British brothers Alistair Brownlee (right) and Jonny celebrate after winning gold and silver at the Rio Olympics.
British brothers Alistair Brownlee (right) and Jonny celebrate after winning gold and silver at the Rio Olympics.

He ain't heavy he's my brother

IT was a case of brotherly love as the World Triathlon Series came to a dramatic conclusion in Mexico.

Jonny Brownlee was leading the final race with 700 metres remaining, needing a first-place finish and Spain's Mario Mola to finish no higher than fourth.

All was going to plan before Jonny started to struggle and began to wobble as his legs gave way in the searing heat.

Brother Alistair, the Olympic champion, was in third but stopped to pick Jonny up as he continued to struggle.

South African Henri Schoeman, who won bronze behind the Brownlees in Rio, overtook Jonny to win the race.

But Alistair was determined to help his sibling finish the race and all but carried him over the final stages before pushing him over the line in second.

 

There was talk that World Triathlon was set to disqualify Jonny but it said competitors were allowed to help each other if in distress.

"The competition jury has met and agree with the race referees and officially the results will stand as they are," the organisation said on Twitter.

Jonny's second place stood but it wasn't enough to earn him the series crown with Mola's fifth-placed finish giving him the win by four points.

Alistair said the condition his brother was in was "as close to death as you can be in sport" had he not received immediate medical attention at the finish line.

Jonny was reportedly on a drip in hospital but the brothers later took to Twitter, writing:

"Following the race [Jonny Brownlee] was in recovery and doing a lot better. But just for safety precautions he was sent to the hospital."



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