Belfast Telegraph

Commonwealth Games: Alistair still hungry for glory after gold rush

By Jonathan Bradley

Alistair Brownlee vowed he would never lose his hunger after adding yet another title to his glittering triathlon portfolio.

The 26-year-old beat brother Jonny to Commonwealth Games gold as England completed a dream day at Strathclyde Country Park.

The Brownlees led virtually from start to finish but it was 26-year-old Alistair who again had the edge to add the Commonwealth crown to his Olympic gold, two world and three European titles.

Alistair said: "I'm fortunate I've won the world title, I've won the Olympic title and to complete the set with the Commonwealth title as well, that's the most important thing for me.

"They're the big three things in Olympic-distance triathlon so it's perfect, it's far more than I ever could have dreamed of.

"That's fantastic but in no way does that make me any less competitive.

"Stick me on a start-line and whether it's a training session on a rainy Saturday morning in Leeds or a Commonwealth Games on a very hot Thursday in Glasgow, it doesn't matter, I'm still very competitive. Injuries have taught me that I love what I do."

Jonny, 24, who won Olympic bronze in 2012, finished 11 seconds adrift while South Africa's Richard Murray took bronze.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland had three competitors in the race.

Portadown man Conor Murphy was with the chasing pack behind the Brownlees brothers up until the run, after a strong showing in the swimming and cycling disciplines, but faded in the final leg of the race to finish a creditable 12th place three minutes 39 seconds behind winner Alastair.

Russell White from Banbridge was 23rd while Newtownards born Harry Speers was 27th.

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