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Alistair Brownlee wins Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

Olympic triathlon hero Brownlee cruises to Abu Dhabi win by smashing course record

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

12:47 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:12 GMT, 2 March 2013

Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee smashed the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon short course record on his way to clinching his first win since the Olympic Games last summer.

Wearing the colours of the Union Jack, the 24-year-old Yorkshireman looked every inch the champion in Abu Dhabi.

Having spent much of his winter training acclimatising to the warm Arabian temperatures, the hard work paid off for the back-to-back European Triathlon Union champion as he finished the 111.5kms pure power course in 3h20m18s – 29 seconds ahead of the previous record, set in 2010 by Dutchman Jan Van Berkel.

Winning feeling: Alistair Brownlee smashed the course record on his Abu Dhabi debut

Winning feeling: Alistair Brownlee smashed the course record on his Abu Dhabi debut

And Brownlee, who is used to the shorter Olympic distances and is in Abu Dhabi to expand his competitive horizons, was full of praise to the thousands of fans who turned out to cheer him over the line.

‘It is a good race to do for an introduction to longer distances and I would like to do more, but right now my focus us is on the ITU circuit.’ said Brownlee.

The young Briton was in fine fettle, coming out of the water in the opening 1.5kms swim leg comfortably positioned.

Riding to glory: Brownlee was on commanding form in Abu Dhabi

Riding to glory: Brownlee was on commanding form in Abu Dhabi

With a cycle distance of 100kms more than Brownlee is used to, pundits tipped the following bike section to be the make or break for the youngster, and it nearly proved to be true. After taking a wrong turn on the circuit, Brownlee lost ground and was overtaken by Dutchman Cesar Beilo – who won the Abu Dhabi short course in 2011.

Coming into the final 10kms run, Brownlee was nestled in second place. Having conserved his energy on the bike, the look of determination on his face was easy to see at the final transition. With thousands of fans lined up to cheer him on, the Olympic golden boy dug deep to make light work of the final run, bringing it home in emphatic style.

‘I was swimming very fast in the beginning, apologies to anyone we might have kicked on the way through,’ joked Brownlee on the Abu Dhabi finish line.

Top gearL Brownlee was in fine form during his Abu Dhabi win

Top gearL Brownlee was in fine form during his Abu Dhabi win

‘The bike was a challenge. I saw a sign on the bike course and thought that was where I needed to go; it was only when I got back on the course I realised I had been there before. I tried to pace it quite well, but I have no idea how to pace 100kms on a bike, but it seemed to go ok.

‘I felt tired towards the end, but I didn’t have to push too hard, which was good as it was getting hot; it’s a bit of a shock as it is zero degrees back home and nearly 30 here, but it was early morning so I didn’t struggle too much.’

Beilo took second place, more than five minutes behind Brownlee, with Russia’s Alexander Bryukhankov taking third. Egyptian star, Omar Nour, finished in seventh place, making him the highest Arab athlete on the day.

Event organiser, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), said that Brownlee’s win would be a huge inspiration to local athletes and it hoped to see more kids get into the sport because of it.

Alistair Cook"s bizarre dismissal the latest in a long line of unusual wickets

Captain Cook will be kicking himself for his freak dismissal in Kolkata… but he's not the first batsman to be left scratching his head

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11:21 GMT, 7 December 2012

England captain Alastair Cook lost his wicket in bizarre circumstances on day three of the third Test in Kolkata.

He failed to ground his bat on returning to his crease and jumped out of the way of Virat Kohli's shy at the stumps.

Cook hung low on his bat for a second as the realisation of what he had done sank in.

And he joins the list of batsmen – including a couple of fellow England captains – to lose their wickets in bizarre circumstances after looking well set at the crease.

Bizarre dismissal: Alistair Cook, ten shy of a double hundred, forgot to ground his bat when leaping out of the way of Virat Kohli's throw at the stumps

Bizarre dismissal: Alistair Cook, ten shy of a double hundred, forgot to ground his bat when leaping out of the way of Virat Kohli's throw at the stumps

Graham Gooch v Australia – Old Trafford (1993)

The England opener was on 133 in the opening Ashes Test in Manchester and slowly but surely was guiding England towards an improbable draw when he was undone by a steep riser from Merv Hughes.

