You see a lot of close finishes
in the sprints. 100m, 200m, the hurdles, it’s in the nature of sprinting that victory is won
by tiny margins. Fans love it. Kids these days,
always on their phones. Hm, what? For sprinters, microseconds are
their business, their currency. For them, one tenth of a second in the 100m final is an
eternity. It’s all a matter of
proportion. You don’t see many dead-heats
in the marathon. But there was one long-distance
race, lasting two hours, which really did come down
to the wire. As you’ll see, we’re talking
close, really close. The triathlon has quickly
become one of the iconic events of the summer Games following
its introduction in 2000. It comes in three sections.
The swimming. The cycling. And the run. To spice it up, it has awkward
little transition sections where so often the race
is won or lost. It’s an event virtually
designed to smash the field, to scatter the competitors into one thin line of
athletic torment. The previous Olympic Women’s
event was won by well over a minute. No photo required. The Women’s Triathlon
at London 2012 was different. Here are the two athletes
to look out for. Lisa Norden of Sweden and Nicola Spirig of
Switzerland. You can barely see them
in the swimming section because neither of them counts
it as their best discipline. There are some very good
swimmers in here, as we say, look out for Great Britain’s Lucy Hall,
who’s wearing 8. She will more than likely
take Vicky Holland with her. Lucy Hall of Great Britain
emerged from the water with a handsome lead. Spoiler alert –
Hall would finish 33rd. It’s a cruel sport. The split times tell us
that Norden and Spirig complete the swimming events
in exactly the same time. The Swiss Spirig considers
the cycling her top event. She’s awesome on the bike, quickly making up time lost
on the swim. But Norden is having
a good race, she feels strong,
matching Spirig in her strongest
discipline. Well, here they come back
towards transition. Here comes Nicola Spirig. It comes down to the run. The final 10K of an Olympic
triathlon is a thing of wonder, athletes pushing themselves
to the limit, with unbelievable reserves of
energy and determination. Spirig has both, and puts herself in prime
position for the final section. She is flying. And looking at some of
the runners in that field, the likes of Nicola Spirig, this could literally come down to a sprint finish for
the three medals. She holds off the Australian,
Erin Densham. But, try as she might, she cannot not shake off
her Swedish rival. Lisa Norden – is this going
to be her day? Here they come.
It is a sprint finish. It’s all come down to this. Two hours of racing, Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden,
it would appear. The Australian has gone. Spirig, look…look
for the Norwegian, the big, long
strides of hers, and she’s eating into
the Swiss. Look at this, nothing between
them as they go into the tape. Dead heat. Densham bronze,
while Spirig and Norden have to wait for the judges to examine photographic
evidence. Even now it’s hard to judge. Eventually, a decision is made, the same time for Spirig
and Norden. The same time to within
one-hundredth of a second but Nicola Spirig wins,
by a whisker. It hasn’t sunk in yet, it’s… I don’t think I really
realise that I’m Olympic Champion now but it’s amazing,
it’s just amazing. It’s been a lot of ups and
downs, and this is amazing. I had so many injuries leading
up to this and I never thought I’d get it together and running
in the last ten laps, I felt amazing and I realised I could
probably get a medal and actually up until the last
couple of metres… It’s really amazing. The photo suggests victory
by the tiniest of margins, maybe two centimetres,
to be generous. That’s over a race that’s
51.5 million centimetres long. You’ve already worked that out
as a percentage, right? So, if, say, this was
a 100m sprint it’s the equivalent of winning
by a margin so slim it’s almost beyond human
detection. 38.8 micrometres,
to be precise. The diameter of a typical human
hair is about 50 micrometres, less than a hair’s breadth! You could watch
1,000 triathlons, 1,000 races and never see
a finish as close as that.

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100 thoughts on “The Story of the Closest Olympic Triathlon Finish Ever | Olympics on the Record

  • November 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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    That’s stupid, no race should come down to 0.001 of a second, should have been a tie

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  • November 20, 2017 at 12:47 am
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    Super 🙌💖😚

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  • November 20, 2017 at 8:21 am
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    down to pack mentality/tactics/drafting. would be completely different if it were a time trial

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  • November 20, 2017 at 10:32 am
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    Why not give two gold medals like in swimming when athletes touch at the same time?

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  • November 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm
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    You should upload a tribute video for Naim Süleymanoğlu!

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  • December 2, 2017 at 11:52 pm
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    Is John Boyega voicing the narrator in this?? Cuz it sounds like him, but I may be wrong

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  • December 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    yes…

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  • December 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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    So glad triathlons are in the Olympics. Does anyone know why we don't have cross country running or "mixed doubles" track relays (2 men and 2 women running a 4×100)?

