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Aaron Royle wins the exciting GE Canary Wharf Triathlon 2012



Aaron Royle has had the baton passed to him by Brendan Sexton and continued the Australian male dominance of this exciting triathlon run in London’s CBD at night. The GE Canary Wharf triathlon is a two round short format triathlon with two heats then a final for both the male and female races. Australian’s featured strongly throughout with 7 top 10 places in total.

Aaron Royle redlining in Sydney ITU 2012

This is one race Royle loves. He finished 4th last year and with the win this year it has gone up even further on his favourite race list. The race format is a heat and a final of a super sprint triathlon (400/9/2.1). After his steady climb up the ladder this season Royle was pumped after his win against some solid competition. “What makes it so unique, apart from the format is the night time race and the extra atmosphere that is around due to this. To be honest I was feeling pretty ordinary all day before the race and even in my heat I felt pretty flat. I had raced 4 days earlier, so I wasn’t too surprised to be feeling a bit flat. It was a ‘nothing to lose’ kind of race with absolutely no pressure to perform, so when I wasn’t feeling to flash I wasn’t too stressed.”

In the women’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale had an solid race coming in 4th overall with fellow Australian Ashlee Bailie hot on her heels in 5th. Ahead of these girls were England’s Katie Hewison and Liz Blatchford with South Africa’s Gillian Saunders in 3rd. A 5 place improvement from last year saw Natalie Van Coevorden take 8th overall.

Tamsyn, Natalie and Ashlee all headed out on to the bike with the lead group with a plan to ride together but with the short and fast 9+km ride it didn’t quite pan out. The fast pace of the race got in the way of best laid plans. After exiting the water in 3rd out on the bike Van Coevorden found herself spending too much time at the front which impacted her run. The race plan for the women was to get Bailie off the front and try to give her a 20-30 gap on to the run.

Grace Musgrove is one of the fast movers in the sport. After only taking up triathlons last season Musgrove has come from nowhere and is racing with some of the best. Finishing 14th overall her only weakness in this race was a slower bike time. She can swim and has a solid run.

For Royle the heat (the first round) was harder than expected but he didn’t think that was a bad thing as it definitely ‘woke the body up for the final’. Four athletes including Royle had a small break on the bike in the heat and were able to back the run off a little to conserve themselves for the final. Royle won the heat and progressed to the final along with the top 8 from each of the 2 heats.

In the final a small group pushed hard off the front in the swim. As we have seen this year Royle has demonstrated his ability to get out of the water with the lead swimmers at the highest ITU level and stay with them on the bike. This was what happened at Canary Wharf. “A couple of gun USA swimmers led the swim and I was able to get onto their feet before the swim exit. We pushed hard through transition to maintain our lead and worked well throughout the 9 lap 9km ride – (yes 9 laps totaling 9km). The two USA guys were really strong on the bike so it was great to be in a break off the front with them. Our gap to the main field hovered around 20 seconds.”

By the end of the ride the gap was 17 seconds which should be enough on a 2km run at this level. “We had to ride pretty hard to keep our lead so you can never exactly tell until the run starts. I didn’t go out to hard on the run, as I knew if the guys from behind caught me that I would need a strong last 500 meters to stay with them. Royle knew they were catching and just get to the last 500 meters in the lead and back himself in the final sprint. “Jarred Shoemaker and Aaron Harris were the two that caught me, but they only just ran onto my shoulder with 100 meters to go and once they did I opened up my sprint. They both went with me but I was able to hold them off and get a few little fist pumps in before the finish line.”

“It’s always a great feeling winning, but it’s an even better feeling if you can do it leading from start to finish.”

Playing a support role in the final was Ryan Bailie. It is interesting to hear how the tactics played out. Bailie was in the chase pack about 10 seconds down on Aaron’s group starting the 9km bike. With Bailie, in this pack,
were all the strong runners. “It was a case of doing anything I could to disrupt the work of the guys in the chase pack and let Aaron’s pack gain as bigger advantage as possible. I did everything possible to slow the pack down from sitting second wheel and not rolling over, to leading through corners and not accelerating out of them properly. Everything in the book I could pull to give the front pack a bigger lead I did with out being dangerous or stupid about it.”

