Britain's Alistair Brownlee, 21, underlined his growing world stature, by winning the Elite Men's Race in style at today's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series in London's Hyde Park.
Brownlee, from Leeds, now travels to the Grand Final in Australia next month as world no.1, having won four legs of the Series.
Brownlee and his younger brother, Jonny, 19, started strongly with Alistair and Jonathan coming out the water in fourth and fifth place respectively.
As the athletes progressed onto the bike leg, it was Portugal's Bruno Pais and Switzerland's Ruedi Wild who broke away with the Brownlees and Spaniard Javier Gomez all in pursuit.
Sadly for Gomez a nasty crash ruled Alistair's biggest challenger out of the race. More bad luck followed for Alistair's rivals with the USA's Jarrod Shoemaker also pulling out of the race.
As the race progressed onto the run course, GB's Will Clarke led the race in the first lap, with Alistair responding and going with the tough pace in hot conditions at the future Olympic venue. As Clarke and Australia's Courtney Atkinson, the top two placed athletes at the recent Mazda London Triathlon, battled with each other the rest of the front pack took advantage and stretched out their lead.
Just over half way through the run, Brownlee took the chance to pull away and, establishing a nine second gap with one lap to go, he eventually won the race in 1:41.50.
"I can't believe it" said Brownlee, from Leeds, of his performance. "It was tough. It's great to win at home. The crowd was unbelievable, one of the best I've ever raced in front of. The atmosphere was incredible.
"I couldn't have expected this at the beginning of the season".
Brownlee today beat Germany's Steffen Justus, who took silver, and Kris Gemmell from New Zealand who took bronze.
Although Brownlee won by a substantial margin, there was a sprint to the line for the remaining medals. Justus, Gemmell and Germany's Sebastian Rank, who finished fourth, all crossed the line in very close succession with almost nothing separating Gemmell and Rank.
Gemmell, the bronze medallist, said "I'm really happy with my result today. I knew I was in good shape so I knew I was in with a chance. I just tried to give it my all".
"I've lived in Germany for the last four years and I train with these guys [Justus and Rank] so it was pretty special coming down the finishing straight with those two."
|Pos || Surname || First name || Country || Time |
|1 || Brownlee || Alistair || GBR || 01:41:50 |
|2 || Justus || Steffen || GER || 01:41:58 |
|3 || Gemmell || Kris || NZL || 01:42:01 |
|4 || Rank || Sebastian || GER || 01:42:01 |
|5 || Vidal || Laurent || FRA || 01:42:16 |
|6 || Hauss || David || FRA || 01:42:17 |
|7 || Atkinson || Courtney || AUS || 01:42:24|
|8 || Moulai || Tony || FRA || 01:42:29|
|9 || Don || Tim || GBR || 01:42:31|
|10 || Zipf || Jonathan || GER || 01:42:32|
Other British finishers: Tim Don (9th); Will Clarke (15th); Jonny Brownlee (27th); Aaron Harris (42nd); Stuart Hayes (43rd).
The Paratriathlon will start at 4.30pm today.
For start lists, previous results, previous race footage and background biographies visit: www.triathlon.org.
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GB Entry for London
(Dextro Energy ITU World Championships Series ranking as at 24 July in brackets)
Alistair Brownlee (1); 23 April, 1988, Lives: Leeds; From: Leeds
Will Clarke (10) 31 January 1985, Lives: Loughborough: From: Cambridge
Tim Don (21) 14 January 1978; Lives: Loughborough; From: London
Olly Freeman (33) 11 January, 1986: Lives: Eastbourne; From: Eastbourne
Stuart Hayes (44) 16 April, 1979; Lives: Loughborough; From: London
Jonny Brownlee (43) 30 April, 1990; Lives: Leeds; From: Leeds
David McNamee (52) 20 April, 1988; Lives: Stirling, Scotland
Helen Jenkins (5): 8 March, 1984; Lives: Bridgend, Wales; From: Elgin, Scotland
Liz Blatchford (29) 5 February 1980; Lives: Gold Coast, Australia; From: Manchester
Hollie Avil (45) 12 April 1990; Lives: Bugbrooke, Northants; From: Northampton
Jodie Stimpson (n/a): 8 February 1989; Lives and From: Oldbury, W. Midlands
Kerry Lang (42) 24 January 1976; Lives and From: Glasgow
Jodie Swallow (49) 23 June 1981; Lives Loughborough; From: Havering, Essex
Saturday 15 August
10.00 Elite Race, Women; 13.15 Elite Race, Men; 16.30: Paratriathlon Race
Sunday 16 August
08.00 Youth Male Race (14-15 yrs); 08.02Youth Female Race (14-15 yrs); 08.30 Junior Male Race (16-19 yrs); 08.32 Junior Female Race (16-19 yrs); 09.00 First wave of Age Group Races starts
The Dextro Energy World Championships Series: Venues and Dates
Tongyeong, Korea, 3 May; Madrid, Spain, 31 May; Washington, DC, 21 June; Kitzbuehel, Austria, 12 July; Hamburg, Germany, 26 July; London, Britain, 15 August; Yokohama, Japan, 23 August; Gold Coast, Australia, 13 September.
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