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Alistair Brownlee pips Gomez in Budapest triathlon

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Brownlee pips Gomez in triathlon sprint finish

Britain's Alistair Brownlee finished triathlon's World Championship Series in stunning style by claiming victory in the final race in Budapest.

Brownlee outsprinted Javier Gomez after the duo powered away from the rest of the field in the final 7km of the run.

The Spaniard had the satisfaction of taking over as world champion from Brownlee, becoming the first triathlete to win the title twice.

Alistair's brother, Jonathan, won the under-23 race in the Hungarian capital.

"To have both myself and Alistair win is absolutely amazing," said 20-year-old Jonathan after claiming his second world title of the year following his triumph in Lausanne, Switzerland, three weeks ago.

Ryan Sissons of New Zealand was 27 seconds back in second place.

The elder Brownlee, Alistair, had a much smaller margin of victory, needing to fend off a determined attack from Gomez on the final two laps of the elite race.

Brownlee, though, responded impressively over the closing 100m to beat the Spaniard by four seconds.

"It is great to come here and win," said 22-year-old Brownlee, who has recovered from a stress fracture in his leg which prevented him defending his title after missing races in Sydney and Seoul earlier this year.

Brownlee delighted to end season on high

"I was really comfortable, I felt really good when I hit the run and I was controlling the pace for the first three laps.

"Javier put some kicks in on the last lap but I stuck with him. My top-end pace is not up to scratch yet and I didn't want to push too far out. So I left it until the last 100m and then went for it.

"In terms of training and fitness I am not the athlete I was last year, I am not in that kind of form.

"But maybe I raced better with my head today and tactically I had a good race."

German Steffen Justus came in third to finish second in the overall standings.

Brownlee shocked to take U23 title

Gomez paid tribute to Brownlee, who finished sixth in the overall standings despite only competing in a handful of races, as he celebrated his world title victory.

"Alistair was better than me today but I am so happy with the world title - it is like a dream for me," said Gomez, who lost the world title to Brownlee last year.

"I had some problems today - I even hit an ambulance with my shoulder, which was sore afterwards.

"I tried to push the pace a couple of times on the last lap but I felt pretty tired and by the final sprint I was empty. Alistair had a great race."

Germany's 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno, who started the race with high hopes of securing the title, laboured to 41st place and finished fourth in the overall standings.

Briton Tim Don crashed on the bike section and missed out on a place in the top 10 standings, finishing 15th.

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