Gold Coast Highlights Triathlon: World Series


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The best of the action and reaction from the second round of the World Series, held on the same Gold Coast course in Australia that will be used for 2018's Commonwealth Games.


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The 2017 World Triathlon Series. It gets under way. They are racing.

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Leading the charge here... Stimpson. Tom Bishop moves within arms length

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of Gomez. What a fightback! What a win for Gomez! What a day for

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Bishop! British triathlon has a new start to celebrate.

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What a start to the triathlon series. Good morning and welcome to

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sunny Salford for the second round of the world Triathlon Series. Over

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in Gold Coast in Australia, the best triathletes in the world have been

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competing in the first sprint race of the 20 17th series. We will have

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the highlights of the men's and women's races. We are joined by one

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of the best ever triathletes from Great Britain.

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Jenkins, cruising home now. The smile is broad. What a win for her.

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Very warm welcome to Helen Jenkins. Lovely to have you here. You are not

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in Gold Coast for an exciting reason. I am nearly 24 weeks

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pregnant. I would not be very fast! Congratulations. There are so many

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top female triathletes at the moment who have chosen this year. There are

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about six from Rio who are pregnant. Gold and silver as well. I am in

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good company! How does it affect your training? I call it more

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exercise than training. I am still swimming, biking and running. I find

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it hard, going to the back of the line and missing reps. My

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competitive edge wants to kick in. You have to let your body do what it

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is going to do and relax. It is incredibly early days but looking

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ahead, what are your thoughts? I would love to come back to compete

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in triathlon. I do not want to push myself to have to get back to LA and

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risk injury. Especially when I watch the races, I want to get back into

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it at some point -- too early. Welcome to our resident pundit. It

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is a funny year. It is a bit different after the Olympics. Some

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people taking time out. We have the Commonwealth Games selection this

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year. For some athletes, it is straight back in with no rest. Round

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one, very exciting. Javier Gomez came back. Great to watch.

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Fantastic. A lot of us doubted whether he would come back after

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missing out on Rio and crashing. But he came back in absolute amazing

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condition. It was really fantastic to see. That athletes missed him not

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being around last year. Watching the sprint finish in the women's race,

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so exciting. It really was. I thought she had it in the bag. She

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had a ten metre gap, Juri. Andrea came from nowhere. What a sprint

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finish. Before we get into the nuts and bolts of this weekend's racing

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in Gold Coast, let us have a look at the World Triathlon Series wall

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planner. It started last month in Abu Dhabi. Javier Gomez and Andrea

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Hewitt were our winners. Now it is on to the Gold Coast a test event

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for next year's Commonwealth Games. Then it is onto one of the World

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Series regulars, Yokohama, on the 14th of May. Then they make a

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welcome return to these shores in Leeds. That will be live on BBC Two

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on the 11th of June. Then to Germany for the animal triathlon Festival in

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Hamburg. Then -- annual. A flying visit to can -- to Canada for two

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races in July and August. The penultimate stop of the year is in

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Stockholm on the 26th of August. We end with this year's grand final in

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the Dutch city of Rotterdam on the 16th of September. That is all to

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look forward to. Let us look at the women's race. Andrea Hewitt, you

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have raced against her, she beat you in 2011. The last time she was on

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top of the podium in the World Championship series. I have been

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racing her for years. It was great to see her back on top in Abu Dhabi.

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She looked really strong. I am sure she will be looking to carry that

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form on. A bad race a week ago. She did in the World Cup at new

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Plymouth. It was incredibly cold. She is such a seasoned pro, she will

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not be on the start line if she does not think she is 100% fit. I think

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we can put New Plymouth to one side and focus on Abu Dhabi because I

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expect to see maybe not the same performance but something similar in

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the Gold Coast. Important for the Australians particularly, this race.

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It certainly is. Top ten, whoever finishes first, they will qualify

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for the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games will be held on

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the Gold Coast so they will be racing on the same course. Practice

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run. Alan, you have raced with them, against them, who are you looking

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out for? -- Helen. Ashleigh Gentle, and Charlotte McShane and Gillian

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Backhouse. They are the top three contenders. There is only one Briton

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competing and it is the Commonwealth champion. She will be looking to

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defend her title that she would won in 2014. Jodie Stimpson, into the

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water. She is back into her stride. The last few metres. She is getting

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quicker. Over the last 20 metres... Jodie Stimpson. She wins the first

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gold of the Games. Just under a year to go until the start of the

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Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. The schedule has been

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announced and the men's and women's triathlons will be taking place on

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the 5th of April with the mixed relay on the 7th of April along with

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the wheelchair triathlon. With the Commonwealth Games, it means people

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within the pack will have different priorities. They certainly will do.

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The New Zealanders, the Australians, they will be looking for

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qualification this year. Then there is the world champion series, the

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athletes who did not race so well last year wanting to make amends. It

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is a big year for different reasons. Let us talk about Jodie, she has had

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a great start, what have you noticed? She has started a new

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coaching setup this year. She seems really confident and happy. She was

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surprised to do so well in Abu Dhabi after winter training. After

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speaking to her and the coach, her focus is Rotterdam and Hamburg. We

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know she has been out training ahead of the race on the Gold Coast. How

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will she approached the conditions? She has been there for a couple of

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weeks. She will be well acclimatise. I think she probably wants to take a

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good look at the course and get a feel for it. She raced there last

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year which did not go down so well. It is gaining whatever experience

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you can to be ready for next year. We cannot pass by without saying

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fantastic race from you last year. Probably the best race of my career.

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I will always have fond memories of that race. Exciting to have been

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there and done it. It made me confident in my ability again. What

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were the Australians like, the crowd? Fantastic. They really know

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triathlon and appreciate it. I imagine at the Commonwealth Games

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they will get really big crowds. You make the breakaway with Andrea

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Hewitt and Flora Duffy. Today could be different because it is sprint

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rather than Olympic. They have half the distance so it is harder to make

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an impact on the bike but it will be fast and furious and a competitive

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field. Let us see how the race plays out. I will hand you over to Rob

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Walker who will be joined by Annie and Helen.

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COMMENTATOR: Welcome to the Gold Coast for what welcomes to be a fast

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and furious second round. -- what promises to be. A great dress

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rehearsal for the Commonwealth Games which at this time next year will be

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in full swing right here in Queensland. 750 metre swim and a

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slightly different bike course from the one the women very much enjoyed

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12 months ago. A little straighter, four circuits of five kilometres.

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Not quite as hilly. Then they will be heading back and contemplating

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two circuits of 2.5 kilometres on the run instead of the ten

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kilometres on the full Olympic distance. A really good field

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assembled here on the Gold Coast. I wonder how confident Andrea Hewitt

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will be. She is wearing number one because that was her finishing

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position in Abu Dhabi. Jodie Stimpson wearing two. Separated by

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the tiniest of margins. Will it be the same to date?

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Great run by Ai Ueda. Jodie Williams swim cap number two, Andrea Hewitt

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with number one courtesy of their finishing positions last month in

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Abu Dhabi. On your marks... The Gold Coast is under way in blustery

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conditions. It is a short, sharp sprint. Will that give Jodie

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Stimpson an even better chance of finishing on top here and reversing

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the 1-2 from Abu Dhabi last month? A fascinating race in prospect. In a

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part of the world is very knowledgeable and very passionate

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about the triathlon. Slightly smaller field than what we would

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usually see, with 46 athletes on the start line. The number 47 is there

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but the number 13 is not in the race. The stronger swimmers, who are

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we looking at? The Americans will always be there. Claudia Rivas from

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Mexico. The swim could be crucial in that sprint races, especially with

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the smaller field. Sometimes a few more gaps and not everyone gets on.

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The swim will be crucial for Jodie. She needs to get in the front pack.

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I guess surely if the swim is half the distance but we saw in Abu

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Dhabi, there is half the length of time for her to get behind?

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Absolutely. That is why we will probably see less breaks because it

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is shorter and you tend to see the athletes losing more time on the

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second lap when it is two times by 750. That is true. There is less

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time to lose distance. I know Jodie has been working on her swim, work

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in progress, she says that herself, but it is coming up and she wants to

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develop a great all-round athlete and she is well on the way. Carolyn,

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an American athlete on her feet, we cannot see which one. Some really

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strong Americans racing today. We are missing... Zaferes will be the

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one to watch. She did not have a great start in Abu Dhabi. She

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finished seventh. She went on to get a first-place finish in new Plymouth

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in the World Cup race. Doing what she does best, leading the swim,

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Carolyn ETA. Carolina Routier. She won as a senior and under 23. Going

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really well in third, Jeffcoat. The time flies. Just under three minutes

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of swimming to go. This little pack has made a bit of a gap. What is

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crucial now is not that they have a gap on the swim, but it is how they

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operate out of the water and how quickly they get together to work as

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a team on the bike. If there is a small group, they need to get away

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straightaway. In the sprint distance, not enough time to take

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your time. They will have to work well as a team straightaway. So

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difficult to get any kind of decent gap on a sprint race. You normally

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see it when you come through and died back in. Over 750 metres we

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will not see that, it will be around ten minutes. A bit under. So

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Carolina Routier a followed by Summer Cook, closely matched, as

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they were in Abu Dhabi last month. It is now single file. Carolina

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Routier is so powerful in the water. Engaged to Mario Mola. The super

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couple of Spanish triathlon. So the first of three, nicely done thereby

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Carolina Routier, then comes Summer Cook. The Americans going well here.

