Jonathan Brownlee secured a famous family double in Budapest yesterday evening by winning the ITU World U23 Championship hours after brother Alistair had won the elite race. Earlier in the day Australia’s Emma Jackson secured the women’s U23 title.
2010 has been quite a year for Brownlee and has seen him firmly emerge from his older brother’s shadow. Victory here was the icing on the cake after a season that saw him secure a second-placed finish in the men’s elite race at Hyde Park. A few weeks later he won the inaugural ITU Elite World Sprint Championships in Lausanne, announcing his arrival as a serious contender for the GB team at the 2012 Olympics.
After exiting the swim in the leading group he consolidated a mid-pack position on the bike in difficult conditions before racing away on the run to secure the U23 World Championship in a time of 1:44:25. New Zealand’s Ryan Sissons and Germany’s Franz Loeschke rounded off the podium.
“I’m so pleased to be a world champion,” Brownlee said.
“It wasn’t an easy race at all. The swim was very fast and the bike went better than I expected. I really wanted to win today after finishing second last year and it’s awesome that both me and my brother won today. I am very pleased for him and we will be celebrating together.”
A few hours earlier Emma Jackson triumphed in the women’s U23 event, clinching the world title with a surprise win ahead of Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) and pre-race favourite Emmie Charayron (FRA), who had finished second in the elite race in Madrid earlier in the year. In the end Jackson’s win was a comfortable one, coming home a whopping 52 seconds clear of Sweetland in a time of 1:58:07.
“It was a great experience for me and I’m very excited to have won,” said Jackson.
“It was very hard because the conditions weren’t the best. We hadn’t been expecting rain and the course seemed to be a little bit dangerous and the bike leg was a bit scary. But overall I enjoyed the race and I’m proud to be world champion.”
1 J Brownlee (GBR) 1:44:25
2 R Sissons (NZL) 1:44:52
3 F Loeschke (GER) 1:44:53
1 E Jackson (AUS) 1:58:07
2 K Sweetland (CAN) 1:58:59
3 E Charayron (FRA) 1:59:19