:53.:36:55.

ride will have taken something out of her. But it will have taken

:36:56.:36:59.

something out of everybody. Jeff isn't the only one suffering here a

:37:00.:37:03.

little bit, a lot of the girls struggled to find their legs. It was

:37:04.:37:06.

an unrelenting course. I am hopeful that Jess will find a bit of

:37:07.:37:12.

routine, I'd love to see her get on the podium today. Good runners in

:37:13.:37:16.

that group. Jodie Stimpson making her way towards the front of the

:37:17.:37:20.

pack. Distin Casper, familiar upright start. Brown of Canada just

:37:21.:37:26.

behind her. Stimpson with a bit of daylight, a bit of work to do is

:37:27.:37:31.

Stimpson settles into the rhythm of this run. They are on the flat part

:37:32.:37:36.

of the course now. Temperatures have just fallen off in the last couple

:37:37.:37:40.

of days in Stockholm, making it a much more manageable 18 degrees, the

:37:41.:37:46.

temperature of the air in the Swedish capital, as Duffy reaches

:37:47.:37:49.

the blue carpet and climbs for the first time at the end of her first

:37:50.:37:53.

lap of four with three to go. Jess has been in this position a couple

:37:54.:37:57.

of times when she's been up the road in a breakaway situation, and she

:37:58.:38:01.

hasn't quite held on for a podium. Here she is coming up the hill into

:38:02.:38:05.

transition, 34 seconds down on Flora Duffy. I'm not surprised to see the

:38:06.:38:11.

gap go down like that. Flora is good in transition, getting her rhythm

:38:12.:38:15.

quickly. Jeff has time to play with, to catch her breath and get into a

:38:16.:38:19.

routine. She has lost 34 seconds on the gap. More interestingly, what is

:38:20.:38:25.

the gap to the chasers? You can see Jodie Stimpson, who was yet to

:38:26.:38:28.

really find her race pace in the early stages of this run. The way

:38:29.:38:33.

things stand, Stimpson is down in eighth position. And here comes

:38:34.:38:37.

Ashleigh Gentle on a charge. In order for Gentle to improve her

:38:38.:38:43.

ranking and score some points, she has to finish in at least seventh

:38:44.:38:50.

position today. Gentle has gone past Stimpson and is now hooked onto the

:38:51.:38:54.

back of this group of four, which includes Casper and Yuko Takahashi,

:38:55.:39:01.

two athletes who have raced in every world triathlon series race so far

:39:02.:39:05.

this season. Gentle Mao hits the front, she is an outright third

:39:06.:39:10.

position. She has caught that chase pack within one lap, that is an

:39:11.:39:13.

impressive performance. You're watching the world number one, the

:39:14.:39:18.

world champion, Flora Duffy, pushing hard to the top of the hill, in

:39:19.:39:23.

front of the Royal Palace, where she becomes a stage closer to being

:39:24.:39:28.

crowned world champion in 2017, as she was in 2016. If Duffy wins and

:39:29.:39:35.

Gentle finishes third, Duffy will only have to finish seventh or

:39:36.:39:38.

better to win the title in Rotterdam. If of the winds and

:39:39.:39:42.

double finishes second, then Duffy will have to finish sixth or better

:39:43.:39:49.

to secure the title at the grand final in Rotterdam. Those are the

:39:50.:39:57.

stakes. Just looking at the time from last year when Flora Duffy won

:39:58.:40:00.

when she won her first world triathlon series event, it was

:40:01.:40:10.

2:03.38, it looks like she will smash that today. It looks to me

:40:11.:40:15.

like she is going to be inside two hours today, which is phenomenal

:40:16.:40:18.

racing on this course, because this is not a fast course, is it? It is

:40:19.:40:23.

not a fast course. The difference we are noticing between this year and

:40:24.:40:26.

last year, Flora rode the whole thing on her own last year. You

:40:27.:40:30.

could say that was our fault in the chase pack for not catching her, but

:40:31.:40:39.

you read the whole thing on her own, and this year she has done that with

:40:40.:40:41.

someone else, she has had that advantage. And she is a better

:40:42.:40:44.

runner this year than she was last year, no doubt. Jess Learmonth will

:40:45.:40:48.

take the bell, one minute and 22 seconds off the pace of Flora Duffy.

:40:49.:40:54.

One lap to go for Learmonth. Looking for her first-ever world round one

:40:55.:41:00.

series podium. The danger comes from Ashleigh Gentle. A remarkable race

:41:01.:41:05.

so far from Gentle. He was 25th coming out of the water. She stormed

:41:06.:41:09.

her way through the fields or she was 25th. She now sits in third

:41:10.:41:13.

position with just over one lap to go. No sign of Ashleigh in the

:41:14.:41:20.

background just yet, which is always good news. We don't want to see that

:41:21.:41:26.

Australian figure hunting down Jess. The longer that goes on, the greater

:41:27.:41:30.

the chances she will hold onto silver. Lets not forget, there's

:41:31.:41:34.

another part of the race to come, the race up the hill to the finish

:41:35.:41:41.

line. You don't want passed the sprint up the hill if you can avoid

:41:42.:41:46.

it. Looking for her seventh world triathlon series win today and her

:41:47.:41:54.

12 Aubel UTS podium. Lots of support for Flora Duffy. Acknowledgement of

:41:55.:42:01.

the crowd. 500 metres left to run, on her way to the fifth win of the

:42:02.:42:05.

season. Only Gwen Jorgensen has done that. She will begin to relax a bit

:42:06.:42:12.

now. She's not want to put her foot of the gas, but she will be

:42:13.:42:15.

beginning to enjoy the atmosphere a bit now and soak it up. It is

:42:16.:42:20.

becoming the Flora show. We are seeing this time and time again.

:42:21.:42:24.

This is an incredible season. The likes are. You have to mention that

:42:25.:42:28.

we are missing quite a few people. From the top ten in the Olympics

:42:29.:42:33.

last year, we only have two athletes racing, it has left some gaping

:42:34.:42:41.

holes. But detract from what Flora is doing, she has been phenomenal.

:42:42.:42:44.

That's not to say that she would have done this if everyone had been

:42:45.:42:47.

racing, but she is cleaning up this year. Yes, she certainly is. With

:42:48.:42:52.

just over 150 metres to go now, she makes her way up the blue carpet for

:42:53.:42:56.

the final time. She will be relieved, I think, to see the back

:42:57.:42:59.

of that blue carpet. But it's certainly going to be another

:43:00.:43:02.

victory for the outstanding athlete from Bermuda. On the climb for the

:43:03.:43:07.

final time, Flora Duffy has demolished the opposition once

:43:08.:43:13.

again. With a display of magnificent triathlon. Round eight in the

:43:14.:43:19.

Swedish capital of Stockholm will go to Flora Duffy of Bermuda. She lifts

:43:20.:43:24.

her sunglasses and knowledge as the crowd. She's dropping home. She'll

:43:25.:43:28.

move across to her left and take a high five or two from the supporters

:43:29.:43:35.

here. Time to ease up and enjoy the moment is Duffy wins in Stockholm.

:43:36.:43:42.

Just over two hours. Two hours and nine seconds for Flora Duffy for her

:43:43.:43:49.

fifth win of the season. Surely now she is a shoo-in for the World

:43:50.:43:52.

Title. It would need some freaky results in Rotterdam to deny Duffy

:43:53.:43:58.

her second successive world triathlon series title. Next onto

:43:59.:44:03.

the blue carpet, on her way to her first ever world triathlon series

:44:04.:44:07.

podium, will be Jessica Learmonth of Great Britain. Still waiting for

:44:08.:44:14.

Jess to come into shot. We don't know where Ashleigh is, but it looks

:44:15.:44:19.

like Jess is not letting up. She has raised so hard from start to finish,

:44:20.:44:24.

she made a tactically perfect swim and bike. I'm delighted to see that

:44:25.:44:29.

