Alistair Brownlee

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Alistair Brownlee
Alistair Brownlee (cropped).jpg
Brownlee at Our Greatest Team Parade in 2012
Personal information
Nickname(s) Al
Born (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 28)[1]
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
Residence Bramhope, West Yorkshire, England[1]
Education Bradford Grammar School, University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitan University
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)[2]
Country England \ Great Britain
Club Bingley Harriers[3]
Leeds Metropolitan University
Team Corus
Coached by Malcolm Brown
Jack Maitland[4]

Alistair Edward Brownlee, MBE (born 23 April 1988) is a British triathlete, and the current Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion in his sport, having won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a two-time Triathlon World Champion, winning in 2009 and again in 2011, a 2 time World Team Champion (2011, 2014) and a 3 time European Champion. His brother, Jonathan Brownlee, is also a triathlon champion, placing third in the 2012 Olympics, winning the 2012 World Championship and the last World Sprint Triathlon Championship, in addition to accompanying his brother in their World and Commonwealth mixed team relay victories.

Brownlee was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to triathlon.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Brownlee was educated at Bradford Grammar School,[7] a co-educational independent school in the city of Bradford in Yorkshire, followed by Girton College, Cambridge, where he started a medicine degree.[8] After just the first eight-week term, Brownlee decided to leave and instead went to the University of Leeds, where he gained a degree in Sports Science and Physiology in 2010.[8][9][10] He is now studying for an MSc in Finance at Leeds Metropolitan University.[9][11]

Brownlee was introduced to triathlon at a young age by his uncle, Simon Hearnshaw, who regularly competed in the sport. As a junior, he was a successful fell[12] and cross country runner, coming second in the Junior English Cross Country Championships[13][14] and winning the Yorkshire County title on several occasions.[15][16]

Brownlee has said that "It was only when I won the World Junior Championships in 2006 that I made the conscious decision to really focus on triathlon".[17] Subsequently, Brownlee left Girton College, Cambridge where he was reading medicine,[18] to move back to Yorkshire, focus on triathlon and study at the University of Leeds. He described his decision to leave Cambridge to a student newspaper there in 2013, saying "trying to fit 30+ hours of training around my degree was pretty impossible. I decided that triathlon was my true passion, so I moved back to study at Leeds on a less demanding course, and in a city where the sport was well supported at the time by British Triathlon".[17] He is a member of the triathlon club based at Leeds Metropolitan University's Carnegie High Performance centre,[4] and is coached by Carnegie Director of Sport Malcolm Brown, and in swimming by Jack Maitland.[4]

Brownlee has two brothers, Edward and Jonathan. His younger brother Jonathan is also a triathlete, and won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Triathlon career[edit]

Alistair Brownlee wins the Hyde Park Triathlon, London, August 2011

Brownlee represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the triathlon event, finishing in 12th place and first British competitor. During the 2008 season, his best world cup finish was 3rd place in Madrid and he also won the under-23 world championship.

Brownlee won the 2009 ITU Triathlon World Championship – winning all five of the season's ITU World Championship Series events in which he competed. He was victorious in Madrid, Washington D.C, Kitzbühel and London before winning the 2009 season Grand Final, held on Australia's Gold Coast on 12 September[19][20] and thereby became the first person ever to win the ITU world Triathlon titles for Junior Men (2006), Under 23 Men (2008) and Senior Men (2009).[21]

During the 2010 off season, Brownlee sustained a stress fracture of the femur and wasn't able to return to competition until June, which made defence of his ITU title almost impossible.[22] He did however mark his return to competitive triathlon with a convincing win in Madrid, followed a month later with the European Triathlon Union (ETU) Championships title.[23] Collapsing with exhaustion at the London race,[24] in late July, meant that despite also going on to win the final race of the 2010 ITU Series, in Budapest, he lost his overall World Championship title to Javier Gómez.

In the April opening event of the 2011 ITU Championship season in Sydney, Brownlee suffered a heavy fall while in the lead which brought early disappointment and a 29th-place finish.[25] This was contrasted with outstanding success when, in the space of just twenty-one days during June 2011, Brownlee convincingly won the next two ITU series events (in Madrid[26] and Kitzbühel[27]) and, following a puncture whilst in the lead and having to make up more than 30 seconds on the new leaders, successfully defended his European title at the 2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships and shared the podium with his brother Jonathan, who took the silver medal.[28][29] Brownlee won the 2011 ITU world title after winning the Grand Final in Beijing and the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics on 7 August[30] while his brother finished in 3rd, taking the bronze medal.

