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For Paula Findlay, disaster and perseverance in the triathlon

Canadian contender's race in pictures

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Canadians Paula Findlay, left, and Kathy Tremblay of Canada make the first transition in triathlon competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London on August 4, 2012.

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Despite falling behind early during the swimming leg of the event, pre-race favourite Findlay felt she had a chance to make up ground. But during the cycling leg reality started to sink in.

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After experiencing dizziness in the first lap of the 10-kilometre run, Findlay stopped to speak with team doctor Steve Keeler.

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Keeler encourages Findlay to finish the race.

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Findlay resumes running after her talk with team doctor Steve Keeler.

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Hyde Park crowds continued to encourage Findlay, despite her falling into last place in the event.

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A distraught Findlay was the final athlete to finish the race, in a time that was more than 12 minutes behind the gold medal winner. Her teammate Tremblay was unable to finish after a bike crash.

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