Triathlon: Brownlee wins third
Stockholm win takes Olympic bronze medallist to top of standings
Last Updated: August 25, 2012 6:51pm
Jonny Brownlee: Title bid
Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee put himself in pole position to succeed brother Alistair as world champion with his third World Triathlon Series win of the season on Sunday.
Brownlee held off Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez to triumph in Stockholm and to move top of the rankings, with France's Vincent Luis in third.
The title is decided over the series of races, with the Grand Final in Auckland in October, and Brownlee now leads the standings by 600 points from Russia's Alexander Bryukhankov.
Saturday's race is the only one of the series held over the sprint distance, which is half the distance raced at the Olympics .
"I wasn't sure how I was going to feel after the Olympics, said Brownlee. "I haven't done a lot of training, but I don't think many people have.
"It was a tough race, it was very fast the whole way round. It was unusual because Javier's normally in the front pack and I'm used to being chased by him. I knew with about a kilometre to go that I had it."
Brother and Olympic gold medallist Alistair chose to skip the race, with an early-season Achilles injury having ended his hopes of defending his world title.
The women's race was won by Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden in front of her home fans while Britain's Non Stanford achieved her best World Series finish in sixth.