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Saturday, 11 August 2012

British Pride

Apologies if any of you are entirely disinterested in the Olympics...
On Tuesday, I travelled down to Hyde Park in London with my Mum and brother to watch the Men's Olympic Triathlon - if you follow me on Instagram (@JesssRawr) or Twitter, or like my Facebook page, you may have heard me mention this once or twice! For those of you who don't know, an Olympic distance Triathlon involves a 1500m open-water swim, 43km bike, and 10km run, completed continuously. My brother competes in Triathlon so I'm pretty familiar with what's involved and who's any good!
We set off around 12.30am on Tuesday, and drove as far as Watford Junction, from where we got a train at 5.30am as far as Euston, then taking the Tube to Hyde Park. Although there was ticketed seating for the event, the majority of the course was open to the public, so by 7:30am, we were installed on our camping stools by the barrier with a prime view of the run course and a pretty good glimpse of the swim as well. All there was to do now was wait for the race to begin - at 11:30!

The course, with the ticketed grandstand in the background.
Radio Five Live and their hugely technical timekeeping equipment..
Four hours later, I was almost asleep, having nearly fallen over backwards more than once when I'd nodded off. Once the race began, though, I soon came round to cheer on Team GB's Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee and Stuart Hayes. The swim was one lap of a marked course on the Serpentine lake. Although we couldn't see much of the seven-lap bike course, which took up the bulk of the race time at around an hour, by the time the run came around the crowd was well and truly warmed up. The run was completed in four laps of 2.5km each, so the athletes ran past us four times; right against the barrier, we had a brilliant spot for shouting support at our athletes (and a couple of my brother's friends, Russian and Australian as they may be...) and I got a few fairly good photos of men in lycra, which I'm sure you're all thrilled to see..!
This was pretty much all you could see of the swim - arms and the
occasional head!
Alistair leading the run, closely followed by Jonny and Gomez.
Gold was taken by Alistair Brownlee for GB in a time of 1:46:25, with Silver going to Spain's Javier Gomez in 1:46:36, and Bronze to the younger Brownlee brother, Jonathan, in 1:46:56. A great day for Great Britain, and I confess to a tear in my eye as the National Anthem was played as the boys stood on the podium.

The French Hauss and Vidal, who came 4th and 5th respectively.
Ireland's Gavin Noble, who finished 23rd.
Quinchara, who finished 53rd for Colombia.
Have you been following the Olympics? Have any of you been lucky enough to attend? Were you familiar with Triathlon?


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