Jeff is going to bring home a podium result. This is so well-deserved, a

:44:30.:44:34.

strong all-round athlete. We've all known it's coming. Ashleigh Gentle

:44:35.:44:37.

is coming up behind her but I think she's going to run out of time. Jess

:44:38.:44:43.

isn't going to let up, she's going to hold on and get that

:44:44.:44:47.

well-deserved single medal today. Learmonth has no time to stop and

:44:48.:44:52.

enjoy the moment. She needs to secure their second place. It will

:44:53.:44:56.

be a personal best for Jessica Learmonth of Great Britain. She's

:44:57.:45:01.

home in second position in the world triathlon series, behind Flora

:45:02.:45:07.

Duffy. And a brilliant finish for Ashleigh Gentle. 25th out of the

:45:08.:45:11.

water, comes home on the podium in third, magnificent run again from

:45:12.:45:13.

the Australian. Jess hasn't even celebrated yet. She

:45:14.:45:23.

seems to have collapsed into a barrier, barely able to give Flora a

:45:24.:45:27.

hug. She will not believe it has happened yet but I know she will be

:45:28.:45:31.

over the moon with that result, as she deserves to be. The novel from

:45:32.:45:38.

Jess, so impressed. Another World Triathlon Series victory for Flora

:45:39.:45:42.

Duffy, her fifth of the season. Just Learmonth on the podium for the

:45:43.:45:47.

first time with Ashleigh Gentle in third. Jodie Stimpson finished 13th,

:45:48.:45:53.

Lucy Hall 17, India Lee came home in 19th position. And Flora Duffy wins

:45:54.:46:01.

again. Massive congratulations, how was it for you today? Thank you. A

:46:02.:46:06.

pretty good day for me, I won and the race worked out to my strengths.

:46:07.:46:12.

The swim is always full gas and it set the race up perfectly, great

:46:13.:46:16.

working on the bike, shame about Katie crashing. On the run about

:46:17.:46:21.

what you have left. There were three of you, Katie Zaferes had a nasty

:46:22.:46:26.

fall. What goes through your mind when that happens? Obviously Katie

:46:27.:46:29.

is a friend so I heard that buying and thought, gosh. You see her in

:46:30.:46:35.

the floor and it is horrible but you are racing, so you have to quickly

:46:36.:46:39.

focus again. It is great riding with Jess, we have done a lot of riding

:46:40.:46:42.

off the front together and I knew she had a chance of the podium today

:46:43.:46:47.

so I was hoping we could set that up for her. Fantastic for her. Jess,

:46:48.:46:51.

congratulations, fabulous race. Tell us how you feel. I can't believe it.

:46:52.:46:59.

A shock really, but great fun. I am delighted. Talk us through the swim,

:47:00.:47:05.

you came out first, how was that? Had, a choppy swim. I struggled a

:47:06.:47:09.

bit too site and when it is so windy it is so difficult to get a rhythm

:47:10.:47:13.

going, but I wanted to push it on to get a break on the bike because I

:47:14.:47:18.

knew obviously it is very technical, so it is good to be in a small pack.

:47:19.:47:24.

It worked out well. When you started the run you knew you were far ahead.

:47:25.:47:27.

What were you thinking and how did you keep ahead of the pack? I

:47:28.:47:35.

treated it like a time trial. It is all for having people chasing you

:47:36.:47:39.

down. You have to do your own running, not get too excited or go

:47:40.:47:44.

too fast. I think I just timed it right, but it was nerve-racking on

:47:45.:47:48.

the last lap, I was absolutely shocked and I knew she was coming up

:47:49.:47:52.

behind me. Where you checking behind you as well? I wanted to but people

:47:53.:47:59.

kept saying, don't look round! I knew she was coming, she's like a

:48:00.:48:04.

gazelle! Huge congratulations, Ashley, it was all about the run for

:48:05.:48:10.

you today, wasn't it? I didn't have the best start in the water and its

:48:11.:48:13.

split up. A hard place to be that I rode as hard as I could in that

:48:14.:48:18.

group, and ran as fast as I could to see what could happen. I think you

:48:19.:48:22.

ran the fastest run of the day, Jessica called you a gazelle.

:48:23.:48:35.

LAUGHTER. But she is fierce, so if we combine our powers that will be

:48:36.:48:38.

pretty cool. I am stoked that Jess got a first World Series podium.

:48:39.:48:40.

Jodie, a tough day, Witty want to start? I tell you what, I'll take

:48:41.:48:45.

it. Minus the penalty I had a good swim. I must have gone before

:48:46.:48:52.

because literally I... I was, like, was it? It must have been just in

:48:53.:48:56.

front but I had a good swim, I'll take that, with the swimmers there.

:48:57.:49:04.

I think I biked well. It got little annoying when I reached up to them

:49:05.:49:09.

in the chase back because Ben two of them started to try and break and I

:49:10.:49:13.

was, like, you are interrupting my rhythm. You were working hard on the

:49:14.:49:19.

bike. Yes, that was the plan. I knew I hadn't done the run training said

:49:20.:49:22.

the plan going into it was the swim and the bike as hard as possible,

:49:23.:49:26.

the running is what it is that the minute, but it was hard. We were

:49:27.:49:33.

standing near you for the 15 seconds, what was going through your

:49:34.:49:37.

head? You seemed very calm. It is like slow motion but when I see

:49:38.:49:40.

their backsides in transition I'll take that.

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Just over a week to go until the first British triathlon mixed relay

:50:04.:50:13.

cup. One of the star turns will doubtless be Johnny Brownlee, who is

:50:14.:50:16.

also racing here in Stockholm and hoping to get back on the podium.

:50:17.:50:37.

How are you feeling? I think I'm feeling pretty good. My training has

:50:38.:50:45.

gone very well since Montreal. My sessions have been good but it has

:50:46.:50:49.

been strange for me this year, kind of an off year so far. A fun year

:50:50.:50:54.

during the racing but I don't find it fun when I'm not racing well. As

:50:55.:50:58.

an athlete you want to be on the podium. To not be in that situation

:50:59.:51:04.

is tough to take sometimes. After Montreal use said a tough day, body

:51:05.:51:09.

not firing, tactical perfect. Can you explain why or is it just that's

:51:10.:51:13.

what's been going on? I was injured at the start of the year and try to

:51:14.:51:17.

come back to quit, maybe overdid my training early in the season to try

:51:18.:51:22.

to become world champion. It has taken a couple of months to get out

:51:23.:51:25.

of that. In Montreal and Edmonton when you add in long haul travel it

:51:26.:51:30.

adds another element, and there is no excuse in Stockholm, a couple of

:51:31.:51:33.

hours from Leeds and a good course so hopefully my body will be in good

:51:34.:51:38.

form. You clearly enjoy being here and did well here. Tell us about the

:51:39.:51:44.

course. Stockholm is different to many other courses, very technical.

:51:45.:51:49.

It has cobbles, basically we swim out of the town, normally quite

:51:50.:51:53.

rough water, riding to Stockholm city centre than the real technical

:51:54.:51:58.

circuit, the best thing to do is confident. Going into the corner not

:51:59.:52:02.

worrying about them, getting your breaking done before the corners so

:52:03.:52:06.

you don't slip out, make sure you pick your lines and you have looked

:52:07.:52:09.

at the course beforehand so you know where the harsher cobbles are and

:52:10.:52:14.

the smoother ones. Just be brave. If you are worried about a corner you

:52:15.:52:18.

want more likely to crash and fall off whereas if you go in with

:52:19.:52:20.

confidence you are more likely to go off the corner -- round the corner.

:52:21.:52:26.

Are you hoping for a podium? This year I want a podium, I have only

:52:27.:52:30.

had one in lead so far so if I have another good race here and get a

:52:31.:52:36.

podium that would be great. I go into most races wanting to win and

:52:37.:52:40.

if I can win here it will go a long way towards turning my season

:52:41.:52:44.

around. What are your hopes for next year?

:52:45.:52:48.

