ALISTAIR Brownlee became Great Britain’s first Olympic champion in triathlon with a brilliant performance in front of a huge crowd in Hyde Park while his brother Jonny picked up a bronze medal.
Britain had never even won a medal in the sport before but Alistair went into the race as the defending champion and hot favourite having dominated triathlon over the last four years.
Jonny had been tipped for silver but had to give way to Spain’s Javier Gomez, the world champion in 2008 and 2010, who missed out on a medal in Beijing in a race he went into as the big favourite and was determined to make amends.
Jonny hopes were not helped by a penalty for getting on his bike too early.
Towards the end of the runn section Alistair gradually extended his gap and had time to collect a Union Flag before walking across the finish line, with Jonny finishing well clear in third but some way behind Gomez.
PHILLIPS Idowu insisted retirement was not on the agenda, despite seeing his bid for an elusive Olympic gold medal end with a whimper this morning as he crashed out in triple jump qualifying.
The 33-year-old east Londoner, whose fitness has been the focus of so much speculation in the build-up to the Games, could only manage a best jump of 16.53 metres as he failed to finish in the top 12.
Idowu, who is suffering from a trapped nerve, arrived at the Olympic Stadium ready to answer critics who had questioned his readiness for the Games.
But in the end he was unable to do so, as he fell well short of the automatic qualifying mark of 17.10m.
He said: “I struggled with some pains and hadn’t been 100 per cent, but I felt if I was able to come here and be pain free I should be able to replicate what I’ve done in previous years.
“My main goal was to be able to be here and be pain free, and if I was I felt being such a big occasion I would be able to pull something special out of the bag. But the timing wasn’t there.”