Brownlee in the Running for Historic Brit Medal

The Evening Standard (London, England), August 7, 2008 | Go to article overview

Brownlee in the Running for Historic Brit Medal


Byline: JAMES OLLEY

NINE-time domestic champion Richard Allen claims Britain have their best ever chance of winning an Olympic triathlon medal in Beijing.

Allen, who competed in Sydney eight years ago when the sport made its Games debut, believes Alistair Brownlee could finish in the top three because he has nothing to lose.

Spain's Javier Gomez Noya is the world champion and hot favourite to claim gold on 18 August.

But Brownlee, 20, won the Under-23 version this year and he leads a British team of three men and two women aiming to swim 1500m, cycle 40km and run 10km to seal their place in history.

Allen (below) said: "This year we have got the best chance we have ever had of winning a medal, particularly in the men's event.

"Alistair is young and has nothing to lose he has got no pressure and is really targeting the 2012 Olympics.

When people race like that they don't have pressure and you can win and do well. …

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