You have the Commonwealth Games which makes it an exciting year,

:52:49.:52:53.

doesn't it? Next year is an incredibly exciting year. I love

:52:54.:52:56.

targeting the big one-day races and Alistair may or may not be there so

:52:57.:53:01.

it may be a chance to beat him on a big one-day race. Then trying to

:53:02.:53:05.

become world champion next year is a big game and be competitive in the

:53:06.:53:09.

World Series. Much to look forward to next year

:53:10.:53:18.

but back to this year and the two fourth-place finishes in Canada mean

:53:19.:53:20.

Johnny is moving up the rankings, now the leading Brit but not by

:53:21.:53:23.

much. Tom Bishop is also hoping for a strong result today after spending

:53:24.:53:27.

the past month training at altitude in the Italian Alps. The top four

:53:28.:53:32.

represented by Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza, but hoping to

:53:33.:53:37.

leapfrog at least one of those two is a young Norwegian currently in

:53:38.:53:39.

fourth position who is becoming tougher to beat. Really focused. I

:53:40.:53:49.

love the training. I like to be in training camps. It is the way I like

:53:50.:53:51.

to be, racing. Hungry for more. What's it like racing in Sweden? You

:53:52.:54:08.

are from Norway, do you feel like a local lad? The Swedish crowd at

:54:09.:54:16.

sharing in this so it is the closest I have two racing at home. I am

:54:17.:54:24.

always looking forward to it is. Tell us about Montreal. You came

:54:25.:54:29.

second. How did that feel? It obviously felt good to be on the

:54:30.:54:34.

podium again but in Montreal I could have pushed a little further or gone

:54:35.:54:38.

a little further down in the basement and dug deeper. So I will

:54:39.:54:46.

try to go even harder. Who is your biggest competitor? Johnny. He is

:54:47.:54:52.

really motivated after two fourth-place finishes in Canada. I

:54:53.:54:57.

guess he has been training well since then. If it comes to it on the

:54:58.:55:02.

run, where would you be looking to make it hurt for him? I think I will

:55:03.:55:07.

not wait for the last 200 because of the hill. Maybe I am a few kilos

:55:08.:55:13.

heavier than him, and that will show on the Hill, so maybe I to go or

:55:14.:55:20.

something. You have trained with the Brownlee Brothers. What was that

:55:21.:55:25.

like? What did you learn from the? That was awesome. I joined them for

:55:26.:55:29.

two weeks in Spain two years ago, and it was a fun challenge is. What

:55:30.:55:34.

do you think about the way they race? Their racing style has been

:55:35.:55:38.

inspiring me since I was a junior. Since then I tried to push hard on

:55:39.:55:45.

the bike and try to make the people around me suffer before the run.

:55:46.:55:51.

Maybe try to copy them a little bit. Your message to Johnny? Wait for me

:55:52.:55:54.

on the swim! Will Johnny wait for Blummenfelt and

:55:55.:56:08.

what part will Mario Mola and Tom Bishop as well as the other Brits

:56:09.:56:12.

racing today, Bowden and Austin, play? It is time to find out. Let's

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get back to Matt, Vicky and Danny. COMMENTATOR: The athletes will line

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up as follows. No Javier Gomez in Stockholm, he has

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opted out of this one. The Olympic bronze-medallist Schoeman returns

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with number six today. Round eight of the 2017 World Triathlon Series

:56:42.:56:50.

here in Stockholm, under a cloudless sky but with plenty of shop on the

:56:51.:56:55.

water ahead. They are way, looked like a clean start. The women's race

:56:56.:57:00.

involved a false start for Jodie Stimpson of Great Britain, penalised

:57:01.:57:04.

with a 15 seconds stop-go penalty. And even break for the men and look

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at the bottom of your screen, the familiar figure of the best swimmer

:57:12.:57:15.

in the field, the Slovakian, having made an informed choice by starting

:57:16.:57:19.

from that position and is leading them out. That is no shock to

:57:20.:57:25.

anyone. An interesting field here, smaller as well compared to what we

:57:26.:57:33.

are used to. In terms of swimmers, Schoeman from South Africa, Bago,

:57:34.:57:35.

Brownlee, a couple of French athletes as well, and Aaron Royal

:57:36.:57:42.

from Australia as well, all decent swimmers. This swim favours the

:57:43.:57:47.

strong swimmers. Yes, this swim with the choppiness they face and the

:57:48.:57:54.

wind, it means as soon as they go it is harder to draft. You have a

:57:55.:57:58.

drafting benefit being on someone's feet but as soon as a gap goes it

:57:59.:58:03.

lessens dramatically and on a course like this in water like this, it is

:58:04.:58:07.

so much harder to get that same benefit you would get on a flat

:58:08.:58:12.

swim, so when gaps start to open up you can see them go. The shot we

:58:13.:58:17.

right now, that leads women there is dropping the person behind him. They

:58:18.:58:21.

will have to concentrate not to let the feet go because the gap is

:58:22.:58:27.

already over a metre and extending. Good to see now Johnny Brownlee

:58:28.:58:32.

making his way onto the feet of Varga. They spend a lot of trying

:58:33.:58:36.

training together, Varga was a partner for the Brownlee brothers in

:58:37.:58:45.

Leeds and decided to spend more time with them.

:58:46.:58:50.

We have a false start, I think. That's what we are looking at. I

:58:51.:58:57.

thought it was a clean start. Looking at it again somebody on the

:58:58.:59:03.

Johnny Brownlee side of the pontoon might have gone a fraction early,

:59:04.:59:08.

we'll keep an eye on that. News coming up, it is Schoeman who has

:59:09.:59:12.

been given a 15 second penalty for going over early on the start.

:59:13.:59:16.

Schoeman, one of the best swimmers in the field, the Olympic

:59:17.:59:20.

bronze-medallist, will have to do what Simpson did in the women's

:59:21.:59:24.

race. He won't know about it yet but he will soon, at the end of the

:59:25.:59:28.

second lap, he will find out when he gets to transition, and he will be

:59:29.:59:33.

near or possibly with the leaders, he will have to stand still for 15

:59:34.:59:35.

seconds while he gets the countdown. The end of lap one. They will climb

:59:36.:59:50.

out of the water before starting the shorter lap two, which is just 500

:59:51.:59:56.

metres. We are not getting the list of who is where at the end of each

:59:57.:00:01.

lap so we will rely on the naked eye to spot who is coming out in what

:00:02.:00:06.

position, that we do know Varga and Johnny Brownlee were first out of

:00:07.:00:07.

the water and first to return. I think Kristian Blummenfelt just

:00:08.:00:17.

came through our screens out, he is a bit off the pace if that was him.

:00:18.:00:26.

So, a shorter second lap now. We had a 1,000-metre lap to start with, a

:00:27.:00:34.

500-metre lap coming up. No sightings of Tommy Bishop or Mark

:00:35.:00:37.

Austin just yet. It is difficult to do so when they are all in wet suits

:00:38.:00:42.

and we don't have any live splits. But we know that Johnny Brownlee is

:00:43.:00:46.

having another characteristically fantastic swim, sitting in second

:00:47.:00:55.

place. Myler 30 seconds down, not where he wanted to find himself. But

:00:56.:00:59.

we know that his swim has improved -- Mario Mola. The swim is always

:01:00.:01:06.

going to be the point where Mario's weakness is going to show. But he is

:01:07.:01:11.

still at the back of that pack came on, he is not completely isolated.

:01:12.:01:15.

That's something that these other athletes will have tried to do, it

:01:16.:01:20.

is the tactic they played by not allowing him to have any of the

:01:21.:01:23.

strong suits next to him on the starting line. It has affected him,

:01:24.:01:28.

but at the moment he is in damage limitation, still capable of being

:01:29.:01:35.

in that main pack. And if he's in that main pack, anything can happen

:01:36.:01:38.

for Mario. The swim is almost done. It was around 18 minutes, compared

:01:39.:01:43.

to the quickest swim this season so far, in Leeds, 16.5 minutes. We are

:01:44.:01:49.

getting on for 18 minutes, as Wagner exits with Johnny Brownlee preparing

:01:50.:01:53.

for his arrival in transition. Next out of the water is Aaron Royle,

:01:54.:01:55.

another Leeds -based athlete. Mark Austin, the second of the

:01:56.:02:11.

