Alistair Brownlee To Have Appendix Removed, Will Miss ITU Grand Finale

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  • Published Oct 3, 2012
Brownlee struggled at the 2012 5150 Hy-Vee U.S. Championship, just a couple of weeks after winning gold. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Super-fit Olympic hero Alistair Brownlee confirmed he has had to go to hospital for the first time – to have his appendix removed.

The triathlon gold medalist, from Bramhope, near Leeds, said he was taken ill as he traveled to catch a flight to Brazil last week. After first consulting with his doctor father Keith, he was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where he had to have his appendix removed in a routine operation. Brownlee, who provided one of the most high-profile success stories of London 2012, took to Twitter to thank his father for the advice and the NHS for his treatment.

He tweeted: ‘Yes it was my appendix. Got horribly ill last week, went into hospital with a sore tummy and came out 2 days later. Thanks Dad and the NHS!’

He added: ‘Was on my way to airport en route to Brazil, trip put back a week and first trip to a Hospital instead.’

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