ITU World Triathlon Series 2012 – Madrid, Spain

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors race across the top of the hill during the elite men's 2012 World Triathlon Series round at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors race across the top of the hill during the elite men's 2012 World Triathlon Series round at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

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25th to 27th May 2012 – Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain

During an interview last year Alistair Brownlee admitted that his strongest opposition at this years London Olympic Games could be his younger brother Jonathan. As he sits out the first few races of the series recovering from an Achilles injury, Alistair has now had the chance to see just how strong Jonathan is.

Having arrived in Madrid as favourite after his first win in San Diego a fortnight before, Jonathan Brownlee showed that he is a formidable competitor in his own right. A good swim with the front pack was followed by a break in a nine strong pack on the tough bike course that could be the venue for the 2020 Olympic triathlon if Madrid wins it’s bid to host the Games in eight years time.

Having arrived in T2 together Brownlee then made his move. Pulling away from the rest of the pack the 40 second lead he had built up over the 10km run allowed him to celebrate with the crowd before crossing the line.

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) of Great Britain celebrates winning the men's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) of Great Britain celebrates winning the men's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

“If it isn’t one it’s the other” said a spectator afterwards.

Behind him Russia’s Alexander Bryukhankov, Dmitry Polyanskiy and Ivan Vasiliev took the next three places, a warning to their rivals of their ability to work together.

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Nicola Spirig (SUI) of Switzerland celebrates winning the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Nicola Spirig (SUI) of Switzerland celebrates winning the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

In the women’s race another confident performance from Nicola Spirig of Switzerland gave her the title with the silver medal going to Aileen Morrison ahead of Barbara Riveros Diaz of Chile.

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Aileen Morrison (IRL) of Ireland (centre, in green) celebrates taking second place at the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Aileen Morrison (IRL) of Ireland (centre, in green) celebrates taking second place at the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

Elite Men
1. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 01:51:49
2. Alexander Bryukhankov (RUS) 01:52:28
3. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) 01:52:54

Elite Women
1. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 02:06:35
2. Aileen Morrison (IRL) 02:06:38
3. Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) 02:06:40

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) of Great Britain (right) leads the front pack during the bike at the elite mens 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) of Great Britain (right) leads the front pack during the bike at the elite mens 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Carlos Javier Quinchara (COL) of Colombia (left) beats Laurent Vidal (FRA) of France (right) to the finish line at the elite men's 2012 World Triathlon Series race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Carlos Javier Quinchara (COL) of Colombia (left) beats Laurent Vidal (FRA) of France (right) to the finish line at the elite men's 2012 World Triathlon Series race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Carole Peon (FRA) of France (centre, #39, in blue, white and red) dives into the water at the start of the swim at the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Carole Peon (FRA) of France (centre, #39, in blue, white and red) dives into the water at the start of the swim at the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Aileen Morrison (IRL) of Ireland (centre, in green) leads the front pack during the run at the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

26 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Aileen Morrison (IRL) of Ireland (centre, in green) leads the front pack during the run at the elite women's 2012 World Triathlon Series round in Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors dive into the water at the start of the Spanish Elite Women's National Sprint Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors dive into the water at the start of the Spanish Elite Women's National Sprint Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - A competitor leaves the water at the end of the swim at the Spanish Elite Men's National Sprint Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - A competitor leaves the water at the end of the swim at the Spanish Elite Men's National Sprint Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors race during the bike at the Spanish National Sprint Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

27 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors race during the bike at the Spanish National Sprint Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors prepare for the start of their Spanish Men's Age Group National Standard Distance qualifying wave at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors prepare for the start of their Spanish Men's Age Group National Standard Distance qualifying wave at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors battle for position at the start of their Spanish Age Group Men's National Standard Distance qualifying wave at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Competitors battle for position at the start of their Spanish Age Group Men's National Standard Distance qualifying wave at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Guillermo Quintana Garcia (C.D Ociosur) (men 25-29) leads a pack during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Guillermo Quintana Garcia (C.D Ociosur) (men 25-29) leads a pack during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Diego Alessi de la Fuente (Fitness Sport Triatlon) (men 25-29) during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Diego Alessi de la Fuente (Fitness Sport Triatlon) (men 25-29) during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Javier Perez Bouza (Triatlon Ferrol) (men 35-39) drives himself on during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Javier Perez Bouza (Triatlon Ferrol) (men 35-39) drives himself on during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Laura Serrano Alfageme.(women  35-39) during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - Laura Serrano Alfageme.(women 35-39) during the bike at the Spanish Age Group National Standard Distance Championship qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain (PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - A competitor makes a turn during the run of the Spanish Age Group Men's National Standard Distance qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW) (NIGEL FARROW/(C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)

25 MAY 2012 - MADRID, ESP - A competitor makes a turn during the run of the Spanish Age Group Men's National Standard Distance qualifying race at Casa de Campo in Madrid, Spain .(PHOTO (C) 2012 NIGEL FARROW)



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