The BBC will screen full coverage of the hotly-anticipated ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final from London’s picturesque Hyde Park, the climax of a challenging eight-event global calendar.
A relatively young and emerging sport, triathlon changed forever during last summer’s Olympics in London as front pages of both national and international newspapers contained images of Hyde Park and two of the most dramatic, noisy and spectacular races of any sport at a summer Games.
The vision for the Games was legacy and ensuring that future generations would continue to be inspired by world class sporting events and performances in London.
On September 11-15, the city hosts the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final using an identical course and venue to that used in the 2012 Olympics and will offer everybody the opportunity to get involved and to rekindle the experience and spirit of the Games.
The Grand Final is the pinnacle of the sport and BBC TV will be covering both the men’s and women’s races live in their entirety at the weekend, giving viewers the chance to see the new world triathlon champions crowned as the series finishes in the UK for the first time.
London rounds off an eventful 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series season which began in Auckland back in April.
Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson and Non Stanford have been hot on the heels of Germany’s Anne Haug throughout the year in the women’s series, though its Gwen Jorgensen of the USA who leads the rankings ahead of Haug going into the final event.
Only 13 points separate the top three places, with Stimpson 165 points behind Stanford in fourth place, but with 1,200 points on offer for the winner of the Grand Final a big change is not inconceivable.
Stanford will be striving to emulate her Welsh compatriots Helen Jenkins, who took the world title in 2011, and Leanda Cave, who was world champion in 2002.
Jenkins, who has two individual world titles under her belt, is sadly missing out on this event as she has a long-term knee injury.
Stanford and Stimpson are Britain’s brightest hopes, being third and fourth in the standings heading to London.
The men’s race on Sunday afternoon – the flagship event of the week – marks the culmination of a truly punishing eight-stage calendar and superstar British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will be desperately battling each other – and the likes of Spain’s Javier Gomez – to be crowned world champion.
The Brownlee brothers dominate triathlon, not just in this country but around the world. In the seven World Triathlon Series races contested this year, they’ve all been won by only three men – the Brownlee brothers and Gomez.
Just over a year after the three battled for a spot on the Olympic podium, they return to much the same course that realised their Olympic dreams in the hunt for a world title.
Only 120 points separates the athletes, meaning the world champion will more than likely be the man that crosses the finish line first on Sunday afternoon.
Victory for one of the Brownlees will leave them in pole position for next year’s Commonwealth Games, where both will represent England, if they decide to compete.
All the action from the elite races at the 2013 PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final will be covered exclusively by BBC Sport.
Sonali Shah presents BBC TV’s coverage throughout the weekend, which begins on Saturday morning with the entire women’s race live on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport online and via the mobile app, with extended highlights later in the day on BBC One at 2.30pm.
Then on Sunday, the men’s race takes centre stage and BBC Two will have complete coverage of the day’s events starting at 1.00pm.
Matt Chilton leads the commentary team from Hyde Park alongside Annie Emmerson for the women’s race, while Steve Trew commentates with Chilton on Sunday’s men’s race.
Saturday 14th September
LIVE: 8.30am-11.00am BBC Red Button
Highlights: 2.30pm-4.30pm BBC One
Sunday 15th September
LIVE: 1.00pm-3.45pm BBC Two