Brownlee wins his 3rd triathlon of season
Race run on course to be used for London Olympics
European champion Alistair Brownlee won the men's race of the London triathlon on Sunday, completing a British double on the Hyde Park course to be used at next year's Summer Olympics.
The 23-year-old Brownlee was in a leading group of four by the end of the cycle route past Buckingham Palace. He surged clear over the run to cross the line in one hour 50 minutes nine seconds, clinching his third win from five World Championship Series events.
A day after Britain's Helen Jenkins won the women's race in the first competitive triathlon on the Olympic course, Brownlee finished 25 seconds ahead of Russia's Alexander Bryukhankov to meet the selection criteria for Britain's 2012 Olympic team.
Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., was the top Canadian in 19th place in 1:52.10 and former Olympic champion Simon Whitfield of Victoria finished 23rd overall in 1:52.23.
Brownlee ran the 10 kilometres in 29:50, high-fiving fans along the home straight before walking over the line.
"It was great," Brownlee said. "I couldn't have asked for more."
Brownlee's brother, Jonathan, finished another 30 seconds back in third to also reach the qualifying standard.
Alastair Brownlee is second in the overall world series with 2,490 points ahead of the final events in Lausanne and Beijing. Spain's Javier Gomez kept the No. 1 spot on 2,660 despite finishing fourth Sunday, more than a minute off the lead.
Bryukhankov is third with 2,403 points.
"It was a tough day because of the rain," Gomez said. "When Alexander and Alistair and Ivan made the breakaway, I was a bit far behind. It was my fault and they did a great job. They well deserved this podium.
"It's good to race on the Olympic course and it's good to be No. 1."