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Sarah True right up there along with Emma Jeffcoat, remember she is 23

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and if she is in the top ten she has a great chance of being selected for

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the Commonwealth Games. Still watching for Jodie, and there she

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is. So she is not too far adrift, but she does need to get out quickly

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on that bike, but remember, we saw her bike superbly in Abu Dhabi to

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close the gap and drag the second group back to the leaders. She will

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need to do so again because she and Andrea Hewitt are almost half a

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minute adrift. They are there together which is ideal for them.

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They are probably two of the strongest riders so it works well if

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they are together. They are not far down, they are in the main pack,

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about 30 seconds. Also at the front of the pack there is not a massive

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amount of experience with Summer Cook and Emma Jeffcoat. It is Emma

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-- Emma Jeffcoat's debut. Carolina Routier from Spain obviously a very

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experienced world triathlon series athlete but her best part of the

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races the swim. Carolina Kostner strength is her swim and it will be

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interesting to see if her bike improves because she has been

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working on it. This is crucial, you have someone up the road so everyone

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has to go hard and aligned to catch the person up front so the person

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upfront is riding really had and it makes the people behind have to work

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that much harder. It is tough, when you come out of the swim, however

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much you have trained for it, when you get on the bike you are always

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blowing. No, it never feels comfortable, really do you get on

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the bike and feel good. You just have to go for it and push on

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because everyone else will be feeling the same. It is probably

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worse in the early-season races. As you get more race fit towards the

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end of the season you get used to it. This is the point where the

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athletes really need to commit because there is a decent break

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there now, isn't there? Yes, and these girls on the front need to

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start working together and the girls behind need to work together within

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their group if they want to catch up. I guess the fact that you are

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missing this year to have a baby and Jorgensen is out having a baby, do

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you think the up-and-coming athletes and maybe one or two of the

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Americans think there are some big gaps from the normal rivals they

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have been competing against and that this year is a huge opportunity? I

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think so, and I think post-Olympic year it is always the same, you get

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maybe a bit Malala when people go in a different direction, have babies,

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try long course racing, people going different directions, so it starts

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building up again the two years before an Olympics, but if you are a

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Commonwealth Games athlete you don't get that chance, you are in

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selection again this year, but for the Americans it is a bit different.

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And that will make an interesting dynamic next year as well. For the

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athletes selected to represent their nations in the Commonwealth Games,

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they got to peak in -- they have got to peak in April and again later in

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the summer for the rest of the season and the grand final. So, a

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huge group coming together here after the first of four circuits on

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the bike. And good news for Great Britain, Jodie Stimpson has closed

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the gap. It was 27 seconds when she exited the water, and she made very

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short work of that deficit. She is bossing the cycle at the beginning

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of the second lap, Carolina Routier has lost a few seconds, the swimmer,

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we have expected that. A lot to watch out for, Summer Cook has

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drifted a few seconds off the back of the leaders, but remember, top

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ten for any Australian, if they are the first Australian to cross the

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line, guaranteed to return for the Commonwealth Games and top six, the

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same scenario applies from any athlete from New Zealand, so huge

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opportunity here not just to win the race but to guarantee you are coming

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back on home turf or from the Kiwi perspective close to home. A notable

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absence coming through on the first lap on the bike was Andrea Hewitt.

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It's a bit of a shame, she came out of the water with Jodie Stimpson but

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I didn't see her on the graphics and I haven't seen her go through at the

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moment. It looks like Andrea Hewitt, the Abu Dhabi winner, hasn't made it

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back. Quite a big group there, about 26 athletes in the front pack, then

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a big gap, 23 seconds to the second chasing pack. If she is in that

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second group, and you are right, we didn't see her... There she is. So,

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23 seconds. That is going to be tough. She will be going for it, she

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just wants to get back to the front pack because she wants to be the

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first Australian. With her run she has a brilliant chance of that but

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she needs to make of the 23 seconds and get back to front. And she can't

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do it all on her own, can she? No, she will need help but she will

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really commit to it. Ideally you are on the front for ten

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seconds then change, that's how you keep the real momentum and pace up

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in the bike pack. You see it well in the men's race when you have the

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Brownlee Brothers racing because they are well drilled. If you are

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not taking a turn you will be shouted at and told in no uncertain

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terms to get to the front. I love that. When Alistair plays shop

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steward, you take your turn. When a double Olympic champion says, I

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haven't seen you at the front, you go, sorry sir, I'll do my bit. It is

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hard to get a group motivated. Do I waste my energy shouting and trying

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to get people going through or just sit there? Most of the time you end

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up kind of sitting there. We just saw the name Andrea Hewitt flashing

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through there, 11 seconds adrift, so she along with the chase group is

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closing. Just going back to talking about Jodie, you got the feeling

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when she was beginning to produce good performances, as though she

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almost felt she didn't belong at the top, and maybe she has got over that

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now and she does believe she is genuinely world-class. I have been

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racing Jodie since we were about 13. She has been racing for years. I

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always love to see her when we are racing because she is such a tough

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competitor. This year, after getting over the disappointment of missing

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the Olympics last year, she will be aiming for selection but she has to

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be thinking, I want to be world champion this year. She has an

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amazing chance with the start in Abu Dhabi because she is very consistent

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through the year, she rarely gets injured. Last year was a blip for

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her towards the end of the year so she has such a good chance of

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putting her mark on this year. So, a big group now. One lap to go on the

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bike. Again, Jodie is in a great position, keep near the front, out

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of trouble. She is nearly always one of the first of the bike, she is

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very good at being at the front of the transition and her transitions

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are very fast. She has worked on them from such a young age, she used

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to do them with her eyes closed as practice. A nudge of the elbow,

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Rebecca Spence asking someone to come through but at this stage in

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the race all the main contenders are in this front pack, so there is not

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necessarily much point in working hard in this next five K, it is all

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about staying out of trouble, not getting caught up in any mishaps

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than just thinking and starting to prepare yourself mentally for the

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rant. At this time in the race you want to be moving forward. You can

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see the front end of the pack swelling as their shoes off ready,

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it is who will take them off early, when you move up, this is a crucial

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moment of the race, this is when a lot of crashes can happen as well so

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you need to keep your wits about you, which is why some people do

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hang back. Jodie, bearing that in mind, is in a perfect position, in

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the centre of your picture there in third place, making sure she is out

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of trouble, heading towards transition, trying to get herself in

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the right position to strike here. Maybe get one two seconds advantage

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over those who had towards the back of this very large lead group. All

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the main protagonists are there. They have come together over the

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course of the four circuits on the bike. It is almost inevitable. It

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wasn't really a co-ordinated attack from those who came in at the front

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of the swim. Gillian got herself to the front well there. Good

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transition from Gillian Backhouse at the moment, remembered top ten for

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the Australians, Andrea Hewitt, the first time we have seen her

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close-up. We are waiting to see Jodie Stimpson heading out. And now

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we turn our thoughts and attention to this five K run in the sun. A

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massive lead group here. Yes, slightly slower transition for Jodie

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Stimpson, she came out in around tenth position. Gillian Backhouse

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getting out very quickly. Andrea Hewitt already going to the front.

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You can see Andrea's class. At the crucial moment there she is at the

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front and comes out of transition second. That is years of experience

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showing through. Ashleigh Gentle is the leading Australian athlete now

:26:56.:26:59.

in fourth position, just tucked in behind the two Japanese athletes.

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Ashleigh Gentle the lead Australian athlete. Katie 's appearance from

:27:07.:27:09.

America, Jodie Stimpson now just running through the field. Our first

:27:10.:27:17.

glimpse of Jodie on the run. If she closes the gap she can join that

:27:18.:27:23.

group of five or six and join the leaders. This is a great run so far

:27:24.:27:31.

from Andrea Hewitt. The two Japanese athletes going really well. And Juri

:27:32.:27:36.

Ide, she was fifth in the Olympics back in Beijing, that's how long she

:27:37.:27:41.

has been performing at the higher end of the female triathlon world.

:27:42.:27:46.

Good to see her coming back to a bit of form, but Hewitt is really going

:27:47.:27:50.

for this, she wants to make certain not only of her second successive

:27:51.:27:55.

win early on in this season of world triathlon series racing but also, it

:27:56.:28:02.

would guarantee her a place in the Commonwealth Games next year.

:28:03.:28:04.

Ashleigh Gentle will get stronger throughout the run as well, she

:28:05.:28:08.

normally does, she's good at the back end of a race, you can already

:28:09.:28:11.

see him moving forward but Andrea has established a good pace to start

:28:12.:28:17.

with, that is a good first kilometre and a half but they will be pushing

:28:18.:28:21.

on from behind as well. I think that is Jodie coming up. Yes, I was

:28:22.:28:25.

wondering that, she has a distinctive style and if that is

:28:26.:28:31.

her, she is just adrift of a group of five or six athletes, but it is

:28:32.:28:37.

