Man Falls During Race, is Helped by Brother to Finish

Man Falls During Race, is Helped by Brother to Finish

Mallory Carty, Writer

Most anyone loves their siblings, but could you imagine giving up a “World Champion” title for them? During the Triathlon World Series event in Cozumel, Mexico, Alistair Brownlee did exactly that. Alistair’s brother, Jonny, had under a kilometer left to go in the race, when he became disoriented due to the hot, humid conditions. Alistair caught up to him to give him a helping hand…literally. He put his arm around Jonny’s shoulder, and carried him the rest of the way. He even pushed Jonny over the finish line before he’d cross it himself! Alistair told reporters after the race, “I wish the flipping idiot had paced it right and crossed the finish line first. He could have jogged that last two kilometers and won the race. You have to race the conditions. It was a natural human reaction to my brother but for anyone I would have done the same thing. I think it’s as close to death as you can be in sport.” Mario Mola ended up winning first place due to the Brownlee brothers’ incident. He says, “First of all this was not how I wanted to win the world championship. Luckily I was able to be in the top five considering Jonny didn’t win the race. We want everyone to be safe after the finish line, it’s not the way I wanted it, but that’s triathlon.” Jonny Brownlee received immediate medical attention, and is now recovering just fine!