Alistair Brownlee today completed another incredible performance to win his third Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series race in Kitzbuhel, Austria..
The Brit, who has now won three out of three Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series races won convincingly beating the 2008 reigning World Champion Javier Gomez from Spain into second place.
"I can't believe I won," said Brownlee. "I felt absolutely awful in the swim and out on the bike but once I got on the run I felt great. It was a bit like training back in Yorkshire with the rain and cold conditions, and maybe that helped me. I'm not really thinking too much about leading the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series right now, I'm just looking forward to the next race and having the opportunity to compete in London in a month's time."
Brownlee's victory also took the Brit to the top of the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings once again following four of the eight series legs. His 2400 points total overhauls Gomez's 2368 with Vidal moving into third on 1963.
The race began with the rare occurrence of a false start, with some athletes swimming for over a minute before returning to the pontoon. Brownlee exited the 1500m swim with the leaders but nearly scuppered his chances early on as he lost a shoe whilst mounting his bike on the exit of transition. Fortunately he was able to get it back on and rejoin the lead pack.
Brownlee sat within the main pack for the entirety the 40km bike -- tracking a trio of athletes who made a breakaway in wet conditions. Exiting transition two in his customary fast fashion to start the 10km run, it took Brownlee only a matter of minutes to chase down the leaders and take control at the front of the run - a position he remained in right up to the finish. Gomez, who beat Brownlee last week in the European Championships, pushed hard all the way but could only reduce Brownlee's lead on the run to a gap of 8 seconds.
Alistair even had the energy to offer a wave of encouragement to his younger brother Jonathon, who put in an exceptional performance to finish 13th in only his second ever senior World Championship race. Jonathon, who won the European Junior Championships last weekend, matched the pace of the leading six athletes for the majority of the race, only falling back to 13th in the final few kilometers. Never the less and outstanding performance for the Junior.
Will Clarke also raced well improving from 10th in Washington in June to 7th today, and David McNamee, 21 from Scotland, competing in his first ever World Championship race finished 17th another outstanding performance - completing a great day for the Brits.
2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings
After Race Four of Eight
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 2400pts
2. Javier Gomez (ESP) 2368pts
3. Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1963pts
4. Maik Petzold (GER) 1951pts
5. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 1813pts
2009 Kitzbühel Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Elite Men - Official Results
Gold - Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:43:13
Silver - Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:43:21 +0:08
Bronze - Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1:43:24 +0:11
4th - Maik Petzold (GER) 1:43:36 +0:23
5th - Daniel Unger (GER) 1:43:51 +0:38
6th - Sven Riederer (SUI) 1:44:01 +0:48
7th - William Clarke (GBR) 1:44:05 +0:52
8th - Yulian Malyshev (RUS) 1:44:05 +0:52
9th - Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:44:11 +0:58
10th - Dmitry Polyansky (RUS) 1:44:13 +1:00
For more information on the Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Series, please visit Triathlon.org.
The World Championship Series now moves to Hamburg on 25/26 July, Hyde Park London on 15/16 August and Yokohama on 22/23 August before the series final and crowning of the Series World Champion in Australia in September.
The women's Dextro Energy Triathlon -- ITU World Championship Series race takes place in Kitzbuhel tomorrow Sunday 12 July.