Brownlee wins Ironman debut in Cork

Britain’s double Olympic gold triathlon champion, Alistair Brownlee, won his Ironman debut to take his spot at Kona 2019.

The double-Olympic champion took victory at his Ironman debut in Ireland, Cork on Sunday after the swim was cancelled due to safety reasons, earning a spot at the ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii.

“It was a tough, long day,” he said. “I’d have preferred a swim to make my day easier. The course just drags on, especially in the second half of the bike.

“I set off on the run and thought I’m not sure I’m going to do it. I just set into a rhythm and tried to eat up some ground. Until the last 10km I was quite enjoying it, but the last 10km were not fun at all.

“The crowd really gave me a lift, though, not only in town but right out on the course in the middle of nowhere.”

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Ireland’s Bryan McCrystal, who entered the run more than 15 seconds ahead of Brownlee, finished second, with Germany’s Markus Thomschke third

“I’ve hopefully got a few years in me and now I’ll be going to Kona this year for very much a bit of a learning experience and see how it goes.”

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