Alistair Brownlee beat brother Jonny to Commonwealth Games gold as England – and Hartlepool – completed a dream day in the triathlon in Scotland
The Brownlees dominated at Strathclyde Country Park – and while the brothers are proud Yorkshiremen, dad Keith is a born and bred Poolie.
The Olympic gold medallist had time to grab England and Yorkshire flags and give his brother a clap before walking across the finish line.
England had never won a medal in the sport 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 men’s race was not nearly as competitive because of the incredible dominance of Yorkshire’s Brownlee brothers.
They led virtually from start to finish but it was 26-year-old Alistair who again had the edge to add the Commonwealth title to his Olympic and world crowns.
Jonny, 24, who won Olympic bronze in 2012, finished 11 seconds adrift while South Africa’s Richard Murray won bronze.
The Brownlees had stated their intention to make it a hard race from the start and they certainly delivered. The pair pushed the pace early in the 1.5 kilometre swim and exited the water in second and third behind South Africa’s Henri Schoeman, with 20-year-old Scot Marc Austin in fourth.
They formed a lead group of four but Schoeman over-shot a corner and dropped back into the chasing group. That also included Shoeman’s team-mate Murray, who had been billed as the main danger to the Brownlees but paid for his weaker swim.
The three British athletes were working incredibly well together, really pushing on despite the significant heat. It was a phenomenal performance from Austin, who won silver at the world junior championships last year but had never been in contention in a top-class senior race before. He finally found the pace too hot to handle at the end of the fourth lap, dropping off at a rapid rate and soon being swallowed by chase group.
The gap to the Brownlees was hovering at around a minute, and it stayed that way until they set out on the 10km run. Having worked together, the pair were now going all out to beat each other.
Alistair has once again come into top form having struggled with injury niggles earlier in the season, beating Jonny in Hamburg earlier this month. And he wasted no time making his move, pulling out a five-second lead by the end of the first lap, which grew gradually until the end of the race.
Dad Keith is a town lad, who never returned after going off to Leeds University to study medicine after leaving West Hartlepool Grammar School.