As the ball bounced down towards the stumps, Gooch brushed the ball away with his glove and umpire Dickie Bird had no option but to raise his finger.

His dismissal made him only the fifth batsman in history to be given out for handling the ball and ended any remaining hope of England saving the Test.

Decent fist of it: Graham Gooch punches the ball away as a Merv Hughes bouncer heads for the stumps in the second innings of England's Ashes first test defeat in 1993

Decent fist of it: Graham Gooch punches the ball away as a Merv Hughes bouncer heads for the stumps in the second innings of England's Ashes first test defeat in 1993

Michael Vaughan v India (2001-02)

Needing a win to level the series on their 2001 tour of India, England weren't helped when Michael Vaughan was given out for handling the ball in their first innings.

Attempting to sweep Sarandeep Singh, the Yorkshire batsman, who was well set on 64, missed completely and the ball trickled underneath his pads towards the stumps.

Without thinking, Vaughan knocked the ball away with his right hand to prevent it hitting. It didn't fool Virender Sehwag at short leg and Vaughan became the seventh batsman to be dismissed for handling the ball in Test cricket.

The Test was eventually drawn and the series lost 1-0.

Not much comfort: Mark Ramprakash tries to find the right words for Michael Vaughan after the latter knocks the ball away with his hand to stop it hitting the stumps on England's 2001 tour of India

Not much comfort: Mark Ramprakash tries to find the right words for Michael Vaughan after the latter knocks the ball away with his hand to stop it hitting the stumps on England's 2001 tour of India

Wayne Phillips v England (1985)

An incident that cost Australia the fifth Test of the 1985 Ashes series and many believe should never have been given out.

Wayne Phillips, offering stout final day resistance on 59, hit a ball from Phil Edmonds onto the instep of Allan Lamb, who was trying to get out of the way at silly point.

The ball ricocheted tamely for David Gower, standing a couple of yards away, to take a simple catch.
Umpire David Shepherd, not having a clear view of the incident, asked square leg umpire David Constant for his version of events. He said conclusively that the ball had not touched the ground.

England had wrapped up victory 48 minutes later when it seemed an Old Trafford Test full of rain delays would fizzle out into a draw.

Out! Australia's Wayne Phillips lost his wicket in a freak incident that saw his shot rebound off the foot of Allan Lamb into the grateful hands of David Gower

Out! Australia's Wayne Phillips lost his wicket in a freak incident that saw his shot rebound off the foot of Allan Lamb into the grateful hands of David Gower

Kevin Pietersen v West Indies (2007)

Pietersen was going well on 68, punishing the West Indian bowlers in the third Test at Old Trafford in 2007, when he was removed in the most bizarre way.

A Dwayne Bravo bouncer struck Pietersen on the helmet, dislodging it and sending it flying onto the stumps.

The look on KP's face as he staggered round is one of pure disbelief, but he had no choice but to walk. It didn't affect the result too badly – England won the Test by 60 runs and the series 3-0.

Disbelief: Kevin Pietersen looks on in horror after a Dwayne Bravo bouncer dislodges his helmet onto the stumps in the third test with the West Indies at Old Trafford in 2007

Disbelief: Kevin Pietersen looks on in horror after a Dwayne Bravo bouncer dislodges his helmet onto the stumps in the third test with the West Indies at Old Trafford in 2007

Ian Bell v India (2011)

Bell was on 137 when Eoin Morgan had played the ball towards the long leg boundary where the fielder made a diving attempt to stop the ball, before falling over the boundary rope.

The fielder in question, Praveen Kumar, thought the ball had gone for four and threw it back towards the stumps. The ball ended up in the hands of Abhinav Mukund, who broke the wicket.

But by this time Bell and Morgan were about to make their way up the steps, back to the pavilion for tea, thinking 'over' had been called.

Cue much lobbying during the break where India captain MS Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher agreed to reinstate Bell who scored another 12 runs.


Run out: Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan (bottom left) are already heading in for the tea interval, unaware that Bell has been run out

Run out: Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan (bottom left) are already heading in for the tea interval, unaware that Bell has been run out

Debate: Bell and Morgan are prevented from leaving the pitch for tea as the decision is reviewed

Debate: Bell and Morgan are prevented from leaving the pitch for tea as the decision is reviewed

Sir Dave Richards causes ructions at the FA over John Terry statement – Charles Sale

Richards causes ructions at the FA

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00:13 GMT, 21 November 2012

The fall-out from the John Terry racism case continues to cause tension at the top of the FA more than a year after he clashed with QPR’s Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road.

