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Olympic Champion

Alistair Brownlee MBE
Name Alistair Brownlee MBE


DOB 23 Apr 1988 (age 26)
Hometown Leeds
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Alistair is the Olympic Champion after he won the triathlon in Hyde Park at the London 2012 Olympics. Alistair, along with his brother Jonathan, who won the bronze medal, became the first Britsh triathlete to win an Olympic medal since the sport was introduced to the Games in Sydney 2000.

Alistair is a two time World Champion, having won the title in 2009 and 2011. 

He was introduced to triathlon by his uncle, Simon Hearnshaw. As a junior, he was a successful fell and cross country runner, coming second in the English Junior Cross Country Championships and winning the Yorkshire County title on several occasions.

Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, Alistair was educated at Bradford Grammar School.  He began a degree in medicine at Girton College, Cambridge, but left in 2006 to move back to Yorkshire, focus on triathlon and study for a degree in Physiology and Sport at the University of Leeds. He has alos completed an MsC in finance at Leeds Metropolitan University and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Leeds in 2013.

Brother, Jonathan Brownlee, who is two years younder, is also a triathlon World Champion. He has another yonger brother, Edward, who is a very good rugby player.

Brownlee represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the triathlon event, finishing in 12th place and first British competitor. With 3km to go, Alistair led the race, but was over taken by more experienced athletes. A year later he beat them to claim the world title.

Brownlee won the 2009 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship - winning all five of the season's events in which he competed. He was victorious in Madrid, Washington D.C., Kitzbuhel and London before winning the Grand Final on Australia's Gold Coast, on 12 September, and became the first person to win the ITU Triathlon World Championships titles for Junior Men (2006), Under 23 Men (2008) and Senior Men (2009).

In February 2010 Brownlee was diagnosed with a left leg femoral stress fracture. He announced his full recovery with a win at the ITU World Championship Series Madrid on 5 June and then convincingly won the European title in Athlone, Ireland on 3 July. In winter 2011 he had another stress fracture, but went on to win the ITU World title. In Feb 2012 he suffered an Achilles tear, which delayed the start to his race season.

In November 2010, Alistair Brownlee was awarded the GE British Triathlon Male Elite Athlete of the Year Award in addition to a new award for 2010, the Peter Holmes Award for Inspirational Performance in International Competition. His stunning performance throughout 2011 saw him him once again voted as the GE British Triathlon Male Elite Athlete of the Year in November 2011.

Alistair was awarded an MBE in January 2013. He is a member of UK Sport Lottery funded British Triathlon 2012 Squad training at the satellite centre in Leeds coached by Jack Maitland and Malcolm Brown.

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