The British boys had the fire power to bring it back and they were caught napping to an extent and by the time they caught on it was too late. It obviously worked with Aaron’s pack gaining close to 30 secs come T2.

Ryan Bailie ended up finishing 10th with a solid run.

Peter Kerr finished 8th overall just 5 seconds ahead of Bailie. Only 33 seconds separated the top 11 men.


Pos Athlete Team Finish Swim Cycle Run
1 Aaron Royle Australia 0:25:18 0:04:15 0:14:00 0:07:02
2 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 0:25:19 0:04:28 0:14:24 0:06:25
3 Aaron Harris England 0:25:20 0:04:16 0:14:38 0:06:25
4 Tim Don England 0:25:24 0:04:31 0:14:14 0:06:38
5 Adam Bowden England 0:25:24 0:04:35 0:14:16 0:06:33
6 Tommy Zaferes USA 0:25:26 0:04:08 0:14:25 0:06:51
7 Benjamin Kanute USA 0:25:27 0:04:05 0:14:29 0:06:51
8 Peter Kerr Australia 0:25:39 0:04:23 0:14:28 0:06:47
9 Greg Billington USA 0:25:43 0:04:42 0:14:15 0:06:45
10 Ryan Bailie Australia 0:25:44 0:04:30 0:14:24 0:06:48
11 William Huffman USA 0:25:51 0:04:28 0:14:28 0:06:54
12 Marc Austin Scotland 0:26:02 0:04:27 0:14:32 0:07:02
13 Lawrence Fanous Jordan 0:26:11 0:04:29 0:14:26 0:07:15
14 David Bishop England 0:26:14 0:04:26 0:14:30 0:07:17
15 Carl Shaw England 0:26:27 0:04:36 0:14:21 0:07:29
16 James Davis England 0:26:42 0:04:33 0:14:26 0:07:42
17 Richard Stannard England 0:26:52 0:04:32 0:15:10 0:07:10
18 Andrew Christy Scotland 0:26:58 0:04:34 0:15:13 0:07:10
19 Michael Gosman Australia 0:27:28 0:04:37 0:15:13 0:07:37
20 Grant Sheldon Scotland 0:29:11 0:04:31 0:14:47 0:09:52
Pos Athlete Team Finish Swim Cycle Run
1 Katie Hewison England 0:28:14 0:04:58 0:16:04 0:07:10
2 Liz Blatchford England 0:28:35 0:04:40 0:16:48 0:07:06
3 Gillian Saunders South Africa 0:28:37 0:04:58 0:16:06 0:07:32
4 Tamsyn Moana-Veale Australia 0:28:38 0:04:55 0:16:11 0:07:32
5 Ashlee Bailie Australia 0:28:45 0:04:44 0:16:19 0:07:41
6 Sophie Coldwell England 0:28:48 0:04:52 0:16:15 0:07:40
7 Georgia Taylor Brown England 0:28:59 0:04:50 0:16:17 0:07:51
8 Natalie Van Coevorden Australia 0:29:06 0:04:51 0:16:13 0:08:01
9 Kelly Whitley USA 0:29:20 0:04:58 0:16:07 0:08:14
10 Maddy Winzer England 0:29:37 0:04:59 0:16:08 0:08:29
11 Heather Jackson England 0:29:55 0:04:55 0:16:14 0:08:46
12 Emily Mcloughlin England 0:30:19 0:05:00 0:16:39 0:08:39
13 Hannah Drewitt England 0:30:37 0:05:01 0:16:37 0:08:58
14 Grace Musgrove Australia 0:30:42 0:05:05 0:17:49 0:07:46
15 Alex Mckibben England 0:30:47 0:05:07 0:16:51 0:08:48







Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.


