Exhausted Briton Jonny Brownlee helped by brother Alistair – Dramatic end to Triathlon World Series in Mexico
“I’ve never seen anything like that anywhere in world sport” – BBC Commentator
Exhausted Briton Jonny Brownlee needed to be helped over the finish line by brother Alistair in a dramatic end to the Triathlon World Series in Mexico. This was the hottest race of the year, with the authorities not following their own rules which required the race to be rescheduled, due to the sweltering temperatures.
Leading with 700m left, Jonny, 26, began to weave over the road in hot and humid conditions in Cozumel.
Third-placed Alistair, 28, caught his brother, propping him up for the final couple of hundred metres before pushing him over the line in second place. They were overtaken by South African Henri Schoeman, the eventual winner.
Victory in Mexico would have given Jonny the world title, but second place left him just four points behind Mario Mola.
Scorching weather: The race took place as scheduled, in the evening, but even then the temperature was 33.5 degrees and with 90 percent humidity it felt more like 45 degrees.
The water temperature was 29 degrees so no cooling off in the 1,500 metres swim!
(which was completed at a fast pace, taking 17 minutes)
The video below includes an interview with Alistair Brownlee.