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Jonathan Brownlee has been hailed as the future of triathlon — by the reigning Olympic champion.
Jan Frodeno, a surprise winner in Beijing in 2008, picked out the younger Brownlee brother ahead of gold-medal favorite Alistair as the athlete who could really dominate in London 2012.
The 29-year-old German said: “The entire British squad is immensely strong – Tim Don, Alistair Brownlee and, of course, Jonathan Brownlee, for whom I have a lot of respect. He could be the future of our sport.”
Brownlee junior, 20, is the reigning World Under-23 and Sprint triathlon champion.
He showed impressive form in the sport’s leading ITU Dextro World Championship series in 2010, including a second-place in the Hyde Park race – ahead of Alistair.
However, Jonathan still has a stiff task to oust his brother as Great Britain’s top triathlete.
Read more: Thesun.co.uk