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‘If not now, when?’ Alistair Brownlee says Tokyo 2020 should go ahead

Double gold medallist backs IOC decision to proceedBrownlee believes brother Jonny can add to medal haulAlistair Brownlee has backed the International Olympic Committee’s decision to proceed with the rescheduled Games amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying…

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Alistair Brownlee: ‘I’ve got to make the most of it while I can’ | Sean Ingle

The 32-year-old triathlete on trying to win a third Olympic gold in Tokyo and smashing the ironman record in the next 18 months“I’ve just been out training for three and a half hours and it has rained for every single second,” says Alistair Brownlee, i…

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Alistair Brownlee: ‘I’ve got to make the most of it while I can’ | Sean Ingle

The 32-year-old triathlete on trying to win a third Olympic gold in Tokyo and smashing the ironman record in the next 18 months“I’ve just been out training for three and a half hours and it has rained for every single second,” says Alistair Brownlee, i…

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Alistair Brownlee left out of Olympic triathlon team but door remains open

Brother Jonny makes Team GB cut for Tokyo next summerAlistair can still get the selectors’ nod for Summer GamesThe door has been left open for Alistair Brownlee to seal a place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics despite the two-times gold medallist being le…

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Alistair and Jonny Brownlee: ‘The lockdown has made us appreciate sport’ | Donald McRae

The Team GB triathlete brothers were preparing for an Olympic Games but even in lockdown are finding ways to train hard Alistair and Jonny Brownlee always seem to match each other, whether it’s winning medals in the triathlon at the past two Olympic Ga…

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Being born second is the best way to guarantee finishing first | Tim Lewis

Top-level athletes are, by definition, unusual but the very best will have an unlikely advantage over their siblingsWinners come second. Or third, even fourth. Just usually not first. I’m talking about birth order: where you fit into the run of your si…

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Jess Learmonth victim of late Nicola Spirig surge in European triathlon

• Swiss wins title for fifth time with Learmonth second• Alistair Brownlee struggles for form before men’s eventJess Learmonth has been in outstanding form but on a sweltering Thursday in and around Strathclyde Loch her grip on the European title was r…

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Gold Coast’s Games finale lowers bar for follow-up at Birmingham 2022

Eleven days of slick operation were somewhat undermined by two bum notes struck in the final 24 hours on the Gold CoastThe organisers of Birmingham 2022, possibly daunted by following an event so well received on the ground, may have felt some relief a…

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Commonwealth Games: ‘Tiny island nation of England is not doing so good’

Largest ever team to leave these shores is trailing Australia by a distance and the administrative backup has missed a trick tooTeam England ticked very few boxes at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, from the support officials who incomprehensibly bot…

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Alistair Brownlee: ‘Jonny is reminded of that finish every time we buy a cup of tea’

The tale of Team England’s 2018 Commonwealth Games flag bearer helping his brother reach the finish of a triathlon in Mexico two years ago follows them everywhereAt the supermarket, in the local pub and simply walking down the street. Everywhere he goe…

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How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn

Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

The cyclist Sonny Colbrelli secured prominent exposure for the name of his Bahrain Merida team early in the Tour de France, heading the group sprint at the end of the second stage in Liège before finishing a creditable sixth. The team’s leader, Ion Izagirre, crashed out on the first day, but Bahrain Merida has already established itself on the world tour, after star signing Vincenzo Nibali competed through three spectacular weeks in May to claim a third place finish in the Giro d’Italia.

The cycling team, launched in January with an estimated £13.7m budget by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a son of the ruling King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, is the latest venture which will help promote the autocratically ruled, troubled country through an association with globally televised sporting events.

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Mo Farah snub in Spoty award ‘really sad’, says Alistair Brownlee

• Double Olympic champion finished only fourth in voting
• ‘Maybe some people don’t see him as British’

Alistair Brownlee has admitted his surprise that Mo Farah yet again failed to make the top three of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night and suggested it might be because “some people don’t see him as British”.

