British favourite Alistair Brownlee shattered pre-race warnings of plots to stop him as he stormed to victory in the Olympic triathlon, with his younger brother Jonny finishing third.
Spain’s Javier Gomez finished second, 11 seconds off the winner, after the 1.5km swim, 43km bike-ride and 10km run.
The Brownlees’ rivals had formed alliances aimed at breaking their dominance but Alistair, 24, was among the leaders from the outset and he seized gold with a blistering run. Alistair clocked one hour 45 minutes 25 seconds for the race while his brother, forced to serve a time penalty for mounting his bike too early, held on to third as he finished 31 seconds behind.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2012.