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The Brownlee brothers are set to head up one of Britain’s strongest ever triathlon squads in the run-up to London 2012, British Triathlon has announced. Expectations for the 2012 Great Britain Triathlon Olympic squad will be high as the team will compete on its home course in London.
The World Class Performance Programme Athletes and Olympic Talent Squad for 2011 includes the Brownlees – Jonathan, 20, and Alistair, 22 – who have won five world titles between them. It is a UK Sport Lottery funded program.
Jonathan won both the ITU Sprint Triathlon World title in Lausanne in August and the ITU World U23 Championship in Budapest in September.
The Brownlees will continue to train at British Triathlon’s Satellite Performance Centre in Leeds under the guidance of Malcolm Brown and Jack Maitland.
They are part of the World Class Podium squad along with Helen Jenkins, 26, of Bridgend and Vicky Holland, 24, of Swansea.
British Triathlon believes the squad features top class athletes who are contenders for Olympic selection and international success in 2011.