Brownlee has sights on world title

23 August 2012 / 21:33

Jonny Brownlee is hoping to take a step towards succeeding his brother Alistair as world triathlon champion when he defends his world sprint title in Stockholm on Saturday.

The 22-year-old took bronze behind Alistair and Spain's Javier Gomez at the Olympics in London earlier this month in Britain's greatest day in the sport. Jonny currently sits in second place in the world series rankings behind Russia's Alexander Bryukhankov with only races in Yokohama and the Grand Final in Auckland to come.

The Leeds athlete has already won races in San Diego and Madrid as well as finishing second behind Alistair in Kitzbuhel, and he is hoping to replicate last year's victory over the half-Olympic distance. He said: "I'm looking forward to going somewhere new and getting stuck into some racing."

He added: "I've been so busy since the Olympics, but racing in Stockholm has always been in my plans because I have a realistic chance of challenging for the world title this year."

Alistair's hopes of winning a third world title were scuppered by an Achilles injury earlier this year and he will not race in Stockholm, instead preparing to have a crack at the Hy-Vee triathlon in America in September.

The race in Des Moines, Iowa was won by Britain's Tim Don two years ago and features a top prize of £95,000, the biggest in the sport.

That means Alistair will also be unavailable to join his brother in defending the world team relay title they won last year alongside Helen Jenkins and Jodie Stimpson.

With Jenkins taking the rest of the year off to rest the knee injury that ruined her hopes of Olympic gold and Stimpson also absent, Jonny will be the only returning team member in Stockholm.

This time he will be joined by fellow Olympian Vicky Holland, Will Clarke and Non Stanford, with the International Triathlon Union hoping an exciting race will boost the chances of the event being included in the programme for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Clarke, Holland and Stanford will also compete in the individual races on Saturday along with fellow British athletes Don, David McNamee, Adam Bowden, Ritchie Nicholls and Lois Rosindale.