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Major League Triathlon Releases World Class 2018 Rosters



Major League Triathlon is proud to unveil their 2018 rosters for the 8 Pro teams competing in the league.  MLT rosters consist of 65+ of the World’s best professional triathletes for the 2018 season. MLT released the full list of athletes on their website this morning:

“Mixed Team Relay (the format of racing that MLT specializes in) getting into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has certainly been a game changer for Major League Triathlon.” Said Daniel Cassidy, Chief Executive Officer of MLT. “We will have some of the top athletes from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Australia competing with us this year and our host cities will be treated to some of the best racing in the sport.”

The third-year Professional league will make stops in:

  • MLT AC: Atlantic City, NJ – July 21st
  • MLT Vail Valley: Avon, CO – August 4th
  • MLT Tempe: Tempe, AZ – September 22nd
  • MLT Charlotte: Charlotte, NC – October 6th

Below is just a small snapshot of the incredible talent joining MLT in 2018. A full list of athletes and teams can be found here:

  • Ben Kanute – Carolina Gliders
  • Lindsey Jerdonek –Carolina Gliders
  • Charlotte McShane – Gold Coast Tritons
  • Aaron Royle – Gold Coast Tritons
  • Eric Lagerstrom– San Diego Stingrays
  • Taylor Spivey – San Diego Stingrays
  • Dominika Jamnicky – Toronto Freeze
  • Jason Wilson – Toronto Freeze
  • Tyler Mislawchuk –Arizona Kingsnakes
  • Joanna Brown – Arizona Kingsnakes
  • Eli Hemming – Atlantic City Waves
  • Vittoria Lopes – Atlantic City Waves
  • Paula Findlay – Colorado Peaks
  • Cam Dye – Colorado Peaks
  • Rene Tomlin – Florida Sun
  • John O’Neill – Florida Sun

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Commonwealth Games Duo Matt Hauser and Luke Willian Up the Pace at the Gold Coast Triathlon



Australian Commonwealth Games team members Luke Willian and Matt Hauser put on a display of speed and power running and riding, thrilling the crowd and letting everyone know they are on track for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

The pair didn’t have it all their own way with Brisbane athlete (and Willian’s training partner) Luke Burns keeping them honest and announcing himself as a talent to watch in 2018.

The Luke Harrop Memorial has always been a favourite race for Willian and his passion for racing on the Gold Coast hasn’t diminished, stamping his authority from the gun.

“I am really happy and it is nice to get the win for sure, especially in such a hot field. They pushed me all day but I was happy to get over the top in the end and get the win. When I found out it was a duathlon nothing really changed. The processes are exactly the same and we train for all these occasions. I knew I could do it and I ran well here last year so I was confident. It didn’t really change much about the race. The best guys were still at the front.”

“I probably went out a little too hard but I wanted to test the waters and see if anyone wanted to come with me. Sometimes in a duathlon it all just stays together on the first run, so I just wanted to string them out and put a bit more pressure on, so it didn’t just come down to a big bunch on the bike. I wanted to make it a bit more like a triathlon, where the swim strings things out.”

“There was a group of about 10-12 on the bike rolling around in good pace and we kept the chase pack away. Onto the run I was second out of transition. Matt had a go at the first turn around and made it three guys and I had a crack at the half way turn around and it was pretty much just me from then on,” he said.

Willian said he has pulled up really well after what was the first run, in a race situation, this season.

“There was pressure in the run and the pressure of a National Championship but I am feeling great. It was good to be starting to feel fast and it is a nice confidence booster moving into the next block of training, where we will really wind it up. I was delighted how many people came out and watched, the crowd was deep and come Games time it’s going to be massive and it is really exciting to see and have the spotlight on our sport,” he said.

Matt Hauser didn’t let the change of format phase him and the World Junior champion turned in another impressive performance justifying his Commonwealth Games selection.

“We found out the night before it was going to be a duathlon and my roommate and I looked at each other and it was ‘Oh well, stuff happens, move on and get on with it’. That is what we did. Had an early wake up at about 3.30am, headed down to race site. I was feeling confident in my run and I ended up having a good race.”

