“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.”
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70 kg/ 154 lbs
184 cm/ 6 ft 1 in
BIRTHPLACE: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
RESIDENCE: Bramhope, West Yorkshire, England
EDUCATION: Bradford Grammar School, University of Leeds & Leeds Metropolitan University
STARTED TRIATHLON: 1997
PROFESSIONAL SINCE: 2007
TRAINS IN: West Yorkshire, England
COACHES: Ian Mitchell, Mark Buckingham and Coz Tantrum
ATHLETE CHARITY: Brownlee Foundation
|Two-time Olympic gold medallist (2012, 2016)|
|Two-time ITU World Champion (2009, 2011)|
|Two-time Ironman Champion|
|Two-time Ironman 70.3 Vice World Champion (2018, 2019)|
|Four-time European Champion (2010, 2011, 2014, 2019)|
|2014 Commonwealth Games Champion|
|U23 World Champion 2008|
|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.
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.
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - KONA, HAWAI`I
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.
IRONMAN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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.
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