The high-level issue yet to be resolved concerns FA board member and Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards giving evidence to the hearing that led to the Chelsea captain being banned for four matches for racist abuse.

Richards was mentioned in the disciplinary commission findings for having provided Terry with a character reference in connection with his support for charitable causes.

Support: Former FA vice-Chairman Sir Dave Richards gave a character reference to John Terry

Support: Former FA vice-Chairman Sir Dave Richards gave a character reference to John Terry

However, the FA’s group legal director Alistair MacLean has written to Richards, an FA vice-chairman at the time, wanting to know why he got involved in a case brought by English football’s ruling body.

Richards, who has since stepped down as vice-chairman but remains a director, is believed not to have replied to the letter. The FA would not comment.

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Viagogo await court decision on Twickenham ticket sales

The Supreme Court are due to rule on Wednesday whether secondary ticket site Viagogo have to reveal to the RFU details of people who offered Twickenham seats for sale through the website in breach of the Union’s conditions.

Yet Viagogo, despite losing the original court case and again in the Court of Appeal, were still promoting their busy sale of England tickets for Saturday’s Test against South Africa.

Viagogo director Ed Parkinson said: ‘It is perfectly legal to re-sell rugby tickets today and we believe it will be perfectly legal to do so tomorrow. Our service is more popular than ever.’

Clattenburg won't go to Brazil

It was claimed by Soccerex that referee Mark Clattenburg, who hasn’t been allocated a Premier League game in the next round of fixtures, would be in Rio de Janeiro instead to take charge of a legends football festival on Copacabana Beach featuring Marcel Desailly and Carlos Valderrama.

No beach time: Mark Clattenburg will not take charge of a legends game on Copacabana Beach

No beach time: Mark Clattenburg will not take charge of a legends game on Copacabana Beach

However, despite his free weekend, Clattenburg will not be travelling to Brazil, having never committed to the Soccerex conference proposal. The findings of the FA probe into Chelsea allegations of racist comments made by the referee are due this week.

The Secret Race favorite for book gong

The panel who pick the William Hill Sports Book of the Year have a long history of ignoring the obvious choice on the shortlist.

But cyclist Tyler Hamilton’s revelatory The Secret Race, co-written with Daniel Coyle, which set the Tour de France drugs scandal agenda ahead of Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven titles, has to be the 2012 winner.

It would also be fitting if Armstrong’s autobiography, which won in 2000, is expunged from William Hill’s 24-year roll of honour.

Not a fan: BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew does not like rival broadcast Test Match Sofa

Not a fan: BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew does not like rival broadcast Test Match Sofa

Sofa so bad for Aggers

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew is causing ructions in India with his paranoid opposition to the irreverent and harmless Test Match Sofa alternative to the official ball-by-ball commentary on Test Match Special, which is legally available only to listeners in the UK.

Yet his one-eyed defence of the Beeb service hasn’t stopped Aggers advising cricket fans on Twitter on whom to contact for instructions to access TMS from overseas — in contravention of the rights he seeks so passionately to protect.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We do not endorse any unofficial ways of listening to BBC radio sport output.’ But the Beeb would not comment on whether Agnew would be reprimanded for his off-piste tweeting.

Blatter visit gives Sheepshanks chance to shine as FA candidate

David Sheepshanks, chairman of St George’s Park, will get another opportunity with the visit of FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday to show the football statesman qualities that make him a contender to succeed David Bernstein as FA chairman next June.

However, the choice of chairman — after administrative incompetence, complacency and board betrayals led to Bernstein losing the vote to extend his term — is made more confusing by the Premier League looking to replace their chairman, Sir Dave Richards, at the same time.

London 2012 vice-chairman Sir Keith Mills would be the No 1 selection for both positions. But he is waiting until next month to consider fully his numerous options.

India v England first test: England fight back but face uphill struggle

England show fighting spirit but still face uphill struggle after spin assault

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11:37 GMT, 17 November 2012

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England rediscovered their fight but still face a mountainous task to salvage a first-Test stalemate after collapsing to Indian spin on day three and having to follow on 330 runs behind.

