Commonwealth Games 2014: Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold
Commonwealth Games 2014: Alistair Brownlee completes his major championship medal set by winning triathlon gold
Alistair Brownlee completed his major championship medal set by winning triathlon gold ahead of younger brother Jonny at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Olympic champion from London two years ago, Brownlee surged clear of his brother during the 10km run at Strathclyde Park after the pair had worked hard to break away during the cycle.
His winning time of 1:48.33 hours was 11 seconds ahead of Jonny, while South Africa’s Richard Murray was further behind in third.
The 26-year-old had also won the world crown in 2009 and 2011 to go with his Olympic gold in 2012 and he insists adding a Commonwealth title was a proud moment.
“To win gold is absolutely fantastic as this is the goal I wanted to achieve this season,” said Brownlee.
“I have won everything now so I don’t know what I am going to do – I might as well retire.
“It was a tough race from start to finish, a proper triathlon, which happens when you get small fields on good courses.
“The support was fantastic and we were getting lots of cheers from Yorkshire and Scottish accents alike.”
Reigning World champion Jonny added Commonwealth silver to his 2012 Olympic bronze, although he needed some assistance after the race seeming exhausted when crossing the line.
But the 24-year-old insists he was happy to come second to his older brother, who was the better man on the day.
“I’m alright – it just seems to be common practice to put me in a wheelchair after a big race now,” said Jonny.
“It was a complete contrast to London 2012 where we were fresh – I came off the bike absolutely shattered and the run was slower.
“Ali has gotten away from me again but I am very pleased with my record.”
Meanwhile, Jodie Stimpson admitted her Olympic disappointment inspired her to claim Commonwealth Games triathlon gold in Glasgow.
Stimpson, ranked second in the world, arrived in Glasgow as the hot favourite and duly delivered in red hot conditions.
The mercury hit 25 degrees and the water temperature was positively Mediterranean. So much for the fleecy blankets team officials had distributed to athletes to keep them warm.
But Stimpson stayed cool to sprint clear of Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland, while England team-mate Vicky Holland completed the podium.
And she admitted her emotions couldn’t have been more different from two years ago, when she missed out on a home Games at London 2012.
“Obviously, I was devastated to miss a home Olympics. But that gave me the kick up the backside that I needed,” she said.
“I changed coach and it did wonders. Me and Darren Smith have worked so hard ever since.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. This medal is not just mine, it’s for all my family and friends and Darren. Thank you so much. This medal is yours.”