Andrea Hewitt from Ashleigh Gentle, and the veteran Juri Ide, Asian

:28:38.:28:42.

games silver-medallist four years ago. She is going really well here

:28:43.:28:49.

in third place. Not too many people would expect that. She was 2015 Abu

:28:50.:28:56.

Dhabi, 34th in the London Olympic Games -- 25th in Abu Dhabi. She is

:28:57.:29:03.

going very well at the moment. But so is Andrea Hewitt.

:29:04.:29:13.

35 years of age. World under 23 champion in 2005. So more than a

:29:14.:29:22.

decade of dominance, and what a the season it is turning out to be for

:29:23.:29:25.

Hewitt, and what a good run this could be from Ashleigh Gentle. Can

:29:26.:29:30.

she keep this going and deny the likes of Charlotte McShane that

:29:31.:29:31.

automatic spot for next year? At the moment you can save the sport

:29:32.:29:40.

is going to Ashleigh Gentle because there is a sizeable gap between

:29:41.:29:44.

Ashleigh Gentle and the Japanese athlete and Andrea Hewitt in front.

:29:45.:29:54.

A little luck -- look to see what the gap is. She is probably

:29:55.:29:59.

Australia's most consistent woman over the past few years, Ashleigh

:30:00.:30:06.

Gentle. It is great to see her, if she gets her selection today, it

:30:07.:30:10.

would be really well reserved ollie deserved. She has to keep pushing on

:30:11.:30:17.

the second lap, keep in a good position -- really well-deserved.

:30:18.:30:21.

Impressive lead. We did not see her on the bike coverage at all. When

:30:22.:30:26.

the seven seconds adrift at the end of the swim, the same as Jodie.

:30:27.:30:31.

Jodie got back up on the lead pack quickly. It took Andrea Hewitt a bit

:30:32.:30:35.

longer but it seems as though, from what we are seeing here with 2.5 K

:30:36.:30:41.

to go on the run, as though the New Zealander has timed her race

:30:42.:30:47.

perfectly. You have to know the day you are going to push and you have

:30:48.:30:51.

to know the day you are going to sit in and unleashed the run. It is

:30:52.:30:56.

knowing the day and being an experienced athlete really helped

:30:57.:31:04.

that. The man on the PA town I is saying, come on, let us get behind

:31:05.:31:14.

the Australians. -- tannoy. Jodie Stimpson, she has managed to get

:31:15.:31:17.

herself onto that little group. The other Japanese athletes there. So

:31:18.:31:24.

too Charlotte McShane. Still in a good position here to come home with

:31:25.:31:30.

a decent performance here in the Gold Coast. Remember, it is your

:31:31.:31:34.

best five performances across the World Triathlon Series, plus the

:31:35.:31:39.

grand final, and Jodie just needs if she can to close the five metres

:31:40.:31:55.

down on Ai Ueda. Jodie not looking comfortable, quite a lot of pain

:31:56.:31:59.

showing on her face. She has been on the Gold Coast for a couple of weeks

:32:00.:32:03.

so she should be well acclimatised. Some days, it is not just your day.

:32:04.:32:09.

You just have to roll with those days and get the best out of

:32:10.:32:14.

yourself. Like I said, if she is still just coming out of the winter

:32:15.:32:17.

training, the sprint distance will not be ideal at this time of year.

:32:18.:32:22.

Later on, by the time we get to Hamburg, she will be sharp and ready

:32:23.:32:29.

to hit the sprint. Just over a mile to go and eight seconds. Pretty

:32:30.:32:34.

tough. In the last stages of the race. Actually, if you are Ashleigh

:32:35.:32:41.

Gentle, you are starting to think, I want to make absolutely certain I am

:32:42.:32:45.

the first Australian home because as we have said a few times, that is

:32:46.:32:50.

such a big prize. Look at the size of gap they have got back to the

:32:51.:32:54.

athletes in the chase group for fourth, fifth and sixth. We are

:32:55.:32:58.

hoping Jodie Stimpson is still there. It shows you how impressive

:32:59.:33:04.

the run has been from the three athletes out front, from Hewitt,

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fantastic performance on the last discipline, but also Gentle and Juri

:33:11.:33:14.

Ide, they have been running fantastically to get so far ahead of

:33:15.:33:19.

the chase group. I think the gap is growing by the looks of things. The

:33:20.:33:26.

three have put a big gap behind. It is not a bad performance from Jodie.

:33:27.:33:32.

It is just where she is on this day. She is still running strong but

:33:33.:33:36.

these three have just had a phenomenal run. She is just judging

:33:37.:33:40.

by that angle still just a couple of metres adrift of that chase group.

:33:41.:33:45.

And now a couple of metres has become maybe 20. She just cannot

:33:46.:33:51.

quite get on. What you does not want is the pack behind to catch up. At

:33:52.:33:56.

the moment, she is one inside a top ten finish. Little stumble between

:33:57.:34:01.

Zaferes and Charlotte McShane. Charlotte McShane perhaps realising

:34:02.:34:08.

that barring an attack of cramp, it will be Gentle who gets the

:34:09.:34:12.

automatic spot. One of the five women is going to come home in

:34:13.:34:15.

fourth which is a great scoring run come the end of the year. It is

:34:16.:34:23.

going to be a good sprint between these five. Who will get the line

:34:24.:34:39.

first? Juri -- Ai Ueda, maybe trying to get away from any potential fast

:34:40.:34:44.

finishers. Andrea Hewitt, less than one kilometre away from back-to-back

:34:45.:34:52.

World Triathlon Series victory is. She could not have wished for a

:34:53.:34:56.

better spot to the year. No wins since 2011, and then she knocks out

:34:57.:35:01.

two wins. Barring any mishaps which are not going to happen, she is

:35:02.:35:04.

going to come across the line in first place. For triathlon fans in

:35:05.:35:10.

New Zealand and around the world, it is great to see. 35 years of age, it

:35:11.:35:15.

is great to see. She is as good as she has ever been, if not better.

:35:16.:35:20.

Triathlon is massive in New Zealand, one of their big sports. She will

:35:21.:35:24.

have so much support behind her, especially moving towards the

:35:25.:35:29.

Commonwealth Games. She is in a great position moving forward over

:35:30.:35:32.

the next year. She is just pulling away. Especially when you think she

:35:33.:35:40.

is 35, even though she is still performing really well, it would be

:35:41.:35:43.

stretching it perhaps to think she would still compete in Tokyo. So

:35:44.:35:50.

maybe if she decided to call it quits, Commonwealth title in 12

:35:51.:35:54.

months' time, close to home, it could be a nice way to bow out. A

:35:55.:35:59.

lot of ifs and buts between now and then. If she gets a Commonwealth

:36:00.:36:04.

title, she will not not go to Tokyo. I have a think about age, as long as

:36:05.:36:09.

you remain injury free, there is no reason why you cannot carry on and

:36:10.:36:13.

be as good as ever. That is normally the injuries that hamper the

:36:14.:36:16.

athletes as they get older. Triathlon is a funny sport. You have

:36:17.:36:22.

girls coming in just out of Junior is almost on the podium. You have

:36:23.:36:26.

girls later run in the 30s doing well. There is such a big danger --

:36:27.:36:38.

big age range. Everyone on the podium in Rio was 30 or older.

:36:39.:36:42.

Definitely a lot of time for everyone. A quick update on Jodie

:36:43.:36:48.

Stimpson, where she was 20 metres behind the big chase group, she now

:36:49.:36:52.

finds herself in another pack behind that. It is turning out to be a

:36:53.:36:56.

tough day for Jodie. But as for Andrea Hewitt, what a performance

:36:57.:37:03.

here. Her season started with a bang in Abu Dhabi. A brilliant sprint

:37:04.:37:11.

finish, outdid Jodie Stimpson, but this has been an even more

:37:12.:37:16.

impressive performance, you could argue. She took her time on the bike

:37:17.:37:21.

and she has timed her drive for victory here to perfection. What a

:37:22.:37:24.

good finish for Ashleigh Gentle. Gentle making certain that she will

:37:25.:37:31.

be the Australian to qualify for the Commonwealth Games from this race on

:37:32.:37:36.

home territory. But Andrea Hewitt, still moving away from the

:37:37.:37:42.

Australian in second. A little glance over her shoulder. But she is

:37:43.:37:50.

home and dry here. Another fabulous performance from a woman who is

:37:51.:37:54.

hugely popular on the triathlon circuit. No wins for six years. Two

:37:55.:38:01.

in the space of a month. Andrea Hewitt does it again here and she

:38:02.:38:08.

can afford to ease down at the line. She takes the win, Hewitt. It looks

:38:09.:38:12.

like another emotional victory for her. Gentle comes home for second.

:38:13.:38:21.

