While GB have been the favourites in many of this years Olympic events, no dominance was more assured that Alistair Brownlee in the Men’s Triathlon. Not only has he been world champion and almost unbeatable in the last few years, but if he was ever to break down, there is always a back up. The second GB favourite even has the courtesy to share the same surname for the sake of the commentators.
So Alistair and Johnny were a guaranteed crowd pleaser in the build up to the Men’s Triathlon this morning. As a consequence, an estimated 200,000 people showed up cheer them on around Hyde Park. 200,000! For a good view, you needed to make sure you were in position 3 hours before the start of the race. Some keen supporters showed up as early as 5:30am. By the start of the swim, the crowd was 10, 20, 30 deep in some places.
Was it worth the sore feet, the long wait and unbearable queues for the toilets? Hell yes! Alastair nailed it, never a shadow of a doubt. To try and add a bit of drama, Johnny got a time penalty but still came third. Hundreds of thousands of people got what they wanted - another Gold for GB!