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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 November, 2003, 16:30 GMT
Sunday 14 December
EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY
Paula Radcliffe
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1300 On air
1305 European Cross Country championships:
1305 Senior Women's race
1335 Junior races
1355 Senior men's race
1440 Highlights: Triathlon
1540 Swimming: European Short Course Championships

Athletics

Hazel Irvine introduces an afternoon of top class athletics, swimming and triathlon.

The 10th European Cross Country championships from Edinburgh's Holyrood Park is one of the highlights in the athletics calendar, with golden girl Paula Radcliffe likely to lead British hopes in the women's race.

She won the World Cross Country title in 2001 and took this event back in 1998.

Jo Pavey and Hayley Tullett - who was fifth last year - are also expected to figure in an event in which Britain took bronze in the team event 12 months ago.

However, they will be up against defending champion Helena Javornik of Slovenia, four-time bronze medallist Olivera Jevtic of Serbia and Montenegro and former World Cross Country champion Sonia O'Sullivan of Ireland.

In the men's race, British hopes lie with John Brown, who was fourth in the London marathon in 1999 and 6th in the New York marathon in 2001.

But the favourites include last year's winner Sergei Lebid of the Ukraine, as well as former winner Carsten Jorgensen of Denmark and the 2002 runner-up Mustapha Essaid from France.

Commentary comes from Steve Cram and Brendan Foster.

Swimming

Sharron Davies is in Dublin, as top swimmers from 38 nations will be going for gold in the European Short Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre.

Great Britain have sent a team of 55 who will be led by world record holder Mark Foster, triple World University Games gold medallist Rebecca Cooke and world champions James Gibson and Katy Sexton.

There are also ten newcomers in the squad keen to pick up vital experience in their quest to qualify for next year's Olympics.

Adrian Moorhouse and Andy Jamieson are in the commentary box.

Triathlon World Championships

Britain's success at the 2002 World Championships in Mexico mean much more is expected from the British contingent at this year's event.

Over 1500 competitors from 50 nations will compete in the World Triathlon Championships, in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Britain's Leanda Cave will be hoping to overcome recent hamstring problems to defend the title she won in Cancun, Mexico last year.

In the men's event, Andrew Johns, ranked third in the world, looks likely to be Britain's best hope of a medal.

The 1,500m lake swim is followed by a seven-lap 40km bike ride, with a four-lap 10km run section to finish.

Stuart Storey and Steve Trew provide the commentary.


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