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  • December 20, 2017 at 11:29 am
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    They should've given them both a gold

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  • December 21, 2017 at 5:08 am
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    I love Nicola esp after watching the piece they did on her and her husband

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  • December 22, 2017 at 12:27 am
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    i remember watching this and thinking that the Swiss looked like she was going to drop in the run. It was agony just watching this – let alone running it. This is PAIN!!

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  • December 29, 2017 at 3:48 am
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    this sounds like john boyega

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  • January 10, 2018 at 2:15 pm
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    It looks like bolt is the one who is talking.

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  • January 30, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    looked pretty obvious to me…

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  • February 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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    That is why I swim, this would never happen in a race. I have been beaten by one one hundreth of a second and I knew straight away.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm
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    Awful decision. Both gold!

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  • February 18, 2018 at 6:13 am
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    Great finish

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  • February 19, 2018 at 10:25 pm
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    Why are people saying they both should get the gold? There has to be one winner no matter how close it is

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  • February 21, 2018 at 2:01 am
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    Idk man it kinda looks obvious that the Swedish one won to me

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  • February 21, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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    you can clearly see the switz hit it first why did the judges take so long to decide

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  • February 24, 2018 at 8:42 am
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    the Swiss are unpleasant…

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  • February 25, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    Human endurance and determination is just mesmerizing and wonderful

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  • February 26, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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    by a whisker? couldn't they just give out 2 gold medals? 😛

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  • March 1, 2018 at 4:57 am
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    Hella close m8

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  • March 2, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    If she just wore bigger shoes…

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  • March 10, 2018 at 11:02 am
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    i think the woman in red that hit the ribbon first should get the medal

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  • March 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    Im just happy Australia came 3rd

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  • March 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm
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    I think two gold medals should have been awarded

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  • March 22, 2018 at 5:35 pm
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    It's even amazing tget can do that for 2 hrs where as I can't even get to my fridge 😣😣

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  • April 5, 2018 at 10:51 am
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    That was so close

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  • April 15, 2018 at 3:55 am
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    i think the rule should state the maximum precision on the time, imo 0.001 is sufficient. if can't even a thousandth second tells the difference, then it's a draw. I mean you can go on till the N-th decimal if you want to make the person the winner, length of a hair? seriously? it's not as if there's never a joint-winner in sports. Otherwise change the technology, infrared sensor or laser or whatever, not the final call from judges after the so called behind the scene investigation.

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  • April 19, 2018 at 5:19 am
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    Naruto running

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  • April 19, 2018 at 11:20 pm
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    LET'S GO AUSTRALIA!!!!🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

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  • April 21, 2018 at 1:20 am
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    Well if we calculate proportionaly, some nascar races are in fact closer 😉

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  • May 9, 2018 at 10:22 pm
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    Bullshit. Should have been a tie

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  • May 19, 2018 at 9:51 am
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    Just astonishing. I would haven given both women the first place!

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  • June 25, 2018 at 11:34 am
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    I felt like the girl who won clearly had won. I don't know about this whole "Hair's breadth" thing.

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  • July 4, 2018 at 6:36 am
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    A high school boy can finish faster

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  • July 12, 2018 at 12:05 am
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    I saw the one in black touch first

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  • July 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    2nd place: reeeeeEEEEEE!

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  • July 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    The real thriatlon is 180km cycling running 40 3 swim

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  • July 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm
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    Those women make me proud of being alive.

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  • July 30, 2018 at 2:36 am
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    I can't tell if Lisa Nordan is happy about her medal or crying because she was SO CLOSE!

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  • July 31, 2018 at 8:03 pm
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    the swiss made it first…

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  • August 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm
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    No the distance doesn’t matter, it’s a different race each time because they would stick with a group if one ran ahead they might win and might fall back

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  • August 12, 2018 at 12:34 am
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    Torso across the line is what stops the clock. The finish tape is the final measure of who wins. Used as a last resort when everything else shows a dead heat. The Swiss woman barely hit the tape before the Swede. Amazing that a race of such a long distance could end up with a finish so close.

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  • August 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm
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    wooooo Switzerland

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  • August 21, 2018 at 10:06 am
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    It's actually 5.15 million centimeters…that's embarrasing.

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  • August 27, 2018 at 8:12 am
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    Pause at 4:58 we can clearly see the winner.

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  • August 27, 2018 at 12:17 pm
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    So, noone is gonna comment on how the commentator in the race calls the SWEDISH runner, NORWEGIAN?….

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  • August 31, 2018 at 9:51 am
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    The rowing with New Zealand and the Croatian guy came down to a pixel

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  • September 2, 2018 at 7:02 pm
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    i accidentally paused the video at 0:43 and i dont regret it

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  • September 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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    Damm they are so competitive

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  • September 5, 2018 at 2:45 am
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    Just give gold to both of them in such kind of connundrums

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  • September 11, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    I would say the woman in the black one because she actually touched the ribbon first. it was a dead tie when they actually crossed the line itself so i say go to the next best thing. Also, her foot was down a millisecond before the other. she won.

