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This is all about Migaloo, the white whale, from earlier. “This is a celebration of our shared Home and our essential connectivity to everyone and every place, as symbolized by the white whale, Migaloo. Migaloo serves to remind us that, whoever we are and wherever we are, we live in the same place; we share the same fantastic planet; we are all connected. Despite our apparent differences, we are all simply a part of the human race and our island is our shared home.”

Into the arena floats a massive animatronic whale. It’s late, I’m not sold, to be honest. It’s all gone a bit Spinal Tap.More from England’s Brownlee brothers, who as we mentioned have failed to win a middle in the men’s triathlon.Two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee fell away at the start of the running leg and ended up finishing 10th. He’s just been interviewed post-race and blamed the result on a lack of fitness. He said he “hadn’t done enough to be fit enough on the run”.

I knew I would’ve struggled on the run,” he said after the race. “I wanted to pull that gap out as much as possible to give (his brother) Jonny the best chance and look out for him.“I’m just really happy I got through the race, that’s fine. I’m happy with that.“I knew it was going to be tough when you haven’t actually run that fast for more than a minute or two at a time and, when you’ve got to do it for 15, it’s not going to go very well for you is it“I would have preferred my calf to be good two months ago, if it was and I was able to train in that time, I reckon I would have been able to win that race.”

The women’s 4000m team pursuit qualifiers have just wrapped up and Australia have finished fastest. The Aussie women took out silver at last year’s world championships and will be favourites to take gold ahead of New Zealand in the gold medal race tonight.There were plenty of fist-pumps coming from the NZ women after the just beat out the Canadians but they’ll be up against it after finishing a good five seconds slower than the Australians.The men’s qualifiers in the same event are just about to kick-off, and it should be a cracker. Australia’s men won the last two world titles but finished second behind England at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

There are a total of six gold medals on offer at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane tonight.Quite a shock out of the men’s triathlon a little earlier, where the Brownlee brothers crashed out without winning a medal.Two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee fell out of contention at the start of the run, eventually coming 10th, while Jonny finished seventh in one of the brothers’ worst days.They had hoped to repeat the one-two finish from Glasgow 2014. Alistair, 29, exited the second transition in the lead but faded to come home one minute six seconds behind the eventual winner, South Africa’s Henri Schoeman. Australian Jake Birtwhistle took out silver while Scot Marc Austin took out the bronze.

He said afterwards that his training in the lead up to the event had been “perfect”. “My race today was pretty great, I knew that I really needed to work hard but also save my energy,” he said. “Everything went according to plan and I knew that I couldn’t have given anything else. I finished in a heap.“It’s pretty amazing to come away with third after training for so long. I’ve been pretty disappointed lately of my performances as I just haven’t been delivering the standard I know I’m capable of.”The Brownlees have a second chance to win a medal when they compete in the mixed team relay later in the week.

The Australians, Jessica Gallacher and Madison Janssen, went first in the qualifying round and finished in 10.954, a new world record. Then, in one of those ‘anything you can do’ type moments, England’s Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott came through and blew them out of the water with 10.609.For the uninitiated, the B&VI is a para event for cyclists with a visual impairment, using a tandem bicycle with a cyclist on the front as a pilot. After the race, Gallacher said the sport involved a huge amount of trust“If you cant trust the person steering the bike you’re not going to get the best out of the bike and each other, [but we have a] wonderful relationship,” she said. It should make for a cracking final later on tonight.

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