British quartet, he is in 11th position. And they make their way to

:02:12.:02:19.

transition number one. Adam Boulton has come out, 25 seconds down, a

:02:20.:02:25.

decent start for him, British veteran Tom Bishop is nine seconds

:02:26.:02:31.

back, 23rd. And still no luck for Mario Mola. He comes out 42 seconds

:02:32.:02:37.

down. A couple of extra seconds lost for Mario Mola between the end of

:02:38.:02:40.

the first lap and the start of the second. Taking out of his wet suit,

:02:41.:02:45.

putting on his helmet at the same time. He's his way. Schoeman takes

:02:46.:02:50.

the penalty, didn't know it was coming, now he knows all about it,

:02:51.:02:55.

the 15 second stop - start penalty from a. In the water. It is a slow

:02:56.:03:00.

15 seconds, isn't it, for the Olympic bronze-medallist, who won

:03:01.:03:07.

the final event of the 2016 campaign in Mexico. Last September. Kristian

:03:08.:03:12.

Blummenfelt, and Mario Mola, they are on their way. Right at the back

:03:13.:03:19.

of that group. A long way behind. There is a worse wheel to have to

:03:20.:03:24.

follow them Kristian Blummenfelt for Mario Mola. Kristian Blummenfelt is

:03:25.:03:28.

so strong with the bike and work so hard. Mario Mola will be slightly

:03:29.:03:32.

disappointed with that swim. I think you will be very disappointed with

:03:33.:03:36.

that swim, but he will be thanking his lucky stars that he has just

:03:37.:03:40.

squeaked into that group at the back there. He is the last athlete in.

:03:41.:03:44.

That will really help him. Going out onto the road, finding the leaders.

:03:45.:03:49.

No surprise, Brownlee and Royle and filed out in front. These guys have

:03:50.:03:55.

formed a working party of around half a dozen here. That may well

:03:56.:03:59.

grow in numbers. It might be slightly more than that. Seven, I

:04:00.:04:08.

think. Well, they're going to work really hard. This is the time in the

:04:09.:04:13.

race, isn't it, where you've got to give it everything, just as Duffy

:04:14.:04:17.

and Ali Brownlee and Johnny Brownlee always do, get that gap and be

:04:18.:04:21.

prepared to go into a really dark place. Once you've got that gap, you

:04:22.:04:25.

can start looking forward and think about working the breakaway. This

:04:26.:04:32.

unique introduction lap is 4.6 kilometres. When you ride this

:04:33.:04:36.

course once, it takes them onto the main circuit in and around the Royal

:04:37.:04:41.

Palace, where they will ride a further nine times, nine laps of

:04:42.:04:45.

four kilometres each to bring up the distance of 40.6 K. The chase group

:04:46.:04:55.

numbers about a dozen. You can see the leaders coming around the

:04:56.:04:57.

roundabout in the opposite direction. So, the chase is now

:04:58.:05:02.

exactly what they have to do. They are around about behind. One of the

:05:03.:05:08.

Spanish athletes just at the back of the front pack, I think it's got to

:05:09.:05:12.

be Fernando Alarza, because the other Spaniard in there is Fernandez

:05:13.:05:16.

and he was quite a way back. He is desperately trying to get onto this

:05:17.:05:22.

front pack. Alarza has had so many consistent results, he has become

:05:23.:05:27.

the. You rarely see him outside the top ten in any race. But he did have

:05:28.:05:34.

those below par races recently. For him to have dropped out of this

:05:35.:05:38.

group, he will be really devastated if that's the case, because this is

:05:39.:05:42.

a fantastic opportunity for him to get back to where he wants to,

:05:43.:05:45.

accrue some more points coming into the grand final. The front group of

:05:46.:05:51.

seven now, a full check on exactly who is in this pack as they crossed

:05:52.:05:56.

the start- finish line at the top of the hill by the Royal Palace. We

:05:57.:06:00.

know that Johnny Brownlee is in there, desperate to score his first

:06:01.:06:04.

win of the season. He is second behind his brother Alister in Leeds.

:06:05.:06:09.

He had a couple of fourth places in Canada, Edmonton, and Montreal. Last

:06:10.:06:14.

time he won a world triathlon series was in Edmonton last year in 2016.

:06:15.:06:21.

Johnny has talked about how this has been an off year for him. You know,

:06:22.:06:28.

very, very high standards, as you would imagine. But this year just

:06:29.:06:31.

hasn't really brought the result that he was hoping for, that he is

:06:32.:06:34.

accustomed to. And I think that's been quite tough for him, as you

:06:35.:06:38.

would imagine it would be. For him to be at the front of the race here

:06:39.:06:42.

pushing on, I'm not surprised to see it at all, he will desperately be

:06:43.:06:45.

wanting to write wrongs of the season for him. Front group of

:06:46.:06:53.

seven, somebody trying to join in to make it eight. Badgers Fernando

:06:54.:06:56.

Alarza. He is dangling between the two groups at the moment -- that is

:06:57.:07:01.

Fernando Alarza. It will be difficult for him to get back on his

:07:02.:07:05.

own. The likelihood is that he will get swallowed up into the chase

:07:06.:07:09.

pack. Hopefully for him, he can utilise that pack and work with them

:07:10.:07:13.

to catch back onto the leaders. Johnny Brownlee is really cracking

:07:14.:07:17.

on here. He wants to open up a decent lead over the chase pack.

:07:18.:07:21.

He's got plenty of guys who can help him out. Richard Wagner will

:07:22.:07:25.

probably feel, I've done enough, I will do what I've done, the pace is

:07:26.:07:32.

much more pedestrian from this group here compared to the urgent scene we

:07:33.:07:36.

just saw from Johnny Brownlee at the front of the leaders group. This is

:07:37.:07:43.

the second chase pack we're looking at here, they are only a matter of a

:07:44.:07:47.

couple of seconds behind the main chase pack. So we've got Mario Mola

:07:48.:07:52.

in that group, Kristian Blummenfelt. From a British interest, we've got

:07:53.:07:58.

Thomas Bishop in that group. Kristian Blummenfelt is the athlete

:07:59.:08:02.

with the camera on-board, that's the reason why we're getting these great

:08:03.:08:07.

shots of the athletes. Mario Mola there, working really hard, he knows

:08:08.:08:11.

he's got to do something produce partial now if he's going to get

:08:12.:08:14.

back into this group -- something pretty special.

:08:15.:08:21.

The leaders, the numbers fell off a little, it went down to five for a

:08:22.:08:27.

moment, I think it's now six. I think Richard Wagner is the one who

:08:28.:08:31.

has struggled to make the pace being dictated by Jonathan Brownlee here

:08:32.:08:36.

-- Richard Varga. Aaron Royle is right behind him in number 50.

:08:37.:08:46.

So, a front group of six dictated the pace here. They're working hard.

:08:47.:08:55.

Down on the bars, working really hard to stay with these guys. Aaron

:08:56.:09:00.

Wills doing a great job. He's yet to have a really decent result this

:09:01.:09:05.

year, really, isn't the? Varga is sitting up and waiting for the chase

:09:06.:09:09.

pack, by the looks of things. I wouldn't be surprised if he's

:09:10.:09:12.

realised that he can't get back into that pack on his own. He's a great

:09:13.:09:17.

rider, but he's not as strong as the might of the six guys up the road.

:09:18.:09:20.

He's catching his breath, waiting for the chasers to come through and

:09:21.:09:24.

going again. They're going to swallow him up any second here.

:09:25.:09:28.

Varga hasn't got much longer to wait before he becomes part of this

:09:29.:09:34.

enormous group of riders. Bowed and sweeps past Richard Varga, and first

:09:35.:09:43.

-- Varga becomes part of this pack of riders who are the chase group

:09:44.:09:48.

right now. Adam Bugden has had a fantastic career, he's been very

:09:49.:09:53.

steady, -- Adam Bowden. He is one of the oldest guys, but he is our third

:09:54.:09:58.

most successful Brit in the world triathlon series. He has had over

:09:59.:10:02.

ten top tens. It's great to see at his age how well he raised in Leeds.

