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Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain edged out younger brother Jonathan for his second consecutive WTS win.
Executing yet another phenomenal run, Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee recaptured the title at the 2016 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm. First earning the crown in 2013, his winning performance meant that the Stockholm gold would return back to the Brownlee name as it has now been claimed by Alistair or younger brother Jonathan Brownlee four out of the five years.
Sticking with Alistair right until the final metres, Jonny finished the day with silver, meaning the Brownlees have now gone 1-2 on the WTS podium six times. They have now also| shared the WTS podium a total of 11 times. Behind them, France’s Pierre Le Corre ran his way to bronze.
Richard Varga’s lead out of the water was only momentarily as a group of 12 men formed together to start out the 9-lap cycle. The pack included both Brownlees, Fernando Alarza (ESP), Henri Schoeman (RSA), Dan Wilson (AUS), Jorgen Gunderson (NOR), Jonas Schomburg (TUR), Andreas Salvisburg (SUI), Aurelien Raphael (FRA) Le Corre, Varga, and Shaw.
Just off the pace was trio Andreas Schilling (DEN), Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and Gordon Benson (GBR), who worked vigorously to catch the leaders, a task that they accomplished midway.
With no breaks on the bike, Alistair and Jonathan seized the opportunity to catapult to the front two spots early on the four-lap run. Running side by side, it was clear that both brothers would once again be on the WTS podium together, but it was not a matter of who would get the gold and who would get the silver.
Behind them, Schoeman, Blummenfelt and Schomburg were running as a trio, gunning for the final podium spot. However, a negative split performance meant Le Corre came blasting past the group into the bronze medal position.
With one kilometer to go, it still was uncertain which of the Brownlee brothers would take the gold. However, in a final last-ditch effort, older brother Alistair jutted ahead of Jonny to hit the finish chute first. He captured his second consecutive WTS victory of the season and also his second WTS Stockholm title after first winning it back in 2013.
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2016 Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden – July 2, 2016
1.5k swim, 40km bike, 10km run
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 1:50:33
2. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 1:50:43
3. Pierre Le Corre FRA 1:51:30
4. Andreas Schilling DEN 1:51:47
5. Fernando Alarza ESP 1:51:48
6. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 1:52:05
7. Jonas Schomburg TUR 1:52:18
8. Henri Schoeman RSA 1:52:22
9. Aurelien Raphael FRA 1:52:59
10. Adam Bowden GBR 1:53:0