Rio 2016: Alistair defends Olympic crown in Brownlee one-two


Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee defended his Olympic men's triathlon title at Rio 2016 on Thursday with a comfortable victory over brother Jonny.

After a leading group of 10 formed during the cycle, the older Brownlee surged clear in the latter stages of the run to become the first man to defend triathlon gold.

Henri Schoeman of South Africa completed the podium, clinching his country's maiden Olympic medal in the sport.

A strong swim put pre-race favourites the Brownlees firmly in contention and Alistair moved to the front as the leading pack built a commanding advantage.

Spain's Mario Mola - tipped by many to be the brothers' main competition - found himself in the chasing group and was one minute and 23 seconds off the lead heading into the run.

It was during the final element of the race that the Brownlees really came to the fore, pulling clear of Schoeman over the first five kilometres before Alistair shifted up another gear.

By the 7.5km mark his lead was up to 15 seconds and the cushion became such that he had time to collect the flags of Great Britain and Yorkshire and walk across the finish line, six seconds clear of Jonny.

The siblings were kept apart by Javier Gomez at London 2012, but with the Spaniard ruled out through injury, it was the British brothers who occupied the top two steps on the podium this time around.