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Brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee win gold and silver in Olympic Games

August 19, 2016
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The Brownlee brothers have done Team GB proud at the Rio Olympic Games after coming first and second in the men's individual triathlon.

While Alistair defended his Olympic title by taking home the gold, completing the race in 1:45:01, his younger brother Jonny finished just a few seconds behind him at 1:45:07. At the finishing line, the pair fell to the floor and held hands of a moment in celebration of their incredible achievement.  Their younger brother Edward chatted to BBC about their emotional moment together after winning silver and gold, joking: "It's not always like that I can tell you right now!


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"In a moment like that you're always going to be very brotherly and they are very close, they've always been very close, they've done everything together and still live up the road from each other."

When asked if they would ever wait to cross the finishing line together, Edward joked: "There's no chance that'd happen Alistair would never let that happen! They're so competitive all the time, no matter what it is, they'll always hit until the last and that's the way they like it."  

Following their race, Alistair shared a photo of the pair posing with their medals, simply captioning the snap: "we did it." Fans of the pair were quick to offer their congratulations, with one writing: "yep you did! Awesome work fellas!!! Enjoy," while another wrote: "just a cup of @YorkshireTea is needed now, oh and a slice of cake! Well done lad."

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Their mother Cath opened up to the Daily Mail about her two eldest sons' incredible achievements, saying: "'We feel terrifically proud of them both. I have two very competitive elder sons, two years apart, who want to beat each other at everything especially on the sporting circuit.


"As brothers, the boys are very close but fall out over silly things. Jonny is very organised whereas Alistair is very chaotic. But, surprisingly they don't fall out over sport. They recognise sport has its ups and downs and if one has done well and the other not so well, they still support each other. They believe it is much better to work alongside each other and give encouragement."  

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