Golden boy Brownlee hungry for more glory

Golden boy Brownlee hungry for more glory

England's Alistair Brownlee celebrates winning on the home straight during the Men's Triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games near Glasgow.

England's Alistair Brownlee celebrates after winning the men's triathlon, at Strathclyde Country Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games near Glasgow

England's Alistair Brownlee celebrates winning on the home straight during the men's Triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games near Glasgow.

Jonny, left, and Alistair show off their Commonwealth medals

Alistair Brownlee leads brother Jonny on the bike leg

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ALISTAIR Brownlee vowed he would never lose his hunger after adding yet another title to his glittering triathlon portfolio.

The 26-year-old former Bradford Grammar School pupil beat brother Jonny to Commonwealth Games gold as England completed a dream day at Strathclyde Country Park.

The Olympic gold medallist had time to grab England and Yorkshire flags and give his brother a clap as he walked down the home straight and over the finish line.

England had never won a medal in triathlon at the Commonwealths before but took home four on one day after Jodie Stimpson produced a superb performance to take gold in the women's race with Vicky Holland winning a surprise bronze.

The Brownlees, who are both Bingley Harriers members, led virtually from start to finish but it was 26-year-old Alistair who again had the edge to add the Commonwealth crown to his Olympic gold, two world and three European titles.

Alistair joked he might have to retire now he had nothing new left to win, but his competitive desire is deadly serious.

He said: "I'm fortunate I've won the world title, I've won the Olympic title and to complete the set with the Commonwealth title as well, that's the most important thing for me.

"They're the big three things in Olympic-distance triathlon so it's perfect, it's far more than I ever could have dreamed of.

"That's fantastic but in no way does that make me any less competitive.

"Stick me on a start-line and whether it's a training session on a rainy Saturday morning in Leeds or a Commonwealth Games on a very hot Thursday in Glasgow, it doesn't matter, I'm still very competitive.

"More than anything, injuries have taught me that I love what I do, I love being on the start-line and I love being able to compete. I can't really see the appeal of that going even if I'm not able to win races.''

Jonny, 24, who won Olympic bronze in 2012, finished 11 seconds adrift while South Africa's Richard Murray took bronze.

The Brownlees had stated their intention to make it a hard race from the start and they certainly delivered.

After coming out of the 1.5 kilometre swim in the top three, only 20-year-old Scot Marc Austin could stay with them on the 40km bike. He finally found the pace too hot to handle coming to the end of the penultimate lap and paid for his efforts later as he staggered across the line in 22nd.

Alistair and Jonny, who are from Bramhope, maintained a lead of around a minute, meaning it was a straight fight between them on the 10km run.

Alistair, who has made his now customary return to top form after early-season niggles, pulled away early on and was never in danger of being caught.

He admitted he thought about waiting for Jonny, but said: "We'd get told off a lot if we crossed the line together so I didn't.''

Jonny completed his own sweep having won Olympic bronze, the world title in 2012 and now Commonwealth silver.

He has still not got the better of his brother in the big races, though, and admitted he paid for the hard work they did together on the bike.

Jonny said: "I'm used to it now. I'm the guy who always comes second or third.

"Hopefully my time will come. He's getting older, he's getting a little bit greyer, so hopefully in a few years' time I'll be able to beat him.

"I like to think I'm getting closer. If it had been a different race I might have been a little bit closer. That race today definitely suited him.''

Jonny had to lie down in the media area at the end of the race and have cooling towels placed on his body, although it was nothing like as dramatic as his collapse at the end of the Olympic race.

England's third athlete, Aaron Harris, came a very creditable sixth in his first major Games with Scotland's David McNamee, who sustained serious wrist damage in a bike crash in February, one place further back.

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