Brownlee secures hat-trick of European titles in Kitzbuhel

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee insists he has plenty more to offer after he claimed his third gold at the European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel.

Brownlee, who had seen his early season disrupted by injury, headed to Austria with two titles already under his belt.

But it was the Russian Polyanskiy brothers, Dmitry and Igor, who were the first ones to exit the water after the 1500m swim although they were closely followed by 25 athletes including Brownlee.

At the end of the bike course things were again tightly packed with 53 athletes starting the run together but that didn't last long as Brownlee came into his own leaving Dmitry Polyanski and Vicente Hernandez to mop up silver and bronze.

And Brownlee believes the race shows that he is almost back to his best after a strong performance in a place he knows well.

“I have been very fortunate to do well in triathlon and for those who were thinking that Alistair Brownlee was finished and his best days were over, I’m glad I can say that I have still got plenty left,” said Brownlee.

“I have had some rough couple of months, but I have had so many good days, that I can’t complain about the bad days.

“In the run I felt strong and held on quite well. I’m getting better with each race, but I’m still not at 100% of my full potential.

“I love racing in Kitzbuhel. I participated here six times and this was my fifth win, and I’m always welcomed here by such a great and warm crowd.”

Elsewhere in the field David McNamee claimed a sixth-placed finish and Matthew Sharp took tenth.

And in the women's race on Friday, Lois Rosindale was Britain's highest placed finisher after she came in fifth.

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