With Spain’s Javier Gomez out of the race, Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonathan are certainly the favourites going into the Games. Alistair won his last two races including tthe European Championships and at the World Triathlon Series race in Hamburg earlier this month. Jonathan took third in Hamburg but that was a move forward from the back-to-back fifth places in Yokohama and Hyde Park.
The brothers are confident the course in Glasgow suits their strengths. In an interview this week with a British publication, Alistair said, “It’s a tough course. There’s nothing particularly hard on it but nothing easy either. It’ll be a really tough, honest race I think. That’s the kind of race I like to do so I’m looking forward to it.”
“I can’t complain about my shape at all. I’ve done some of the best training I’ve done in a long time so I’m really happy about it and everything’s gone as well as I could have hoped.”
It’s been Gomez who has dominated the world stage this year and he is almost certain to win the title for a fourth time, although the brothers both finished ahead of Gomez in Hamburg. Before that we were training at altitude in St Moritz.
Jonathan thinks the pressure the brothers were under to win in London gave them the experience they need to perform their best despite the high expectation in Glasgow.
“It’s not unfamiliar, London was very good practice for that,” he said. “I don’t think I’m ever going to experience pressure like that again so after that everything feels easier…We will go into it as favourites and I quite like that position,” he continued.
He also added, “There’s other good athletes out there – Richard Murray from South Africa is a very fast runner – but we’ll try to keep them out of the race by making the swim and the bike hard.”