Alistair Brownlee captured his third consecutive Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Madrid title and created some family history at the same time when younger brother Jonathan Brownlee joined him on the podium with silver.
It's the first time the Brownlee brothers have both medaled in a Dextro Energy Triathlon Series race, and it came on the back of an lightning quick run where they worked together to burn home favorite Javier Gomez. Alistair Brownlee said while he hadn't quite been expecting it, he was happy it happened at the place where he collected his break through win three years ago.
"Yeah absolutely, I suppose it's not been a while coming, but it had to happen sometime and why not have it happen in Madrid, a race where I have done really well in and such a fantastic course," he said.
Alistair had opened up a break on his brother in the last kilometer, but stopped and waited and the pair put an arm around each other before Jonathan made sure Alistair crossed first. Jonathan said it had been a nice way to celebrate their first shared podium.
"The Brownlees were just on a different level on the run, so I couldn't do too much. I tried on the first lap, I tried to follow them but I know that was not my pace, I was waiting to see if they would slow down, but they didn't, they went faster and they smashed me." said Gomez
"It was really good we train hard together, we train really hard together, so it's a bit strange because we've done it in small races but never in a world series, so it's a bit of a strange feeling but really nice that he waited for me - it was really a special moment."
Gomez came in third and is still yet to win his home event since it became part of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, as Alistair Brownlee has beaten him to it in 2009, 2010 and now 2011, but he said he just couldn't compete with the brothers on the day.
2011 ITU World Championship Series Madrid Results:
|Elite Men Results||Time||
|Elite Women Results||Time|
|Alistair Brownlee (GBR)||1:51:06||
|Paula Findlay (CAN)||2:03:46|
|Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)||1:51:09||
|Helen Jenkins (GBR)||2:03:49|
|Javier Gomez (ESP)||1:51:51||
|Emmie Charayron (FRA)||2:03:58|
|Alexander Brukhankov (RUS)||1:52:02||
|Andrea Hewitt (NZL)||2:04:00|
|Dmitry Polyansky (RUS)||1:52:30||
|Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI)||2:04:43|
|Jan Frodeno (GER)||1:52:43||
|Kate McIlroy (NZL)||2:04:57|
|Frederic Belaubre (FRA)||1:52:45||
|Sarah Groff (USA)||2:05:28|
|Aurélien Raphael (FRA)||1:52:49||
|Laura Bennett (USA)||2:05:33|
|Maik Petzold (GER)||1:53:01||
|Svenja Bazlen (GER)||2:05:35|
|Steffen Justus (GER)||1:53:04||
|Rachel Klamer (NED)||2:05:58|
Findlay has now won four of her last five Dextro Energy Triathlon Series races, including London and Kitzbühel last year and the 2011 season opener in Sydney, and that now ties her with reigning ITU World Champion Emma Moffatt for most series race wins with four. It's even more impressive given that Findlay is yet to compete in a full season as she only started halfway through last year.
In Madrid, Findlay was in the lead pack from the start and quickly established a break with a group of three in the run and then turned on the burners in the final 200m to accelerate away from Great Britain's Helen Jenkins and France's Emmie Charayron - who overtook Andrea Hewitt in the final lap to take her place on the podium.
Despite her record, Findlay still said she came away surprised - particularly when she heard the news she had tied Moffatt's record.
"No idea, oh man, I don't even know. It's so cool. I just respect the Emmas so much, I'm so shy around them, I just respect them so much and just every single person I race against, I'm so star struck at the pre-race meeting every time so it's really really so cool to be running with them, so being on top of the podium is really really cool," she said.
"I can't even describe it, it doesn't feel it like it at all, I still feel like an underdog every time I come into these races and I am still starstruck by seeing the Emmas and everyone, so it's just amazing to be winning them. I'm very happy."
In the overall rankings, Findlay has extended her lead in the series; Riveros Diaz stays in second place and Hewitt third. Bennett is in fourth and Jenkins moves up into fifth place.
- Gomez, Findlay Win 2011 ITU WSC Season Opener in Sydney