Brownlee thanks brother for show of support
TRIATHLON: Olympic silver medallist Jonny Brownlee has thanked his brother Alistair for helping carry him to the finish line in Sunday's World Triathlon Series finale in Cozumel, in Mexico.
Jonny looked set to claim the world title when he led comfortably heading into the final kilometre of the 10km run before the Mexican heat took its toll and he started to weave across the course.
As South African Henri Schoeman passed the stricken Brownlee to take gold, Alistair put his arm round his brother and all but carried him for the final 100m before pushing him over the line.
Spaniard Mario Mola finished in fifth to take the title by four points.
Jonny, speaking to the BBC, said Alistair threw away a win "to help me out”.
"Obviously it takes a very strong and good person to do that,” he said.
"Sometimes in sport we talk about winning being the most important thing in the world, but maybe yesterday helping a brother out was more important.
"All I can say is thank you.”
Speaking after the race, Alistair said: "If it happened to anyone I would have helped them across the line because it is an awful position to be in.
"It's as close to death as you can be in sport I think.”
Not that Alistair was all sympathy, with the two-time Olympic champion adding: "I wish the flipping idiot had just paced it right and won the race. He could have jogged the last two kilometres.”
The Spanish Triathlon Federation appealed and wanted to disqualify Jonny for accepting assistance to get over the line, but the International Triathlon Union dismissed it, citing a rule that states athletes may accept help.