In the Rio Olympics Alistair Brownlee became the first athlete to win successive Olympic gold medals in the triathlon after successfully defending his title won in the London Games. His victory gave Team GB its 20th gold medal of the Rio Games. Alistair strolled over the line six seconds ahead of his brother, Jonny, who took silver.   

Triathlete Alistair Brownlee took the sport mainstream when he powered home to win gold in front of a home crowd at the London 2012 Olympics. He and younger brother Jonathan became the first siblings to share a podium at the Olympics for more than 100 years when Jonathon took home bronze in the same event.

Alistair is two-time World Champion following wins in 2009 and 2011, and between them, Alistair and Jonathan have collected a staggering seven World titles, two Olympic medals, two European titles and numerous junior and senior titles.

Both brothers are members of the Lottery-funded British Triathlon Squad. The sport received a grant of £5.2m, which provides the team with coaches, medical services and top class facilities as well as personal grants to enable them to train full time without having to work.