“The pace was on from the get-go. Luke Willian sprinted from the start and everyone was chasing him for a while and then a group of about 10 of us solidified at the front. I tried to get out of T1 quickly and had a gap for a while but got pulled back. That was just me trying to test the legs out. Even if it was a triathlon I still would have tried to get out early and see what everyone had.”

“We worked together on the bike and I got off the bike and was running with a few boys that I train with and the Brisbane boys Luke Willian and Luke Burns. Out of the top turn, I accelerated but the two Lukes were both with me but eventually, Luke Willian split us both up.”

“The way my training volume has been with the niggles that I have had, I am okay to come second in a quality field like that. I am really happy and it is a good step forward for me. The legs are sorer than if I had done a triathlon, but it was a very positive race for me. I think I executed the processes well, ran well and certainly felt strong on the bike. So they are all good signs heading into April and my next few races.”

“It is only onwards and upwards from here and I will start to increase the volume and intensity. ITU Mooloolaba will be a great hit out and the field that is assembling is world class and will be similar to the Comm Games field. I won’t leave Queensland until the Games now, so I will be right at home and ready to go. It was an amazing atmosphere out here and it will only be tenfold come April,” Hauser said.

Emma Jeffcoat winner of the 2018 Gold Coast Triathlon.

In the women’s race Emma Jeffcoat scored a welcome National title despite losing her favourite swim leg with the change to the duathlon format. Backing up from her win at the Oceania Cup, the Sydney based former surf lifesaver didn’t have it all her own way. Pushed to the limit from the gun, Emma hung tough and scored a welcome victory setting her up for good training block in preparation for her tilt at ITU Mooloolaba in March.

“It was good to go back to back. I wanted to show that I could back up and even without the swim, my favourite part. That is racing. It could happen at any level, the same rules apply, you’ve got to be adaptable and get on with it.”

“Some really strong competition, in the U23’s, which is really exciting. Great to have those girls push me along. But there is no rest for the wicked, straight back into training. I will have next weekend off racing and then get ready for Mooloolaba World Cup,” she said.

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Dylan Rock Lost a Bet but Gained So Much More



There are a million and one reasons for starting your triathlon career and every one of them is totally valid and makes perfect sense (at the time). But former cyclist Dylan Rock has one of the most interesting reasons for turning to the world of swim/ride and run.

Fourteen years ago, he lost a bet.

“It all happened because many years ago I lost a bet to a friend of mine Lisa Flint that I could beat her over a 1km time trial. I was an elite cyclist and she was an open/pro triathlete and a runner but little did I know that eventually, Lisa would go on to represent Australia in the marathon in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games.”

Lisa’s sub-three minute kilometre was just too quick for Dylan so, she won and he had to enter his first ever triathlon.

“Ironically my first race was the Luke Harrop Memorial triathlon and being a cyclist I thought it would be easy, just turn up and do it. I didn’t even think to take goggles. Lucky for me triathletes are amazing people. A man on the start line took pity on me and had his wife run to the car and get his spare pair for me, just to make sure my day went well.”

“I was fourth last in my age group out of the water and first off the bike and I ran home in fifth place. I immediately I knew that these where my people and that kind stranger and his family are still good friends now.”

“From there I was hooked and I changed sports but still love the bike leg the most,” he reflected.

Since that fateful day on the Gold Coast, Dylan has gotten a touch more serious in his approach to his triathlon and over the years has competed in every distance, including six IRONMAN, and 29 IRONMAN 70.3 plus countless standard distance races and sprints.

Dylan’s involvement in triathlon got even more serious eight years ago after he took up coaching and established a triathlon and cycling speciality shop on the Gold Coast called Vital Cycles with a full indoor training centre for cycling and running.

Dylan is looking forward to getting back into racing after a tough few years away from the sport and the Luke Harrop Memorial is a nice warm-up for his plans to do IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie in May.

“In 2015-2016 I lost five friends to suicide and it was a very hard time for friends and family. I fell into depression and stopped training for a while but with the help of my wife, my close friends, family and my physiologist I regained my drive for life.”

