Meet The Brownlee Brothers

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  • Published Aug 5, 2011
  • Updated Jan 5, 2012 at 7:48 PM UTC

Brownlee brothers talk triathlon, racing together, and more as they prep for one of the biggest races of their careers.

British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, two of the world’s top triathletes, can take a big step closer to the Olympics at this Sunday’s Hyde Park Triathlon in London.

Finishing on the podium will be enough for either of them to meet British Triathlon’s selection criteria for the Games.

Alistair, 23, won the world title in 2009 and is widely tipped to win gold over the same Hyde Park course at London 2012. But Jonny, 21, is hot on his heels and rapidly improving.

The pair recently finished first and second at the European Championships, held in the Spanish home town of their closest rival, reigning world champion Javier Gomez.

Here, the brothers reveal all about life competing alongside each other – with some help from Gomez.

Introduce each other…

Jonny: This is Alistair Brownlee, the current European champion, the grand final winner in Budapest in 2010, and the European champion in 2010 as well. And he’s most famous for being Jonathan Brownlee’s brother. (Not really).

Alistair: And this is Jonathan Brownlee, current European [awkward pause] second-placer. Previous European junior champion and U23 World champion, and up-and-coming Olympic hopeful. He’s also my brother and he does a bit of history studying every so often. Outside of that, he’s a semi-professional triathlete and a semi-professional Football Manager player.

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