Alistair Brownlee was untouchable at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games and rises to the big occasion like no other, gaining recognition as perhaps the world’s best ever short-course triathlete . He and brother Jonathan are known to race full out from the front, pushing the pace on the swim and bike, but it’s Alistair’s devastating run that has secured him so many victories, and made him the only athlete ever to defend Olympic triathlon gold.
In 2019 he took on the challenge of Ironman and earned a starting spot at the Ironman World Championships, where he finished 21st on debut. He took the lessons learned in Kona to win Ironman Western Australia and break the course record. Despite conventional wisdom dictating Ironman blunts top-end speed, Alistair balanced both to narrowly miss out on Tokyo Olympic selection, all while nursing an ankle injury. In June 2022, Alistair will attempt to Defy The Impossible and become the first man to complete a full distance triathlon in under seven hours, as part of the Pho3nix Sub7Sub8 Project.
- 2x Olympic gold medalist (2012, 2016)
- 2x ITU World Champion (2009, 2011)
- 2x Ironman champion
- 3x European champion (2010, 2011, 2014)
- 2014 Commonwealth Games champion
- U23 World Champion 2008
- ITU Junior World Champion 2006
Interesting fact: Alistair was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to triathlon. His father Keith was a runner, while his mother Cathy was a swimmer. He has two younger brothers, Jonathan and Edward. His younger brother Jonathan Brownlee is also a triathlete, winning the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and his youngest brother Edward is also a keen sportsman, but prefers rugby and water polo over triathlon.