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Super League Triathlon as hard to win as an Olympic medal - Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee won bronze at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016. Credit: ITV

British star Jonathan Brownlee says winning Super League Jersey will be as hard as an Olympic medal.

Among the world class field assembling in the island alongside the Rio 2016 silver medalist are four of the other top six men from the 2017 World Triathlon Series.

Super League Triathlon is a new concept for the sport which features shorter, more spectator-friendly formats.

Jersey is hosting only the second event in the series, which debuted in Hamilton Island, Australia in March.

Women will compete for the first time this weekend with three of the top five finishers from Rio set to star.

Brownlee visited the Aztec Jersey Tristars junior club along with many of the other athletes competing at Super League Jersey. Credit: ITV

Jonathan Brownlee, who headlines the British contingent in Jersey, finished sixth in the World Series after an eventful season, but says the new format of Super League should suit him.

I’m hoping this should suit me. It’s short, it’s fast, it tests all your strengths and weaknesses. If you’ve got any weaknesses, you get found out. I’d like to think one of my strengths in Triathlon is my swim, bike, run are all quite good. It’s a world class field - basically everyone who is competitive in the World Series or the Olympic Games are here. This is probably as hard to win as an Olympic medal.

– Jonathan Brownlee, Super League Triathlon Jersey athlete

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