Two slow and one fast pointer

class Solution {
ListNode *detectCycle(ListNode *head) {
if (head == nullptr)return nullptr;
ListNode* slow1 = head;
ListNode* slow2 = head;
ListNode* fast = head;

while (fast -> next != nullptr && fast -> next -> next!=nullptr){
fast = fast -> next -> next; slow1 = slow1 -> next;
if (slow1 == fast){//slow and fast meeting point B found.
while (slow1 != slow2)
slow1 = slow1 -> next, slow2 = slow2 -> next;
return slow1;
return nullptr;
class Solution:
def detectCycle(self, head: Optional[ListNode]) -> Optional[ListNode]:
if not head:return head
slow1, slow2, fast = [head]*3
while and
fast, slow1 =,
if slow1 == fast:
while slow1 != slow2:
slow1, slow2 =,
return slow1



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