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Alistair Brownlee out of PTO US Open and Kona

British star forced to call it a year after sustaining a stress fracture

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

“TheĀ annus horribilis continues,” says two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee, who has had to pull out of this weekend’s Professional Triathletes Organisation’s US Open and Kona due to a stress fracture.

It has been a tough year for Brownlee,who gotĀ sick just before the world championship in St. George, 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.

Brownlee was able to turn things around over the last month with a win at Ironman 70.3 Swansea, then a big win at Ironman Kalmar where he earned a spot for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

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Brownlee says he won’t be racing any more this year and hopes to “be back training soon.”