Lesley Paterson (SCO)
Reigning Xterra world champion
Gold: Helen Jenkins—she’s gone from strength to strength this last year and proved it in San Diego in May. Her preparation is impeccable, and I think she’ll cope with the pressure.
Silver: Paula Findlay—I reckon both she and Helen will pull away in the 10K run but because Paula hasn’t raced, Helen will have that little extra in the tank. She’s got oodles of talent to you can’t not consider her.
Bronze: Nicola Spirig—fierce and always there. She will out-sprint a small group to get that last podium medal!
Gold: I hate to say it but it’s gotta be Alistair [Brownlee]. He’s made of different stuff both physically and mentally, so there’s no doubt (barring a crash) that he’ll do it.
Silver: Jonny [Brownlee] will be spurred on by his brother and just hang the pace longer than anyone else and thus come in for silver.
Bronze: Richard Murray—he’s just been getting faster and faster throughout this season, and for sure he has the hunger to really dig deep for this.
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