Alistair Brownlee has appendix removed

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.