Ali won the Commonwealth Games Triathlon in 2014, controlling the race with his brother Jonny, from the start, before pulling away on the 1st lap of the run in dominating style. Jonny took Silver.[31]

Brownlee also took gold in the mixed triathlon team relay at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with brother Jonathan, Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson.[32]


  • 7 Times Yorkshire Cross Country Champion U13 – Senior
  • 7 Times Yorkshire fellrunning champion
  • 2006 Junior European Duathlon Champion
  • 2006 Junior World Champion[4][33]
  • 2007 Junior European Champion[34]
  • 2007 Junior World Vice-Champion[35]
  • 2008 U23 World Champion[36][37]
  • 2009 Hyde Park Triathlon Champion[38]
  • 2009 British National Elite Duathlon Champion.
  • 2009 ITU World Champion[19]
  • 2010 ETU European Champion[23]
  • 2011 World Team Champion
  • 2011 ETU European Champion[29]
  • 2011 ITU World Champion[19]
  • 2012 World Team Champion
  • 2012 Olympic Champion.
  • 2014 European Champion
  • 2014 World Team Champion
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games Team Gold

ITU competitions[edit]

In the six years from 2005 to 2010, Alistair Brownlee took part in 31 ITU competitions and achieved 24 top ten positions, among which were 13 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals.

  • 2008, won the U23 World Championship and placed 12th at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
  • 2009, won the Dextro Energy World Championship Series placing first in almost all of the circuit's triathlons (i.e. Madrid, Washington DC, Kitzbühel, London, and Gold Coast).
  • 2010, opened the season with the European Championship gold medal but subsequently had to put up with a stress fracture of the femur.
  • 2011, won the World Championship Series triathlons in Madrid and Kitzbühel, leading the ITU World Championship ranking, and crowned himself again European Elite Champion.

The following list is based upon the official ITU rankings and the ITU Athlete's Profile Page.[39] Unless indicated otherwise, the following events are triathlons (Olympic Distance) and refer to the Elite category.

Date Competition Place Rank
  2005-07-23   European Championships (Junior) Alexandroupoli(s)[40] 19
  2005-07-24   European Championships (Junior Relay) Alexandroupoli(s)[41] 6
  2005-09-10   World Championships (Junior) Gamagori 41
  2006-06-23   European Championships (Junior) Autun 3
  2006-07-08   Junior European Cup Rijeka 1
  2006-07-29   Duathlon World Championships (Junior) Corner Brook 2
  2006-09-02   World Championships (Junior) Lausanne 1
  2006-10-07   Duathlon European Championships Rimini 1
  2007-05-19   Duathlon World Championships (Junior) Győr 2
  2007-06-16   Duathlon European Championships (Junior) Edinburgh DNS
  2007-06-29   European Championships (Junior) Copenhagen 1
  2007-07-29   BG World Cup Salford 20
  2007-08-30   BG World Championships (Junior) Hamburg 2
  2007-10-07   BG World Cup Rhodes 2
  2008-03-30   BG World Cup Mooloolaba 43
  2008-04-06   BG World Cup New Plymouth 49
  2008-05-10   European Championships Lisbon 15
  2008-05-25   BG World Cup Madrid 3
  2008-06-05   BG World Championships (U23) Vancouver 1
  2008-06-22   World Cup Hy-Vee 7
  2008-08-18   Olympic Games Beijing 12
  2009-05-31   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid 1
  2009-06-21   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Washington DC 1
  2009-07-02   European Championships Holten 2
  2009-07-11   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbühel 1
  2009-08-15   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 1
  2009-09-09   Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final Gold Coast 1
  2010-06-05   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid 1
  2010-07-03   European Championships Athlone 1
  2010-07-24   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London 10
  2010-08-14   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbühel 40
  2010-09-08   Dextro Energy World Championship Series, Grand Final Budapest 1
  2011-04-09   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Sydney 29
  2011-06-04   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Madrid 1
  2011-06-18   Dextro Energy World Championship Series Kitzbühel 1
  2011-06-24   European Championships Pontevedra 1
  2011-08-07   Dextro Energy World Championship Series London Triathlon 1
  2011-09-10   Dextro Energy World Championship Grand Final Beijing 1
  2012-06-24   ITU World Triathlon Series Kitzbühel 1
  2012-08-07   Olympic Games London 1
  2013-06-07   ITU World Triathlon Series Kitzbühel 1

DNF = did not finish · DNS = did not start · BG = the sponsor British Gas

French Club Championship Series[edit]

In 2010, only the femur fracture could slow Brownlee's dominance for some time. At the opening triathlon in Dunkirk (23 May 2010), Alistair was not present, his brother Jonathan won the gold medal. At Beauvais (13 June 2010) Alistair placed 9th. At the Triathlon de Paris (18 July 2010), however, and at Tourangeaux (29 August 2010), Brownlee won the gold medals again. At the Grand Final in La Baule (Triathlon Audencia, 18 September 2010), Alistair placed 2nd, Jonathan 3rd, and their rival Javier Gómez Noya could win gold.

