Brownlee Brothers: top 5 moments

March 14, 2021 0 By HearthstoneYarns

The Brownlee brothers have taken the world of triathlon by storm, with outstanding performances in competitions from the ITU World Championships to the Olympics. With so many achievements over the last decade, we take a look back at some of their best moments… 

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Heroics at WTS Cozumel 

Our top Brownlee moment has to be the emotional scene of Alistair Brownlee supporting his exhausted younger brother across the finishing line at this year’s World Triathlon Series final in Mexico. Not only was he giving Jonny the best chance of being awarded the world champion title, but also ensuring he could get medical assistance as quickly as possible.

Alistair said: “I have been in that position before, when it happened to me in London a few years ago, I remember being in second place and then coming around and someone telling me I was in tenth. I couldn’t remember all of those people passing me. So I swore that, literally if it happened to anyone I would help them across the line… I just had to do what was right in that situation.”

What an incredible moment to witness. Alistair’s actions showed the true meaning of sportsmanship and demonstrated what a great sport triathlon is.

Double Olympic Champion 

At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Alistair Brownlee made history on the Copacabana by becoming the first athlete in history to defend his Olympic triathlon title. Continuing Great Britain’s winning form, Alistair’s win also marked Team GB’s 20th gold medal of Rio 2016.

The multiple world and European champion made his move over brother Jonny with 4km left of the run to cement his position as the greatest Olympic-distance athlete in history. Alistair’s relentless pace saw him hit the finish in an outstanding time of 1:45:01. Jonny followed 6secs afterwards and went one better than at London 2012 to take silver. Henri Schoeman of South Africa was third.

At the press conference at the Fort Copacabana Alistair said: “Four years is a long time until the Tokyo Olympics and we shouldn’t be thinking about it too much. We should be enjoying what we’ve managed to pull off today and be appreciative that the last three months of hard training paid off. When we crossed the line we looked at each other and said ‘We’ve done it’.”

Jonny dominates at ITU World Championship