If their position was no longer hopeless by stumps, thanks to an overdue stand of substance between openers Alastair Cook and Nick Compton at their second attempt, it was still hard to argue with a consensus that they will probably lose an unequal struggle at some point over the next two days.

Pragyan Ojha (five for 45) and Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 80) bowled England out for 191, yet neither of the Indian spinners could make any inroads in 28 more overs between them when the tourists tried again and succeeded to the tune of 111 for none.

Only Cook's lbw scare, sweeping at
Ojha on 41, brought significant alarm on his way to an unbeaten 74 which
restated his commitment to leading from the front as new Test captain.

Going good: Nick Compton showed a good understanding with Alistair Cook

Going good: Nick Compton showed a good understanding with Alistair Cook

In England's first innings,
conversely, a wicket was forever imminent as Ojha and Ashwin made a
nonsense of Graeme Swann's manful attempts to chip through India on what
had appeared a lifeless surface on the first two days of this series.

Suddenly, the Sardar Patel Stadium was
a snakepit as – in reply to 521 for eight declared – England lost four
wickets for 69 runs this morning and then, despite Matt Prior's best
efforts, their last three by teatime.

Prior responded to a critical
situation with determination, interspersed with his instinct for
counter-attacking strokeplay, but could not turn the tide.

England had endured successive
wicketless mornings while Virender Sehwag and then double-centurion
Cheteshwar Pujara piled on the runs.

They never looked likely to continue the sequence with bats in their hands.

Kevin Pietersen's comeback innings
following his successful 'reintegration' was fretful throughout, rarely
in his crease as he sought to stop Ojha dictating events.

The result appeared reckless rather than effective – from the outset.

He could easily have been out twice
before adding to his overnight six, up the wicket in the first over and
having to dive back as the ball bounced off his pad to silly-point, and
missing another from out of his ground which thankfully also beat
Mahendra Singh Dhoni down the leg-side.

A brief illusion of permanence
followed until Ojha knocked out middle-stump as Pietersen played inside a
delivery which turned sharply from wide on the crease round the wicket.

England's collective solution to last
winter's failings against spin, broadly, has been to ditch the sweep and
play much less from the crease.

Solid: England captain Cook (left) oversaw a good fightback

Solid: England captain Cook (left) oversaw a good fightback

Ian Bell has taken the 'remedy' to
extremes, however, and paid the price instantly when he was up the
wicket to Ojha and went through with an attempted lofted drive only to
depart embarrassingly for a golden duck – caught at deep mid-off.

Cook crossed and survived the hat-trick ball.

But soon afterwards Ashwin lured him into a drive and had him edging some spin low to slip, where Sehwag took a neat catch.

Prior was dropped on three after clubbing a full-toss from Ashwin to Zaheer Khan on the square-leg boundary.

Samit Patel had no such luck. He got
past the initial spin threat but was then lbw to one perhaps sliding
towards leg when India finally introduced frontline seamer Umesh Yadav.

Prior and Tim Bresnan closed out the session, and began the next with promise in a stand of 47.

But Bresnan, understandably playing
low in defence, was undone by rare extra bounce as Ojha picked up his
fourth wicket – caught at gully.

Stuart Broad announced himself by
hitting Ojha over midwicket for four first ball; then when Ashwin
returned, he took 13 of the 14 runs off his first over back, including a
six over long-on from the crease.

But England's first-innings resistance
was short-lived, Broad lbw to one from Zaheer that again might have
beaten leg-stump, and then Prior last out missing an inside-out drive at
Ojha.

It seemed then that the tourists were
on the fast track to defeat, until Cook and Compton revived hope that
they could yet head for Mumbai next week 0-0 with three to play.

Jonny Brownlee bidding to become world champion this weekend

Younger Brownlee hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps by becoming world champion

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11:46 GMT, 17 October 2012

Jonny Brownlee will hope to cap a brilliant year for his family by following in the footsteps of brother Alistair and being crowned world champion in New Zealand this weekend.

The pair became the first British athletes to win Olympic medals in the sport in Hyde Park this summer when Alistair took gold and his brother bronze.

Alistair has dominated the sport over the past three years, including holding off the challenge of Jonny to win his second world title 12 months ago.

