Triathlon champ Brownlee blasts 'penalty disgrace'
Newly-crowned Olympic triathlon champ Alistair Brownlee slammed time penalties as a "disgrace" yesterday after a 15-second sanction nearly cost his brother a place on the podium
The Brit favourites dominated the 1.5km swim, 43km bike ride and 10km run — but they were forced into a mid-race quandary when Jonny Brownlee was penalised for mounting his bike too early.
The younger brother, choosing to take the penalty three-quarters through the foot race, then had to dash to the line to protect his third place — and he needed urgent medical attention afterwards when he collapsed and vomited.
Afterwards Alistair, who took gold with Spain’s Javier Gomez second, fumed: “Penalties are a disgrace in triathlon, they’re ruining the sport.” Jonny added: “It’s the first penalty I’ve had so it’s all new to me. It was all a bit of a shock really.”