Olympic Champ Ali Brownlee kicked away from his younger brother, Jonathan, as they finished first and second at the Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm. This marked Alistair’s second ITU World Triathlon Series win in a row, having won in Leeds last month. Helen Jenkins also made the podium in the women’s race.
— Alistair Brownlee (@AliBrownleetri) July 2, 2016
After a 1500m choppy swim and technical 40km bike ride, the Brownlee brothers had put themselves in a winning position at the front of a leading pack of cyclists. Ten kilometres of running separated them from repeating the 1-2 finish that they enjoyed in Leeds. Within the first few hundred metres, they were in the lead and battling each other for the win.
Alistair Brownlee said: “I felt good today, definitely a step up from Leeds. My legs weren’t sparkling and feeling really zoomy, but I just thought if I can tough it out and run the last kilometre hard that’s my best chance.”
He added: “I feel like overall my last two performances have been good, I just I think I need to run about a minute faster, which I think I can do in the next six weeks. If I can move my running on that much then I’ll be at my best and that will be my best chance of winning another Olympic medal.”
Jonathan was slightly disappointed not to beat Alistair, commenting: “I’m pleased with how I felt, but I thought I had a good chance of beating him. I thought I’d give it a go but he was 0.5% better than me today. I’ll come back and try again.”
Love racing in Stockholm. Thought I was going to have @AliBrownleetri for once, but he was as strong as always. Altitude training now
— Jonathan Brownlee (@jonny_brownlee) July 2, 2016
Adam Bowden continued his good form, running through to tenth place and moving up to fifth overall in the Series. Spain’s Fernando Alarza now leads the Series. Gordon Benson swam well and was in the front group on the bike, but withdrew to protect a slight injury to his back.