She will be returning for Australia for the Commonwealth Games next

:38:22.:38:27.

year. What a brilliant run from Juri Ide. The American wins the battle

:38:28.:38:39.

for fourth, Zaferes. Her chances of making the Commonwealth Games team

:38:40.:38:44.

ever more possible. Gillian Saunders from South Africa coming across the

:38:45.:38:48.

line, we do not often see her in the top ten. Jodie Stimpson now just

:38:49.:38:57.

crossing the line inside 59 minutes. That was a tough day for Jodie who

:38:58.:39:02.

lost a little bit of ground on the run, especially on the second

:39:03.:39:06.

circuit. But she still got plenty to work for and plenty to be positive

:39:07.:39:13.

for from this season after that great run a month ago. It was just

:39:14.:39:17.

not meant to be quite as good today from the Britain. A tough day for

:39:18.:39:21.

Jodie. She probably will not be happy with that, she has high

:39:22.:39:26.

standards. I think she has to look at the big picture. She is not in a

:39:27.:39:30.

bad position moving forward. Great start to the year. She has got to

:39:31.:39:35.

move on for the next race. Great to see Ashleigh Gentle coming second.

:39:36.:39:39.

Home crowd for her, she is from the Gold Coast. Really happy for her.

:39:40.:39:47.

Confirmation, it is to out of two for Andrea Hewitt, the perfect start

:39:48.:39:51.

to the season. Ashleigh Gentle will be delighted with the second place.

:39:52.:39:54.

She will be back for the Commonwealth Games next year. Juri

:39:55.:40:00.

man-fourty-macro back on the podium. Jodie Stimpson on this occasion down

:40:01.:40:10.

in 16th. -- Juri Ide. Katie Zaferes moves up to second place overall.

:40:11.:40:14.

Jodie Stimpson still in the mix. Down here with a translator, could

:40:15.:40:22.

you ask her, her first podium for three years, how thrilled a she and

:40:23.:40:27.

what made the difference today? -- how thrilled is she? I am glad, I am

:40:28.:40:36.

happy. There is a bit of English there! Ladies and gentlemen, Angela

:40:37.:40:44.

Hewitt! How much did the confidence in Abu Dhabi contribute to your win

:40:45.:40:48.

today? I knew the running was good. You never know how the race is going

:40:49.:40:54.

to go. I ran at my pace and it was good enough. I am happy. We heard

:40:55.:40:58.

Javier Gomez say in the men that race he is fearful of the

:40:59.:41:02.

youngsters. You are 35. It does not seem to bother you. Last week was my

:41:03.:41:10.

birthday. Age is just a number. It is all down to training and today,

:41:11.:41:18.

the swim and bike was not up there, but I had the legs on the run. Was

:41:19.:41:22.

it always the plan to go hard right at the start of the run? You left

:41:23.:41:28.

them for dead inside the first kilometre. I ran at Plymouth and I

:41:29.:41:35.

knew Ai Ueda went out fast. I was expecting her to run with me but I

:41:36.:41:39.

was by myself today. What a thrill for you, Ashleigh, securing your,

:41:40.:41:47.

what games qualification a year out. It feels really good. After Rio, I

:41:48.:41:53.

wanted to turn up at a race and perform and I did that today and I

:41:54.:41:56.

am really happy. What was your view of your swim and bike? Everyone came

:41:57.:42:00.

together on the bike and it effectively became a foot race

:42:01.:42:05.

pretty much consumer it is a sprint race, so fast from the get go. --

:42:06.:42:10.

pretty much? I have not had much confidence in it before. I was happy

:42:11.:42:15.

to take what the swim was and get on the bike and work hard. And once it

:42:16.:42:20.

came down to run race, I wanted to go out hard and see if I could hold.

:42:21.:42:24.

Were you surprised how quickly and rare went off? -- how quickly Andrea

:42:25.:42:33.

Hewitt went off? Not really. She has been one of my idols. I am really

:42:34.:42:36.

happy for her to secure another victory. Clearly delighted Ashleigh

:42:37.:42:43.

Gentle talking about her hero as well Andrea Hewitt, great race for

:42:44.:42:47.

her. Great race for Ashleigh Gentle and she worked hard on the bike to

:42:48.:42:51.

get back into contention. We have seen her do that in previous races.

:42:52.:42:56.

If her swim improves a little bit, she is in contention. What a

:42:57.:43:02.

fantastic win from Andrea Hewitt. Form of her life. She is such a

:43:03.:43:07.

great consistent athlete. Two in a row. Fantastic. Amazing. Not many

:43:08.:43:15.

people have done back-to-back. Again one of the older athletes, Ide. She

:43:16.:43:20.

has had a year or two of not being on the podium, good comeback. She

:43:21.:43:24.

will be looking forward to Tokyo in 2020, all of the Japanese will.

:43:25.:43:28.

Jodie Stimpson. Not a great race for her. Where did it start going wrong?

:43:29.:43:35.

A little bit down on the swim. Just over 20 seconds but it is only a

:43:36.:43:41.

sprint difference, 750 metres, so disappointing to start. They got

:43:42.:43:45.

back on pretty quickly. For me, she has a very quick transition

:43:46.:43:48.

normally, but going out onto their run, she was a bit slow, she did not

:43:49.:43:54.

look like herself. I just think it is one of those things. Some days it

:43:55.:43:58.

is not your day. We should not look into it too much. That can just

:43:59.:44:03.

happen to anybody, something can go wrong? Some days you just have a bad

:44:04.:44:08.

day and you are a bit empty. It is unfortunate in Australia when you

:44:09.:44:11.

have travelled so far. I know Jodie's focus is later in the year

:44:12.:44:16.

for the series finale in Hamburg. Lots more races to go. Just one more

:44:17.:44:21.

race before the World Series hits Leeds.

:44:22.:44:50.

63 days to go until World Triathlon Leads and tickets have gone on sale

:44:51.:44:59.

this week. To experience what promises to be a cracking atmosphere

:45:00.:45:03.

head to the website. Helen, you were not racing last year but were part

:45:04.:45:09.

of the crowd, what was it like? The atmosphere was incredible. I have

:45:10.:45:12.

experienced a different crowds but the British crowd loved the track. I

:45:13.:45:16.

really wanted to be out there racing. Before we get onto the men's

:45:17.:45:21.

race it is time to hear more from Tom Fordyce's interview with double

:45:22.:45:25.

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee. In April 22 he is due to compete in

:45:26.:45:30.

his first middle-distance racing Gran Canaria but is also competing

:45:31.:45:34.

in Leeds and hasn't ruled out trying again for another gold in Tokyo in

:45:35.:45:36.

2020. He is busy. I've got a few goals. Will this fill

:45:37.:45:54.

the hole, Alistair? To the man in the street, triathlon is about the

:45:55.:45:58.

Olympic Games and to a lesser extent the World Series. That is definitely

:45:59.:46:03.

not what I do, I have never done triathlon for that. The real

:46:04.:46:08.

question is, does it fill the hole for my competitiveness and trying to

:46:09.:46:13.

achieve things I perceive that are important and worthwhile achieving?

:46:14.:46:19.

How much will training change on a day-to-day basis, will you get to a

:46:20.:46:26.

situation where you stop in the Dales for tea cakes, Johnny sits

:46:27.:46:29.

parent has teacakes and you have to do an extra hour? I don't expect my

:46:30.:46:36.

training to change massively. Most of it will be the same. I will just

:46:37.:46:42.

look to more specific things, the bike especially, steady-state effort

:46:43.:46:45.

on a time trial bike, and Johnny will carry on doing what he does. So

:46:46.:46:51.

far I have been doing efforts on a time trial bike and he has been on a

:46:52.:46:55.

road bike up mountains. We have managed to combine the two and be

:46:56.:47:02.

predictably very competitive. The obvious one to ask is injuries. When

:47:03.:47:07.

you have the idea of doing the 10,000 metres in the Commonwealth

:47:08.:47:10.

Games, it was that that stopped you -- when you had the idea. Injuries

:47:11.:47:14.

are definitely a big worry and something I will have to balance and

:47:15.:47:19.

work with. Coming through last year and having my ankle reconstructed

:47:20.:47:24.

has given me a lot of confidence with how to manage unbalanced stuff.

:47:25.:47:28.

Have you got the balance spot-on now? It might look like it from the

:47:29.:47:38.

outside, but...! What is the future of triathlon? I think the Olympic

:47:39.:47:43.

distance should always be a classic race in the Olympic Games. I think I

:47:44.:47:50.

could definitely see a time where there were possibly more events or

:47:51.:47:54.

maybe even more qualifiers to get to an Olympic distance final. That

:47:55.:47:58.

would be perfect triathlon. And you have the relay come which is such a

:47:59.:48:04.

brilliant Olympic sport. Look at the atmosphere it generates, having this

:48:05.:48:09.

fast racing circuit, having girls and guys in the same race as well.

:48:10.:48:15.

It is just a bit unique. The mixed relay is a really exciting format,

:48:16.:48:21.

it is fast, it is interesting, it keeps people's attention, and

:48:22.:48:24.

hopefully I think that ticks all the boxes to be an Olympic sport so it

:48:25.:48:28.

makes complete sense we should have a world-class mixed relay

:48:29.:48:31.

competition in Britain, and we have the first one here in September in

:48:32.:48:35.

Nottingham. It's really exciting and I think it is the right thing to do.

