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Alistair Brownlee wins ITU triathlon grand final and 2009 overall title

Alistair Brownlee proved he is the supreme triathlete in the world by winning the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final on Australia’s Gold Coast, in a time of 1:44.51 to be crowned 2009 world champion, aged 21.

 
Alistair Brownlee wins ITU triathlon grand final and 2009 overall title
What a feeling: Alistair Brownlee crosses the line to become the 2009 overall ITU triathlon champion Photo: GETTY IMAGES

It was one of five wins Brownlee garnered in the eight-event ITU World Championships Series this season. His previous successes came in Madrid, Washington, Kitzbuehel and last month in Hyde Park, London, where he underlined his 2012 medal potential on the intended Olympic venue. Roll on the Olympic Games.

Brownlee trains in his home area of Leeds, Yorkshire, with his younger brother Jonathan, 19, who has the opportunity tomorrow of completing a family world championships “double” if he can take the junior men’s title.

A second Brownlee win would mean a “treble” for Great Britain after Hollie Avil yesterday won the World U23 women’s title ahead of compatriot Jodie Stimpson in silver.

The elder Brownlee placed himself well coming out of the swim and stayed in the chasing pack on the bike ride. Brownlee and defending world champion Javier Gomez, plus Olympic champion Jan Frodeno, caught the leading cyclists within two laps of the run.

Brownlee and Gomez dropped Frodeno, the eventual bronze medallist, to go into the lead before Brownlee surged ahead of Gomez on the last lap to take the title.

Brownlee commented: “It’s amazing. I couldn’t have asked for anything more and even up to today I’ve had some good races but I had no idea how it was going to go. I’m absolutely delighted with myself.”

He said the win, the eighth Great Britain victory in the elite men’s event since the first world championships in 1989, should provide a welcome boost for the sport in the UK.

“It’s a brilliant time for us and just shows how well this sport is going,” he said.

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