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Rachel Morris: Racing against her own body

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Ollie Williams | 12:29 UK time, Friday, 16 September 2011

Rachel Morris doesn't cycle for fun. She does it to make the pain bearable.

The 32-year-old has already lost both of her legs to a rare and aggressive condition which causes her body to reject its own injured limbs.

Now, after a training accident last month in which she dislocated her shoulder, she is worried she may lose her arm, too.

In her position, you would be forgiven for wanting to shut the door behind you and never come out again.

But Morris, who operates her bike with her hands, needs cycling. It is her life, consuming and sustaining her.

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Why are the British dominating world triathlon?

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Ollie Williams | 05:59 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

A glorious weekend in Beijing has ensured Britain enters its home Olympic Games with both the male and female world champion triathletes.

The news gets better. Not only do Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins now hold the world titles, Alistair's younger brother, Jonny, came second in the men's event.

Meanwhile, Britain's U23 men raced to a one-two-three as the 2011 season reached its climax at the sport's grand final in China.

But for the unwitting intervention of a stray dog, the team's results could have been yet more impressive.

When I ask the man in charge of Britain's triathletes why his team have become such a dominant force, it transpires the stray dog is an analogy for the entire sport.

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