British brothers dominate the triathlon podium
Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonathan both secured medals in the men’s triathlon in London’s Hyde Park on Tuesday, bringing Britain its first-ever triathlon Olympic medals.
Twenty-four-year-old Alistair, the older of the two, went into the competition as reigning world champion of the event and the favourite for the gold medal out of the 55-man field.
“The race was unbelievable and the crowds were amazing,” said Alistair following his gold medal triumph. “My ears are still ringing from all that noise. I am massively proud. The pressure was stacked up and so many things have been put to bed today. “
Younger brother Jonathan secured bronze while Spain’s Javier Gomez also claimed Spain's first Olympic medal in the sport when he posted the second fastest time of the day.
Following the 1,500m swim in the Serpentine, the two brothers were well positioned for the grueling 43km bike ride, with Alistair in fourth and Jonathan in fifth position.
After reigning Olympic silver medallist Simon Whitfield from Canada was forced to quit the competition following an accident, the British team maintained their top positions to the finish line.
“To get two British brothers on the podium, you could not ask for more,” said Alistair after the race.