:48:36.:48:41.

I really hope it is successful. That competition he mentions at the end

:48:42.:48:45.

there is the British Triathlon Mixed Relay Cup I am delighted to say we

:48:46.:48:49.

will have live coverage of that event from Nottingham on BBC One at

:48:50.:48:54.

215 PM on Saturday, September two, so join us for that. Talking about

:48:55.:48:59.

new formats, since Alistair did that interview he has competed in Super

:49:00.:49:02.

League in Australia and it wasn't great for him, was it? It wasn't,

:49:03.:49:06.

simply because he wasn't very well, and that style of racing you need to

:49:07.:49:11.

bring your top game because it is tough, it is held over three days,

:49:12.:49:16.

lots of short different distances with really short breaks so if you

:49:17.:49:19.

are not feeling great it will not work for you.

:49:20.:49:30.

What about the idea of Super League for triathlon, is it a good idea to

:49:31.:49:35.

mix it up? It is exciting to have another format. We had races like

:49:36.:49:37.

this years ago so it is exciting it is coming back but disappointing

:49:38.:49:40.

there was no women's race this time. Triathlon has a long history of

:49:41.:49:42.

equality between men's and women's races. The ITU have always been good

:49:43.:49:46.

on that, equal prize money and equal number of starts, which is important

:49:47.:49:49.

and I hope moving forward the Super League put on the women's race. They

:49:50.:49:53.

have said that will continue in future. Do you think it is an idea

:49:54.:49:59.

to mix it all up? Absolutely. A bit of variety is fun and it is great to

:50:00.:50:12.

watch. It is really fast and very dynamic, but of course we want to

:50:13.:50:15.

see a women's race as well. No Alistair or Johnny Brownlee in the

:50:16.:50:18.

Gold Coast, Johnny is back in full training after a hip injury and will

:50:19.:50:20.

head to Yokohama. Tom Bishop will also head to Yokohama after his

:50:21.:50:22.

fantastic second-place finish in Abu Dhabi, so who is in Gold Coast and

:50:23.:50:26.

what do we know about them? Here is Rob Walker. Javier Gomez Noya 's

:50:27.:50:31.

Matt Quinn in Abu Dhabi puts him in the gold swim hat on the Gold Coast.

:50:32.:50:35.

He had a surprise party attended by triathlon pals to celebrate his 34th

:50:36.:50:41.

birthday on the 25th of March, making him the oldest man in the

:50:42.:50:47.

field as well as the one to beat. Wearing bronze it is excitable South

:50:48.:50:50.

African Richard Murray, as the winner of last month's Super League,

:50:51.:50:56.

he won 100,000 Australian dollars in prize money. What he is spending it

:50:57.:51:00.

on is still to be confirmed. After a career best seventh place in Abu

:51:01.:51:04.

Dhabi, Greg Billington is in the red on the Gold Coast. The American took

:51:05.:51:10.

-- American grew up in the English village Six Mile Bottom and builds

:51:11.:51:15.

himself on social media as the 1997 boys under 950 metres by Suffolk

:51:16.:51:20.

County champion. Expect to see him flying through today's swim. In Ryan

:51:21.:51:25.

Illy Magnum at this Ryan Bailie, born in South Africa but moved to

:51:26.:51:29.

Australia when he was a baby. He thought about becoming an Aussie

:51:30.:51:32.

rules player but stuck with triathlon winning the amateur 18-19

:51:33.:51:38.

-year-old age group world title in 2009. Don't be deceived by the

:51:39.:51:43.

number 14 on the arm of 2012 world schools Cross country champion Jacob

:51:44.:51:46.

Birtwhistle. He was the surprise package at the Super League

:51:47.:51:51.

triathlon finishing second overall. And with a Commonwealth Games place

:51:52.:51:54.

at stake for the Australians, the Tasmanian will be looking to put his

:51:55.:51:57.

devilish sprint skills to good use today.

:51:58.:52:01.

Listening to that there is interesting talent coming from

:52:02.:52:05.

Australia at the moment. It is about time because they have had a lull is

:52:06.:52:09.

certainly on the men's side. A lot of young guys coming through which

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is exciting for them. The athletes we will be looking at today,

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definitely Jacob Birtwhistle, former and 23 world champion, comes in with

:52:18.:52:21.

really good form, and Ryan Bailie definitely, finished fourth here

:52:22.:52:25.

last year, he will be one to watch. Also we can't fail to mention Mario

:52:26.:52:28.

Mola because by his exceptionally high standards

:52:29.:52:52.

it wasn't a great start for him, was it? He was eighth in Abu Dhabi which

:52:53.:52:55.

is not a good race for him, so he will be disappointed. He didn't swim

:52:56.:52:58.

well but he rode well so today if he is closer in this when he could have

:52:59.:53:01.

a great race. Thank you both, time for you to head to commentary. I

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will hand you to Rob Walker for the men's race. COMMENTATOR: Absolutely

:53:05.:53:06.

superb win last month for Javier Gomez Moya. Mario Mola, the world

:53:07.:53:10.

champion, will be disappointed with how he finished in Abu Dhabi,

:53:11.:53:14.

eighth. He will hope to be back to form. Olympic bronze-medallist Henry

:53:15.:53:24.

Schuman -- Henri Schoeman. It is really a world-class line-up here on

:53:25.:53:25.

the Gold Coast. It is a great cast assembled here,

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and with that subplot of those automatic spots for the Commonwealth

:53:45.:53:45.

Games. They seem to hold them for an age

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there on the pontoon, but at last, round two in the men's 2017 world

:53:57.:54:03.

triathlon series is under way. Javier Gomez Noya Mo Farah left of

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the picture there. He has started his season in cracking form. He has

:54:10.:54:17.

never won a world triathlon series race over sprint distance, though.

:54:18.:54:22.

Can he prove that there is still some speed in those legs as well as

:54:23.:54:25.

the great stamina and the top-quality tactics and racing brain

:54:26.:54:31.

that has taken him to five world titles? Should be a fascinating

:54:32.:54:36.

race. It always looks so spread out, that's what fascinates me, the fact

:54:37.:54:40.

that it is a big line but somehow it all comes together. It is, you start

:54:41.:54:46.

off 70 metres apart venue wall come to one single point together 300

:54:47.:54:50.

metres away, and that's where it can get messy and the fighting starts.

:54:51.:54:55.

Interesting to see everyone lined up from the right-hand side of the

:54:56.:54:58.

pontoon, when they were stored on it, whereas in the women's race the

:54:59.:55:04.

left was a bit quicker, so there must be a reason, the current must

:55:05.:55:11.

be better on that side. Gomez and Mario Mola, they all went to that

:55:12.:55:17.

side of the pontoon. I think with the French missing today, who are so

:55:18.:55:21.

often at the front of the swim pack, and the Russians, it will be a

:55:22.:55:26.

slightly different swim today, of course, Henri Schoeman from South

:55:27.:55:30.

Africa is here, so we will expect to see him pushing the pace, Javier

:55:31.:55:33.

Gomez Noya is well, renowned for good swim, such a complete athlete,

:55:34.:55:40.

and Fernando Alarza, but I think the swim world be more competitive with

:55:41.:55:43.

the lack of French and Russians. We also have Ben Kanute from the USA,

:55:44.:55:47.

he is a great swimmer and might drag out the swim and lead out. He was

:55:48.:55:52.

definitely up there in Abu Dhabi. Will be interesting to see how they

:55:53.:55:59.

take this buoy because it is a big group of athletes going round. Not

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the South African we are expecting leading. Wian Sullwald, third in

:56:05.:56:07.

Cape Town in the World Cup earlier this year so we know he is informed.

:56:08.:56:13.

He didn't finish in Abu Dhabi. He crashed out on a tight bend there so

:56:14.:56:16.

will hope to make amends here today on the Gold Coast. I saw the colours

:56:17.:56:28.

of Javier Gomez Noya Spain, I think in fourth position, looking fairly

:56:29.:56:32.

relaxed I would say. There is not the urgency we normally see. I just

:56:33.:56:38.

wondered there, it is hard to tell with the names on the caps, I

:56:39.:56:42.

thought the athlete in third might have been Trent Thorpe, and if that

:56:43.:56:46.

is the case, he is only 20 years of age, the New Zealander. If it is him

:56:47.:56:51.

he is having a very good swim indeed, but Gomez close enough to

:56:52.:56:58.

the early leader, Wian Sullwald the South African, but the arrow is

:56:59.:57:04.

already forming. That will really take some doing, to form a breakaway

:57:05.:57:08.

at the start of this bike course, as we saw in the women's race. So

:57:09.:57:13.

difficult to get away then stay away in those four circuits of five K. I

:57:14.:57:20.

think in the one lap swim, the 750, there doesn't seem to be as much

:57:21.:57:23.

opportunity to break up and quite often the brakes go, in the men's

:57:24.:57:28.

race especially, in the lap, the pace stays on. It will be hard for

:57:29.:57:36.

these guys in the front to form a break like they didn't Abu Dhabi. So

:57:37.:57:43.

