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Posted: July 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Brownlee's hat-trick sets him up for London in August

Alistair Brownlee, the 21 year-old British triathlete from Leeds who is taking the world by storm this year after three wins on the World Championships Series, has set himself up as title-favourite when the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series comes to London's Hyde Park on August 15th.

Brownlee has now won in Madrid, Washington and Kitzbuehel -- the latest win coming at the weekend.

In Kitzbuehel, Brownlee held off Spain's Javier Gomez to take the title. He also avoided the spills in the rain that affected his Russian and American rivals. And he made a move early in the run to accelerate away from the pack.

Gomez is now the only triathlete to beat him this year so far at major events when he took the European title two weeks ago ahead of Brownlee in silver.

Victory in London, on the Olympic venue, would be special for Brownlee whose younger brother Jonathan, aged 19, is the European junior champion.

Meanwhile, the self-effacing Brownlee put his win in Kitzbuehel partially down to the weather.

"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."

With so many points in the bag, Brownlee could opt to miss Hamburg (26th July) and concentrate on London instead. He is spending the next two weeks training at altitude in St Moritz.

Meanwhile, Helen Jenkins, Britain's reigning women's world champion has moved up the rankings to 5th after a 5th place finish in Kitzbuehel and has sharpened her chances of shining in London as the Series moves towards its August 15th date with London.

The Dexto Energy event is also unique as it features the chance for the public to race on the Olympic Venue in the footsteps of the stars on August 16th. Organisers have recently added an Olympic Distance to the Sprint option. Entries are open until 24 July and details can be found at:

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 Kitzbuhel 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
Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Rankings
After Race Four of Eight
1. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 2640pts
2. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 2229pts
3. Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1818pts
4. Jessica Harrison (FRA) 1722pts
5. Helen Jenkins (GBR) 1710pts
Kitzbuhel Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship
1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Elite Women - Official Results
Gold -- Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:54:37
Silver -- Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:55:11 +0:34
Bronze -- Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:55:16 +0:39
4th -- Kathy Tremblay (CAN) 1:55:20 +0:43
5th -- Helen Jenkins (GBR) 1:55:26 +0:49
6th -- Yuliya Sapunova (UKR) 1:55:27 +0:50
7th -- Kate Allen (AUT) 1:55:28 +0:51
8th -- Kate McIlory (NZL) 1:55:31 +0:54
9th -- Vendula Frintova (CZE) 1:55:37 +1:00
10th -- Lauren Groves (CAN) 1:55:46 +1:09

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