:10:03.:10:06.

He just missed out on the podium, finishing in fourth place just

:10:07.:10:11.

behind Tom Bishop. Adam Bowden, the great thing to see at his age, he's

:10:12.:10:15.

still got a great desire to go out there and race well. This is the end

:10:16.:10:20.

of the first of the radio laps around the city. And the leaders are

:10:21.:10:21.

on the climb. Now, they will stop the timing

:10:22.:10:32.

system shortly, at the end of the first lap their advantage was a

:10:33.:10:38.

healthy 44 seconds. They were seven, they've now become six. The next

:10:39.:10:42.

group, led by Kristian Blummenfelt, on the left of your screen with the

:10:43.:10:46.

Norwegian flag on his side. They're making the turn and the climb now.

:10:47.:10:50.

And the gap hasn't changed significantly. It's 36 seconds. So,

:10:51.:10:58.

still a healthy lead for the Johnny Brownlee group. Adam Bowden, Tom

:10:59.:11:03.

Bishop, both in this pack. Mario Mola sitting it out near the back.

:11:04.:11:10.

Richard Varga has joined in that group recently.

:11:11.:11:21.

A huge pack of riders. And plenty of British interest in there. Did you

:11:22.:11:31.

see Johnny Brownlee that, had a word with Bowden and Bishop and Austin,

:11:32.:11:35.

who I think are all in that chase group, had a scream at them, I don't

:11:36.:11:41.

know what exactly he said, but he clocked his fellow British

:11:42.:11:45.

triathletes and had a quiet word. Yes, I mean, if he did, I'm not sure

:11:46.:11:50.

if that is there. I think Bowden and Bishop Arthur Lee's, I mean, Bowden

:11:51.:11:54.

is an excellent athlete, Bishop has really proved himself when he ran

:11:55.:12:07.

side-by-side with have it Gomez Cora about seven kilometres in Abu Dhabi.

:12:08.:12:10.

Those guys have a right to be wanting the chase for the podium as

:12:11.:12:12.

well. Certainly Tom Bishop does. He's been there and has done it

:12:13.:12:15.

before. The chase group are sharing the workload at the front. The

:12:16.:12:20.

Frenchman yellow core forcing the pace at the moment with Kristian

:12:21.:12:25.

Blummenfelt, the Norwegian, in second position -- Pierre Le Corre.

:12:26.:12:30.

At the end of that, Brown is out of the saddle again, pushing the pace,

:12:31.:12:35.

making his way to the summit, alongside the Royal Palace. The last

:12:36.:12:38.

time they crossed this pass of the course, they were 34 seconds in

:12:39.:12:43.

front. They haven't quite reached the summit yet. Off into the shade

:12:44.:12:47.

under the inflatable arch, flattens out before they drop down on the

:12:48.:12:51.

cobbles. The chase group have lost a bit of time now. They were 34

:12:52.:12:55.

seconds down at the end of lap three. It's going to be up in the

:12:56.:13:03.

mid-40s, I think, by the time they've stopped the clock very

:13:04.:13:05.

shortly. So, the Brownlee group moving further clear. Another nine

:13:06.:13:09.

seconds added by the Brownlee group over the chase group. Out to 43

:13:10.:13:14.

seconds at the end of lap four of ten. Adam Bowden, still in there.

:13:15.:13:26.

Lots of international triathletes involved. We have that solid,

:13:27.:13:34.

hard-working group of six, who continued to dominate this

:13:35.:13:42.

competition. Dorian collects is in close order. Now, the third group up

:13:43.:13:49.

the hill. Richard Varga has gone all the way back to the third group now.

:13:50.:13:55.

His race has been all about going backwards after such a

:13:56.:13:58.

characteristically strong start in the water. I wondered if he had some

:13:59.:14:03.

sort of mechanical... It's a very decent cyclist, he doesn't have any

:14:04.:14:07.

problems normally stained with the front group. Mark Austin, really

:14:08.:14:12.

struggling. Mark is an another athlete, he had a really good swim.

:14:13.:14:16.

He was just outside of the top ten, Y twerk he needed to be. -- right

:14:17.:14:24.

where he needed to be. He wasn't quite able to go with that. He is

:14:25.:14:29.

suffering a bit now, as we get later run into the bike. -- later on into

:14:30.:14:37.

the bike. They have just under 17 Ks still to write. This leading group

:14:38.:14:40.

of six, Jonathan Brownlee catching a breather at the back. Third in that

:14:41.:14:49.

group, or Iain Conn inks, the Frenchman, the junior world champion

:14:50.:14:53.

in 2013. And the under 23 world champion the following year. As we

:14:54.:14:58.

pick up the action at the back of the chase group, with Adam Bowden,

:14:59.:15:01.

still out the back just keeping himself out of trouble.

:15:02.:15:07.

Walrond I'd like to see Adam just move up the pack a little. I'm not

:15:08.:15:15.

saying he should be on the front of the group. Other athletes like Mario

:15:16.:15:20.

Mola, the onus is on them to bring the gap backed down, but I would

:15:21.:15:24.

like to see Adam bring himself a little further forward, like Tom,

:15:25.:15:28.

sitting in sixth or seventh, that is a great place for Tom Bishop to be,

:15:29.:15:33.

not in a place where he has to do the work, he can watch what is going

:15:34.:15:38.

on, cover the brakes, near the front for the technical sections which

:15:39.:15:41.

makes life easier, and Adam will have to put a bigger exhilaration

:15:42.:15:51.

and after every corner, round every U-turn, he will need more power to

:15:52.:15:54.

stay on the back of that group. Tom Bishop has a twin brother, David,

:15:55.:15:57.

who is also a triathlete based at Loughborough. They are climbing

:15:58.:15:59.

again. Jonathan Brownlee leads them up Bay Hill to complete lap six of

:16:00.:16:09.

ten. Last time it was a 42nd lead they enjoyed, exactly halfway

:16:10.:16:15.

through the bike leg of today's Olympic distance triathlon. How has

:16:16.:16:18.

the chase group fared this time? Have they made a dent in the

:16:19.:16:23.

advantage of just under 15 seconds. This group of six on the downward

:16:24.:16:27.

stretch now, and shortly be Bowden and Bishop group, which also

:16:28.:16:35.

contains Mola and Blummenfelt, they are 49 seconds down and haven't made

:16:36.:16:39.

the turn to climb, so it will be closer to a minute this time. The

:16:40.:16:46.

gap has widen further, the Brownlee group have strengthened their lead,

:16:47.:16:52.

54 second advantage at the pose of lap six. Fantastic news for Jonny

:16:53.:16:57.

Brownlee. He is having an off year today on his very -- this year on

:16:58.:17:01.

his very high standards and to be going towards the end of the bike

:17:02.:17:06.

leg with a minute gap on Mola, that is what you can hope for in this

:17:07.:17:12.

racing and I'm sure he will capitalise on it. It has been a

:17:13.:17:17.

difficult year for him. Pigs would have been difficult without the

:17:18.:17:21.

crash in Yokohama. He was a good place and strong and then had that

:17:22.:17:27.

crash and then went to Leeds and had Alistair with him. That was a

:17:28.:17:31.

fantastic race, one of the most exciting races I have seen and to

:17:32.:17:35.

see what the Brownlee brothers did, particularly Alistair saying they

:17:36.:17:38.

would not give up, they would keep on going, and they did, finished

:17:39.:17:43.

first and second. It must be an impact for Jonny not to have his

:17:44.:17:49.

brother on the circuit. Blummenfelt has had an attempt at trying to open

:17:50.:17:54.

up some daylight, I think he is finding the pace a little pedestrian

:17:55.:17:58.

for his liking, and Blummenfelt wants to take it on. He has moved to

:17:59.:18:10.

the front, with Van Der Stel of Belgium for company. Mola in fifth

:18:11.:18:15.

place in this group at the moment. It will be tough for Kristian

:18:16.:18:18.

