Brownlee boys claim gold and bronze in Olympic triathlon

Victorious brothers Alistair (left) and Jonny Brownlee arm-in-arm on the podium after collecting their gold and bronze medals respectively in the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s triathlon

Victorious brothers Alistair (left) and Jonny Brownlee arm-in-arm on the podium after collecting their gold and bronze medals respectively in the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s triathlon

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Celebrations are continuing in tribute to the Brownlee brothers who have recorded a remarkable double Olym-pics medal triumph.

Older brother Alistair, 24, secured gold in emphatic style in the London 2012 Games men’s triathlon, while 22-year-old sibling, Jonny, took the bronze medal even after suffering a harsh 15-second penalty.

The result led to joyful scenes at the race in Hyde Park, as well as in Bramhope – where the Brownlees have lived for the past three years – and their hometown of Horsforth.

The gold put Alistair into the record books as the first British Olympic triathlon winner, and he described the race as “unbelievable”, He added: “I was so excited at the start – I felt like a kid at Christmas.

“It’s the Olympics – it’s not like any other race. I’m massively proud – it’s been talked about so much that Great Britain hasn’t won a triathlon medal. With Stu Hayes (a third Briton in the race) we really were a team of three. We had gone away and worked out a great plan and executed it really well.”

Crowds packed the course to cheer on the heroic brothers, and the boys have been overwhelmed by messages of congratulations since their historic achievement.

Speaking live on Chris Evans’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast programme, Alistair said: “I feel like a rock star!”

Bramhope and Carlton Parish Council chairman, Councillor Denis Johnson, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the village to enjoy.”

The Royal Mail has commemorated the triumph by producing a gold medal winner stamp, showing Alistair in action, and by painting the postbox in New Road Side, Horsforth, gold.

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