Watch: Athlete sacrifices his chance of winning race to help brother who collapsed near finish line

  • Jonny Brownlee was leading the race and on the edge of winning when he began running out of control and almost collapsed on the side of the road
  • His brother, Alistair, decided to go to his brother’s aid, supporting him up and pushing him over the line in second place
  • Alistair, who finished the race in third place, said he would have done the same for any other competitor

SAN MIGUEL DE COZUMEL, Mexico – A British athlete is being lauded after sacrificing his chance of winning the race to help his exhausted brother who had stopped near the finish line.

An article by NDTV said that Alistair Brownlee came to the aid of his younger brother Jonny and helped him across the line in a dramatic finish to the ITU Triathlon World Series recently held in Mexico.

Jonny, the 26-year-old Rio Olympic silver medalist, was leading the race and on the edge of winning when he began running out of control and almost collapsed on the side of the road.

Alistair, 28, who won gold at the Rio Olympics ahead of Jonny, was in third place and coming from behind when he decided to go to his brother’s aid; supporting him up and pushing him over the line in second place.

Jonny would have won his second world title if he didn’t struggle on the last few hundred meters. Instead, South African athlete Henri Schoeman overtook to win the race.

The triathlon was made up of a 1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and the 10k run.

“Not how I wanted to end the season but I gave it everything,” said Jonny in his post on Twitter.

The younger Brownlee said that after the race in hot and humid conditions, he had suffered from dehydration. He also tweeted a picture from his hospital bed where he received treatment; giving the thumbs up and saying he’s okay.

Alistair, who finished the race in third place, said he would have done the same for any other competitor.

“It was a natural human reaction,” Alistair said as quoted in an article by BBC News.

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