Blummenfelt today, on the podium behind Gomez over the full Olympic

:18:19.:18:22.

distance a couple of weeks ago in Montreal. But a much tougher asked

:18:23.:18:29.

today, having to come from a minute behind with some very strong runners

:18:30.:18:35.

out in front. Blummenfelt has worked hard today, he has been on the front

:18:36.:18:38.

for the majority of this 40 kilometre ride, so you can see him

:18:39.:18:46.

now, waving his hands, come round, come round, but whether they can't

:18:47.:18:50.

or don't want to, at this stage in the race, sometimes you think, stay

:18:51.:18:55.

roundabout that, let Blummenfelt do the work and save the legs for the

:18:56.:18:59.

run, which we have talked about previously. I don't know how

:19:00.:19:02.

sensible because of the big backers riding hard they can get off the

:19:03.:19:05.

bike and find themselves 40 seconds down, then it is a different game.

:19:06.:19:10.

The way to look at it at this point if they are still in the race, an

:19:11.:19:13.

minute down but still in the race, it is by no means game over. Someone

:19:14.:19:18.

like Blummenfelt understands that and knows at this point every second

:19:19.:19:22.

counts. If you can galvanise the group interactivity it will not take

:19:23.:19:26.

many of them to pull an odd turn here and that group will come down

:19:27.:19:30.

by ten or 15 seconds. Then that makes it even easier for them to

:19:31.:19:35.

achieve these top ten positions, potentially to run into top five,

:19:36.:19:40.

maybe even a podium. So I think Kristian has the right idea, he

:19:41.:19:47.

needs to keep this group going. He will be motivated and will be trying

:19:48.:19:53.

to encourage as gently as possible, or maybe more forcefully, some of

:19:54.:19:57.

these other athletes to do some work. We can see the core and Bishop

:19:58.:20:02.

having a discussion there. Tom won't be willing to do much work here with

:20:03.:20:09.

a team-mate up the road. Le Corre will be keener to see the pack move

:20:10.:20:14.

along together. He was 30 last year so one has good form on the scores

:20:15.:20:17.

and will want to see the Packers close to the lead group as possible.

:20:18.:20:22.

There was French body language going on there. It was clear that Le Corre

:20:23.:20:26.

was unhappy with the way Bishop was hanging about in the middle of the

:20:27.:20:30.

pack, but it is not in Bishop or the British team's interest for him to

:20:31.:20:34.

force the pace and close the gap to Jonny Brownlee, out in front with

:20:35.:20:39.

this group as Aaron O'Brien takes them to the bell. The bell will

:20:40.:20:42.

sound and there will be one lap around the streets of Stockholm on

:20:43.:20:47.

their bikes before the ten K run. The group of six, strong work so

:20:48.:20:52.

far. 58 seconds at the end of lap seven, 56 seconds by the end of lap

:20:53.:20:57.

eight, has the chase group managed to get it down to a more manageable

:20:58.:21:03.

52, 51 seconds or thereabouts? There seems to be a bit of urgency

:21:04.:21:07.

particularly from Kristian Blummenfelt. I think he might have

:21:08.:21:11.

done a bit of damage to the Brownlee group's lead. Blummenfelt makes the

:21:12.:21:16.

turn. It will be in the 40s, I think, so good work from

:21:17.:21:20.

Blummenfelt, down to 46 seconds, another ten seconds taken out of the

:21:21.:21:25.

Brownlee group's lead, and a word or two between Mola and Blummenfelt up

:21:26.:21:31.

Bay Hill. This gives Mola a fighting chance of a place on the podium. --

:21:32.:21:44.

up the hill. So, here we go, the arrival at T2, the dismount line

:21:45.:21:47.

marked across the road, and they make the left-hand turn and try to

:21:48.:21:51.

get save space between each other as they make the climb to their places

:21:52.:21:59.

on the hill in transition. Same-sex, Brownlee, Aaron Royle, Nieschlag,

:22:00.:22:04.

Coninx, Schomburg and Salvisberg together. Brownlee, a bit of pace in

:22:05.:22:10.

those legs as he arrives at the top of transition. Sweet, fast and

:22:11.:22:14.

quick. But he is not the first to leave. Coninx got out first, no,

:22:15.:22:21.

Nieschlag, the German, he was first to strike, but Jonny has him in his

:22:22.:22:24.

sights and leaves transition in second place. The Irishman Russell

:22:25.:22:32.

White has done what he set out to do. He has arrived in transition and

:22:33.:22:37.

42 seconds behind the leaders, opening up a gap to the Mola pack,

:22:38.:22:40.

who have arrived at the bottom of Bay Hill en masse now. -- bottom of

:22:41.:22:48.

the hill. This is where we will find out what Mola is made up this

:22:49.:22:53.

afternoon. He is in this group. Russell White ahead of the rest of

:22:54.:23:00.

the pack, Mola at the top right of your screen heading towards his

:23:01.:23:05.

position. We will pick up Mola here. Normally one of the best in and out

:23:06.:23:09.

of transition, wastes no time, gets it done, in and out in a flash, Mola

:23:10.:23:15.

on his way, Blummenfelt not quite so quick and leaves himself three or

:23:16.:23:20.

four seconds behind Mario Mola. So the chase group spread themselves

:23:21.:23:25.

out, the familiar White visor on the head of Mario Mola, starts to pick

:23:26.:23:29.

them off one the buy one, he has already taken out a couple.

:23:30.:23:35.

Nieschlag caught by Brownlee, and the British triathlete and the

:23:36.:23:39.

German are on their way. Lap one under way.

:23:40.:23:45.

Brownlee looks relaxed and confident. Perhaps a little bit warm

:23:46.:23:50.

but I think he has put some water on his head and drank some which will

:23:51.:23:56.

make Matt happy because he pointed out he was not drinking water. We

:23:57.:24:00.

know he didn't drink enough because we know what happened in Montreal.

:24:01.:24:05.

Great to see Bishop alongside Le Corre and Mola, who is leading this

:24:06.:24:10.

chase pack. Tom Bishop in a strong position. He may have got a mouthful

:24:11.:24:17.

from Le Corre during the bike leg about his staying mid-pack and not

:24:18.:24:21.

sharing the workload, but he won't care about that now. He is running

:24:22.:24:27.

with Mola out in front. Brownlee cruising through this opening lap.

:24:28.:24:36.

Mola was about 40 seconds down at T2. I think the greatest margin Mola

:24:37.:24:41.

has overcome over Olympic distance after the bike is about 41 seconds,

:24:42.:24:48.

so it's not beyond the realms of possibility for Mola to win this

:24:49.:24:51.

today but with Jonny in this form, assuming he stays healthy and on his

:24:52.:24:56.

feet, it looks like he is in good shape, and he could be on his way to

:24:57.:25:03.

his first victory of the season. If Jonny Brownlee goes on to win to

:25:04.:25:10.

date he will have won a World Series event every year since 2011. That is

:25:11.:25:15.

some record for Jonny Brownlee, one of the French athletes, I think,

:25:16.:25:21.

limping off in the opposite direction may be in need of

:25:22.:25:28.

attention shortly. Looking at that little crossover point back there

:25:29.:25:31.

with the athletes get a look at one another, it looked to me like Jonny

:25:32.:25:35.

Brownlee was running away with it, further ahead than we saw him on the

:25:36.:25:41.

last lap from that group containing Bishop and Mola, Nieschlag and Aaron

:25:42.:25:45.

Royle. Running well together and I think it is important they stay

:25:46.:25:52.

together. Don't look back! You are doing great. With every step, every

:25:53.:25:58.

need to Jonny covers now, he will be more and more confident and putting

:25:59.:26:02.

to bed some of the Demons of the last year hopefully, and I am

:26:03.:26:06.

thinking we will see him striding away to a victory to day. Let's keep

:26:07.:26:12.

our fingers crossed. At some point I guess Brownlee can lean back off a

:26:13.:26:17.

little bit. When he comes through halfway and sees the time difference

:26:18.:26:22.

still growing, he might get into comfortable zone. That is ridiculous

:26:23.:26:24.

but he will keep pushing but from our point of you watching, we think,

:26:25.:26:28.

don't do anything stupid because we have seen it happen before. It is

:26:29.:26:32.

great to see him back to his winning ways. There is the Tom Bishop group,

:26:33.:26:38.

