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Brownlee back to winning ways ahead in Hamburg

July 12, 2014 21:47 pm

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee claimed gold at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hamburg - his first series win of the year. 

And younger brother Jonathan took third behind France's Vincent Luis to also underline his form just 12 days ahead of the Commonwealth Games triathlon in Glasgow.

Alistair Brownlee has been training at altitude in St Moritz since winning the European title last month and showed his strength, kicking away from his rivals with 500m to go.

“I knew it was safest to go a little way out and just try and run the legs off everyone with a big surge, and that’s how it worked out,” he said.

“I think they’ve both outsprinted me in the past so I wanted to have a bit of a gap. Over 500m it’s a running race, over 100m it’s a gamble, so I chose to go at 500-600m.

“I’m pleased with that, I’m better than I was and getting back to my old self I think. This season has been about the Commonwealth Games for me, so I’m happy that I’m fit now."

His brother admits he's not been at his best in recent races but also claims all is looking good for Glasgow. However, he is still second in the world rankings, behind series leader, Spain's Javier Gomez Noya.

“I’m pleased with my fitness," he said. "There were a few things that technically were wrong but it shows that I’m getting fit after the start of the year when I was pretty terrible.” 

Meanwhile, American Gwen Jorgensen strengthened her lead in the women’s series with her fourth win of the season, as Great Britain's Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland were fifth and seventh respectively.

Former world champion Helen Jenkins dropped out on the run due to a niggle in her foot, a precautionary decision, with Glasgow in mind. She holds on to third place overall in the series, just behind Stimpson. 

“I think everyone is in a good position following big blocks of training coming into this race. We’re in a good position with 12 days to go," said British Triathlon performance director Brendan Purcell.

“We took a precautionary decision with Helen, racing wasn’t the right thing to do. Jodie felt there were things she could have done better but she’s in good shape and the boys are in confident mood.”

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