Double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee has suggested he may consider running the marathon at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
In an interview with Press Association Sport, Brownlee said: ““I could look to running (the marathon). I definitely want to run a marathon at some point – not definitely at Gold Coast, but possibly. I haven’t decided about the Commonwealth Games. Obviously it’s a big thing in triathlon but I’ve been fortunate to win that before and I’m not sure yet whether I’m going to be there in Gold Coast or not.”
The older Brownlee has announced he’s stepping back from ITU racing for the next two years to pursue long-distance triathlon. He’s planning to race the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga this September and is ultimately eyeing Kona, as well. The marathon would be his first attempt at a pure running race on the world stage, as he had once been aiming for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the 10,000-metre event but ended his bid due to injury.
In 2015, Brownlee told The Guardian he thought he could run somewhere in the 2:10 to 2:15 range for the marathon — enough to “hit the England Athletics qualification standard.”
According to Daily Mail, Brownlee will need to qualify for his country’s team before October of this year if he wants to race the marathon next year.
Bronwlee’s most recent multisport race was at the inaugural Super League Triathlon earlier this month where he finished close to last after falling ill.
Been a really tough few days for me but I've no doubt @SuperLeagueTri is a brilliant event that's here to stay.
— Alistair Brownlee (@AliBrownleetri) March 20, 2017
He is expected to make his Ironman 70.3 debut at the North American championships in St. George, Utah later this spring in May.
With files from Press Association.