Brown­lee re­lief at re­join­ing win­ners’ en­clo­sure

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - CARL LIVESEY

YORK­SHIRE’S dou­ble Olympic medal­list Jonny Brown­lee claimed his first vic­tory of the sea­son in the ITU World Triathlon Stock­holm on Satur­day.

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing fourth place in the pre­vi­ous two races in Ed­mon­ton and Mon­treal, Brown­lee won in one hour 49 min­utes 10 sec­onds, 18 sec­onds ahead of sec­ond-placed Kris­tian Blum­men­felt of Nor­way.

France’s Pierre le Corre took bronze.

Brown­lee, the Olympic sil­ver medal­list in Rio be­hind his brother Alistair, was sec­ond out of the wa­ter fol­low­ing the 1500 me­tres swim, had a strong 40km bike sec­tion and com­pleted vic­tory on the 10km run.

“It’s been a tough few months for me, and I guess that’s how it feels to feel nor­mal again,” said Brown­lee.

“I hate hav­ing bad races, I hate fin­ish­ing bad af­ter races, so it feels great to be back again. It was nice to ac­tu­ally per­form a full triathlon.”

Jes­sica Lear­month was sec­ond in the women’s race, for her first World Triathlon Se­ries medal. Ber­muda’s Flora Duffy won.

Lear­month said: “It is amaz­ing, I can’t re­ally be­lieve it to be hon­est. It was hard work, but I am de­lighted.”

The 29-year-old, from Leeds like the Brown­lees, fin­ished 1min 21secs be­hind Duffy.

Ash­leigh Gen­tle of Aus­tralia was 12 sec­onds fur­ther be­hind in third.

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