Wian Sullwald has done a great job leading the swim. A little gap

:57:44.:57:48.

between fourth and fifth but as we have said, it will be so difficult

:57:49.:57:54.

for a big breakaway to form. Short, sharp swim, these guys are so

:57:55.:58:00.

powerful, and in fact the South African is pulling away from Ben

:58:01.:58:11.

Kanute in the last few strokes. An excellent swim from yet another

:58:12.:58:13.

talented South African. It was Trent Thorpe in third for New

:58:14.:58:28.

Zealand, but the graphics indicated it was Henri Schoeman out of the

:58:29.:58:32.

water first as opposed to Wian Sullwald. We will get confirmation

:58:33.:58:36.

of that when we have the chance to look at him close up. If it is Henri

:58:37.:58:42.

Schoeman, and it is, that is a great start to his race. Ben Kanute going

:58:43.:58:47.

well, Gomez right there. That is Canada's Matt Sharp by the way

:58:48.:58:50.

instead of Great Britain's Matt Sharp for those of you who follow

:58:51.:58:56.

British triathlon. So Henri Schoeman, the man who took the

:58:57.:59:00.

Olympic bronze medal last August, then won the grand final in

:59:01.:59:05.

September, he has had a cracking start to his race. A bit confusing

:59:06.:59:09.

there because the graphics were showing his team-mate leading the

:59:10.:59:13.

race and it wasn't, which makes a lot more sense because Henri

:59:14.:59:17.

Schoeman as we know is one of the leading swimmers on the world

:59:18.:59:23.

triathlon series. Henri Schoeman was tenth in Abu Dhabi. 12th in the Gold

:59:24.:59:30.

Coast last year. But judging by how much she has improved in the last 12

:59:31.:59:35.

months, that performance here year ago is not indicative of where he is

:59:36.:59:37.

now. This is great to see. One long train

:59:38.:59:46.

coming out of the swim. Already smashed up. Schoeman and then can

:59:47.:59:55.

meet -- Ben Kanute really determined. This is great, they have

:59:56.:00:00.

come out and both of them, they are riding as hard as they can. Gomez

:00:01.:00:05.

and the two behind him will try to get on. If those three come

:00:06.:00:09.

together, you have a really good working group of five. Everyone is

:00:10.:00:15.

working just as hard. And the subplot is that you have got Trent

:00:16.:00:21.

Thorpe, the 20-year-old New Zealander, along with his team-mate,

:00:22.:00:26.

Tayler Reid, both of them vying to be the first New Zealander home. If

:00:27.:00:30.

they manage to come home in the top six, selection guaranteed. There is

:00:31.:00:36.

a very long way to go. Schoeman looking over his shoulder. He would

:00:37.:00:40.

like to have Gomez. Even though he does not want to be with him on the

:00:41.:00:44.

run. He knows the importance of it on the bike to keep away from the

:00:45.:00:48.

chase pack. They are not looking back and waiting, they are still

:00:49.:00:52.

going for it. There is the look back to see if they are coming, but you

:00:53.:00:56.

cannot afford to wait because there is not time in the sprint distance.

:00:57.:01:00.

Although you want to be aware of whether people coming from behind

:01:01.:01:06.

how difficult is it to form a breakaway on such a short race? It

:01:07.:01:13.

is tough. If you look at the sprint distance races, it is not often a

:01:14.:01:18.

breakaway sticks. It is going to be tough. If you are going to have a

:01:19.:01:22.

breakaway, you want people like Schoeman, Gomez. And Ben Kanute who

:01:23.:01:29.

wrote really well in Abu Dhabi. You want them up there. He is riding

:01:30.:01:33.

incredibly strong. The three behind including Gomez, one of the

:01:34.:01:37.

strongest on the circuit, they are finding it tough. This is the point

:01:38.:01:41.

when they can catch up, a little break. Gomez in third place now. If

:01:42.:01:47.

they are going to form a breakaway, they have got to do it now. As soon

:01:48.:01:53.

as the big chase group come around the corner, they will be able to see

:01:54.:01:56.

them and they will smell the opportunity perhaps to close the

:01:57.:02:01.

gap. That is the big chase pack. What is positive is that even though

:02:02.:02:04.

these guys, even if they do get caught, they have made everyone

:02:05.:02:12.

behind work harder. Mola was 27 seconds down. If he gets to the

:02:13.:02:16.

front, he has done more hard work. That plays out later on in the run.

:02:17.:02:21.

Exactly. They cannot afford to look up. They are close, to close, the

:02:22.:02:26.

chase pack. They will have to do is in pretty special to stay away,

:02:27.:02:33.

these guys. -- have to do something. We are one lap in with three to go.

:02:34.:02:41.

Ben Kanute, Gomez, Tayler Reid, Schoeman, Trent Thorpe. They have

:02:42.:02:45.

worked incredibly hard to try to stay away. There is the gap. Fourth

:02:46.:02:52.

in Abu Dhabi, leading the rest of the field. A treadmill of great

:02:53.:02:59.

Spanish triathletes being turfed out of the junior system. And now Tayler

:03:00.:03:08.

Reid takes his turn. He is just 20. Two very young New Zealanders doing

:03:09.:03:12.

all they can to make the most of what could be a fantastic

:03:13.:03:16.

opportunity for one of them. Absolutely. Schoeman looks really

:03:17.:03:19.

strong on the bike. They are still close. Eight seconds is not much.

:03:20.:03:25.

They are going to be working hard behind. In the front and the back,

:03:26.:03:32.

they will be tiring themselves out for the run. It is a funny position,

:03:33.:03:37.

where would you rather be, chasing or burning your energy? Most people

:03:38.:03:42.

would rather be in the front, trying to make it happen. At the same time,

:03:43.:03:48.

you have Mola and Murray getting dragged up to the front. You

:03:49.:03:53.

mentioning Mola, you correctly said that at the start of the bike, he

:03:54.:03:58.

was around 26, 27 seconds adrift, he is now in that chasing pack, 26

:03:59.:04:08.

seconds has become nine. A good position for Mario Mola to be in. He

:04:09.:04:14.

was within contact on the swim. In the big pack. He will probably be

:04:15.:04:18.

pretty comfortable in there, you can almost be thinking about the run

:04:19.:04:22.

already, if you think the pack will catch. They are within striking

:04:23.:04:27.

distance now. This group is slowing down a bit. Glances over their

:04:28.:04:33.

shoulder, realising they are now dangerously close. A great effort

:04:34.:04:39.

from all five of them on the first lap but perhaps now they have

:04:40.:04:44.

succumbed to the inevitable coming together of the five and the

:04:45.:04:51.

enormous chase pack. Now looking at our screens, the chase pack has

:04:52.:04:56.

joined up with the front five riders who worked really hard fought 8.5

:04:57.:05:01.

kilometres. It has been in vain because they have now been met

:05:02.:05:05.

either chase group which contains Richard Murray and Mario Mola, the

:05:06.:05:09.

two big threats to Javier Gomez on the run. You would almost imagine

:05:10.:05:17.

the leading contenders here would hit cruise control and start

:05:18.:05:22.

thinking, right, this is a straight five K Burn up, 12.5 laps of a track

:05:23.:05:31.

for the man who is going to take second round victory here. But what

:05:32.:05:34.

a start this would be for Javier Gomez if he went to out of two. It

:05:35.:05:40.

is certainly a declaration of intent that not only has he recovered from

:05:41.:05:44.

the injury but crucially, despite all he has achieved in the context

:05:45.:05:48.

of the World Triathlon Series and the Olympic silver behind Alistair

:05:49.:05:51.

Brownlee in London, he is still hungry, still motivated. And the

:05:52.:05:57.

oldest athlete in the field at 34 as well. I did not know that,

:05:58.:06:04.

interesting. Gomez has been around for a long time. He has been such a

:06:05.:06:08.

good athlete for so many years. It will be interesting to see whether

:06:09.:06:12.

he does want to commit to Tokyo and go for that. I think he is planning

:06:13.:06:17.

on making his decision after this year, whether he moves to longer

:06:18.:06:22.

distance or stays with the Olympic distance. Maybe he could do what

:06:23.:06:25.

Alistair Brownlee is doing and leave the option open. It is not as if you

:06:26.:06:31.

go into long-distance and you put your feet up and spend six hours a

:06:32.:06:37.

day in front of the TV. If he does 18 months, 12 months, of

:06:38.:06:41.

long-distance, would you say the end of 2018 would be the realistic point

:06:42.:06:46.

at which the likes of Javier Gomez and Alistair Brownlee would go, we

:06:47.:06:50.

are two years out, am I going to commit to another two years of

:06:51.:06:54.

Olympic distance or am I going to have a crack at the half and

:06:55.:07:00.

maybe...? I think so, that would be the time you have to refocus on the

:07:01.:07:05.

