Brownlee brothers to lead England medal pursuit

Jonny and Alistair Brownlee

Jonny and Alistair Brownlee

First published in Sport

OLYMPIC champion Alistair Brownlee will lead England's triathlon team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Fellow Bingley Harrier Jonny Brownlee, who won bronze behind his brother in London two years ago, and newcomer Aaron Harris make up the men's team, while world No 2 Jodie Stimpson leads the women alongside Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall.

The Australians should provide strong competition in all three races – there is also a mixed team relay – while world No 4 Richard Murray from South Africa looks to be the main danger to the Bramhope-based Brownlees in the men's event.

Alistair Brownlee said: "To win a medal at a home games is something every athlete wants to achieve and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity again just two years on from London.

"Having the crowd behind you provides a huge boost and I can't wait to get to Strathclyde Park and give it my best."

Stimpson finished second in the World Triathlon Series last year and won the opening two races of this season in Auckland and Cape Town.

The individual races will be held in Strathclyde Country Park on July 24, with the mixed relay – featuring two men and two women – making its Commonwealth Games debut two days later.

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