Brotherly love: Alistair Brownlee (left) took triathlon gold at the Olympics, but his sibling Jonny can become world champion this weekend

Brotherly love: Alistair Brownlee (left) took triathlon gold at the Olympics, but his sibling Jonny can become world champion this weekend

But his hopes of defending his title were ended by an Achilles injury suffered earlier this year and instead it is Jonny who has taken over the mantle.

The 22-year-old from Leeds heads into the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Auckland with a 180-point lead over Spain's Javier Gomez, the Olympic silver medallist, and knowing a podium finish will be enough to secure the title.

World Champion: Jonathan Brownlee, seen here winning the ITU Triathlon in Madrid in May, can secure his world crown in New Zealand this weekend

World Champion: Jonathan Brownlee, seen here winning the ITU Triathlon in Madrid in May, can secure his world crown in New Zealand this weekend

The hilly bike course should suit Jonny, who has won races in San Diego, Madrid and Stockholm this season, but he knows he will have to be on top of his game.

The Yorkshireman said: 'It's an honour to be thought of as the favourite for the title, but there is a job to be done this weekend and I am not underestimating the competition or the conditions.

'This is going to be a tough race on a challenging course against athletes who all want to end their seasons on a high.

'Whatever happens on Sunday I have had a fantastic year. To finish it off with the world title would really be something special, but I know I have to stay focused in the lead-up and get everything right if that is going to happen.'

Jonny's trio of victories has given him the confidence to race without Alistair, and he hopes that will stand him in good stead this weekend.

He said: 'To win the world title would be incredible, especially to follow Alistair as the champion. It's been a long season and the Olympics was my major focus this year, but I now have a big opportunity this weekend and I hope to make the most of it.

'Alistair wanted to be here but we've both been so busy since the Olympics, it's been crazy and he needed a break. The World Series races in San Diego and Madrid were two of my best ever, so I've shown I can race without him, but it does change things.'

Alistair had hoped to race in Auckland to support Jonny but instead has been forced to rest after having his appendix removed last month, and has headed off to Brazil on holiday instead.

The 24-year-old will be backing his brother from afar, though, and said: 'I knew early in the year that I wouldn't have enough points to defend the world title.

Out of action: Alistair Brownlee, seen here winning Olympic gold, will miss the season finale after having his appendix removed

Out of action: Alistair Brownlee, seen here winning Olympic gold, will miss the season finale after having his appendix removed

'I wanted to be there to help Jonny at the Grand Final but it didn't work out. He's had a fantastic year and I hope he can win this one.'

Adam Bowden, David McNamee, Aaron Harris and Mark Buckingham will also contest the men's senior race, while Jodie Stimpson is Britain's sole representative in the women's race on Saturday.

Last year's champion, Wales' Helen Jenkins, has not competed since finishing fifth at the Olympics, where she was hampered by a knee injury, while fellow Olympian Vicky Holland also ended her season early.

The third member of the team, 20-year-old Lucy Hall, will compete in the under-23 race along with Non Stanford and Lois Rosindale. Last year's champion Matt Sharp and bronze medallist Tom Bishop contest the men's under-23 race.

Andrew Strauss best moments as England captain

A symphony for Strauss: The best moments from Andrew's tenure as England captain

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14:56 GMT, 29 August 2012

The news that England captain Andrew Strauss has stepped down from all forms of professional cricket has shocked the game.

But as the national side look forward to a new era under Alistair Cook, it is only right to look back at some of his predecessor's finest moments as skipper.

2009 – Strauss century ignites England's Ashes summer

England had clung on for a draw at Cardiff in the first
test and desperately needed something special at Lord’s to kick-start their
Ashes campaign.

Strauss, having won the toss, produced an exceptional
innings of 161 to take the game to Australia. England would go on to win the
second test by 115 runs and, of course, the series.

2009 – Sporting Strauss reprieves Mathews after controversial run-out

In an exceptional display of sportsmanship, Strauss made
the decision to reprieve Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews after Graham Onions had
blocked his attempt at a second run, allowing Graeme Swann to run him out.

With
the umpires unsure what to do, Mathews was almost back to the pavilion before
Strauss beckoned him back. England went on to win the match by six wickets.

2009 – Strauss leads England fightback in Guyana

After losing the Caribbean Test series 1-0, England had
won the first one-day international on Duckworth-Lewis after the West Indies
coach miscalculated and called his batsmen in for bad light.