Olympics. Javier Gomez has raced really well at 70.3 and Olympic

:07:06.:07:12.

combined, not many athletes do. In 2015, he was well champion, 70.3,

:07:13.:07:16.

and he was second maybe in the Olympic distance. He is one of the

:07:17.:07:21.

athletes that can combine it. Moving to iron man, maybe you do need to

:07:22.:07:25.

focus specifically on that. You do. 70.3 is the distance where they run

:07:26.:07:34.

a half marathon and a lot of people say you can combine that training

:07:35.:07:38.

and step up to the Ironman, it is very different. The point to be made

:07:39.:07:42.

is Alistair Brownlee has two gold medals. I am not saying whether he

:07:43.:07:47.

will make Tokyo or not, it is a big deal, he has alluded to the fact he

:07:48.:07:53.

might help Jonny, but Gomez does not have the gold medal, he has

:07:54.:07:56.

everything else, but he does not have the gold medal. I can see him

:07:57.:08:00.

wanting to continue while he carries on winning and as long as he does

:08:01.:08:04.

not get injured and stays healthy, he is still a big threat, even at

:08:05.:08:11.

34, as we saw in Abu Dhabi. Ryan Fisher just getting the bit between

:08:12.:08:16.

his teeth. For a little while, it was Matthew Hauser, the 19-year-old

:08:17.:08:25.

Australian leading. But Fisher just decided to split things up a little

:08:26.:08:30.

bit. It is knowing when to attack which is a key thing. A long

:08:31.:08:37.

straight road into a headwind or tailwind, when is the right time? It

:08:38.:08:42.

is having enough knowledge about bike racing and knowing when to do

:08:43.:08:47.

that. It is a lot more technical than you think. With someone just

:08:48.:08:53.

watching now. There is the right time to attack. Fisher has gone now.

:08:54.:08:57.

I guess he is thinking, I have nothing to lose. He did it on the

:08:58.:09:01.

slightly more technical section, the best place for him to get away. It

:09:02.:09:07.

certainly is a brave move when you think about the quality in this

:09:08.:09:17.

chase group. Mola is there. Javier Gomez, Richard Murray, the South

:09:18.:09:20.

African in cracking form, sauce is his compatriot, Schoeman. -- so too.

:09:21.:09:29.

A declaration of intent from Ryan Fisher. From a neutral perspective,

:09:30.:09:33.

I don't know about you two, but there is a bit of me that feels you

:09:34.:09:37.

want them to be able to stay out front, even if they only have five,

:09:38.:09:41.

six seconds by the end of the run, if they have been balls the enough

:09:42.:09:45.

to be this brave, there is a bit of you that wants it to pay off --

:09:46.:09:51.

five, six seconds by the run. You do not want to be a passenger, you are

:09:52.:09:59.

proactive. It is always to be admired even if it does not always

:10:00.:10:03.

pay off. It is worth a try and you learn from doing it, you learn your

:10:04.:10:07.

limits and if you have the power data on your bike, what did I hold,

:10:08.:10:11.

what did it take to break the pack? It is all useful information for

:10:12.:10:16.

yourself. It depends how you feel on the day as well. Sometimes it will

:10:17.:10:20.

work, sometimes it does not. The legendary Welsh marathon runner

:10:21.:10:26.

Steve Jones, your compatriot, former world record-holder, he always said,

:10:27.:10:30.

if you feel good in a race, you should go, and even if you blow up,

:10:31.:10:35.

never regret it. I think there is a lot to be said for that. It makes it

:10:36.:10:39.

a lot more exciting for the viewers. If nothing else come EU come into

:10:40.:10:44.

transition on your own and you have open transition and you have not got

:10:45.:10:46.

to worry about getting caught up with other people -- if nothing

:10:47.:10:54.

else, you come into transition. Can he stay away, four kilometres to go?

:10:55.:11:05.

It is really good to see he has been bold enough to follow his own race

:11:06.:11:11.

plan. And not show too much respect to the likes of Mola, the reigning

:11:12.:11:18.

world champion, and Gomez, the five-time world champion and Olympic

:11:19.:11:22.

silver medallist back in London. No man has ever successfully defended

:11:23.:11:27.

this Gold Coast title in the World Triathlon Series so there is a bit

:11:28.:11:35.

of a first for Mola but it is a tall order because other than Ryan Fisher

:11:36.:11:40.

who is nine, ten seconds out front, everybody else you would expect to

:11:41.:11:45.

be in the lead group is there. Great work from the Australian. And

:11:46.:11:51.

hopefully, he will be taking some heart from the cheers of those in

:11:52.:11:58.

the gantry. Managing to extend that lead from the previous lap. He was

:11:59.:12:07.

six, seven seconds. He has finished the fourth circuit on the bike with

:12:08.:12:10.

real strength, given himself every opportunity. He has given himself 16

:12:11.:12:16.

seconds lead which over five kilometres is a good distance. We

:12:17.:12:20.

are not sure where his running fitness is at the moment. It will be

:12:21.:12:25.

interesting. These guys off-line. Alarza leading the way. The massive

:12:26.:12:30.

cheer when Ryan Fisher left, that is one of the reasons for him doing it,

:12:31.:12:35.

getting the home support behind you, amazing. This is where it will all

:12:36.:12:41.

kick off now on the run. If Murray brings the form he produced in the

:12:42.:12:45.

super league and for his two World Cup wins earlier this year, he will

:12:46.:12:51.

be absolutely flying. He will be really enjoying this. He is looking

:12:52.:12:58.

strong too, just depends if those guys will catch, they will probably

:12:59.:13:03.

catch pretty quick. It has been a brilliant effort from Ryan Fisher

:13:04.:13:07.

and his race is not over yet but you can see how quickly the likes of

:13:08.:13:14.

Mola and Jacob Birtwhistle and Gomez and Alarza along with Richard Murray

:13:15.:13:17.

who has been ominously quiet so far, and this is the moment Ryan Fisher

:13:18.:13:22.

glances to his left hand side, he will not like what he is seeing, he

:13:23.:13:27.

moves aside and he now has to try to dig in and hold on. A fantastic

:13:28.:13:31.

effort to get away on the bike but this is going to be very tough for

:13:32.:13:37.

him now. It is. But a great effort. The next time maybe he will have a

:13:38.:13:43.

few more seconds. As you mentioned, Helen, people learn from the

:13:44.:13:46.

experience. You learn what you can and cannot do. Those five are moving

:13:47.:13:53.

really fast. Back onto the back of them, Schoeman. Another really

:13:54.:14:00.

strong athlete, Crisanto Grajales, from Mexico. Such a big talented

:14:01.:14:12.

group of Spaniards at the front. Mola, Gomez, Alarza, but Murray, he

:14:13.:14:20.

looks good in second place, doesn't he? He does. But Mola does tend to

:14:21.:14:27.

get the better of him on the run. We did not see the sprint finish in

:14:28.:14:31.

Hamburg lasted which Mola won because Murray had the mishap in

:14:32.:14:37.

transition and had to sit out a 15 second penalty and was discolour

:14:38.:14:42.

fight. We never saw them go head-to-head. But Mola looking like

:14:43.:14:47.

he means business. I wonder what is going through his mind, knowing he

:14:48.:14:52.

has got Murray and Mola up ahead of him. Jacob Birtwhistle looking like

:14:53.:14:59.

he is slightly struggling. We know he has great pedigree. World under

:15:00.:15:04.

23 champion in 2015. Third-place finish in the super league race

:15:05.:15:07.

which took place a couple of weeks ago.

:15:08.:15:15.

I think that is the chase pack there, the three Aussies close to

:15:16.:15:22.

the front, Sissons as well who got a podium last week. Fish are now

:15:23.:15:30.

dropping back, we can see the gap, the gap is huge, only three and a

:15:31.:15:35.

half kilometres gone with an 11 second gap between the chase pack of

:15:36.:15:40.

five athletes, three Spaniards, the South African Richard Murray and the

:15:41.:15:45.

Australian Jacob Birtwhistle. This race is playing into Jacob's hands

:15:46.:15:51.

for a Commonwealth Games spot on the Australian team. In terms of

:15:52.:15:54.

Commonwealth selection he is definitely in the best space. Mario

:15:55.:15:58.

Mola really taking this out, trying to break them early on. He has

:15:59.:16:04.

really pushed it on. An indication of that is how quickly Henri

:16:05.:16:08.

Schoeman has been spat out of the back of that group, and he now is in

:16:09.:16:11.

danger of being swallowed up by the chase pack.

:16:12.:16:20.

So, five men in a group here, almost all in single file bar Richard

:16:21.:16:32.

Murray. Up against three Spaniards, and be inspired Australian youngster

:16:33.:16:34.

Jacob Birtwhistle who has allowed a metre or two to grow between himself

:16:35.:16:39.

and the third of the Spaniards, Javier Gomez Noya. Murray has been

:16:40.:16:47.

right on Mario Mola's shoulder almost right away through that fast

:16:48.:16:51.

black -- first lap, they are training partners and friends. Henri

:16:52.:16:57.

