Is Ali Brownlee the world’s most arrogant athlete? (OK maybe that prize goes to Floyd Mayweather). Ali Brownlee won silver in the Yokohama WTS race after a thrilling sprint finish with Javier Gomez yet insisted that he ‘had nothing’ on the day. (Scroll down for video)
How does ‘nothing’ get you a silver medal against the likes of Mario Mola and Gomez?!
Anyway, it shows once again the sheer grit and determination of Ali that makes him one of the best athletes in the world.
Oh and – Mark Buckingham was fourth so could this be the breakthrough result for the ‘other’ team GBer?
Olympic Champion Brownlee exited the 1500m swim and got onto the bike in a small lead group. But the lead didn’t last long and Brownlee admitted to feeeling under par.
He said: “I had a little mess up with my helmet, that meant there was a couple of seconds gap that I had to close, not normally a problem but today I just never recovered. I had to sit at the back for the first two or three laps. I had nothing, it’s the worst I’ve ever felt in a race in my life.”
On the 10km run Brownlee was locked in battle with Gomez and Mario Mola (ESP). Mola was dropped after 8km, leaving Gomez and Brownlee to fight to the line. In the finishing straight Brownlee led, but Gomez overtook with just metres to go.
Gomez was delighted with his first win of the season, and Brownlee satisfied with silver.
Brownlee added: “Obviously after [the win in] Cape Town I wanted to win here, but a first and a second is brilliant for the world title. [There are] another four Series races to go, I should become fitter as well.”
Buckingham Adam Bowden finished in the top ten, the former achieving his first ever top ten result in forth place and the latter demonstrating remarkable consistency. Finishing seventh, Bowden achieved his fifth successive top ten result on the Yokohama course.
Former ITU world champion, Non Stanford marked her return form injury with a seventh place finish in the women’s race, which was once again dominated by Gwen Jorgensen (USA).
Stanford has not raced since she won the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in London in September 2013.
She said: “I’m happy but not satisfied. It was great to be back racing and my goal was always to get to the finish line in one piece, but after 20 months away, I can’t complain. If anything, today has given me more motivation to get it right come August 1st.”
Results, ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, 1500m run, 40km bike, 10km run:
- Javier Gomez Noya, ESP, 1:47:00
- Alistair Brownlee, GBR, 1:47:02
- Mario Mola ESP, 1:47:20