Determined to make
amends, the hosts posted 264 in the second ODI in Guyana.

Strauss led from the
front, hitting 105 off 129 balls and almost seeing through the whole innings as
wickets tumbled around him. It was ultimately in a losing cause though as
England were all out for 243.

2010 – Sparkling Strauss guides England to Headingley victory

In a tour that will be forever remembered for the
Pakistan spot-fixing scandal, England sought to complete a hat-trick of series
triumphs by adding the ODI competition to their Test and Twenty20 wins.

Strauss
was at his sparkling best in the second ODI at Headingley, hitting 126 from 134
balls to steer England to victory after Pakistan had set a challenging target
of 294.

2010 – Strauss makes amends with brilliant Brisbane century

Out for a duck in the first innings at Brisbane and in
desperate need for a response after Australia posted a 221-run lead, Strauss
and Cook put on an excellent 188 run opening partnership to haul England back
into contention.

Strauss made 110 and Cook 235, easing England into the test
and the series, which they would eventually win 3-1.

2011 – Captain's Innings from Strauss earns unlikely draw

A classic pool match at the World Cup as Strauss guided England
to an improbable draw in front of a partisan Bangalore crowd. India had hit
338, with the masterful Tendulkar contributing 120. But skipper Strauss topped
that, scoring 158 to get an unlikely share of the spoils.

P.S. A lighter moment as Strauss breaks his own sunglasses against South Africa

Olympic bronze medallist Jonny Brownlee closes in on world triathlon title

Olympic bronze medallist Brownlee closes in on world triathlon title

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 25 August 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Jonny
Brownlee claimed his third World Series win of the season to put himself
in pole position to succeed brother Alistair as world champion.

Jonny, 22, who tops the rankings
after his victory in Stockholm, said: 'I haven't done a lot of training
since London and it was a tough race.'

Pole position: Jonny Brownlee

Pole position: Jonny Brownlee

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012: Alistair and Jonny Brownlee boys enjoy the perks after Olympic success

Brownlee boys enjoy the perks after Olympic triathlon success

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11:12 GMT, 18 August 2012

The Brownlee brothers have revealed the wide-ranging perks of life as Olympic medallists – from city-centre receptions to receiving a pensioner's money through the post.

The Leeds-based pair became the first British siblings to stand on the same Olympic podium in more than a century when Alistair won the triathlon ahead of younger brother Jonny in third.

In the 11 days since they have been blown away by well-wishers from across the country.

Doing their bit: Sharon Davies, Jonathan Brownlee, Alistair Brownlee and David Moorcroft support the nationwide grassroots campaign, 'Join In Local Sport', in Leeds on Saturda

Doing their bit: Sharon Davies, Jonathan Brownlee, Alistair Brownlee and David Moorcroft support the nationwide grassroots campaign, 'Join In Local Sport', in Leeds on Saturday

Thousands of fans turned up to welcome them home at a parade at Millennium Square in Leeds on Monday while they have been regularly been stopped on their return to training on the streets of their local town.
But it was a letter from an old-age pensioner that Alistair admits has touched him the most.

'Everyone has been great and really friendly,' he said. 'People have been stopping us when we go out training and congratulating us and telling us how proud they were of us. It is really nice – it makes you feel great.

'The best message that we've had though was actually an 89-year-old man who sent us a letter in the post. He wrote that he had watched us and that it was one of the best things he had ever seen in his life.

'He also included a tenner for both of us and said that he wasn't putting his name or address on it so that we couldn't send it back. I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. I've been so busy with media and everything else since that I haven't had a chance to do anything with it. I've had that in one pocket and my gold medal in the other.

'I actually haven't even got a spot for my gold medal yet. It's just been in my pocket.'

Brothers in arms: Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee celebrate with their medals during a homecoming reception in Leeds

Brothers in arms: Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee celebrate with their medals during a homecoming reception in Leeds

Both brothers have had little time to dwell on their Olympic success with Alistair due to fly to America for a triathlon next month while Jonny will compete in Stockholm next week.

A return to training this week has, however, given Alistair time to reflect and a chance to get away from a busy media schedule.

