Brownlee brothers prepare for World Triathlon Series showdown
The sibling rivalry between the Brownlee brothers will be put to the test once again as they battle for the world triathlon title
The sibling rivalry between the Brownlee brothers will be put to the test once again on Sunday as Olympic champion Alistair and bronze medallist Jonathan battle it out for the world triathlon title in London.
Returning to Hyde Park, where Alistair memorable claimed London 2012 gold ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez last year – with Jonathan in third – all three are in with a chance of being crowned 2013 World Triathlon Series champion.
Elder sibling Alistair, 25, currently leads Jonathan by 55 points with Gomes a further 65 points adrift. It means Alistair can finish second behind Gomez in Sunday’s Grand Final and still reclaim the world title from his younger brother.
But if 23-year-old Jonathan comes out on top in the capital, he will retain the world crown he won in New Zealand following last year’s Olympic Games – regardless of where Alistair finishes.
It is an eventuality which the dominant Dewsbury-born pair admit is extremely exciting, and they are equally determined to see off Spanish rival Gomez.
“At the moment it is very, very level in points,” said Alistair, who has 3,140 points having won in Stockholm last month.
“I’m just ahead of Jonny by literally a few points but the final actually counts for 50 per cent extra points than the rest of the races so it is absolutely all to play for in London.
“Pretty much the person who wins will go home with the world title.”
Jonathan is particularly excited to be returning to the London venue which made them household names in Britain. Though delighted to claim bronze during his home Games, he admits one day becoming the Olympic champion remains an obvious focus.
For now though, he is determined simply to hold on to his world title.
“I would love to become Olympic champion one day,” he said. “To see Alistair win an Olympic medal was very special and I am very hungry to achieve that but I have got to beat Alistair first so we will see.
“To get two medals in London last year made it all the more special and it is great to be going back there.”
And there is little doubt the duo’s continued success on the world stage has prompted a rise in the British public’s interest in triathlon.
“Coming back from Stockholm last week I had people stopping me in the supermarket saying, ‘it is really close between you, Jonny and that Gomes chap from Spain’,” revealed Alistair.
“So the people engaging and actively following it is fantastic, and the three of us having a really good healthy and competitive rivalry is brilliant.
“People are really enjoying following it and for it to come down to the final which is in London, on the Olympic course, is just brilliant – you couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are BT Ambassadors. They will compete to become the 2013 World Triathlon Champion at Hyde Park, London on Sunday 15th September