Schoeman now looking over his shoulder, and he knows that big

:16:58.:17:02.

group are about to join him. One big chase group, but surely the winner

:17:03.:17:07.

is going to come from one of these five. Mario Mola will want to make

:17:08.:17:11.

up for what happened in Abu Dhabi, it wasn't a dreadful performance but

:17:12.:17:15.

he was eighth, and where you bet -- when you bear in mind last year he

:17:16.:17:21.

won Abu Dhabi, Gold Coast coast, Yokohama and Hamburg, he wants to

:17:22.:17:26.

get his season on track. These last two kilometres will be so fast and

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so tough, sometimes you say it comes down to being mentally strongest

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that this is physical and mental, it is pretty tough, the pace Mario Mola

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and Richard Murray are running out now. I find that with five K, you

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can get through two or three K Bennett starts to hurt, the last two

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kilometres and you know you have to get through the pain. These are the

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best guys in the world. They will be the ones

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that can do it. And the gap has now formed between second and third, so

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the two training partners and team-mates, one representing South

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Africa, the other Spain, and a gap back to Fernando Alarza and Javier

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Gomez Noya is to the Spaniards in third and fourth but what a duel

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this could be between two men who know each other's strengths and

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weaknesses inside out. How do you pick a winner from here? I'm not

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going to call it! I'm not sure either. Murray has been sat in a

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little bit but I think when they turned they go back into a headwind

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so it will be interesting to see if Murray takes on a bit of the lead,

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give Mario a bit of a break. It is tricky here in third and fourth

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because that's when the last medal is -- where the last medleys. We'll

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Fernando Alarza get the better of his older team-mate? We have just

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over a kilometre to find out. Jacob Birtwhistle, if he keeps up the

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pace, the first spot in the Austrian Commonwealth Games team will be his.

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You have the reigning world champion against the man in form, Richard

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Murray, who just has a little look over his shoulder to check where

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Fernando Alarza and Javier Gomez are, and barring a huge serve from

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those two the winner will come from these two. Murray has two world

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triathlon series victories so far in his career, and both have come at

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sprint distance. He will fancy this, especially after his two World Cup

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wins earlier this year and his victory in the Super League. He will

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want to lay down the market here. Last season he just missed out on an

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overall World Championship medal and just missed out on an Olympic medal.

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He didn't take up triathlon to become a nearly man. He wants to

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remind everyone he is a force to reckon with on the global stage but

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Mario Mola is a la -- not lying down here. It is not often you see it but

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he is grimacing and working really hard at the moment. Does it come

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down to who wants it the most? Of course they both wanted but at this

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point they are both absolutely on the edge, aren't they? I think they

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are both working really hard but we haven't seen Murray play his cards

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yet. He has just sat there so we don't know if he is waiting.

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Fernando Alarza has moved away from Javier Gomez, and in the background

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Jacob Birtwhistle is still just about hanging on for fifth with his

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young compatriot Luke Willian, in that chase group trying to close

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them down. Five metres -- 500 metres to go and still nothing to separate

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Mario Mola and Murray. Murray has to look forward at the moment. What

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have they got over the last 400 metres? This will be exciting. Mario

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Mola looks like he is pulling away, Murray doesn't look like he will run

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him down. Murray keeps looking over his shoulder, and is that the

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tell-tale sign that gives us the clue that his aspirations for the

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win are spent? So impressive from Mario Mola, he has completely

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dictated the whole run. So Mario Mola has led the run from start to

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finish. He knows his training partner Richard Murray is world

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class when it comes to running, but so is he. He is the reigning world

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champion, and he is going to become the first man to defend the world

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triathlon series win here on the Gold Coast. One world title, this is

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his first marker that he wants his second. Mario Mola reigns supreme

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here in Australia, a great second place therefore Richard Murray, and

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it is Fernando Alarza who completes the podium having broken Javier

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Gomez in the last few hundred metres. Gomez follows up first in

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Abu Dhabi with fourth in the Gold Coast, and Birtwistle has hung on.

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The young Australian is getting a bigger raw than Mario Mola. The

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first home-grown athlete across the line and that means he has booked

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his place in the Commonwealth Games last year. -- next year. Very happy

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with the bronze medal. It was very hard. Mario the whole time in the

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last five K, all the time in third position, and I was... At three

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kilometres... It was a very tough race. Richards, Fernando and Javier

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Cuaron fire and I had to give 100% to get the win. I did everything I

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could and Mario was like a surging machine. I responded as much like

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then I was literally on rivet from the last turn all the way back in

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transition. I did what I could. By your own high standards you are

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obviously disappointed with your performance in Abu Dhabi. As world

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champion how important was it for you to make a statement today? Well,

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every race is a different opportunity, a new opportunity to

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give our best and try our best. In Abu Dhabi I don't think I was less

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bit or worse than today but these guys are very good and if you don't

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have your best day you go from first to eighth or 20th, so that is

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racing. Happy with a good result and performance here now. Still Javier

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Gomez Noya on the hunt for his first sprint title. No disgrace with

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fourth because Mario Mola was unmatchable today, an absolutely

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brilliant run. So, this is the standings so far after two grounds,

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remember there is a long way to go. Gomez is still with number one next

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to his name. Richard Murray moves up to second. Fernando Alarza third and

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Mario Mola moving up as well, because remember he was eighth in

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Abu Dhabi. When you bring the likes of Jonathan Brownlee back into the

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mix in Yokohama, this has the makings of a great and thoroughly

:24:24.:24:27.

absorbing season at the top of the men's leaderboard.

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Fantastic result for Mario Mola, he is the world champion, you kind of

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hoped you would see that result for him. He looked fantastic on the run

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today, he took command straightaway and pushed on and everyone else was

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hanging onto him for as long as possible. He had to make up time,

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didn't he? He did, he lost more time than he would have liked but there

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was a long train, it took a lap or so for them to catch back onto the

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leaders, there was a breakaway of five athletes but once he got back

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on you felt it would be his race. Interesting hearing Richard Murray

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talk about him, he came second, talking about the surge is Mario

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Mola put in. Mario is an incredible athlete and it will always be had.

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Richard maybe had a harder day-to-day. Normally you would see

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them battling it out but Mario got the edge today. Talk to us about the

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cycling, particularly the pack, because there were so many different

:25:27.:25:29.

and new triathletes trying to get to the front in lots of different

:25:30.:25:34.

places. It is post-Olympic years so there is more space in the field at

:25:35.:25:45.

the moment. A lot of younger Kiwis and Aussies trying to make their

:25:46.:25:48.

names, they really want to get in the Commonwealth Games team next

:25:49.:25:50.

year so they will try new things on the bike. Exciting to see them

:25:51.:25:52.

coming through. Anyone you thought was a little bit special? I think

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Jacob Birtwhistle did really well, he finished fifth and did what he

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needed to do and qualified for the Commonwealth Games. As Helen said,

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Mario Mola was on fire, and it was interesting that Richard Murray

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said, I had a great day and felt good out there but Mario Mola was

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just better than everyone else today. Javier Gomez in fourth, of

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course, but this is not his favourite distance. Heeds will be

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disappointed not to make the podium but it is a good solid race for him

:26:20.:26:23.

over a sprint distance because he has never won a sprint distance

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race. He was still in Australia after the Super League race and why

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not get the points? It is important when you have the opportunity to get

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the points. I don't think he would be too disappointed with fourth

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placed. Still to come this afternoon, two of Everton versus

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Leicester on 5Live and the BBC Sport website. Next week, commentary of

:26:44.:26:46.

the track cycling World Championships live from Hong Kong,

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starting on Wednesday at 12pm on BBC Two. As for triathlon, just over a

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month until round three in Yokohama. We will have live coverage of both

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men's and women's races in the early hours of Saturday, May 13 on the Red

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Button and the BBC Sport website. Rest assured, if you can't get out

:27:08.:27:11.

of bed in time, we will have the highlights on BBC Two on Sunday May

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14 at 1pm. Let's get both your thoughts on Yokohama, really

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important for Tom Bishop first of all. He had a breakthrough in Abu

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Dhabi and will be looking to back it up in Yokohama, it will be exciting

:27:25.:27:29.

to watch. The first time we see Johnny Brownlee in this series. It

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will be exciting but he has a tendency to race well in Yokohama so

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I think he will be looking forward to it. I think he will be well

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prepared when he gets there. I am looking forward to seeing

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non-Stander and Vicky Holland. It is exciting to see them back. They were

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third and fourth at the Olympics and they were not racing this year so

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they could potentially be the top two if they come back from their

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injuries. They will be looking forward to racing against. I am sure

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they will be. They have had time out since Rio but absolutely they will

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have seen the first race is happening and will be looking

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forward to racing. I think so, yes, just getting back into the mix of

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its. Should be a great event, thank you both for talking through it all,

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I will see you for Yokohama and see you in Leeds. Thank you very much,

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and thanks for watching.

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The best of the action and reaction from the second round of the World Series, held on the same Gold Coast course in Australia that will be used for 2018's Commonwealth Games.

In the absence of Britain's Brownlee brothers, the frontrunners are likely to be Spanish pair Javier Gomez and Mario Mola, world champions past and present. Mola won this race in 2016, while five-time world champion Gomez began the current campaign with victory in March on his return to World Series action after a lengthy break.

In the women's event, Britain's Jodie Stimpson was looking to build on her silver medal in March's first stage, which marked her comeback from a six-month lay-off with an Achilles injury. She was pipped on the line in Abu Dhabi by New Zealand Andrea Hewitt, who was also due to compete in this race.


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