Commonwealth Games: Triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee ditches 10,000m plans
Last Updated: 13/05/14 8:20am
Alistair Brownlee: Triathlon sole focus in Glasgow
Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee has given up on his hopes of running the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games this summer.
The 26-year-old had announced after winning his gold at London 2012 that he was thinking of trying to double up in Glasgow.
But injury struggles over the winter mean he will instead concentrate purely on trying to win a third world triathlon title.
Brownlee wrote in his Metro column: "I had intended originally to aim for the 10,000m on the track in Glasgow but that's off for me now.
"I really wanted to do the qualifying race in London next weekend but the timescale just doesn't work for me. It has made me realise that the focus, for now anyway, has to be triathlon."
Brownlee ran a 10,000m time of 29 minutes and seven seconds in winning Olympic triathlon gold, having already completed a 1,500m swim and cycled 40 kilometres.
In a 10,000m race last year he ran a time of 28mins 32secs, 22 seconds outside England Athletics' B standard for the Commonwealth Games, to raise hopes of a track tilt.
But he has since been dogged by injuries and saw his bid for another world crown over the Olympic course in London's Hyde Park last September ended by a persistent ankle problem.
He missed what was scheduled to be first world triathlon series race of the season in Cape Town last weekend with a calf strain and though he is hoping to return for the next round in Yokohama this month, he already has ground to make up on reigning world champion Javier Gomez, who has pipped his brother Jonny Brownlee to win the opening two races.
"I've had a very mixed last six months and I don't want to jeopardise my comeback as I look to regain the world championship crown," he added.
"I'm under no illusions as to how difficult it will be this season with Gomez in the sort of form he's in, having won the opening two races.
"He is as strong as ever, nothing's changed there, and the challenges remain the same as last year.
"I see the title being between Gomez, Jonny and myself, although my brother has not performed anywhere near as well as he can so far. I hope we can both get better as the year goes on."