Leeds graduates triumph in Triathlon

Two University of Leeds graduates have triumphed in the Olympic final of the Mens’ Triathlon.

Alistair Brownlee, who graduated from Leeds in 2009 claimed the Gold, whilst his younger brother and History graduate Jonny Brownlee, took Bronze.

Jonny incurred a 15 second penalty for mounting his bike too early in the first transition, a punishment many commentators saw as too harsh. However, the athlete insisted this had not cost him the Silver medal, which went to Javier Gomez of Spain.

The brothers revealed on Monday that would not be allowed to cross the finish line together, and must compete directly with each other. Alistair Brownlee said: “It’s a shame because I think it’s absolutely in the spirit of the Olympic ideals to cross the line together.”

The third member of Team GB, Stuart Hayes, finished 37th in the race, which involves a grueling 15,00km swim, a 43km cycle and a 10km run.

More than 2,000 people gathered in Millennium Square to watch the local lads podium.

Author: Lucy Snow

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