Alistair & Jonny Brownlee

Alistair & Jonny Brownlee

Trialthletes

Synopsis

Alistair defended his triathlon gold title at Rio, while Jonny topped his London bronze with a triumphant silver medal. However, Jonny is now World Sprint Champion.

Biography

Brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee won gold and bronze medals respectively in the Triathlon at the London 2012 Games, and gold and silver medals at Rio.

After a disappointing finish in Beijing, Alistair went on to win the World Championship in 2009 and 2011, back-to-back wins in the European Championships, and went into the London Games as clear favourite. Jonny, who’d always trained with his older brother, regularly came second or third in the World and European Championships.

During the London Games, Alistair and Jonny started well, and swam and cycled together at the head of the pack. Going into the final event, Jonny was forced to take a 15-second penalty, but thanks to Alistair’s strategic pacing, was still able to claim bronze. Four years later, at the Rio Olympics, Alistair made history as the first triathlete to successfully defend his title and Jonny improved on his London bronze, taking home a silver medal.

The brothers talk separately or together in a Q&A session, covering their rigourous training, the advantages (and disadvantages!) of competing alongside each other, and their electrifying success in London.

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