Triathlon: Brother props up Jonny Brownlee in dramatic finish

Triathlon: Brother props up Jonny Brownlee in dramatic finish

Alistair Brownlee, was in third place and came from behind to the aid of his exhausted brother, propping him up and pushing him over the line in second place.

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MEXICO: Britain's Alistair Brownlee came to the aid of his exhausted brother Jonny to help him across the line in a dramatic finish to the ITU Triathlon World Series in San Miguel de Cozumel.

Just a few hundred metres out from the finish of Sunday's event, younger brother Jonny, the Rio Olympic silver medallist, was on course for victory when he began to weave out of control, appearing on the point of collapse.

Alistair, 28, who won gold at the Rio Olympics ahead of Jonny, was in third place and came from behind to the aid of his brother, propping him up and pushing him over the line in second place.

Victory would have given Jonny, 26, his second world title but as he struggled over the dying metres, South African Henri Schoeman overtook to win the race, made up of a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and the 10k run.

"Not how I wanted to end the season but I gave it everything," the younger Brownlee tweeted after race in hot and humid conditions, saying he had suffered from dehydration. He also tweeted a picture from his hospital bed where he received treatment, giving the thumbs up and saying he was okay.

"I wish the flipping idiot had paced it right and crossed the finish line first," Alistair told reporters after the race as Jonny was given medical treatment. "He could have jogged that last two kilometres and won the race. You have to race the conditions. It was a natural human reaction to my brother but for anyone I would have done the same thing. I think it's as close to death as you can be in sport."

Alistair, who finished the race in third place, said he would have done the same for any other competitor.

"Yeah, well I have been in that position before and when it happened to me in London all those years ago," Alistair told Associated Press. "I remember sprinting away in second place and then being in the position that Jonny is in now and coming round and someone telling me I was in tenth and I was like 'how did all those people come past me?'.

"So I swore literally that if it happened to anyone...if it happened to Henri (Schoeman) I would have helped him across the line and to be honest, it is an awful position to be in. I mean, if he had of conked out about 1K from the finish line there and there isn't medical support, you know, it is dangerous position to be in. So whatever, you know, the World Series was a big play but - whatever, it is the right thing to do."

Jonny Brownlee's near collapse allowed Spaniard Mario Mola, who finished fifth, to claim the world title with the Briton in second place.

"First of all this was not how I wanted to win the world championship," the Spaniard said in a statement. "Luckily I was able to be in the top five considering Jonny didn't win the race. We want everyone to be safe after the finish line, it's not the way I wanted it, but that's triathlon."

Source: Agencies/xk

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