Triathlon champ Brownlee blasts 'penalty disgrace'

Aug 08, 2012, 09:23 IST | AFP

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. 

Triathlon gold-winner Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his brother and bronze-medallist Jonathan. PIC/AFP

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.”

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