“Having gone through that period I felt like had to try and do something to help raise awareness for this very important but prickly subject. So with help from some friends, we started a charity ride called Chapter 10. We rode from Southport on the Gold Coast to Coolum on the Sunshine Coast in a day, 240kms to help raise money and awareness for Beyond Blue.”

“This year on 4 August, ‘Chapter 10’ will be riding again for the local charity Head Space that deals with youth mental health issues and TYPO (Take Your Pineapples Out) a suicide awareness charity that main goal is to get people talking about suicide and reaching out to each other for help.”

“We will be riding from Vital Cycles in Labrador to Mooloolaba which is about 200kms in a day and we are opening up spots for riders to join us again. All the info will be available on the ‘Chapter 10 the ride home’ Facebook page or people can just come in store to find out more.”

Dylan said the ‘Chapter 10’ rides and the amazing people he keeps meeting in the sport of triathlon have given him back the motivation to train again.

“The Luke Harrop Memorial is one race really looking forward to and I am hoping to get the kick I need to get back to IRONMAN racing. I know the amazing atmosphere at the Gold Coast Triathlon and other competitors will help me remember why I love racing and training,” he said.

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Commonwealth Games Pair return for Luke Harrop Memorial



Queensland Commonwealth Games representatives Matt Hauser and Luke Willian and inform Sydney nursing graduate Emma Jeffcoat will headline Sunday’s Gold Coast Triathlon/Luke Harrop Memorial and Australian Sprint Championships at Southport.

The biggest domestic race on the Gold Coast is dedicated to the life and times of one of the Coast’s most talented and popular athletes, Luke Harrop, who, at just 23 on January 12, 2002, lost his life as the result of a traffic incident while on a warm-up ride in preparation for the second race of the 2002 Accenture Triathlon Series.

It will be a fitting return to racing for both Hauser and Willian, who along with Jake Birtwhistle (Tasmania) will make up an exciting, new-look Games men’s team for the Games April 5 opening event.

Sydney’s Jeffcoat, the former champion surf lifesaver, showed she is ready to tackle all comers after her impressive win to conquer last week’s Oceania Championships in Devonport, beating noted pair Natalie Van Coevorden (NSW) and Games girl Charlotte McShane (Victoria.)

Jeffcoat will be up against a host of emerging talent, including WA pair Jessica Claxton and Gold Coast-based Kira Hedgeland, 2014 Youth Olympic champion Brittany Dutton (QLD) and the talented Sophie Malowiecki (QLD).

The cream of Australia’s paratriathletes will also be in action, led by Paralympic gold medallist Katie Kelly (NSW) and fellow Rio team mates Bill Chaffey (NSW), Nic Beveridge (QLD) and Brant Garvey (WA), who all contested last week’s inaugural Paratriathlon World Cup in Devonport.

Sunday will also see the official announcement of the Australian paratriathlon team for the Commonwealth Games – all in the PTWC (Wheelchair) class.

Gold Coast-based Triathlon Australia High Performance and Paratriathlon coach Dan Atkins is excited about Sunday’s racing, that will also see the cream of Australia’s Age Groupers, chasing double points setting their sights on qualifying for the 2018 ITU World Championships, to be hosted on the Gold Coast in September.

Atkins said many of the athletes who competed in Devonport last weekend had recovered from the racing and travel and those who didn’t race can’t wait to join in the action.

“I know as far as Matt (Hauser) is concerned he is chomping at the bit to get into Sunday’s race,” said Atkins.

“He hasn’t raced since last September and with the countdown on for the Games, he is getting ready to rock.

“And I know from talking to coach Warwick Dalziel, that Luke (Willian) will be in the same boat.

“It will be a good benchmark with both the boys in the Luke Harrop as well as a host of the other boy’s keen to push it.

“Matt loves getting out and training with his mates every day and that’s what keeps him going and as for me I have to protect that youth and enthusiasm; that excitement of a boy who is still only 19.

“We have a great group and they are all doing it together and for each other.”

