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Triathlon heroes

Simon Lessing - England   Simon Lessing - England

The winner of five world championships between 1992 and 1998, a three time European champion and a gold medallist in both the 1994 and 1998 Goodwill Games, Simon Lessing is one of triathlon's real giants.

Perhaps of most significance, Lessing won comfortably an international class triathlon event held over the same course to be used at Manchester 2002 in the summer of 2001.

Simon Whitfield - Canada   Simon Whitfield - Canada

The Sydney 2000 Olympic champion, Simon Whitfield is a class triathlon act and many people's favourite to win the inaugural men's Commonwealth Games triathlon gold.

A three-times Canadian national champion also, Whitfield's powerful running displays are likely to see him pushing his fellow competitors hard for first place.

Chris Hill - Australia   Chris Hill - Australia

Chris Hill ended 2001 ranked as world number one after a fantastic year which saw him gain seven top 10 finishes including three first places and second position at the world championships in Edmonton.

Peter Robertson - Australia   Peter Robertson - Australia

Known as Robo on the circuit for his grinding performances, Peter Robertson is a real contender for the Manchester 2002 triathlon title.

Robertson is a man known for saving himself for big occasions and won the 2001 triathlon world championship at Edmonton, bettering his position as runner-up in the 2000 championship held at Perth, Australia.

Michellie Jones - Australia   Michellie Jones - Australia

With two world championships in 1992 and 1993, an Olympic silver at Sydney and numerous other victories and podium places in major triathlon events, Michellie Jones is the leading icon of elite women's triathlon.

Jones's second place at the 2001 Edmonton world championships demonstrates that she's as competitive as ever. Ranked world number three overall in 2001, Jones is a leading contender to take the first ever women's Commonwealth triathlon title.

Loretta Harrop - Australia   Loretta Harrop - Australia

Ranked number one in the world at the end of 2001 and the winner of the 1999 world championships and 1998 Goodwill Games, Harrop will be determined to win at Manchester 2002.

Harrop's strongest triathlon point is the swimming leg, perhaps unsurprisingly as she was also a member of Australia's junior swimming team between 1986 and 1990.

Carol Montgomery - Canada   Carol Montgomery - Canada

With silver medal positions in the 1990 and 2000 triathlon world championships, Carol Montgomery shows no sign of slowing down. A raft of other podium place finishes between those dates and her form since suggest she has the wherewithal for Manchester.

Montgomery also represented her nation at 10,000 metres in the 1994 Commonwealth Games at Victoria as well as at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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