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Alistair Brownlee’s injury layoff gives him Olympic advantage

| 18.07.2012

Alistair Brownlee heads into London as big favourite to add a gold medal to his growing haul – and it’s hard to see him being stopped.

The triathlon world champion is currently in at 4/7 to claim the gold medal ahead of his younger brother Jonathan who is priced at 11/4 to win the event.

Alistair has come back from an Achilles injury that kept him out for four months this year and is looking refreshed and strong on his return to the sport.

Him and his brother crossed the line together to claim a joint victory at the Blenheim triathlon in June and Alistair returned to the podium on his own with a win in the World Series at Kitzbuhel, Austria, also last month.

The Brownlees’ cause has also been helped by the decision to pick Stuart Hayes to compete with them and not against them.

Hayes is there not to go for a medal himself but to push the pace on the cycling stage – much in the same way a peleton works in traditional road races – and put the Brownlee brothers in a position to win gold.

With selectors picking the best team rather than the best individuals for London 2012, both Brownlee brothers will almost undoubtedly be in contention to win the gold.

However, it’s Alistair who is the man to beat and while his odds of 4/7 may not be the longest odds you’ll ever encounter, with the 24-year-old in such devastating form, a punt on him to win gold could lead to a pretty decent pay out.



Richard Anderson