'It's been pretty hectic since. We've only had a brief chance to see our parents,' he said. 'The great thing about running is that you can get away to your own thoughts and get in a little bubble. You do think about what you have achieved so that's been good to get away.

'I've started training again and initially it is quite easy because you get back into a bit of normality. Then as you start to do a bit of harder training you do think 'this is hard work' but I am off for another competition in American in a few weeks so it all continues on.'

Brit special: Alistair Brownlee won the triathlon at the London Olympics

Brit special: Alistair Brownlee won the triathlon at the London Olympics

Jonny admitted to life after the Olympics as a 'massive comedown' with the 22-year-old having to sort the details of his move into a new house since arriving back from London.

Jonny has shared a house with Alistair for the past three years and, with most of the household possessions belonging to his elder brother, has quickly been brought back to the realities of life.

'I'll be moving out soon but I don't think it will be sorted out until after I get back from Stockholm,' he said. 'It has been a massive comedown since getting back after the high of the Olympics.

'It's hard to get back into training but it is what I love to do. Then I've had the house – I've actually got no furniture so I'm going to have to sort that out.

'I'll be looking for a few freebies off my family and friends to start off with. Maybe my new fame will help too. There are a few DIY things that needs doing. I'm actually looking forward to that.'

England v South Africa: Jonny Bairstow hits half century as host dig in

Bairstow hits half century as England dig in after top order wobble

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17:35 GMT, 17 August 2012

Jonny Bairstow's half century saved England after a top order collapse threatened to take the third and final Test out of the hosts hands.

Andrew Strauss was dismissed on the stroke of lunch and Jonathan Trott, Alistair Cook and James Taylor soon followed him back to the pavilion.

But Ian Bell and Bairstow dug in and put on a partnership of 124 to leave England on 208-5 at stumps on day two as they chased South Africa's total of 309.

More to follow…

Fightback: Ian Bell (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right) put on a partnership of 124 to help England after an early wobble

Fightback: Ian Bell (left) and Jonny Bairstow (right) put on a partnership of 124 to help England after an early wobble

ENGLAND v SOUTH AFRICA

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Finding his feet: Bairstow played well as England looked to chase down South Africa's first innings total

Finding his feet: Bairstow played well as England looked to chase down South Africa's first innings total

First to go: England captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed just before lunch

First to go: England captain Andrew Strauss was dismissed just before lunch

Going to the video: Jonathan Trott reacts as he's given out by the 3rd umpire

Going to the video: Jonathan Trott reacts as he's given out by the 3rd umpire

Short stuff: Ian Bell is hit by a short delivery from South Africa's Morne Morkel

Short stuff: Ian Bell is hit by a short delivery from South Africa's Morne Morkel

Watching on: Strauss, coach Andy Flower, Trott, and Alastair Cook look on from the team balcony after they were dismissed

Watching on: Strauss, coach Andy Flower, Trott, and Alastair Cook look on from the team balcony after they were dismissed

That is out: Morne Morkel takes the wicket of James Taylor

That is out: Morne Morkel takes the wicket of James Taylor

London 2012 Olympics: Video of Great Britain stars signing Queen song Don"t Stop Me Now

Don't Stop GB Now! Medal stars celebrate Olympics glory with hilarious rendition of Queen classic

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UPDATED:

15:27 GMT, 12 August 2012

After a stunning Olympics, Great Britain's medal winners were in the mood for a party.

And judging by this video, they have been having a ball!

Team GB sponsor Adidas has filmed a
string of stars singing along to Queen’s classic song ‘Don’t Stop Me
Now’ as they celebrate unprecedented success on home soil.

Singalong: Cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton rocks out with some air guitar

Singalong: Cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton rocks out with some air guitar

Gold icons Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton are among the leading names to let down their hair in the hilarious video in which David Beckham plays the role of director.

The Brownlee brothers – Alistair and Jonny – also feature along with Louis Smith and Laura Trott.

Adidas hope that the video, that celebrates the success of the GB stars, will add to the buoyant mood of the nation after the glory of the Games.

Marketing Director Nick Craggs said: 'Adidas is the Olympic brand and this video is a great demonstration of how we have supported Team GB and captured the mood of the nation.

'London 2012 will be remembered as the best Olympic Games ever and this is a celebration of adidas’ Take The Stage campaign and the amazing achievements Team GB athletes have accomplished.'