The Brownlee domination
Written by: Sal Farruggia
Date: Tue May 22 2012
Statistics illustrating the Brownlee’s dominance are staggering. As of this writing the ITU has held twenty-five races in the series format (the ITU switched from a single-race championship to a series championship in 2009). Since the switch the Brownlee brothers have combined for thirteen wins while only contesting sixteen races. Furthermore, in those sixteen starts only once did neither Alistair nor Jonathan finish in the top two overall. (Kitzbuehel 2010, when Alistair was recovering from exhaustion and Jonathan not racing). Javier Gomez, the man widely considered Brownlee’s foil, has been outdueled ten of fourteen times in head-to-head matchups against Alistair Brownlee at world series races. The Brownlee brothers are toying with the ITU.
The 2011 Madrid WTS signaled a particularly devastating day for most ITU racers not named Brownlee. At the race both Brownlees finished the swim within ten seconds of the leader then proceeded to hammer away in a twelve man breakaway on the hilly course. Their group continued to lengthen the gap between the chasers and both Brownlee’s were clear of the entire field by the 3k mark on the run. In a comfortable victory, Alistair and Jonathan had enough time to stroll down the blue carpet hand-in-hand before crossing the line nearly a minute ahead of third place. From that point it was all Brownlee as Alistair or Jonathan won every race remaining in the series (minus Hamburg which each declined to enter). They would share the podium four times and eventually finish first and second in the overall series rankings.
If there is one achilles heel to the success of the Brownlee brothers - it would be Alistair’s achilles heel. In February of this year Alistair tore his achilles and has not yet returned to racing. It will surely effect his preparation for the Olympic Games held this August. The Brownlees would benefit and hopefully take away some caution from the story of Vanessa Fernandes. Fernandes, quite possibly the most decorated draft legal triathlete of all time, collected 20 World Cup victories before the age 25. However, since the 2008 Olympics she has been largely sidelined overwhelmed by pressure, exhaustion and an aggregation of injuries.
The Brownlee brothers story seems to be perfectly written for the 2012 Olympics, they are the two highest ranked triathletes racing in their home country in what is expected to be the most spectated event of the Games. And it is by all expectations the Brownlees’ race to lose.
Jonathan Brownlee dominated the 2012 ITU Madrid WTS event with a superb run after a fine swim and a successful 9 men bike breakaway effort. Alexander Bruykhankov and Dmitry Polyansky rounded out the podium. 5.27.12
The British Triathlon Federation picked Stuart Hayes and Lucy Hall to serve in Olympic domestique roles in support of the Brownlees and Helen Jenkins; Will Clarke and Tim Don, Liz Blatchford and Jodie Stimpson are left off. 6.09.12
Alistair Brownlee dominated the ITU Kitzbühel World Triathlon Series event with superb efforts during the swim, bike and run. His younger brother Jonathan finished second and Javier Gomez grabbed third. 6.24.12
The 2012 Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee dominated the field at the ITU Omegawave WTS event in San Diego and stormed to another fine win. Richard Murray and Joao Silva rounded out the podium. 4.20.13
Jonathan Brownlee swam well, rode aggressively on the bike and then stomped on the competition during the run to win the ITU WTS San Diego. Hunter Kemper and Manuel Huerta earned the coveted US Olympic spots. 5.12.12
Alistair Brownlee put on a dominating performance in Beijing and grabbed the 2011 ITU World Championship title. Sven Riederer finished second on the day but third placed Jonathan Brownlee grabbed the runner-up spot in the series. 9.09.11