Alistair Brownlee continued to prove his prowess in the swim and run disciplines yesterday, winning the aquathlon world title in a tough field of competition including four-time world champion, Richard Varga.
— Alistair Brownlee (@AliBrownleetri) September 14, 2016
The two-time Olympic gold medallist has been unstoppable since Rio, winning the non-drafting Beijing International Triathlon last weekend and then showing up in Cozumel at world championships just days later to take on the aquathlon. Brownlee is also listed to race in Sunday’s WTS Grand Final — he is currently ranked 19th worldwide.
Brownlee crushed the 2.5 km run, 1 km swim and 5 km run in 28:58, just five seconds ahead of Varga. American Tommy Zaferes, another ITU triathlete, placed third.
It was Brownlee’s first aquathlon.
“Defintely my first ever run, swim, run,” he said in a post-race interview. “I really enjoyed it, it was hard, really hard. It’s so hot, the running was tough. The other guys went off really hard and I thought ‘I better go with them’. It was weird, it’s not like I was tired, but I felt like I was in oxygen depth the first kilometer after the swim.”
In the elite women’s race, Canada’s Severine Bouchez earned herself a top eight finish, crossing the finish line in 35:11. Bouchez was named one of our athletes of the year in 2015.
Full results can be found here.