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Jonny Brownlee crowned Triathlon world champion; Mayo's Con Doherty third in junior championship

Updated: Sunday, 21 Oct 2012 13:24 | Comments

Jonny Brownlee: 'I am pleased the season's over, it's been a long year and I'm tired now'
Jonny Brownlee: 'I am pleased the season's over, it's been a long year and I'm tired now'

Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee today followed in the footsteps of his brother Alistair by being crowned world champion in New Zealand.

The 22-year-old from Leeds headed into the World Triathlon Series Grand Final with a 180-point lead over Spain's Javier Gomez and needing just a podium finish to secure the overall title.

And that was what transpired on a wet day in Auckland as Olympic silver medallist Gomez got the better of Brownlee in a sprint finish.

Meanwhile, Mayo youngster Con Doherty has claimed a bronze medal, earning a third place finish (1:01:59) at the ITU Junior Championships.

The result is a breakthrough for the Westport teenager who is the current National Junior Champion.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet; I had to remind myself where I was. I knew coming into this race I had to bury myself during the cycle and just hang on in the run if I was to get anything out of it, even a top 10. So that’s what I did and I just held on for dear life,” Doherty said after the race.

Brownlee, who won races in San Diego, Madrid and Stockholm this season, said: "It was a tough day today." 

"The bike was really really hard and the first bit of the run everyone was tired. The first two laps were nice and easy and then Javier attacked and it came to a sprint at the end and my tactics were shocking; I led him out into the wind and he just came past me.

"I am pleased the season's over, it's been a long year and I'm tired now."

Gomez said: "I felt quite good on the run, I tried a couple of times (to break clear) but Jonathan was so strong today so I stayed behind and focused on the sprint.

"With 150 metres to go I said let's just go as hard as I can and see what happens and I am really happy for the victory.

"I knew it was almost impossible to be world champion here, Jonathan is a well-deserved champion. He had a really good season, pretty consistent and I did my job today; it's a good way to finish the season so I'm quite happy."

"The bike was really really hard and the first bit of the run everyone was tired" - Jonny Brownlee

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee had hoped to race in Auckland to support Jonny but has been forced to rest after having his appendix removed last month, heading off to Brazil on holiday instead.

Gomez crossed the line in two hours and 29 seconds, with Brownlee two seconds behind and Switzerland's Sven Riederer another 47 seconds adrift in third.

Britain's David McNamee was 10th with compatriots Aaron Harris and Mark Buckingham 28th and 29th respectively and Adam Bowden 33rd.

In the under-23 race, Britain's Tom Bishop claimed his second consecutive bronze medal, but last year's champion Matt Sharp missed out on the lead group on the bike leg and had to settle for sixth.

"The bike course is awesome, I wish more races were like that," Bishop said of the hilly course.

"I tried my hardest to hurt the legs of the guys and take the kick out of them but I didn't quite do it and I got third again, but I tried my hardest and I'm content with that.

"Getting a medal at a world championships is pretty good."

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