Alistair Brownlee

Alistair is a member of the UK Sport Lottery Funded World-Class Performance Squad. The London 2012 & Rio 2016 Olympic Champion is based at the Leeds Performance Centre. On winning his second Olympic gold medal in Rio, Alistair became the first triathlete ever to successfully defend the Olympic title.

The older of the Brownlee brothers, Alistair became the first British triathlete to win an Olympic medal since the sport was introduced to the Games in Sydney 2000. Alistair's younger brother Jonathan won the bronze medal in London, and a silver medal in Rio.

He is a two time ITU World Champion, having won the title in 2009 and 2011 and has twice won the ITU Mixed Team Relay world title. He also won the European title twice and is the 2014 Commonwealth Champion.

He was introduced to triathlon by his uncle, Simon Hearnshaw. As a junior, he was a successful fell and cross country runner, coming second in the English Junior Cross Country Championships and winning the Yorkshire County title on several occasions.

Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, Alistair was educated at Bradford Grammar School. He began a degree in medicine at Girton College, Cambridge, but left in 2006 to focus on triathlon and study for a degree in Physiology and Sport at the University of Leeds. He has also completed an MSc in finance at Leeds Metropolitan University and received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Leeds in 2013.

Major Results

Date Event Position
7th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2nd
5th Apr 2018 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 10th
11th Jun 2017 2017 ITU World Triathlon Leeds 1st
18th Sep 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 3rd
14th Sep 2016 2016 Cozumel ITU Aquathlon World Championships 1st
18th Aug 2016 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 1st
2nd Jul 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm 1st
12th Jun 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Leeds 1st
9th Apr 2016 2016 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast 36th
2nd Aug 2015 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event 10th
31st May 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon London 1st
16th May 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama 2nd
26th Apr 2015 2015 ITU World Triathlon Cape Town 1st
31st Aug 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton 1st
23rd Aug 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm 2nd
24th Jul 2014 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 1st
24th Jul 2014 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 1st
13th Jul 2014 2014 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships 1st
12th Jul 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg 1st
21st Jun 2014 2014 Kitzb├╝hel ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
31st May 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon London 4th
17th May 2014 2014 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama 4th
15th Sep 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final London 52nd
24th Aug 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Stockholm 1st
21st Jul 2013 2013 Hamburg ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships 0th
20th Jul 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg 2nd
6th Jul 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon Kitzbuehel 1st
20th Apr 2013 2013 ITU World Triathlon San Diego 1st
7th Aug 2012 2012 London Olympic Games 1st
24th Jun 2012 2012 ITU World Triathlon Kitzbuehel 1st
11th Sep 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing 1st
21st Aug 2011 2011 Lausanne ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships 1st
20th Aug 2011 2011 Lausanne ITU Elite Sprint Triathlon World Championships 3rd
7th Aug 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series London 1st
25th Jun 2011 2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
19th Jun 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel 1st
5th Jun 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Madrid 1st
10th Apr 2011 2011 ITU World Championship Series Sydney 29th
12th Sep 2010 2010 ITU Triathlon World Championship Grand Final Budapest 1st
15th Aug 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel 40th
25th Jul 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series London 10th
4th Jul 2010 2010 Athlone ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
6th Jun 2010 2010 ITU World Championship Series Madrid 1st
12th Sep 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Grand Final Gold Coast 1st
15th Aug 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series London 1st
11th Jul 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Kitzbuehel 1st
5th Jul 2009 2009 Holten ETU Triathlon European Championships 2nd
21st Jun 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Washington, DC 1st
31st May 2009 2009 ITU World Championship Series Madrid 1st
19th Aug 2008 2008 Beijing Olympic Games 12th
22nd Jun 2008 2008 Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon World Cup 7th
8th Jun 2008 2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships 1st
25th May 2008 2008 Madrid BG Triathlon World Cup 3rd
10th May 2008 2008 Lisbon ETU Triathlon European Championships 15th
6th Apr 2008 2008 New Plymouth BG Triathlon World Cup 49th
30th Mar 2008 2008 Mooloolaba BG Triathlon World Cup 43rd
7th Oct 2007 2007 Rhodes BG Triathlon World Cup 2nd
31st Aug 2007 2007 Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships 2nd
29th Jul 2007 2007 Salford BG Triathlon World Cup 20th
30th Jun 2007 2007 Copenhagen ETU Triathlon European Championships 1st
19th May 2007 2007 Gyor ITU Duathlon World Championships 2nd
7th Oct 2006 2006 Rimini ETU Duathlon European Championships 1st
2nd Sep 2006 2006 Lausanne ITU Triathlon World Championships 1st
29th Jul 2006 2006 Corner Brook ITU Duathlon World Championships 2nd
8th Jul 2006 2006 Rijeka ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup 1st
23rd Jun 2006 2006 Autun ETU Triathlon European Championships 3rd
11th Sep 2005 2005 Gamagori ITU Triathlon World Championships 41st
13th Aug 2005 2005 Lough Neagh ITU Triathlon European Cup 11th
24th Jul 2005 2005 Alexandroupolis ETU Triathlon Junior and Youth European Championships 6th
23rd Jul 2005 2005 Alexandroupolis ETU Triathlon Junior and Youth European Championships 19th

Alistair is the only triathelte in history to have won two Olympic gold medals

Alistair showed his potential at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Aged just 20, he was up with the leaders until the final 3km of the race. He finished 12th and the following year was the most dominant athelte in the world, winning all five of the World Triathlon Series rounds that he took part in and lifting the ITU world title in Australia.

In doing so, he became the first person to win the ITU Triathlon World Championship titles for Junior (2006), Under 23 (2008) and Senior (2009).

In February 2010 Brownlee was diagnosed with a left leg femoral stress fracture. He announced his full recovery with a win at the ITU World Championship Series Madrid on 5 June and then convincingly won the European title in Athlone, Ireland on 3 July. In winter 2011 he had another stress fracture, but went on to win the ITU World title. In Feb 2012 he suffered an Achilles tear, which delayed the start to his race season.

Following more injury and surgery on his ankle in August 2015, he returned with wins in the Leeds and Stockholm legs of the ITU World Triathlon Series and retained his Olympic title - becoming the first person ever to retain an Olympic triathlon title. In 2017 he underwent hip surgery, which ruled him out of the latter part of the season.

In 2017, Alistair successfully tested himself over middle distance triathlon as part of his long term goal to win the IRONMAN world championship. In his Ironamn 70.3 debut, he won the North American Pro Championship in St. George in a time of 3:41:58, which was a course record. This qualified him for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, but he did not take part due to having had surgery on his hip.

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