Alistair Brownlee moves top of world title race with Stockholm victory

Last Updated: 26/08/13 7:52am

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Alistair Brownlee: Top of rankings with one event left

Alistair Brownlee: Top of rankings with one event left

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Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee moved to the top of the world championship race with only the London event left with victory in Stockholm.

Brownlee's 15th victory puts him pole position to be crowned World Series champion in London next month.

The 25-year-old was part of a small group that broke away on the bike and Brownlee himself escaped from the leaders in the final stages to build a 20-second lead at the start of the run.

Younger brother Jonathan - who was to finish third - and Olympic silver medallist Javier Gomez gradually cut the gap.

However, the elder Brownlee was never in danger of losing his lead and crossed the line first in one hour 43 minutes and 13 seconds ahead of Gomez and Jonathan in third.

Fantastic

He said: "I did all I could to win. I knew my running wasn't quite where I wanted it to be so I had to do a bit of something on the bike."

He is timing his run to the series finale perfectly - he is top of the rankings for the first time this year ahead of his younger brother and Gomez.

But the margins are so close that it will all be down to London in September.

Alistair added: "It's fantastic to be returning to London. Obviously it's a course that is very fond to me now and to be honest, this year, I never in a million years thought I'd be in a position to win a world title.

"It's been a year of absolute disasters and a bit of a slow one after last year so I couldn't be happier."

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