Alistair Brownlee has been untouchable at the last two Olympic Games and rises to the big occasion like no other, gaining recognition as the world's best one-day racer. He and brother Jonathan are known to race full out from the front, pushing the pace on the swim and bike, but Alistair’s devastating run has clinched the victory for him more times. He is the only athlete ever to defend Olympic triathlon gold and also has two World titles under his belt.
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’s latest World Triathlon Series performances make him a serious contender for 2020 Tokyo selection.
As a junior, he was a successful fell and cross country runner, coming second in the Junior English Cross Country Championships and winning the Yorkshire County title on several occasions.
While he started a medical degree in Cambridge alongside racing triathlons, when he won the World Junior Championships in 2006 he decided to focus fully on the sport. He enrolled in the University of Leeds, a city where triathlon was well-supported, and moved back to Yorkshire where he continues to base most of his training throughout the year.
- 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.