Alistair, 28, defeated the 26-year-old Jonny that too with a large margin about halfway through the 10k run in extreme conditions. He literally soaked in all the pressure and emerged out with victory in his hands. The Yorkshire men were wavering very close throughout all the three stages viz swimming, cycling and road race stages, and Alistair walking over the line six seconds ahead waved the Union Jack in awe of victory and end up scoring gold for England.
Henri Schoe man was third, claiming South Africa’s first triathlon medal.
Alistair Brownlee is the first and foremost athlete from United Kingdom to win successive Olympic triathlon titles, whereas Jonny marked his stamp on the bronze medal he won at London 2012.
The two brother duo was a part of a 10-strong group that pulled fluently away amidst the 40km bike stage. They eventually negotiated the 1,500m open-water swim from Copacabana Beach. And ended up nailing it.
Mario Mola of Spain, who was ranked number one in the whole world after winning four ITU World Series events this year, but Alistair Brownlee defeated him by more than a minute behind in eighth.
Britain’s other candidate, Gordon Benson, was unable to complete the race after crashing on the seventh lap of the eight-lap cycle leg. That came as a big disappointment to all the British fans but then Brownlee made up with his achievements and brought a smile on the faces of England fans.
Alistair Brownlee said after his victory,"I was pretty confident we would get first and second but I didn’t know which way round it would be.I just had the edge on Jonny but he has killed me in training and I have been going through hell. It has been so hard. I have woken up in pain every day.” As per his,the swim wasn’t that quick in the beginning but then they were confidant and knew the first two laps on the bike would be crucial. According to him, the last few weeks of the training were really tough. As soon as they got to halfway, the British team was pretty sure that they were going to get two medals and it was just a run for it.
On the other hand, the runner up Jonny Brownlee quoted, "I’m used to getting beaten by him, but at the start of the day the dream was to get gold and silver and that is what we have done.We had a plan and really committed, and when Alistair pushed on I thought it I would be risking a medal to go with him.” On a lighter note he further added, "Maybe in four years if he is older and greyer he will be that bit slower… but maybe he won’t be."
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