Possible development of the upcoming race in Tønsberg on this first coming Saturday...
....we'll pass it on
to standing in the transition
zone now. Phil?
Yes, Sean, this
will be a very exiting race, the athletes have been in the water for almost
10 minutes now and are getting close to exiting. As expected we see that Scully
is leading out of the water closely followed by Mr Scone. Well past his height
as an athlete, he has definitely dug deep to swim this fast... We remember him
more for the battles with the East Germans back in the mid 80's. At the age of
ca 52 the former b-cyclist is well past his prime... Back to you Sean.
Thanks Phil. Other swimmers coming out of the water now... There's one,
he has lost his swim cap as usual and his shiny scull is almost blinding us. He
seems to be on fire as he charges through the transition area. On to the bike he
has already closed to within 30 seconds of the leaders. What can you tell us
about this fine gentleman, Phil?
Sean, this is a remarkable young
fellow, although young is perhaps a wrong expression here... Anyway, this
extraordinary man who travels the world for a living, really has his heart in
the track and field, and comes from a background of Discus throw. Rumor has it
that he gets his true inspiration from the Tarahumara indians in the north of
Mexico. But as a fine class A athlete, he wears shoes as opposed to his indian
counterparts... Anyway, being on the top in the late-90's and early turn of the
millenium, this fine specimen of a human being still has a few years left of his
prime. Will we see him return to Hawaii? I certainly hope so. Sean, what's the
development on the bike?
Thanks for that Phil. Well, as the racers are
almost done with their 20 km time trial, they are getting ready to run, at least
those who haven't shed all their powers on the bike course. We see now the first
riders enter T2, and almost as expected is the former B-rider leading, with the
Indian runner closely following his trail. And as Mr Scone attempts to hang up
his bike he seems to lose balance. He is, oh no, he is running in the wrong
direction. Oh dear, what an amateur... Phil?
Thanks Sean. What can I say, this
former cycling star has certainly seen better days. Finally on to the running
now, he runs as if something is stuck inside his pants, and up through his
spine. Not very elegant I am afraid... alas.... Closing in from behind now comes
the former triathlon champion and being away for a couple of years certainly
doesn't seem to affect his performance. If Mo Farah ever had an idol, this must
be him, so fluent, ah- the grace. As the runners are heading towards the finish
line now, the two men in the lead are running shoulder to shoulder. Sean, this
is the ultimate form of racing. In front of this huge crowd, down here in the
center of Norway's oldest city... But, Oh my Gosh! Scone slipped on a banana
peel! And he is flying horizontally through the air. And watch it there, oh lord
almighty, straight in to a pile of horse manure! And he is absolutely covered in
horse sh-t, pardon my French. I have never seen anything like it. This is
absolutely Bizzare! The stench - oh dear. And the humiliation? Will he ever be
able to recover? As our reborn hero goes for the win in the 40-49 age group he
cannot seem to stop smiling. He high fives the crowd, signs autographs. And
look, HRH Mette Marit is out to greet him! Kissing him on the cheek, passing him
a small note. He blushes as he reads it. Sean, back to you...?
what an amazing race. I don't think I have ever experience anything like it. The
former cycling amateur is carried off now to the shower area, actually no, he
stinks so bad he is thrown straight back into the sea. Have we seen the last of
this clumsy old man who has seen far better days. Rumor has it though that he
intends to pick up the sport of Petanque. Perhaps a lucky break for the
triathlon sport, and not so lucky for the petanque teams.... Well, that's it for
now folks. This is and reporting live from
Tonsberg and the first edition of Downtown triathlon. Goodbye.