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the world cham­pi­onships on the 2012 Olympic course has made this year a pop­u­lar one for age group ath­letes around the world, who have been clam­our­ing to earn them­selves a berth on their na­tional teams for over a year so they can test them­selves on the same course that Alis­tair Brown­lee and Nicola Spirig won gold on.

Lo­cated in Hyde Park, the sprint course in­cludes a 750 m swim in the Ser­pen­tine fol­lowed by a 20 km bike and fin­ish­ing up with a two-lap run around the lake again. The Olympic dis­tance race in­cludes a 1.5 km swim fol­lowed by a two-loop, 20 km bike course that passes many Lon­don land­marks in­clud­ing Welling­ton Arch, Buck­ing­ham Palace, The Mall, Lon­don Eye, the Tower of Lon­don, White­hall and Big Ben. Fol­low­ing the his­toric tour of Lon­don, the ath­letes fin­ish up with a three-lap, 10 km run.

The elite races serve as the itu Grand Fi­nal and will no doubt at­tract in­cred­i­bly strong fields. The easy favourites in the men’s field are Eng­land’s own Alis­tair and Jonathan Brown­lee, but look for itu se­ries leader Javier Gomez to do his best to mix things up with the two Brits.

With Si­mon Whit­field out of the pic­ture these days and Brent McMa­hon mov­ing up to 70.3 rac­ing, Cana­dian hopes will rest with Kyle Jones and up-and- com­ing ath­letes An­drew McCart­ney and An­drew Yorke.

The women’s race will likely be a bit more wide open. Jodie Stimp­son and Non Stan­ford will rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in front of the home­town crowd, but with a United Na­tions of com­peti­tors set to race in­clud­ing peren­nial Aussie con­tenders like Emma Mof­fat and Emma Jack­son, itu leader Anne Haug from Ger­many and many more, this is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing race to watch.

With Paula Find­lay still strug­gling to get back to form, Kirsten Sweet­land might be our best hope for a top fin­ish in the women’s race along with up-and- com­ers Amelie Kretz and Joanna Brown.

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