Hauser, originally from Hervey Bay, had a stellar year in 2017, winning the ITU World Junior Championship in Rotterdam and combining with Birtwhistle, McShane and Gold Coaster Ashleigh Gentle to win Australia’s first ever Mixed Teams Relay World Championship in Hamburg.

Willian, the Under 23 ITU World Championship bronze medallist in Rotterdam, had a hit out at the recent Burleigh-Swim-Run, winning the event for the second time on Australia Day and coach Dalziel couldn’t be happier with his progress.

“Luke has been working well on a lot of specific stuff and we’re looking forward to getting into race mode again,” said Dalziel.

“He had a good hit out at Burleigh and it was just at the right time but now it’s time to focus on putting his first race together.”

The 750m swim; 20-kilometre bike and five-kilometre run is the same Sprint Distance as the Games – for both the Elites and Paratriathletes.

This weekend will also feature the 2018 Australian National Cross Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships at Lake Crackenback on Saturday.

Australia’s number one Cross Triathlete Ben Allen and his wife Jacqui Allen (Great Britain) are the headline acts in the Elite fields.

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USA Triathlon Announces 2018 Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series Calendar



USA Triathlon today announced that its Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series is set to return for the seventh consecutive year, with more than 55 swim-run events planned in cities across the United States this season.

The series, launched in 2012 with 30 events, is designed to introduce youth athletes between the ages of 7 and 15 to the multisport lifestyle through the fast-growing discipline of aquathlon. With a focus on participation and fun, rather than competition, many of the events are not timed.

At all Splash & Dash events, participants ages 7-10 will complete a 100-meter pool swim and a 1-kilometre run, while athletes ages 11-15 will complete a 200m pool swim and a 2k run. All participants receive a t-shirt, custom finisher’s medal and giveaways from the Boy Scouts of America and the USA Swimming Foundation, both partners of the series.

The 2018 season kicks off in mid-March and runs through October, with events hosted in each of USA Triathlon’s six Regions. USA Triathlon partnered with race directors, community centres, coaches, clubs, and parks and recreation departments to solidify the slate of more than 55 events, a record high for the series. USA Triathlon staff will also host the annual Colorado Springs, Colorado, event, which is presented by SafeSplash Swim School, on Aug. 19.

“With the seventh iteration of the USA Triathlon Splash & Dash Youth Aquathlon Series, we will introduce more kids than ever to multisport in a single season,” said Brian D’Amico, USA Triathlon Director of Events. “Increasing youth participation is a major focus not only for USA Triathlon but for the industry as a whole through the recently-launched Time to Tri initiative. We look forward to working with each of the hosts on this year’s Splash & Dash calendar to make the 2018 series the most successful yet.”

The Splash & Dash series saw record participation in 2017, with 2,250 youth athletes competing in 50 events nationwide.

Visit for the latest calendar and complete information on the series. The series calendar and locations are subject to change.

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St. Anthony’s Triathlon Announced as 2018 USAT Regional Championship



USA Triathlon (USAT) has selected St. Anthony’s Triathlon as a 2018 Regional Championship Race. The 35th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon will take place on April 29, 2018 with approximately 3,000 athlete participants competing over the race weekend.

As a USAT Regional Championship site, registered USAT athletes can qualify from the St. Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2018 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio to be held on August 11, 2018. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33 percent or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups. In addition, this year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon will also serve as the USAT Southeastern Regional Championship.

“We are proud to have been selected again as a USAT Regional Championship race,” said Susan Daniels, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “This event hosts some of the best athletes in the world, and we are honoured to offer triathletes the opportunity to qualify for the USAT National Championship on our St. Petersburg course.”

The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is also making some exciting changes to the event by extending the Sports and Fitness Expo from a two-day to three-day event and holding all Triathlon events in one park instead of two. The Sports and Fitness Expo will take place from April 27-29 St. Petersburg’s waterfront Vinoy Park. “Extending our sports and fitness expo gives our competitors more opportunities to check out the latest race gear and moving to one location, makes it more convenient for them,” said Daniels.

For kids and novice adults, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon occurs on April 28, and the main Triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races, runs on April 29.

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