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Alistair Brownlee

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31
World Rank
2
National
19
Swim
29
Bike
46
Run
United Kingdom
Weight
70kg
Height
1.84m
Age
36
Born
1988
Swim
Huub
Bike
BMC
Run
Adidas
Contract
Contract
SeasonContract
2024
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Biography

Alistair Brownlee

How can you quantify the impact Alistair Brownlee has had on the profile of triathlon in the UK? There are medals, plenty of them. There are Championships, lots of those too.

Sometimes though, it is worth taking a step back from the triathlon bubble to see just how much of an impact Alistair - and his younger brother and Olympic medal-winning triathlete, Jonathan - have had on the wider sporting consciousness.

Triathlon is still a relatively small sport in a country dominated by football, cricket and rugby. The Olympic Games is integral to the sporting heart of the country, but it has come a long way from the sole Gold medal of Atlanta 1996. It is now a sporting powerhouse filled with medal-winning superstars.

Despite earning one of the record 27 Gold medals earned in Brazil in a niche sport, the British public voted Brownlee second to Andy Murray in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Alistair Brownlee has quite simply taken swim-bike-run mainstream - no doubt helped by the now iconic scenes of him practically carrying his brother to the finish line of the ITU Grand Final in Cozumel.

It is a journey that started when he was eight years old… and almost 25 years later, he is still adding to a palmarès which will doubtless see him added to the sport’s Hall of Fame as one of the greatest athletes ever to set foot on a triathlon race course.

Olympic success - so good he did it twice

Perhaps it was destiny. His father Keith was a runner and mother Cathy a swimmer, while it was his uncle Simon who introduced Alistair to the sport well before his 10th birthday. Triathlon has truly been integral to his life ever since.

Like many, his first experience of international competition was in European Youth Championship events, back in 2003 and 2004. “I was well off the pace of the leaders, but I could see that with a little more work, there was definitely scope to close that gap.”

He went away and improved, so much so that in 2006 he won Gold at the ITU Junior Triathlon World Championships. It was only after that victory in Lausanne that, “I made the conscious decision to really focus on triathlon.”

That has proven to be an astute choice - from a smart athlete who can also claim a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Physiology, followed up with a Masters in Finance.

In 2008 Alistair added the Under-23 World Championship to his Junior crown. It was also an Olympic year, but given his relative youth and the strength of the British squad, the Games in Beijing was something most had given him little chance of qualifying for.

Early-season World Cup finishes outside the top 40 in Australia and New Zealand might have indicated he would need time to develop as a senior athlete, but Brownlee was soon to show what has since been a trademark, performing when it counts.

Third in Madrid, as the first British finisher, secured his ticket to Beijing where after pushing the pace on the run he would eventually finish 12th.

He could no longer fly under the radar, but in 2009 he didn’t need to, winning five ITU World Championship Series events back-to-back, completing the set of World titles at Junior, U23 and Senior level.

A second Senior World title followed in 2011, and with the Olympic Games coming up on home soil in London the following year, excitement was high that a British athlete could take the top prize in the sport.

All was looking good, until an Achilles tear derailed both his fitness and confidence in February 2012. "There were times when I wondered if it was ever going to get better and be able to race or train properly again," he told BBC Sport.

Extensive rehab meant that Alistair was able to race just one World Series event before London. Was he ready for this enormous challenge?

That question was answered in emphatic style as he destroyed the field in Kitzbuhel. He was indeed ready for London, and on Tuesday August 7 produced a perfect performance in front of hundreds of thousands of home fans around Hyde Park, to take his first Olympic title. To complete the celebrations, Jonathan earned the Bronze.

Since then there have been countless ITU World Triathlon Series wins, multiple European Championship titles, two Gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, before another contender for ‘race of his life’ to earn a second Olympic Gold medal in Rio.

What else was left?

The next chapter…

Alistair Brownlee could retire tomorrow and have a sporting CV which would be the envy of any athlete in the world. However, that is not how the motivation of the Leeds-based athlete works. Can he translate his aggressive style of racing with similar success over the longer distances? To date, he’s doing a fine job.

Kicking off with back-to-back wins at Challenge Fuerteventura and IRONMAN 70.3 St. George in 2017, his hopes of a first appearance at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship that year were ended due to hip surgery.

No stranger now to dealing with injuries, a masterclass at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai and another victory at IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou in China in early 2018 preceded, you’ve guessed it, more injury niggles!

Another rush to get fit would be his lead into his IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship debut in South Africa and a race which many regard as one of the greatest in the history of sport, resulting in a Silver medal behind Jan Frodeno. “Obviously I gave it everything today and I want to win, but I’m happy with that. I’ve had a tough year with injuries and not been myself.”

2019 saw another Silver at the 70.3 Worlds - Gustav Iden the victor this time around - but also much interest in his full distance debut. He won on a wet and cold day in Cork, Ireland and ended the year with a course record-breaking victory at IRONMAN Western Australia.

As many before him have found however, a painful Kona debut - 21st - will have provided plenty from which to build on, and only a fool would count him out of winning on the Big Island before he eventually hangs up his trisuit.

What about a third consecutive Olympic Gold medal? After winning at Sprint, Olympic, Middle and Long distances in 2019, Alistair Brownlee is keeping his options open.