Mola at the front now, Kristian Blummenfelt just shadowing him, Tom

:26:39.:26:49.

Bishop in that group as well, Henry Schoeman, the Olympic

:26:50.:26:51.

bronze-medallist, a little further down, and he has picked up a 15

:26:52.:26:53.

second stop-go penalty as well at T1, so he is in good shape

:26:54.:26:56.

considering he has had to stand still and take his punishment.

:26:57.:26:59.

Schomburg was with the leaders and is about to be caught and will be

:27:00.:27:05.

going backwards from here on in. With the leaders through the 40 K

:27:06.:27:10.

bike but Schomburg now overtaken by Mola, and there is only one way

:27:11.:27:14.

Schomburg is going as Mola kicks forward, injects some pace. Seems to

:27:15.:27:19.

have found his legs, found his rhythm in the last couple of

:27:20.:27:22.

kilometres. Not that surprised to see that. He hasn't completely

:27:23.:27:27.

shaken the company he has got but he has decimated that group a little.

:27:28.:27:31.

That group of nine athletes is now down to five with four hanging off

:27:32.:27:43.

the back, so he is down to five and I wouldn't be surprised to see him

:27:44.:27:45.

push on from here. Jonny Brownlee almost halfway through this run

:27:46.:27:48.

stage now, 5.52 kilometres left to run. No signs of any issues so far,

:27:49.:27:53.

touch wood, for Jonny Brownlee. Looks to be in control of this one.

:27:54.:28:00.

Jonny Wilkinson shortly complete the second lap. One hour 32 minutes,

:28:01.:28:07.

almost 33 minutes, since he dived into the Stockholm water and began

:28:08.:28:11.

this triathlon. Up egos, up this hill, ended a lap, you have to grit

:28:12.:28:19.

your teeth and climb. Now, this is half distance on the run. At the end

:28:20.:28:25.

of the first lap he was 12 seconds ahead of the next best placed man,

:28:26.:28:30.

Aaron Royle. I think he would have extended their lead considerably

:28:31.:28:38.

now. A lot of noise. It has been all about the Brownlee brothers in these

:28:39.:28:44.

parts. And the lead will be closer to 30 seconds now between Brownlee

:28:45.:28:50.

and R Royal. 31 seconds. Jonny has made a move in the right direction.

:28:51.:28:57.

-- between Brownlee and Aaron Royal. Who is next to appear on the climb,

:28:58.:29:03.

will it be Mola? I think so, Mola with Blummenfelt and Bishop. Things

:29:04.:29:09.

starting to warm up here as RM Royal moves into clear second position.

:29:10.:29:14.

Mola leads this chase pack up the climb. -- Aaron Royal moves into

:29:15.:29:21.

clear second position. Mola is cruising along now, taking

:29:22.:29:24.

Blummenfelt, Bishop, one two others with him. That little pack of five

:29:25.:29:30.

will shortly be joining Aaron Royal and Nieschlag, who currently share

:29:31.:29:34.

second and third position, with Jonny Brownlee way out in front, and

:29:35.:29:38.

Brownlee wins again today he will be the first man to win three times

:29:39.:29:43.

here in Stockholm. He and Alistair have won twice on this course over

:29:44.:29:45.

various distances but Jonny looking to be the first to win it three

:29:46.:29:53.

times in the city. Nieschlag and Royle still away from the pack but

:29:54.:29:56.

Mola threatening now, and Mola seems to be getting quicker with every

:29:57.:30:03.

stride. Jonny has company. I don't think that is allowed, pacing the

:30:04.:30:06.

athletes, I don't know if there is too much danger of him carrying on.

:30:07.:30:11.

Lap and a bit to go, shortly to take the bell on the climb for the

:30:12.:30:19.

ultimate time. The next time he comes up here, he will be, barring

:30:20.:30:23.

an accident, he will be the champion of Stockholm, winning his first race

:30:24.:30:32.

in just over one year. One hour, 41 minutes and seven seconds since his

:30:33.:30:36.

triathlon began. Taking the bell at the top of the hill in front of the

:30:37.:30:42.

Royal Palace. Mario Mola, Blummenfelt, Bishop, they have

:30:43.:30:47.

joined in. Second and third will come from two of these men here. He

:30:48.:30:55.

has not given up. He was caught, but he is pushing on. I'm interested to

:30:56.:31:00.

see how much of these two have given. Whether they can just give

:31:01.:31:03.

everything to hold onto that group now. Blummenfelt is an outright

:31:04.:31:11.

second. Bishop in third. Then the core alongside Mario Mola. If he was

:31:12.:31:15.

to finish second here today, he would only need to finish ninth in

:31:16.:31:19.

Rotterdam to secure the World Title for the second year in a row at the

:31:20.:31:27.

grand final. Second is by no means a foregone conclusion. Blummenfelt is

:31:28.:31:31.

the closest they've got to a local lad here in Stockholm and he has got

:31:32.:31:36.

lots of support. Here is another burst of speed from Kristian

:31:37.:31:39.

Blummenfelt. He wants second position. He was matching him here?

:31:40.:31:44.

It looks as if Tom Bishop can't go with him. Pierre Le Corre is the

:31:45.:31:49.

only one who has responded seriously. Mario looks a little

:31:50.:31:55.

fragile in that position. We have heard Blummenfelt talk about how he

:31:56.:31:58.

wanted to make it a one-mile race, the last mile was where he was

:31:59.:32:02.

looking to push on. Some of the athletes have not burned through all

:32:03.:32:05.

of their candles, they can really come through in the end. The threat

:32:06.:32:12.

posed by Blummenfelt here, Mario Mola is losing out. He has lost

:32:13.:32:18.

another place. With one kilometre left to run, Jonathan Brownlee is in

:32:19.:32:25.

total control. Well, he certainly is, and hopefully he can just enjoy

:32:26.:32:29.

this last kilometre little bit. It's been a tough year from him, since

:32:30.:32:35.

Rio, really, it's been very, very tough for Johnny Brownlee. It's

:32:36.:32:38.

great to see him back to his winning ways. Le Corre is not giving up,

:32:39.:32:43.

that's for sure. Sissons from New Zealand, Bishop dropped off the pace

:32:44.:32:47.

a little bit. Mola if the casualty here, though. He was on the podium

:32:48.:32:51.

here in Stockholm one year ago in the race that was won by Alistair

:32:52.:32:54.

Brownlee with Johnny Brownlee second. Le Corre joined the brothers

:32:55.:32:59.

on the podium. He is currently in third position, with Blummenfelt

:33:00.:33:03.

leading the Scandinavian charge here. Sissons is up into fourth

:33:04.:33:07.

position. Bishop down to fifth. It looks as if Mola's race has run. The

:33:08.:33:14.

Spaniard seems to have run out of steam, and he's languishing down the

:33:15.:33:19.

field. That are elastic is just beginning to go between Ryan Sissons

:33:20.:33:22.

and Tom Bishop. We're willing him back on. Women4Tech is really gone

:33:23.:33:28.

for this early. It will be interesting to see if he has used up

:33:29.:33:31.

all of his energy here -- Blummenfelt has really gone for it

:33:32.:33:37.

early. The Frenchman has stolen second place from Kristian

:33:38.:33:41.

Blummenfelt. Pierre Le Corre up into outright second. Can Blummenfelt

:33:42.:33:45.

respond? More energy from Blummenfelt. He hasn't left it all

:33:46.:33:49.

behind on the streets of Stockholm. What a response from the Norwegian.

:33:50.:33:54.

