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Athletics news - Brownlee brothers headline British Triathlon Performance Programme

Brownlee brothers headline British Triathlon Performance Programme
By Sportsbeat

13/12/2018 at 22:06Updated 13/12/2018 at 22:40

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee have retained their places on British Triathlon's 2019 World Class Performance Programme despite suffering injury hit seasons.

Double Olympic champion, Alistair, and his Olympic silver and bronze medal winning brother, Jonny, both missed out on medals at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships this year.

The only shake up to the Olympic squad sees European U23 champion Georgia Taylor-Brown join the programme after the 24-year-old pulled off encouraging finishes at the ITU World Triathlon tour.

The Manchester-born athlete finished third in both Edmonton and Montreal during the summer after claiming the ITU Triathlon Junior World silver medal as a youngster.

Jonathan Brownlee of England (1) and Alistair Brownlee of England (11) look dejected after the Men's Triathlon on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater Parklands

Jonathan Brownlee of England (1) and Alistair Brownlee of England (11) look dejected after the Men's Triathlon on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Southport Broadwater ParklandsGetty Images

With the Olympic testing event in Tokyo and the World Championships both taking place in August 2019, British Triathlon Performance Director Mike Cavendish says he is buoyed by the progress of his athletes.

"Seeing so many athletes step up to Podium level is really encouraging as we move closer towards Tokyo," he said.

"They can only move to that level by demonstrating medal-winning ability in international competition and it’s fantastic that we are seeing such positive results 18 months out from the Games.

"We are well into the Olympic and Paralympic qualification period now and gaining qualification slots for Tokyo is our focus for 2019 in the individual and Mixed Relay events.

"Thanks to lottery players across the country and to UK Sport, athletes are being supporting by an experienced team of coaches and practitioners and have access to some of the best triathlon training facilities in the world."

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