Jonathan Brownlee is eyeing up a podium finish in Montreal this Sunday as he aims to put an injury-hit few weeks behind him in the ITU World Triathlon Series.
The two-time Olympic medalist was flown home from Hamburg on doctor’s orders in July and was disappointed to finish fourth in a sprint-distance triathlon in Edmonton, Canada, last weekend as he stepped up his return to action.
Missing the Hamburg race ended Brownlee’s world title aspirations as he now will not be able to complete enough races before the Grand Final in Rotterdam in September.
But the younger of the Brownlee brothers is still seeking a podium spot at the ITU World Triathlon in Montreal, a race which includes a 1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run.
“I was pleased to be back on the start line last weekend, but I don’t come to races to come fourth,” he said.
“I like to at least be on the podium, so I came out of the race wanting more this week in Montreal.
“I’ve lacked race fitness and race sharpness and you can’t train that, you need to be in a race.
“It’s unusual having two races in a row, so hopefully I will have recovered well.”
The 27-year-old came second at the World Triathlon event in Leeds in June behind older brother Alistair, who will not compete in Montreal after making the move to Ironman competitions earlier this year.
Other British hopefuls include Grant Sheldon and Gordon Benson, who finished 10th and 24th in Edmonton respectively.
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