Out into second. It looks like there may be a sprint finish between two,

:33:55.:33:59.

maybe three guys. In position here. They're glancing back. Bishop is of

:34:00.:34:05.

contention now. Mola is getting further and further removed as

:34:06.:34:11.

Blummenfelt grits his teeth and goes for second place. Meanwhile, Johnny

:34:12.:34:14.

Brownlee is about to take the win. All of the action going on behind

:34:15.:34:19.

him, but he is cruising up the hill for the final time. He will win a

:34:20.:34:26.

world triathlon series race again, as he has done every year since

:34:27.:34:32.

2011. His first victory of the year. And he's savouring every second of

:34:33.:34:37.

it. A terrific day for the British team, with Jessica Lee and first

:34:38.:34:42.

podium. But this is the highlight, Jonathan Brownlee, back to his

:34:43.:34:46.

brilliant best. About to win the World Series in Stockholm. And he

:34:47.:34:51.

does so in style. One hour 49 minutes and ten seconds. Brownlee is

:34:52.:34:57.

the champion. The battle goes on for second. Blummenfelt is clear. Will

:34:58.:35:02.

there be some Scandinavian success? Le Corre desperately trying, but

:35:03.:35:09.

Blummenfelt holds on for second. What a run, what a race for Kristian

:35:10.:35:14.

Blummenfelt. With Pierre Le Corre into third. Ryan Sissons is for. For

:35:15.:35:22.

New Zealand, another good result for Tom Bishop in six. An unfamiliar

:35:23.:35:27.

position, seven. And an absolutely shattered Mario Mola. He collapses

:35:28.:35:32.

across the line. There is our champion. It's been a while. It's

:35:33.:35:39.

been a long wait, but the wait is over. Johnny Brownlee has won a

:35:40.:35:44.

world triathlon series event again. Jonathan Brownlee takes the gold in

:35:45.:35:49.

the Stockholm world triathlon series event, with the silver to Kristian

:35:50.:35:53.

Blummenfelt of Norway. And France's Pierre Le Corre taking the bronze.

:35:54.:36:00.

Adam Bowden was 13, and Mark Austin failed to finish. With one round to

:36:01.:36:06.

go, Mario Mola leads the way, with Javier Colomo is in second and

:36:07.:36:08.

Richard Murray third. Jonathan Brownlee is in six was issued. It

:36:09.:36:13.

will all be decided in Rotterdam on the 16th of September. Johnny,

:36:14.:36:19.

massive congratulations, you must be chuffed. I'm really happy. It's been

:36:20.:36:24.

a tough few months, I'm not sure what's going on with my body. But

:36:25.:36:29.

finally I felt normal. I guess that's what it feels like to feel

:36:30.:36:33.

normal and feel good. To be honest, I was waiting for it to start

:36:34.:36:37.

hurting. I was thinking, it's not been hurting yet. That was

:36:38.:36:40.

brilliant, you know, I felt really good. In the end, it only started to

:36:41.:36:47.

hurt with two paid to go. I had a hard swim -- two K. Then finished it

:36:48.:36:55.

off on the run. When you have bad races, you dream of running on the

:36:56.:36:58.

finish line about to celebrate. I took it in today. A great time to do

:36:59.:37:03.

that. You don't often have races where you have time to take it in

:37:04.:37:06.

down the finishing straight, but I did that today. What about the grand

:37:07.:37:10.

final? It's just another race, really. I'm out of the series is for

:37:11.:37:15.

us winning it goes, but I've never won a grand final. I was very close

:37:16.:37:22.

last year. I just hope it's not hot. I got a podium again, I'm pleased

:37:23.:37:27.

with that. I'm super happy with my run, I guess, maybe the fastest run

:37:28.:37:31.

of the day. I should have been in the first group. But it's so hard to

:37:32.:37:36.

catch Johnny. If you even have ten seconds, he's usually gone. Out of

:37:37.:37:41.

the run, you were a good pack in the run, you had Mola in the pack with

:37:42.:37:47.

you. It's hard, know, we were five or six guys into the last mile of

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spring. To finish second or seventh, that's a huge difference at the end

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of the day. I'm just super pleased to win that kind of spread. How

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would the crowd for you? You almost a local lad, and Cuba? They were

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awesome. -- aren't you. Johnny here was so strong today. The podium was

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there, just about. The final maybe 400 metres, I couldn't quite get on

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the podium. But I'm fairly happy with six. It solidifies my top ten

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ranking. It's great to see. Johnny on the podium. Where did it go wrong

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for you? I tried to work as hard as I good for as long as I could, as

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long as I have the energy I was in the group on the bike. We were

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working, not everyone worked, but most of us did a decent job and we

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managed to state 45-50 seconds to the front of the group. They were

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working very well. In the end, the ended up running with me, we were

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stronger today and just happy for it. Of course, Donovan did a great

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race from the start of the end, so I congratulate him. -- Jonathan Byrd.

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Hopefully we will have a great chance in Rotterdam.

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And he keeps up the trend of winning at least one WTS race every year

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since 2011. His first for a while, his first of the season. Jonathan

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Brownlee is the champion in Stockholm.

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CHEERING So, at the end of a terrific day's

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racing, Louise Minchin caught up with British triathlon's head coach,

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Ben Bright. It has been the Johnny and Jess show. Fantastic result for

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her, and something you think was coming for a while? Yes, all year

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she has been in very good shape. She had a bike crash in Yokohama when

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she injured her knee. That set her back a bit. But a few weeks later

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she has come back and won a European title. She put together a great

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race, really pleased. Right from the start, she came out of the swim

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first. She played to her strengths and she knew what she needed to do

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and she went out and did it. She knew that she needed to get her grip

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awake. It must have been great for her to be working with Flora Duffy

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on the bike, too. Not only for today's outcome but for the future,

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to understand that that is what it takes. Because the difference on the

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run that you see is not just the run, it is the amount easier flora

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is riding that bike. You watch her going around the corner, and she is

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just doing it easier and technically better. The learning will be

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massive. Tell us about Jodie Stimpson? She had the 15 second

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penalty but it was a really good swim for her. The outcome there was

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quite relevant. Her to get out of the water so close in a really fast

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swim, a rough swim, it is a massive step forward, really positive. Let's

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talk about jolly. Fabulous to see him back on form, isn't it? Yes, you

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know what he's capable of. And I think everyone has seen the last few

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races and you just think, that's not Johnny. I think from his own, you

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know, just his perspective, it's good to feel normal. That's all we

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want. Normal for Johnny is something else but everybody else, isn't it?

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Tom Bishop also has a good race. When you look at what Tom has done

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this year, it's phenomenal. You know, the one missing part of the

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puzzle is just the top end speed on the swim, he was a bit down out of

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the water which meant that the podium was going to be tough. But he

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is sixth in the field and he has been very, very consistent all year,

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that again is how you learn. What are your hopes looking ahead at the

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grand final in Rotterdam? We just want the athletes to go and race and

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be committed, race smart, use their heads. For us, it's always build

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towards the next Olympics. So we tend not to get excited and

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disappointed in a post-Olympic year. The biggest thing is, are we

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learning and putting it into practice? I think that cause will

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suit a lot of our athletes, it's tough. We're just looking forward to

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some good racing. What an amazing day of racing here in this beautiful

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city of Stockholm. Fantastic to see two Brits on the podium and to see

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Johnny back on form again with his first win of the season. And he says

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that just feels normal. If you want more triathlon, don't forget you can

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watch the mix relay cup next Saturday at TV DBM on BBC One. The

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grand final is on Saturday the 16th of September from Rotterdam -- at

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TPM. The sport this afternoon is all about the equestrian. That's it from

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us here in Stockholm, I hope you've enjoyed it.

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Jonathan Brownlee, back to his brilliant best!

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Highlights from the penultimate round of the World Triathlon Series in Sweden.

British star Jonathan Brownlee won in Stockholm in 2012 and 2014 but faces stiff competition from Spaniard Mario Mola, who is hoping to record back-to-back world titles this year. Bermudan Flora Duffy remains in contention to retain the women's crown and is looking for a repeat of her win at last year's race in Stockholm.


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