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Live Reporting

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  1. A huge win for London Roar

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    London Roar had dominated their first match earlier in the month but were expected to be really pushed by both LA Current and Tokyo Frog Kings in their second fixture.

    The American franchise were strong - with Tom Shields and Béryl Gastaldello particularly impressive, but London delivered a series of stunning performances to secure a vital win.

    Alia Atkinson closed out the victory with a huge points haul in the women's 'SKINS' and that success should secure London a place in the semi-finals with two matches still to play.

    1 - London Roar - 499 pts2 - LA Current - 478.5 3 - Tokyo Frog Kings - 446.5 4 - DC Trident - 287

    London Roar win match five in the ISL season two event in Budapest
  2. Japanese swimmers look strong ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

    Tokyo Frog Kings won’t fight back for an overall victory today, but they really do have some great Japanese swimmers in their line-up and are showing just how much medal potential they should have at next year’s postponed Olympic Games.

    Reigning Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino is the latest to secure a victory today – in the 400m individual medley – following up Yui Ohashi’s success in the women’s event.

    Sakiko Shimizu and Katsuhiro Matsumoto are two others to excel.

    Kosuke Hagino
  3. Alia Atkinson is helping to change perceptions in swimming

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    Competitive swimming has been dominated by white athletes throughout history, but Alia Atkinson is among a group of non-white swimmers who are breaking stereotypes.

    The Jamaican became the first black woman to win a world title in the sport in 2014 and has just secured her second win of this match with victory in the 100m breaststroke.

    One of her international team-mates is Michael Gunning and he told us about his incredible story earlier this month which you can read here.

    Michael Gunning and Alia Atkinson
  4. 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 a 100m specialist, but he was well beaten in that today, as he was in his least-favoured 200m event. His impressive victory in the 50m on day one proves he can win in these pools, it's just more of a fight for the swimmer than he is used to!

    Adam Peaty races for UK ISL franchise London Roar
  5. Will we get more from Morozov?

    Tokyo Frog Kings were hailed for pulling off the signing of Russian power-house Vladimir Morozov, who transferred over from Team Iron for season two of the ISL - but it hasn't quite worked out.

    He won the triple-point Skins race in two of his three meets last season and brings versatile speed which in theory should be crucial to not only the sprint races but the new 100 individual medley event.

    He's just finished second in that and is surprisingly still looking for his first win this season.

    Vladimir Morozov
  6. Can London hang on?

    LA Current are chipping away at London Roar's lead on the second day of match five and right now it's way too close to call!

    London's general manager Rob Woodhouse - an Olympic bronze medallist back at the 1984 Games - looks a little nervous.

    "It (the lead) after day one was more than we expected, but we're being pegged back, so we need to push on from here because it's going to be pretty tight," he told BBC Sport.

    He added that it's "great" to have Freya Anderson back after she missed the first match as she was isolating in the UK. She's just finished second, for the second time today, this time to LA Current's Andi Murez in the 200m freestyle.

    London Roar won their opening fixture at the ISL in season two.
  7. Béryl Gastaldello is loving the ISL

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    The 25-year-old French swimmer is not a particularly well-known name in the sport, but Beryl Gastaldello been one of the stand-out stars in this competition.

    It's another example of how racing in a 25m pool can be so different - and advantageous for some - when compared to competing in 50m pools like you see at an Olympics.

    Gastaldello has won 11 of the 12 events she has raced in so far and in the latest, she edged out London Roar's Freya Anderson to claim the 100m freestyle win. "She was never going to catch me," the LA Current swimmer said with a smile after the race.

    Béryl Gastaldello
  8. London Roar lead after Day 1

    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 the Tokyo Frog Kings, the Japanese franchise could come back into the fold as well.

    International Swimming League (ISL)
  9. What are the 'Skins' races?

    In short, the 'Skins' events - one for women and one for men - see eight swimmers going head to head in 50m races which take place every three minutes.

    There are points available for each of the races and half of the field is eliminated after each stage. Given 'point stealing' via the 'jackpot time rule' is also possible - it generally leads to a pretty dramatic conclusion to each match.

    To note - the winners of the medley relay events on day one choose which stroke is used in the Skins on day two. London Roar have chosen breaststroke for the women, while LA Current selected butterfly for the men.

  10. Life in the ‘Budapest bio-bubble’ & the 'invisible illness'

    Siobhan-Marie O'Connor

    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-bubble and how she overcomes the challenges posted by the disease here.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    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).