Alistair Brownlee wins Olympic gold in Rio

Alistair Brownlee has continued Great Britain’s winning Rio Olympic form by taking the men’s triathlon title here in Rio today. The multiple world and European champ made his move over brother Jonny with 4km left of the run to cement his position as the greatest Olympic-distance athlete in history.


The fifth Olympic Games triathlon took place in Rio with Alistair Brownlee aiming to become the first athlete in history to defend his Olympic crown. But where tri great Simon Whitfield, Hamish Carter and Jan Frodeno had failed, Alistair made history on the Copacabana after breaking his brother Jonny halfway through the run.

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Ali was followed in 31secs later by Jonny, who went one better than at London 2012 to take silver. Henri Schoeman of South Africa was third.