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Jonathan Brownlee second in Sydney after brother's fall


Brownlee second in Sydney triathlon

Britain's Jonathan Brownlee came second in the first leg of the World Championship Series in Sydney.

But his older brother, former world champion Alistair, finished 29th after falling while leading the run.

Jonathan Brownlee, 20, finished behind defending world champion Javier Gomez of Spain who, despite a crash during the bike leg, charged away in the run.

Tim Don was sixth and Will Clarke ninth. Canada's Paula Findlay won the women's race, with GB's Liz Blatchford eighth.

In a thrilling finish to the men's event, Brownlee finished ahead of Switzerland's Sven Riederer and less than five seconds behind winner Gomez.

At first it was a bit of a shock because he was looking really good coming down the hill

Jonathan Brownlee on his brother's fall

"I came out here to score points, but I got second so that has set me up well for the season. It's the first race of the season so it's good to see where you are, but there is a long way to go," said Jonathan Brownlee.

"I didn't realize Gomez had crashed but he is a great champion, he's world champion and I guess that's what world champions do."

By contrast Alistair, the 2009 champion, had a difficult race, never recovering from a fall which left him injured and ended his hopes of a medal.

On his brother's fall, Jonathan Brownlee said: "I shouted 'just get up, get up'. At first it was a bit of a shock because he was looking really good coming down the hill. That's the sport, he fell over. It's a shame really."

British Triathlon coach Mark Pearce said: "He took a knock when he fell, but it's nothing serious."

"Tim Don was pleased with a top-10 finish. He didn't quite have the legs to match the leaders but is looking forward to some more hard racing."

In the women's race, Canada's Findlay upset defending world champion Emma Moffatt and Olympic champion Emma Snowsill by claiming victory.

The 20-year-old, who won in Hyde Park last year, finished ahead of last year's Sydney winner Barbara Riveros Diaz in a time of two hours one minute 21 seconds, while New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt was third.

Briton Helen Jenkins was involved in a bike crash which ended her hopes of victory. The 2008 world champion suffered cuts and bruises but recovered in the run to finish in 33rd position.

Blatchford was the best-placed British woman in eighth, with team-mate Vicky Holland in 12th.

Holland finished ahead of Australia's Moffatt who could only manage 13th on what is a very similar course to the one used at the 2000 Olympics (comprising a 1.5km swim in Sydney Harbour, a 40km cycle and a 10km run in the city).


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