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Alistair Brownlee sets his focus on Ironman World Championships

Alistair and Johnny Brownlee, sibling heroes in Triathlon. (Facebook)

Double Olympic Triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee is ready to set his focus on the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

28 year old Brownlee, who is known for short distance Triathlon and has won Olympic golds at London and Rio. From now on, he will attempt the Ironman distance which consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a full marathon, 42km run – four times further than an Olympic triathlon.

“I’m going to pursue things away from Olympic triathlon; it’s important I have a different focus. All triathletes have the ambition to do the almost mystical Ironman World Championships in Hawaii,” Brownlee said.

Alistair Brownlee became the first Olympian to defend the gold in Triathlon. (Triathlon.org)

The Brownlee brothers, himself and younger brother Jonny were in the spotlight at the recent ITU World Series as Alistair helped a struggling Jonny over the finish line. However, that incident also created awareness and interest in Triathlon.

“The whole Mexico thing brought us to the attention of a lot of people who probably didn’t know what triathlon was. So I think now that we can look back on it with the benefit of hindsight, it was probably a good thing – although I’d still have preferred Jonny to have won the race.”

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