Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee undergoes hip surgery

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Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee will not compete until 2018 after undergoing an operation on a hip problem.

Brownlee has been a dominant force in triathlon in recent years, with two Olympic gold medals and four World Championships titles to his name.

However, Brownlee's 2017 season is now over after resorting to surgery to fix a problem that has been bothering him for many years.

"After years of struggling with a chronic hip problem, I go under the knife. It has been a tough decision but suffering from an acute flare I am left with little option," he posted on Instagram.

 

Tomorrow is a big day. After years of struggling with a chronic hip problem, I go under the knife. It has been a tough decision but suffering from an acute flare I am left with little option. Unfortunately it will take me away from competing for the rest of the year but I hope it will enable me to continue doing what I love for many years to come. In the mean time I'll get to enjoy a bit of Yorkshire relaxation which is a rare treat.

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"Unfortunately it will take me away from competing for the rest of the year but I hope it will enable me to continue doing what I love for many years to come.

"In the mean time I'll get to enjoy a bit of Yorkshire relaxation which is a rare treat."