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Live Reporting

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  1. HOW IT STANDS AFTER DAY ONE - LONDON ROAR LEAD

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    After a sluggish start, London Roar battled back into contention and now take a 65.5 point lead over LA Current into the second day of Match 5 in the ISL.50m breaststroke winners Adam Peaty and Alia Atkinson will return over 100m today, but London's key swimmer so far has been Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands, who leads the match MVP (most valuable player) race with 27 points.

    LA Current have a line-up stacked with talent though - look out for Béryl Gastaldello and Tom Shields in particular - and with a few big performances from Tokyo Frog Kings the Japanese franchise could come back into the fold as well.

    ISL standings after day one of match five in Budapest
  2. Life in the ‘Budapest bio-bubble’ & coping with an 'invisible illness'

    London Roar's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has won medals at Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth level despite suffering from ulcerative colitis.

    Read about life in the Budapest bio-bubbled and how she overcomes the challenges posted by the disease here.

    Siobhan-Marie O'Connor
    Image caption: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has won nine medals across the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  3. Freya 'ANCHOR-SON' delivers again

    Freya Anderson helps bring home a HUGE win for London Roar, swimming the final leg of the women's 4x100m medley relay.

    It means the British franchise will now be able to choose which stroke is used in the high-scoring 'Skins' race at the end of day two, which could prove decisive in their hunt for the match victory.

    Anderson missed London Roar's first ISL fixture of season two as she was isolating in Bath after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, but has delivered two great relay swims and finished second in the 50m freestyle today.

    Freya Anderson
  4. The ISL creates new swim stars

    Only the most committed of swimming fans really knew the names of Béryl Gastaldello (France and LA Current) Kira Toussaint (the Netherlands and London Roar) and Guilherme Guido (Brazil and London Roar), but they're great examples of how the ISL creates new stars.

    None of them have won Olympic medals, but rapid short-course racing plays to their swimming strengths and after years of competing on the international circuit and winning medals in lower profile meets they are finally gaining the opportunity to show their skills.

  5. The 'jackpot time rule' has changed everything!

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    Let's be honest, not even the ‘experts’ thought the second season of the International Swimming League (ISL) would be as unpredictable or shocking as it has been.

    The withdrawal of almost all the world-leading Australian swimmers - due to Covid-19 concerns - was a huge blow to the likes of London Roar and Cali Condors who were second and third respectively in the ISL’s debut season.

    As such, defending champion Energy Standard were expected to ‘ease’ through their matches, but they lost on the opening weekend.

    The introduction of the new ‘jackpot’ time rule for season two – which allows race winners with outstanding times to ‘steal’ points from their rivals – had changed everything.

    The 10 franchise teams are still adjusting and trying to work out the best way to utilise their strongest swimmers – and that has made the league even more exciting than we anticipated.

  6. London Roar battle back into contention

    After a slow start Adam Peaty and Alia Atkinson (50m breaststroke), Andrea Vazaios (200m individual medley) and the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team have helped drag London Roar back into contention. They, LA Current and the Tokyo Frog Kings all look strong though and right now it's too close to call!

    Alia Atkinson
  7. Why isn't Adam Peaty dominating?

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    There are a few reasons; the main one is simply that he isn't a big fan of racing in short-course (25m) pools, which are half the length of those used at the Olympics.Short-course requires great 'skills' - namely starts, underwater and turns - and while Peaty is strong in these areas what makes him a world record-holder is his actual swimming, which comes into its own in long-course (50m) pool racing.

    Peaty is also a 100m specialist, who can win over 50m, but the 200m - which he finished sixth in today - he really only races in to help London Roar add points to their total. It is not something you would see him compete in at the Olympics.

    Adam Peaty
  8. Life in the ‘Budapest bio-bubble’ & coping with an 'invisible illness'

    London Roar's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has won medals at Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth level despite suffering from ulcerative colitis.

    Read about life in the Budapest bio-bubbled and how she overcomes the challenges posted by the disease here.

    Siobhan-Marie O'Connor
    Image caption: Siobhan-Marie O'Connor has won nine medals across the Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  9. ISL standings ahead of match 5

    ISL standings

    Led by standout performances from Olympic champions Caeleb Dressel and Lilly King the Cali Condors have made a stunning start to season two of the ISL. Can Adam Peaty help London Roar maintain their 100% winning record in their second match?

  10. Murphy is unstoppable right now!

    No-one can keep with three-time Olympic champion Ryan Murphy right now!

