Alistair Brownlee

“I was fascinated by the Sub 2-hour marathon project. Not only was it about producing the ultimate human performance on the day; but also, it was about pushing all aspects of performance to see how fast a human could go.”


23 / 04 / 88


70 kg/ 154 lbs


184 cm/ 6 ftin


BIRTHPLACE: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England

RESIDENCE: Bramhope, West Yorkshire, England

EDUCATION: Bradford Grammar School, University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitan University



TRAINS IN: West Yorkshire, England

COACHES: Ian Mitchell, Mark Buckingham and Coz Tantrum

ATHLETE CHARITY: Brownlee Foundation


Gold Medal Two-time Olympic gold medallist (2012, 2016)
1st Trophy Two-time ITU World Champion (2009, 2011)
Ironman Two-time Ironman Champion
Ironman Two-time Ironman 70.3 Vice World Champion (2018, 2019)
1st Trophy Four-time European Champion (2010, 2011, 2014, 2019)
Gold Medal 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion
1st Trophy U23 World Champion 2008
1st Trophy ITU Junior World Champion 2006


Alistair Brownlee is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, two-time ITU World Champion, and four-time European champion. He is the only person to have ever defended Olympic triathlon gold, and the first person to win the ITU Triathlon World Championship titles for Junior (2006), U23 (2008) and Senior (2009).

His 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals cemented his status as one of the sport’s best, but his greatest coup may yet be ahead of him with the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and the Ironman World Championship both in his sights.

Ali won the 2006 World Junior Championships and realized, after studying medicine for a term at Cambridge, that he wanted to pursue triathlon full time. He moved back to Yorkshire to train while earning a degree in Sports Science and Physiology at Leeds University.

His transition to Ironman racing in 2019 was not without its bumps; while he qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona by winning Ironman Ireland with a cancelled swim, his maiden race in Kona suffered due to a lack of experience in putting an entire Ironman together and pacing it to win. He took the lessons learned to win Ironman Western Australia, setting a new course record.

Ali has also tasted success over the half distance with two 70.3 World Championship silver medals.



    JUNE 2019

    After two Olympic Golds and two world titles, it was a dream long-course debut for Alistair in Ireland, winning despite the cancellation of the swim for safety reasons.  The victory earned him a spot at the 2019 Ironman World Championships.

    Time: 7:49:20
    Position: 1


    OCTOBER 2019

    The first trip to Kona was a difficult one, with a puncture on the bike and a very tough last 20 kilometres culminating in 21st position, with Alistair later saying he was just focusing on finishing during the brutal run leg.

    Time: 8:25:03
    Position: 21


    DECEMBER 2019

    Determined to put the disappointment of Kona behind him, Brownlee headed to Busselton, Western Australia and delivered a course record win, slicing an incredible 6 minutes off the previous time to post 7:45:20 and again qualify for a trip to Hawaii.

    Time: 7:45:20
    Position: 1

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