Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain holds a Union Jack aloft as he approaches the finish line to win gold during the Men's Triathlon on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park.  (7aug2012)

Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain holds a Union Jack aloft as he approaches the finish line to win gold during the Men's Triathlon on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park. (7aug2012)

Alistair Brownlee claims triathlon gold with brother Jonny taking bronze     Alistair Brownlee became Great Britain’s first ever triathlon champion, ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez and brother Jonny Brownlee, to seal the nation’s 19th gold of the London Games.

Alistair Brownlee claims triathlon gold with brother Jonny taking bronze Alistair Brownlee became Great Britain’s first ever triathlon champion, ahead of Spain’s Javier Gomez and brother Jonny Brownlee, to seal the nation’s 19th gold of the London Games.

#RIO2016 Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Team GB trainers with the team pursuit riders at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 4 2016 in Rio de Janeiro...

#RIO2016 Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Team GB trainers with the team pursuit riders at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 4 2016 in Rio de Janeiro...

Alistair Brownlee became Great Britain's first Olympic champion in triathlon with a brilliant performance in front of a huge crowd in Hyde Park, while his brother Jonny picked up a bronze medal.

Yorkshire moves ahead of Australia and Japan on Olympics medals table

Alistair Brownlee became Great Britain's first Olympic champion in triathlon with a brilliant performance in front of a huge crowd in Hyde Park, while his brother Jonny picked up a bronze medal.

Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain makes a Churchillian V-for-victory sign with his fingers while holding a union jack aloft as he approaches the finish line to win gold during the men's triathlon

In pictures: Celebrating victory

Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain makes a Churchillian V-for-victory sign with his fingers while holding a union jack aloft as he approaches the finish line to win gold during the men's triathlon

Rio 2016 Olympics: How will Team GB triathlon prospects fare?

Rio 2016 Olympics: How will Team GB triathlon prospects fare?

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Great Britain relay team seek a change of fortune as the Olympics come into view

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Great Britain relay team seek a change of fortune as the Olympics come into view

Away from the sold-out stadiums, selfies, Mobots and camera-wielding Segway drivers exists a world of athletics rarely seen by the wider public.

Great Britain 4x100m women's relay squad to gain lottery reward  • Relay team did not even qualify for London 2012 Olympics • Christian M...

Great Britain 4x100m women's relay squad to gain lottery reward

Great Britain 4x100m women's relay squad to gain lottery reward • Relay team did not even qualify for London 2012 Olympics • Christian M...

Alistair Brownlee (R) of Great Britain poses with his gold medal next to his brother and bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain during the medal ceremony for the men's Triathlon on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park

Alistair Brownlee (R) of Great Britain poses with his gold medal next to his brother and bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain during the medal ceremony for the men's Triathlon on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hyde Park

Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, Edward Clancy and Peter Kennaugh of Great Britain compete in the Men's Team Pursuit Track Cycling first round on Day 6.

Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke, Edward Clancy and Peter Kennaugh of Great Britain compete in the Men's Team Pursuit Track Cycling first round on Day 6.

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