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Alistair Brownlee Awarded MBE by Queen of England


BrownleeMBEAward.jpg2012 London Olympic Games triathlete and Gold Medal winner Alistair Brownlee was recognized as a MBE recipient by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace yesterday. The award signifies that Brownlee is now a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire which is a class in the society and fellowships of knights established by King George V.

During the London 2012 games, Brownlee became the first British triathlete to win an Olympic medal since the introduction of triathlon to the Games in Sydney 2000. Not only did Brownlee earn Great Britain its first triathlon medal, he scored gold in his home country.

He recalled his gold medal winning run past Buckingham Palace after being awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Brownlee, 24, from Leeds, who had run much of the course alongside his brother Jonny, who picked up the bronze medal, said: "Triathlon, most of the time it is only a niche sport and flies under the radar but then all of a sudden it is in the Olympics and the home Olympics in London, on such a brilliant course.

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Malcolm Brown, who has coached both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee since their early teens and was the British Triathlon Olympic Performance Manager during the Games, also received an MBE for services to triathlon and the Olympic Games.

Photo Credits: John Stillwell | AFP | Getty Images / Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire