Brownlee brothers reign in Spain
Saturday, 04 June 2011
June 4- Britain's Alistair Brownlee defeated younger brother Jonathan to claim a third consecutive victory in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Dextro Energy ITU World Championship series race in Madrid today.
The brothers from Yorkshire made it a one-two on the podium for the first time in the series as they destroyed the rest of the field on the run.
Such was the Brownlees' dominance, Alistair - who broke away with two kilometres to go - could even afford to wait to celebrate with his brother before they crossed the finish line.
Even home favourite and reigning world champion Javier Gomez could not live with the pace and was 30 seconds down halfway through the run leg before holding on for third.
It gave 23-year-old Alistair his third consecutive victory over the challenging course in Madrid and Jonathan a second runner-up spot in this year's series after silver in Sydney.
"I suppose it's been a while coming," said Alistair Brownlee.
"But why not happen in Madrid?
"It's a race I've always raced well in, what a great day."
The win puts both Brownlees in poll position for the Olympic qualification races in London in August and Beijing in September.
"It is such a hard course," said Jonathan Brownlee.
"This is a true test of a race, a true triathlon.
"Last year, after a hard bike I fell apart on the run.
"I'm pleased for Alistair, all credit to him, he was amazing.
"It was really good we train hard together and it's a bit strange because we've done it in small races but never in a World Series, so it's a bit of a strange feeling but really nice that he waited for me.
"It was a special moment."
Gomez admitted he had been outclassed.
"The Brownlees were just on a different level on the run, so I couldn't do too much," he said.
"I tried on the first lap, I tried to follow them but I know that was not my pace, I was waiting to see if they would slow down, but they didn't, they went faster and they smashed me.
"We were the guys who worked the most on the bike through the whole race, and they still ran the fastest.
"So they are just impressive, congratulations to them and I will just keep on working and try to beat them in the next one."
Germany's Olympic champion Jan Frodeno was sixth with Britons Will Clarke 24th and Stuart Hayes 35th.
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June 2011: Brownlee and Gomez head field as World Championship Series heads for Madrid
June 2010: Brilliant Brownlee caps comeback with sensational World Championship series victory
May 2009: Brownlee destroys field to win World Cup triathlon