    The American's backstroke brilliance continues with victory in the 200m event which extends his lead in the race for the MVP (most valuable player) title.

    It builds on LA Current's blistering start to Match 5 of the ISL.

    Ryan Murphy of LA Current
  11. Who are the ones to watch in Match 5?

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    Olympic champion breaststroker Adam Peaty is the leading British name in the London Roar line-up but world champion Duncan Scott actually outscored his team-mate in their opening fixture and is a contender across multiple events.

    Away from the Brits Christian Diener and Maria Kameneva could be crucial to London Roar's hopes over the next two days, but they face three strong opponents in LA Current, Tokyo Frog Kings and DC Trident.

    LA's backstroke specialist Ryan Murphy leads the MVP (Most Valuable Player) standings, with Beryl Gastaldello also in incredible form.

    Zach Apple and Linnea Mack have both scored well for DC Trident, while Tokyo Frog Kings's Yui Ohashi and Ryosuke Irie are certainly both capable of spectacular swims.

  12. Frog Kings make a splash on debut

    The Tokyo Frog Kings showed they have more than just a quirky name as they finished with 12 victories and second place on their debut in Match 3 of the ISL.

    Vladimir Morozov was the first to win, touching first in the men’s 50m freestyle before Yui Ohashi and Kosuke Hagino won the women’s and men’s 200m individual medleys respectively. Leah Smith took victory in the women’s 400m freestyle at the end of the first day. On Day 2, Suzuka Hasegawa won the women’s 200m butterfly, Runa Imai and Morozov scored a women’s and men’s 100m individual medley double and Ryosuke Irie added a win in the men’s 100m backstroke. LA Current, inspired by Beryl Gastaldello and Ryan Murphy, took the match win when the pair went on to win the women’s and men’s 50m skins races that propelled LA past Tokyo in the final two races.

  13. All you need to know about the International Swimming League

    What is it?

    The International Swimming League was launched in 2019 by billionaire owner Konstantin Grigorishin.

    More than 300 of the world’s best swimmers competed last year in a series of head-to-head showdowns in Europe and the United States, culminating in a grand final in Las Vegas.

    Organisers planned to expand this year’s ISL, but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been scaled down, with all races to be held in Budapest from 16 October to 22 November.

    Olympic champion Adam Peaty is one of 36 Britons involved, while Caeleb Dressel, Sarah Sjostrom, Chad le Clos and Katinka Hosszu are among the other global stars signed up to race.

    How does it work?

    Unlike traditional events, in which swimmers compete for their nation or themselves, the ISL features 10 franchises, who are each allowed squads of up to 32 - 16 men and 16 women.

    They score points for their team through results during a total of 32 individual and five relay events across a two-day match featuring four teams, with extra points available in the 'skins' race-off events.

    In those 'skins', eight swimmers go head-to-head in 50m races, which take place every three minutes. Half of the field is eliminated after each of the stages - leading to what is usually a dramatic conclusion to each match.

    Each of the teams will compete four times during the event's 10 qualifying matches. The top eight at the end of the initial stage will qualify for the semi-finals, and the top two from each of those fixtures will contest a four-strong grand final.

    James Guy

    Scoring explained

    Each match consists of 39 races of various disciplines, including 32 individual races, five team relays and two skins races.

    The winner in each race earns nine points for their team, with a sliding scale of points for other placings, from seven points for second place to one point for eighth.

    Which franchise is the favourite to win?

    With big-hitters such as Sarah Sjostrom, Chad le Clos, Florent Manaudou, Ben Proud and five-time world champion Emily Seebohm, Energy Standard will begin as favourites to retain their crown.

    But the introduction of several new rules - including swimmers losing points if they do not achieve set times - and the addition of the Toronto Titans and Tokyo Frog Kings teams - means it is likely to be a highly unpredictable season.

  14. How can I watch the International Swimming League?

    All times are GMT and subject to change

    BBC Red Button

    BBC Sport will bring you live coverage of the London Roars’ matches in the International Swimming League plus the semi-finals and final across BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app.

    You can also watch live on BBC iPlayer and on catch-up for 30 days here.

    Friday, 30 October

    Match Five, Day One: 14:00-16:00 - BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app plus BBC iPlayer

    Saturday, 1 November

    Match Five, Day Two: 11:00-13:00 - BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app plus BBC iPlayer.

    London's other matches take place on 5-6 Nov and 9-10 Nov before the semi-finals (14-16 Nov) and finals (21-22 Nov).