Alistair Brownlee makes history with Triathlon gold in Rio
Alistair, MSc Finance 2013, is the first two-time Olympic Triathlon champion after powering to gold in front of brother Jonny, who took silver.
He made a decisive move on Jonny – the pair both train on our University’s Headingley campus under the tutelage of Head Triathlon Coach Jack Maitland – early on in the final run stage.
It comes four years after the duo won gold and bronze respectively at their home games in London.
The brothers had looked in control from relatively early on in the race; Alistair was fourth out of the water with Jonny just behind in sixth after the opening 1.5km sea swim stage in the Atlantic waters on the Copacabana.
They soon hit the front of the lead cycle pack on the 40km course and began to drop the chasing pack including Spaniard Mario Mola – widely thought to be one of the biggest threats to the brothers’ dominance.
As Alistair and Jonny transitioned into the 10km run there was just Frenchman Vincent Luis for company before he dropped back and South African Henri Schoeman emerged as a contender.
But Schoeman was never a serious threat and it was Alistair, 28, who kicked on to create history ahead of his 26-year-old sibling.