Brownlee finishes fifth in Tokyo


Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee put in a promising performance at the Tokyo 2020 Test Event to finish in fifth place.

Brownlee showed his experience to get into a strong position in the swim and exited the first lap in seventh before pulling his way back up the pack to leave the water in fourth place.

He left transition in third place and got into the lead pack out of transition which featured 15 athletes before the chase pack caught them and it extended to 21 athletes.

At the halfway point of the bike leg, the lead group grew to 39 athletes which featured both Brownlee and Tom Bishop.  

With three laps to go, Bishop was in third place behind Martin Van Riel (BEL) and Pierre Le Corre (FRA) and looked to be in a strong position for the remaining legs.

Brownlee and Bishop left T2 in 10th and 11th place and sat in a strong place as the race entered the 10km run.

The run split into a lead pack of five while Brownlee tried to chase them down in the first lap of the run.

The race was taken by Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) with silver going to Casper Stornes (NOR) while Hayden Wilde (NZL) took bronze.

Brownlee crossed the line in fifth place and said: “It was a tough race today but for me personally it was all about testing myself in the heat and humidity. To be honest I was conservative out there because I wanted a good solid race to prove to myself that I can race in these conditions. Next year, I will come back and be far more aggressive.

“We always have new challenges because of the variety of locations and courses that we compete on and that is one of the great things about endurance sport. Each Games have a different challenge and here it’s the weather conditions and one thing about good athletes is how they adapt to the challenge in front of them and I’ve proved I can do that.”

Bishop finished in 15th place overall with Alex Yee taking 33rd in the rankings. 

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