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Current PTO World Ranking Points
31
Miami T100 2024
91.83
San Francisco T100 2024
81.72
Challenge Barcelona 2023
79.82
Sum / 3
84.46
Ranking History
#1#62#123#1842017201820192020202120222023*20242017Overall66.40 pts#106Swim83.58 pts#106Bike86.18 pts#40Run76.55 pts#732018Overall110.15 pts#1Swim99.26 pts#7Bike102.64 pts#5Run96.08 pts#112019Overall109.60 pts#2Swim102.10 pts#5Bike99.30 pts#11Run100.10 pts#72020Overall102.97 pts#2Swim97.48 pts#11Bike94.00 pts#22Run95.18 pts#62021Overall51.49 pts#174Swim48.74 pts#240Bike47.00 pts#237Run47.59 pts#2092022Overall103.74 pts#8Swim102.18 pts#14Bike91.75 pts#27Run99.10 pts#112023Overall82.39 pts#31Swim82.43 pts#28Bike83.45 pts#28Run66.70 pts#1052024Overall84.46 pts#31Swim87.37 pts#19Bike84.21 pts#29Run77.19 pts#46

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

26 Races10
1
4
2
1
3

2024

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFT100 LogoPts
08 Jun
14
DiamondSan Francisco T10014:272:05:081:02:163:26:10
81.72
94.56
7
81.727
Swim14:27
Bike2:05:08
Run1:02:16
14 Apr
DNF
DiamondSingapore T100--:----:----:----:--
0
91.68
-
-0
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
09 Mar
5
DiamondMiami T10023:391:42:391:03:383:11:43
91.83
92.46
20
91.8320
Swim23:39
Bike1:42:39
Run1:03:38

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
08 Dec
DNF
GoldIronman 70.3 Bahrain22:52--:----:----:--
0
82.27
-
Swim22:52
Bike--:--
Run--:--
21 Oct
6
SilverChallenge Vieux Bocau--:----:----:--3:44:54
67.67
86.43
67.67
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
14 Oct
3
SilverChallenge Peguera Mallorca24:112:03:391:14:223:45:27
77.11
86.02
77.11
Swim24:11
Bike2:03:39
Run1:14:22
08 Oct
2
SilverChallenge Barcelona18:351:17:2448:582:29:36
79.82
80.88
79.82
Swim18:35
Bike1:17:24
Run48:58
06 May
6
DiamondPTO European Open22:421:50:121:02:263:17:03
90.23
90.76
90.23
Swim22:42
Bike1:50:12
Run1:02:26

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
20 Aug
1
SilverIronman Sweden44:384:09:532:40:467:38:47
79.71
71.87
79.71
Swim44:38
Bike4:09:53
Run2:40:46
07 Aug
1
SilverIronman 70.3 Swansea22:162:12:391:09:223:49:33
79.24
61.17
79.24
Swim22:16
Bike2:12:39
Run1:09:22
24 Jul
24
DiamondPTO Canadian Open25:061:44:271:12:013:23:14
69.01
84.87
69.01
Swim25:06
Bike1:44:27
Run1:12:01
02 Apr
4
SilverIronman 70.3 Oceanside22:312:08:021:11:033:45:54
72.68
79.85
72.68
Swim22:31
Bike2:08:02
Run1:11:03

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
06 Dec
DNF
Challenge Daytona--:----:----:----:--
03:05:07
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
06 Sep
1
Helvellyn20:291:36:281:17:593:16:28
94.2386
03:14:47
94.24
Swim20:29
Bike1:36:28
Run1:17:59

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
01 Dec
1
Ironman Western Australia46:294:10:322:43:397:45:20
106.97
07:50:15
106.97
Swim46:29
Bike4:10:32
Run2:43:39
12 Oct
21
Ironman Hawaii47:334:19:583:13:008:25:03
69.5652
08:03:00
69.57
Swim47:33
Bike4:19:58
Run3:13:00
08 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 World Championship23:172:17:381:10:433:55:19
104.083
03:56:46
104.08
Swim23:17
Bike2:17:38
Run1:10:43
25 Aug
1
Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire23:192:21:191:11:424:00:33
97.8684
03:59:47
97.87
Swim23:19
Bike2:21:19
Run1:11:42
23 Jun
1
Ironman Ireland--:--4:49:412:51:317:44:16
78.9151
07:30:02
78.92
Swim--:--
Bike4:49:41
Run2:51:31
27 Apr
2
Ironman 70.3 Marbella22:312:23:261:11:034:01:00
75.2803
03:52:23
75.28
Swim22:31
Bike2:23:26
Run1:11:03

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
02 Sep
2
Ironman 70.3 World Championship21:582:04:291:07:393:37:42
117.736
03:43:39
117.74
Swim21:58
Bike2:04:29
Run1:07:39
14 Apr
1
Ironman 70.3 Liuzhou21:492:00:571:16:353:45:42
86.5401
03:41:14
86.54
Swim21:49
Bike2:00:57
Run1:16:35
02 Feb
1
Ironman 70.3 Dubai22:361:58:501:09:343:35:30
100.103
03:35:32
100.10
Swim22:36
Bike1:58:50
Run1:09:34

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
03 Jun
DNF
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin--:----:----:----:--
03:43:00
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
06 May
1
Ironman 70.3 St. George23:182:01:391:14:493:41:58
112.621
03:46:15
112.62
Swim23:18
Bike2:01:39
Run1:14:49
22 Apr
1
Challenge Gran Canaria25:202:26:331:11:164:03:09
86.5744
03:58:21
86.57
Swim25:20
Bike2:26:33
Run1:11:16

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
84
31
2023
82
31
2022
103
8
2021
51
174
2020
102
2
2019
109
2
2018
110
1
2017
66
106

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2024
87
19
2023
82
28
2022
102
14
2021
48
240
2020
97
11
2019
102
5
2018
99
7
2017
83
106

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2024
84
29
2023
83
28
2022
91
27
2021
47
237
2020
94
22
2019
99
11
2018
102
5
2017
86
40

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2024
77
46
2023
66
105
2022
99
11
2021
47
209
2020
95
6
2019
100
7
2018
96
11
2017
76
73
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