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GB star Brownlee wins world title

World Championship Series Grand Final
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Brownlee 'amazed' at World title

Britain's Alistair Brownlee took the 2009 triathlon World Championship Series, after winning the Grand Final on Australia's Gold Coast on Saturday.

The 21-year-old, who went into the final with a 351-point lead, sprinted the final 500m of the run to beat his main rival Javier Gomez by six seconds.

The final was worth 1,200 points and Leeds-born Brownlee needed only a top-five finish to secure the championship.

"It's absolutely amazing. I couldn't have asked for anything more," he said.

"Every athlete in every race wants to win and I really wanted to win the world title.

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Alistair Brownlee

"I was going to give it everything and I was delighted with how the race went."

Brownlee, the former junior and under-23 world champion, finished in an official time of 1 hour, 44 minutes and 51 seconds.

Gomez was second, while Beijing Olympic gold medallist Jan Frodeno of Germany finished third.

"That run leg nearly killed me," said Brownlee, who has won four of the seven World Championship Series events this year.

"I just went on and on and at the end went for it."

The race - held in perfect temperatures of about 20C (68F) at the tourist resort - included a 1.5-kilometre swim leg in the Nerang River, a 40-kilometre cycle route and a 10-kilometre run.

Alistair Brownlee
Brownlee is exhausted as he crosses the line for victory

Brownlee clinched the overall title with 4,400 points - 800 from each of his previous series wins and the 1,200 for the final.

Gomez was second overall with 3,959, followed by Saturday's fourth-placed finisher, Maik Petzold of Germany, with 3,442 and Frodeno in fourth overall with 3,162.

Brownlee's fellow Britons Will Clarke and Tim Don finished the race in 11th and 16th respectively.

Meanwhile, Brownlee's younger brother Jonathan, 19, finished second in the junior men's competition on Sunday while Hollie Avil won the women's under-23 title on Friday with fellow Brits Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland finishing second and fourth respectively.

606: DEBATE

Australian Emma Moffatt won the women's World Championship Series after winning the Grand Final on Sunday.

The Beijing Olympic bronze medallist and winner of three world championship events this year, outsprinted closest rival Lisa Norden in the final 200m of the 10km run.

Britain's reigning world champion Helen Jenkins, who started the race sixth in the standings, moved up one place to fifth after a third-place finish in Australia.


ITU World Championship Series rankings

Men's 2009 Overall Title:

1st Alistair Brownlee (GB) 4,400 pts

2nd Javier Gomez (ESP) 3,959

3rd Maik Petzold (GER) 3,442

4th Jan Frodeno (GER) 3,162

5th S Justus (GER) 3,139

Selected others:

14th William Clarke (GBR) 2,007

18th Tim Don (GBR) 1,617

Women:

1st Emma Moffatt (AUS) 4,340 pts

2nd Lisa Norden (SWE) 4,130

3rd Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 3,462

4th Daniela Ryf (SUI) 3,187

5th Helen Jenkins (GBR) 3,173

Selected others:

16th Liz Blatchford (GBR) 1,922

35th Jodie Swallow (GBR) 921



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