Despite dedicating his season to longer distances, Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee returned to the World Triathlon Series to reclaim his hometown race at the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. For the second year in a row, the two-time Olympic gold medalist wowed the crowd and put forth an incredible performance and remain undefeated on the Leeds course.
Alistair commented on his return win, “Yeah. I mean obviously races like that take a bit of circumstance to help you out. It was the little bits I didn’t know—I didn’t know what I’d be like in the swim start and I didn’t know if I’d struggle that first part of the bike because I haven’t done a lot of training for that kind of thing. Obviously little bits like that make the race and they did today— fortunately I felt good.”
Finishing right behind Alistair was his younger brother Jonathan Brownlee, who earned the silver medal and allowed the repeat of the Brownlees going 1-2 in the WTS Leeds event for another year. The bronze medal then went to Spain’s Fernando Alarza, who then with this finish is currently standing at the top of the leaderboard for the WTS rankings.
Read the complete recap at Triathlon.org and watch a video recap below.