Home comforts for triathlete Brownlee

08 August 2012 / 16:01

Alistair Brownlee has revealed a diet of Yorkshire puddings and pies helped him become the men's Olympic triathlon champion.

Brownlee had time to walk across the finish line draped in a Union flag as he easily won gold in one of the Olympics' most gruelling sports in Hyde Park on Tuesday.

With his brother Jonny not far behind in third they became the first British siblings to stand on the same Olympic podium for more than a century.

A day later the Yorkshire born-and-bred brothers, who have shared a house in Bramhope near Leeds for the past three years, revealed one of the more unlikely recipes to their record-breaking success .

"I'll eat all sorts of stodgy food like pies, Yorkshire puddings, fish and chips - all of that," Alistair said. "I don't mind a pizza also."

Jonny added: "Normally after a race I have a bit of pizza. With our diet we can pretty much eat anything and lots of it because we train 35 hours each week so we burn it all off."

The Brownlees' success continued a run of medals by athletes from Yorkshire, where there has been much mirth in pointing out they had, after Tuesday's triathlon, won more gold medals than Australia.

High-profile names such as Jessica Ennis and Ed Clancy have helped the county scoop five golds, and 10 medals in all, while road cyclist Lizzie Armitstead kicked off Team GB's record medal haul with silver on day two.

Jonny believes Yorkshire's success can be attributed to the natural training facilities in the county.

"It's a beautiful place to train," he said. "We love training because we can train in some beautiful areas like the Yorkshire Dales and hills. It's so easy to train up there."