MEN’S TRIATHLON British sib­lings both fin­ish on the podium

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

ALIS­TAIR BROWNLEE col­lected Great Bri­tain’s first triathlon gold – but only af­ter brother Jonny had re­cov­ered enough to re­ceive his bronze medal.

The Brownlee broth­ers dom­i­nated the race that started with a swim in the Ser­pen­tine and con­tin­ued with cy­cling and run­ning legs around Hyde Park.

The pair were only sep­a­rated by Spa­niard Javier Gomez who won sil­ver.

But the medals were only handed out af­ter Jonny had re­ceived hospi­tal treat­ment for ex­haus­tion at the end of gru­elling race that was won in 1:46:25.

Alis­tair’s tri­umph was even more re­mark­able given the York­shire­man’s bat­tle with and Achilles ten­don in­jury ear­lier in the year.

Brownlee’s tri­umph brought Team GB’s 19th gold of the games – lev­el­ling the al­ready ex­cel­lent tally of Bei­jing four years ago.

But while this was a cause for na­tional tri­umph, the cel­e­bra­tions cen­tred on one fam­ily af­ter this race.

The win­ner said: “I am mas­sively proud. The talk had been all about how Great Bri­tain had never won a triathlon medal and how we were favourites to win medals.


“The pres­sure was stacked up and so many things put to bed to­day.

“So to get through it and to have two broth­ers on the podium – you can’t ask for any more.

“I was re­lieved to fin­ish. As much as I have been say­ing the Olympics is just like any other race, it’s not.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing here and I woke up this morn­ing like a kid on Christ­mas morn­ing.

“The race was amaz­ing and the crowds were un­be­liev­able. My ears are still ring­ing from all that noise.”

Alis­tair Brownlee was so far ahead at the fin­ish he was able to col­lect a union flag from the crowd and walk the last few yards over the fin­ish­ing line.

But Jonny Brownlee’s hopes were wrecked when he picked up a 15 sec­ond penalty dur­ing the tran­si­tion from the swim to the cy­cle race.

And Alis­tair said: “I knew he had a penalty and I was just telling him to calm down.

“I led off the run­ning sec­tion quickly to open up a gap so he could take it and re­turn to the race still in third place.

“He’ll be fine. Triathlon’s a hard sport and it’s hot and muggy.”

ALL DONE IN: Jonny Brownlee is carted away for treat­ment af­ter fin­ish­ing third

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