Brownlee wins on Ironman debut to book Kona spot

It was certainly one way to whet Alistair Brownlee’s appetite for Ironman, but not entirely in the manner expected.


The double-Olympic champion took victory in the rain in Ironman Ireland, Cork in his much-anticipated full distance debut, after the swim was cancelled and the contest switched to a duathlon.

The Yorkshireman then confirmed he would accept the one qualifying slot on offer for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in October.