Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee from Leeds has made an impressive start to his 2013 world championship campaign with victory in the San Diego leg of the World Triathlon Series. The race had been billed as a showdown between him and Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez.
Brownlee jogged and then walked up the finishing chute to record victory by more than 20 seconds having set a blistering pace in the swim. He did not manage to entice others to work with him to form a breakaway on the 40km bike ride but he was never challenged in the 10km run.
South Africa's Richard Murray was second and Portugal's Joao Silva, who takes the world number one ranking, third.
I've only done six weeks' training. I did Abu Dhabi six weeks ago and I pushed on since then. That's all I've done in terms of really meaningful work on the track. I think it's good to have an injury free winter. I enjoyed that, it was great.
Congratulations to Bramhope Olympian Alistair Brownlee. The 24-year-old triathlete who scooped a gold medal at last summer's games is heading to London today. He will get an MBE for his sporting success from the Queen.
Alistair Brownlee won his first race since the Olympics by breaking the course record at the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon today. the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon.
It was a step up in distance for the 24-year-old Yorkshireman, who has dominated the sport over the past four years, winning two world titles and Olympic gold in London.
Brownlee showed his class on the run to win by more than five minutes from Beilo in a time of three hours, 20 minutes and 18 seconds. That was 29 seconds quicker than the previous record, which was set in 2012 by Dutchman Jan Van Berkel.
"The bike was a challenge. I saw a sign on the bike course and thought that was where I needed to go. It was only when I got back on the course I realised I had been there before. I tried to pace it quite well. I have no idea how to pace 100km on a bike, but it seemed to go okay. I felt tired towards the end but I didn't have to push too hard, which was good as it was getting hot. It's a bit of a shock as it is zero degrees back home and nearly 30 here, but it was early morning so I didn't struggle too much."
Olympic triathlon stars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee returned to a warm welcome in their home town of Horsforth today to open a new community centre named after them and local paralympic hero David Stone.
The brothers, who took gold and bronze at the London games, rode into town to meet fans and supporters. It's hoped the centre will encourage more youngsters to get involved in sport especially cycling. And it comes just a day after it was announced Yorkshire will host stages of the Tour de France.
Aa lot has been talked about the legacy of the London Olympics. Would it really encourage youngsters to take up sport, and inspire the next generation of Olympians?
If you wanted a great example of the positive effect of the games, you should have been in Bingley last night, as triathlon Gold and Bronze medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee went back to their roots.
Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee has confirmed he has had to go to hospital for the first time - to have his appendix removed.
The triathlon gold medallist, from Bramhope, near Leeds, said he was taken ill as he travelled to catch a flight to Brazil last week. After first consulting with his doctor father Keith, he was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where he had to have his appendix removed in a routine operation.
He took to Twitter to thank his father for the advice and the NHS for his treatment.
Yes it was my appendix. Got horribly ill last week, went into hospital with a sore tummy and came out 2 days later. Thanks Dad and the NHS!
Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have joined former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies in Leeds to keep alive the sporting enthusiasm following the Olympics. They're travelling around the region to encourage more people to take on sports following their Olympic success.