In the news: Alistair Brownlee Back To Winning Ways At Blenheim Triathlon
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee today were back on form doing what they do best - winning races. The pair took victory at the GE Blenheim Triathlon in a ‘dead heat', only hours after it being officially announced that they have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Olympics this summer.
Alistair, who has been off racing since last year, was back today at Blenheim Palace in top condition showing the world why he is still number one. Jonathan, who has also proven he is a major contender on the world circuit having won World Series events in San Diageo and Madrid, ran an impressive 57mins 16seconds along with his brother.
The Brownlee's were first out of the water and continued to increase their lead over the course of the race. The brothers were dynamic on the bike course leaving the competition in their wake. Third place was contested between Adam Bowden, Con Doherty and Mark Buckingham with Mark narrowly leading the pack over the finish line by 6 seconds.
Cheering supporters and media eagerly awaited the photo finish as the pair came down the final finishing straight high-fiving the crowd before crossing the finish line arm in arm.
Jonathan Brownlee said, "It was nice, we don't often have the chance to do it. To cross the line like that was really good, especially this year with how hard it's been for Ali and his Achilles injury. It's great to see him back. For me personally it was a tough race on a hard course, as it constantly goes up and down. It's a true triathlon course."
He continued, "It's nice to race on the same course as age groupers and to be in the countryside - we usually race in big cities but the GE Blenheim Triathlon takes place in a unique setting."
Alistair Brownlee said, "The first race back is always a bit nerve racking but it's good to get it out of the way and have a solid race. We wanted to cross the line together before we started so it was good we had the chance to do it."
He added, "It's nice to be here - it's my first time at the GE Blenheim Triathlon and it's actually a really nice course - very British with the Palace setting, lakes and lawns."
Jodie Stimpson led an impressive field to claim victory in the women's race in 01:06:12.
She said, "It's an awesome race and really special to me as all my friends and family get to come and watch. It gives you a lift to the next level and I'm really pleased to get the third year win today."
Jodie will be back competing in the World Championship Series later this month in Kitzbuhel.
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today the six triathletes officially selected to represent Team GB at the Games. This includes Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Lucy Hall, Stuart Hayes, Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.
The GE Blenheim Triathlon is the UK's second largest triathlon and is generally considered to be the ‘official season opener'. With over 5,000 triathletes taking part each year, all eager to kick start their triathlon season in style, it is an extremely iconic event in the triathlon calendar. Considering the strong elite fields and a whole host of celebrity participants taking part each year, it is no surprise that spectator entry levels almost triple the amount of competitors that take part. This year Jeremy Clarkson came along to support his wife who was racing to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, the event's official benefitting charity. Tomorrow will see Ex Olympian Roger Black take on ex England Rugby players Austin Healey and Josh Lewsey in the 11am mixed sprint wave - followers of the @BlenheimTri Twitter account have already been guessing on who they think will win out of the three.