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The London 2012 Olympic Games course preview via

The London 2012 Olympic Games course preview via

In London, the swim takes place in The Serpentine and the pontoon start is on the north side of the lake. As in last year’s ITU World Triathlon Series London event, it is one long lap, similar to the 2008 Beijing Olympic course. Last year there wasn’t a huge break in either pack after the swim, and many athletes said it was one of the toughest on the circuit. The USA’s Laura Bennett said that it was the hardest part of the course. “The swim was the most difficult, it was hard to get away from everyone.” This year, with both fields packed with the sport’s best swimmers, led by Great Britain’s Lucy Hall and Slovakia’s Richard Varga respectively, a breakaway could emerge directly out of the water. Another added question this year is whether the swim will be a wetsuit one. Last year neither the men’s or women’s race was a wetsuit swim, although athletes did complete a warm-up ...

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