YP Comment: Brotherly Love. Brownlees’ true sporting spirit

Leeds's own Alistair Brownlee (left) helps his brother Jonny to get to the finish line.

Leeds's own Alistair Brownlee (left) helps his brother Jonny to get to the finish line.

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THE SIGHT of Alistair and Jonny Brownlee collapsed in a heap at the finishing line having just finished won gold and silver in the triathlon was one of the defining images of the Rio Olympics.

But just a few weeks later these indomitable Leeds brothers-in-arms once again captured the spirit of sport when Alistair dramatically helped his exhausted brother over the finish line at the World Triathlon series finale in Mexico.

Jonny, who had looked on course to claim the overall world title before the heat took its toll, recovered after receiving treatment, and his older brother played down his intervention saying: “It was a natural human reaction to my brother but for anyone I would have done the same thing.”

Ever the Yorkshireman, though, Alistair wasn’t entirely sympathetic, with the two-time Olympic champion adding: “I wish the flipping idiot had just paced it right and won the race. He could have jogged the last 2km.”

I’d have done it for anyone says Alistair Brownlee after sacrificing victory to help brother

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