Brownlee forced to shelve his track ambitions

GOLDEN SMILES: Left to right, Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee with their medals

GOLDEN SMILES: Left to right, Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee with their medals

First published in Sport

ALISTAIR BROWNLEE is unlikely to pursue track running despite having won every major honour in triathlon.

On Saturday the 26-yearold added double Commonwealth Games gold to his Olympic gold, two world titles and three European crowns and is arguably the best triathlete of all time.

Brownlee had hoped to double up in Glasgow and run the 10,000 metres as well, but injuries earlier in the season forced him to abandon the plan.

The Leeds athlete first set the target after winning the Olympics in London in 2012, when his time for the 10-kilometre run of 29 minutes and seven seconds was only a second slower than Britain’s Chris Thompson, who finished 25th in the final of the 10,000m on the track.

Given Brownlee had already swum 1.5 kilometres and cycled 40km, and jogged his way down the finishing straight in celebration, it seemed a realistic aim.

Last year he ran a time only 12 seconds short of the B standard for the Commonwealth Games, but he revealed targeting Glasgow was a one-time thing.

Brownlee said: “I think I’m going to struggle now.

“The track was a goal to try to come to the Commonwealths to do it. It would have been a fantastic achievement to do it but it just didn’t work out unfortunately.

“At the moment I’m completely focused on triathlon, obviously the rest of this year and then on to Rio.”

England dominated the triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park, with Brownlee beating younger brother Jonny to individual gold while Jodie Stimpson won the women’s race and Vicky Holland took bronze.

The quartet then teamed up on Saturday to win the first mixed team relay at a major Games in dominant fashion.

Both Brownlees had made the Commonwealth Games their priority ahead of winning the world title, which looks certain to go to Javier Gomez from Spain.

There are two races left in the World Triathlon Series, which decides the world champion, with Stockholm in a month’s time followed by the Grand Final in Edmonton.

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