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  • September 23, 2018 at 1:04 am
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    One of them was dumb enough to strap something on her ankle the whole time… whatever it was, absolutely slowed her down…

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  • September 28, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    Im amazed

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  • October 14, 2018 at 11:44 pm
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    One of my friends in our cross country race for our school she beat me by .01 of a second

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  • October 24, 2018 at 12:25 am
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    Im just here cause Idk what sport to do when Im older. :/

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  • October 27, 2018 at 12:37 am
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    thank god she won… I would be devastated if I lost the lead in the final sprint by 38 micrometers…

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  • November 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm
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    0:41 haha

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  • November 3, 2018 at 2:37 am
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    This channel made respect the Olympics

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  • November 9, 2018 at 12:56 am
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    0:43 Whats it say on his shirt?

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  • November 20, 2018 at 2:07 am
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    No i could tell spirig won because i have good vision and from the back view camera of the finish its obivious who won (well at least to me )

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  • November 26, 2018 at 1:53 pm
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    I saw Spirig's foot hit the ground first before Norden…
    Watch and pause frame by frame (or change to 0.25 speed if you like) and watch carefully at 3:41
    I know this ain't gonna change history but hey, just sayin

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  • November 27, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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    Brilliant.

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    It was quite obvious to me

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  • December 25, 2018 at 12:14 am
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    Spirig is one of the toughest athletes out there, attacked by jelly fish but still wins the ironman

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  • January 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    she finishes first in the swim…but 33rd overall?????????? Get back on the bike!

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  • January 31, 2019 at 7:45 am
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    Olympic Triathlon is just stupid. The 3 sports are totaly unbalanced. Mainly you have to be a good runner and swim decent enough to come out of the water with the other good runners…
    And I would not agree that Spirig's best is the bike. She used to be a track & field and cross country runner before switching to triathlon (Swiss 5k champ 2009). So I would argue, her strongest discipline is the runing…

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  • February 2, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    Cycling races can be just as tight. They can race over 100 miles over 5 or 6 hours and the winner often wins by the width of a tire. Most big pro races have special technology that can detect close finishes like that.

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  • February 9, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    You could say “a triathlon is sooo long what a coincidence they finished in a near identical fashion.” But if you think abt it as a marathon, cuz they finish the cycling around the same time. Also they pushed each other to pass the other in the sprint finish… if they had been running without knowledge of the other’s position it might not have been so close.

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  • February 10, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    3:27 "And she's eating into the Swiss" lol

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  • February 14, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    No sprig won i could tell from the photos ……… that was easy maybe imshould be a judge?

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  • February 25, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    2:15 got me dead 😂😂😂

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  • March 12, 2019 at 7:01 am
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    I legit remembered seeing this on live TV and I was so amazed how close it came down.

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  • March 30, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    If her body wear was just bigger..

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  • April 2, 2019 at 1:09 am
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    if it was just two meters longer, the swede wouldve won.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    just get them to race again

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  • May 8, 2019 at 10:12 am
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    Isn’t Noreen from Sweden?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    It shouldn't be detected by foot. Instead maybe body cause some people have long strides.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 12:43 am
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    It was clear to see who won. She touched the banner first

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  • June 9, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    I'm Swiss but I feel for Norden. Was one of the most exciting things I've seen in live sport ever. Norden took it all the way to CAS cos they were given same time – therefore her case was: same time for a race of that length = share of gold. But CAS ruled something like that was the award on the day so there was no case to overule that decision as it wasn't technically incorrect. (i.e. they couldn't see if Norden had touched first) so the result stood. [CAS = Court of Arbitration for Sport – based in Lausanne, Switzerland :)]

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  • June 9, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    She should have jumped at the last moment!

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  • June 22, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    if she just wore bigger bra

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  • June 27, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    They are both awesome!

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  • July 3, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    Australia gets the bronze!!!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    Should have leaned like the winner.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    The swedish woman is such a good person.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Imagine if Nicola Spirig had actually leaned forward like Lisa Norden did.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    At 1:54 did anyone notice that Spirig had Baku 2015 on her arm?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 7:49 pm
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    am i trippin or did i see a clear picture of spirig clearly winning

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:15 am
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    That was a draw

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    "Look for the Norwegian!"
    I'm still looking….

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  • August 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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    0:46 형이 거기서 왜나와?ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    If you actually look at it really closely and at 0.25 speed you can see that its acrually Sweden that won, but hey, they probably wasn't able to spot it before, and well, this is the past, nothing can be changed. Good job to both of them though XD

    Edit: try watching at 0.25 at 4:58

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm
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    4:30 isn’t it 5.15 million cm? 51.5km=51,500m=5,150,000cm

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  • September 16, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    If she only had bigger bobbies. That would made her win…sad

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Either one could've won

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  • September 21, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    I feel like they should make an extra medal for extremely close calls like this idk

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