In 2011, Brownlee took part in the French Club Championship Series Lyonnaise des Eaux representing the club EC Sartrouville, which, thanks to the Brownlee brothers and Javier Gómez Noya, had already won the Club Championship in 2010. At Nice (24 April 2011), Dunkirk (22 May 2011), and Paris (9 July 2011) Brownlee was the winner.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Alistair Brownlee - profile". Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Top results for multisporters at Regional Cross Country Champs". UK: British Triathlon. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009. Alistair Brownlee (Bingley Harriers) started his year strongly with a tenth place position at Sherdley Park 
  4. ^ a b c d "Alistair Brownlee World Champion". Leeds Metropolitan University. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012.
  6. ^ "2013 New Year's Honours" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Alistair Brownlee". Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  8. ^ a b Kimmage, Paul (21 March 2010). "Alastair Brownlee: three times a winner". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Alistair Brownlee's professional website". Professional Sports Group. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Alistair Brownlee's student profile". University of Leeds Olympic Programme. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Brownlee is the world champion". Leeds Metropolitan University. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "Alistair Brownlee". Channel 4. Retrieved 15 June 2008. 
  13. ^ "Brownlee Storms To Second in Nationals". 
  14. ^ "Medals for Triathletes at National Cross Country Championships". British Triathlon Federation. 
  15. ^ "Brownlee Brothers Double As Yorkshire Champions". 
  16. ^ "U15boys Yorkshire Results 2003". Retrieved 5 November 2008. 
  17. ^ a b "Interview: Olympic Gold Medallist - Alistair Brownlee MBE". The Cambridge Student. 
  18. ^ Davies, Gareth A (13 June 2007). "Brownlee shows way to prestigious award". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c Davies, Gareth A (12 September 2009). "Alistair Brownlee wins ITU triathlon grand final and 2009 overall title" [Alistair Brownlee is one of the 26 athletes the BBC is following ahead of London 2012 as part of the series World Olympic Dreams.]. The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 15 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  20. ^ "Brownlee claims world triathlon title". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  21. ^ "Alistair Brownlee sponsorship profile". Boardman Bikes. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  22. ^ "Triathlon star Alistair Brownlee to miss season start". BBC Sports. 26 February 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  23. ^ a b "2010 Athlone ETU Triathlon European Championships : Elite Men : Results". Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  24. ^ Skerry, Steve (26 July 2010). "Triathlon marred as Alistair Brownlee collapses in Hyde Park". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  25. ^ "Jonny Brownlee 2nd in ITU Dextro World Series Sydney". University of Leeds. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  26. ^ "2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series Madrid : Elite Men : Results". International Triathlon Union (ITU). Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  27. ^ "2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series Kitzbühel: Elite Men : Results". International Triathlon Union ITU. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  28. ^ Williams, Ollie (25 June 2011). "Alistair Brownlee leads brother Jonny to European one-two". BBC Sports. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  29. ^ a b "Alistair Brownlee (GBR) wins back-to-back European titles". European Triathlon Union (ETU). 25 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  30. ^ "Olympics triathlon: Alistair Brownlee wins Britain's 19th gold". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Alistair Brownlee wins gold, brother Jonny silver". BBC Sport (BBC). 24 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  32. ^ "Glasgow 2014: England power to triathlon team relay success". BBC Sport (BBC). 26 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  33. ^ "2006 Lausanne ITU Triathlon World Championships : Junior Men : Results". International Triathlon Union (ITU). Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  34. ^ "2007 Copenhagen ETU Triathlon European Championships : Junior Men : Results". European Triathlon Union (ETU). Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  35. ^ "2007 Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships : Junior Men : Results". European Triathlon unioin (ETU). 
  36. ^ "2008 Vancouver BG Triathlon World Championships : U23 Men : Results". International Triathlon Union (ITU). Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  37. ^ "Brownlee is World Champion Triathlete". 
  38. ^ "Brownlee wins Hyde Park triathlon". BBC News. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  39. ^ See Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  40. ^ The 2005 European Championships are missing in the profile pages of all participating athletes but the results can be found in this hidden place: Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  41. ^ The 2005 European Championships are missing in the profile pages of all participating athletes but the results can be found in this hidden place: Retrieved 12 July 2011.

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