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Alistair Brownlee pulls out of Ironman South Africa

Pre-race favourite out of African Championship due to hip injury

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee’s challenges continue – after an injury-plagued 2022, the British star has pulled out of Ironman South Africa due to a “slightly sore hip.”

Last year Brownlee was forced to withdraw from the Ironman World Championship in St. George due to sickness, then had to then had to pull out of the Sub7 Project due to a hip issue. Just as things were looking promising at the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) Canadian Open (after pulling clear on the bike with Sam Laidlow and starting the run in the lead), the Brit ran into stomach issues and would be forced to jog to the finish line well back.

He bounced back with wins at Ironman 70.3 Swansea and at Ironman Kalmar, then was forced to forgo the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in his hip.

So it’s hardly a surprise that Brownlee would want to be careful heading into the 2023 season.

“As hard as it is for me to exercise caution and, as it’s only March, I think it’s best not to risk it,” Brownlee said.