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Alistair Brownlee MBE
Name Alistair Brownlee MBE


DOB 23 Apr 1988 (age 28)
Hometown Leeds
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Alistair is the Olympic Champion. He is based full time at the British Triathlon centre in Leeds, coached by Jack Maitland and Malcolm Brown. Maitland and Brown have coached him since he was a young teenager.

Alistair won the Olympic Games triathlon in Hyde Park at the London 2012 Olympics. His younger brother Jonathan won the bronze medal, with Spain's Javier Gomez winning silver. Alistair became the first British triathlete to win an Olympic medal since the sport was introduced to the Games in Sydney 2000.

Alistair is a two time ITU World Champion, having won the title in 2009 and 2011. He has twice won the ITU Mixed Team Relay world title. He also won the European title twice and is the 2014 Commonwealth Champion.

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 focus on triathlon and study for a degree in Physiology and Sport at the University of Leeds. He has also completed an MsC in finance at Leeds Metropolitan University and received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Leeds in 2013.

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

Brownlee represented TeamGB at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the triathlon event, finishing 12th. With 3km to go, Alistair led the race, but was over taken by more experienced athletes. 

HIs breaktrhough came in 2009, winning the ITU world title in Australia having won all five of the World Triathlon Series rounds that he took part in. He became the first person to win the ITU Triathlon World Championship titles for Junior (2006), Under 23 (2008) and Senior (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.

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

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