Brownlee said he would have voted for Farah, who came fourth in the awards despite retaining his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles in style in Rio, and felt it was “really sad” that he did not get the respect his success deserved.

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BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 – behind the scenes

Stars from the world of sport were out in force at the BBC’s annual awards extravaganza and Guardian photographer Tom Jenkins got special access to see how the event at Birmingham’s Genting Arena came together

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Relief at the Beeb as, for once in 2016, voters get it spot on with Andy Murray | Barry Glendenning

Tennis’s white-hot favourite collects Sports Personality of the Year award but the triathlete Alistair Brownlee surprises with his second place

‘The people have spoken … the bastards,” a waspish Dick Tuck observed following his failure to make the California State Senate in 1966. At the end of a year in which electorates throughout the UK and beyond have proved time and again they simply cannot be trusted to make even the simplest choice, it is a sentiment with which BBC panjandrums were happy not to concur at the end of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year beano in Birmingham on Sunday night.

They had been utterly terrified the Great British Public would select a one‑two-three of Andy Murray, Mo Farah and Gareth Bale – three sporting high-achievers who it was known would not be present in person on the night.

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Alistair Brownlee:‘Mexico brought us to people’s attention. We saw it as failure’

Alistair Brownlee won Olympic gold in triathlon and a month later hauled his stricken brother Jonny over the finishing line in Mexico

“Well, I have been helping old ladies across the road,” deadpans Alistair Brownlee. “And we’ve turned on every Christmas light in Leeds and asked people to vote,” interjects his brother Jonny. “Yeah, more than once,” agrees Alistair. Welcome to electioneering Brownlee style. Sharp as a tack – yet refreshingly tongue in cheek with it.

Some athletes take the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award desperately seriously. Alistair, while hugely proud to be on the 16-strong shortlist and be second favourite for the award behind Andy Murray, is not one of them. In fact, he has a disarming confession. “It’s amazing to be there,” he says, “especially in such a special year. Although I wonder how much traction I would have got without the Mexico incident.”

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Murray in, Wiggins out: it’s Spoty time again – let the carping commence

A shortlist dominated by Rio winners means some startling omissions, such as England’s all-conqering rugby players and even some of Team GB’s biggest achievers, but each of the contenders deserves their place

While the presence of the world tennis No1 Andy Murray on the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year suggests the outcome of the public vote will be a formality, there are several conspicuous inclusions and absentees from a roll of honour that is largely comprised of Olympians and Paralympians nominated for their contributions to Team GB’s record-breaking medal hauls in Rio.

The Masters winner Danny Willett and the footballers Jamie Vardy and Gareth Bale are the only three members of the 16-strong shortlist who did not represent Great Britain in Brazil, while the triathlete Alistair Brownlee, the long-distance runner Mo Farah and the track cyclist Laura Kenny are the white-hot favourite Murray’s nearest rivals in the betting market.

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Alistair Brownlee named in latest leak from Fancy Bears hacking group

• Brownlee had one TUE for acetazolamide from 2013
• New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale had four TUEs for fluocortolone

The British triathlete Alistair Brownlee is among the latest athletes to have his use of so-called therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) leaked online.

Related: Bradley Wiggins opens up with full story on asthma, allergies and TUEs

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Jonny Brownlee: I owe brother Alistair a good Christmas present – video

Jonny Brownlee says he will always be thankful to his older brother Alistair, who helped him cross the finish line at the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Speaking on Monday to BBC Sport, Alistair says helping Jonny was simply the right thing to do

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Jonny Brownlee: I owe brother Alistair a good Christmas present – video

Jonny Brownlee says he will always be thankful to his older brother Alistair, who helped him cross the finish line at the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Speaking on Monday to BBC Sport, Alistair says helping Jonny was simply the right thing to do

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Alistair Brownlee gives up chance to win race and helps brother Jonny – video

An exhausted Jonny Brownlee is helped over the finish line by his brother Alistair who gives up the chance to win the race in a dramatic end to the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Brothers in arms: Alistair Brownlee gives up chanc…