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!