Hyde Park welcomes back the leading names in triathlon for the London leg of the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series on May 31-June 1, live on BBC One.
The fourth meeting of the eight-event calendar, the city has established itself as one of the world’s leading hosts for triathlon events having staged the 2012 Olympic triathlon competition and the spectacular ITU World Series Grand Final last September.
London has again attracted the very best triathletes from across the world to compete for crucial ranking points in their bids to become ITU world champion at the end of the year.
The famous setting of Hyde Park provides the ideal backdrop for the fifth edition of the London triathlon event, but the elite races taking place will be held over the shorter ‘sprint’ course, roughly half the length of the Olympic course, so fast and furious action is anticipated.
This means both the elite races will be taking place on the same afternoon, giving fans and viewers the chance to see the world’s best triathletes in action on one spectacular day in central London.
The athletes are due to compete over a 750m swim in the Serpentine, before taking off on four technical bike laps and concluding with three running laps along the Serpentine.
In the men’s race, the Brownlee brothers – Alistair and Jonny – lead the British hopes once more as they go head-to-head for victory on home soil.
The sprint distance is the one event in which Jonny has been able to get the better of elder brother Alistair in recent years so it promises to be a close contest.
However, if this season’s record is any indicator, defending world champion Javier Gomez, who beat Jonny to the title last year, will be the man to beat in London.
In the women’s event, last year’s ITU world champion Non Stanford makes her 2014 debut as she returns from injury, but she faces tough competition from fellow British triathletes, including Jodie Stimpson, who currently leads the series after three races, and two-time world champion Helen Jenkins.
Stimpson has stormed to an impressive start to the season, having won the first two events of the year.
She was again poised for the podium in the last round in Yokohama before she tripped in transition, sustaining a cut to her foot that required stitches.
Despite the injury, Stimpson finished the race in ninth place to retain her top spot in the rankings and will be striving for victory in front of her home crowd.
An exciting afternoon of triathlon awaits and both elite races from the PruHealth World Triathlon London 2014 will be covered live on BBC One in a bumper three-hour programme on Saturday, may 31.
Sonali Shah presents coverage from Hyde Park, which begins with the men’s race at 2.30pm, followed by the women’s race at 4.05pm.
Matt Chilton leads the commentary team from Hyde Park alongside Annie Emmerson for the women’s race, while Steve Trew commentates with Chilton on the men’s race.
Coverage will be available to watch in high-definition on BBC Two HD, as well as online via the BBC Sport website and app, plus the whole programme can viewed anytime for up to seven days after transmission on BBC iPlayer.
Saturday 31st May
ITU World Triathlon Series: London
LIVE: 2.00pm-5.10pm BBC One