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Triathlon:Britain's Brownlee Destroys Field to Win Round Two of 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series race in Madrid

Great Britain's 21 year old youngster, Alistair Brownlee, started his 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series campaign in style as he ran away from Spain's 2008 World Champion, Javier Gomez, to cross the line in 1:51:27 to win in Madrid, Spain.

Dmitry Polyansky from Russia overtook New Zealand's Bevan Docherty to move into first on the Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series Rankings with 1186pts.

Brownlee looked sprightly from the start, placing highly in the 1500m swim before repeatedly attacking during the hilly 40km cycle as he helped to establish a small lead group of just eleven athletes that included home favourite Gomez and the experienced Courtney Atkinson from Australia.

However it was on the run where the Brit impressed as he obliterated the opposition. After just 2.5km he had a 30 second lead and continued to pull away to register his first ITU world series victory by 48 seconds. Despite not winning a series race before, Brownlee has had notable success before, winning the world junior championships in 2006 and world under 23 championships in 2008.

Gomez, who returned to action following an ankle injury sustained after the 2008 Olympic Games, just missed out on silver as Atkinson kicked late to take second and his ninth podium place finish in his last ten races. The Spaniard took third with Germany's Maik Petzold in fourth and Ivan Vasiliev from Russia in fifth. Olympic Champion, Jan Frodeno, from Germany ran through to tenth from the second pack.

"It was the perfect race for me really," said Brownlee. "Everything seemed to go right from the start, I couldn't believe it. I had a fantastic swim next to Vasiliev and he just took me from there. The first two bike laps were really hard as we settled into a good group and someone said we had 45 seconds and I thought 'where did that come from?'; and then when it was 1:30. I couldn't believe it."

"I went off on the run and I thought, 'right I'm going to make this hard after the tough bike' and before I knew it I had thirty seconds. I thought I was going to blow up on that last lap, but it was great to hold on."

Atkinson was very pleased with his second place: "It panned out as well as I could have imagined," he exclaimed. "With the early break on the bike I really pushed hard to make sure it stuck, and then went for it on the run. Alistair had an amazing race and we've good a bit of work to do to get up to him. It's great to see the young guys racing like that."

"It was very hard but I am happy with my third," said Gomez. "This winter was very hard with no running. I only started a month ago and now I think I'm only at 70%, so to hit the podium was amazing. It was largely thanks to the support from the crowd here in Madrid - thank you to Spain!"

"I know I will only get better and so I will next race in Washington and will run faster, and then try to be 100% for the European races in the summer and hope to catch Alistair."

Will Clarke was Britain's next finisher in 14th, just ahead of Olly Freeman in 17th. Stuart Hayes was 32nd whilst Tim Don pulled out after the bike.

The women's race was won by New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt in a sprint finish with Lisa Norden from Sweden. Jess Harrison from France was third. Top Brit was 2008 ITU World Champion, Helen Jenkins, in 16th. Rising star Hollie Avil was forced to pull out on the bike with a puncture.

2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings
After Race Two of Eight
1. Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1186pts
2. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1169pts
3. Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1137pts
4. Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1043pts
5. Kris Gemmell (NZL) 911pts

2009 Madrid Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Elite Men - Official Results
Gold -- Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:51:27
Silver -- Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 1:52:14 +0:48
Bronze -- Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:52:19 +0:53
4th -- Maik Petzold (GER) 1:52:32 +1:06
5th -- Ivan Vasiliev (RUS) 1:52:39 +1:13
6th -- Alexander Brukhankov (RUS) 1:52:45 +1:18
7th -- Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:53:08 +1:41
8th -- Christian Prochnow (GER) 1:53:17 +1:50
9th -- Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1:53:18 +1:52
10th -- Jan Frodeno (GER) 2:53:19 +1:53

Alistair Brownlee wins 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series race in Madrid. Photo: Carr

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