Brownlee posts record triathlon win in WA

Roger Vaughan
Alistair Brownlee has put the disappointment of the Hawaiian Ironman behind him

Two-time Olympic triathlon champion Alistair Brownlee has ticked the first box of his ambitious 2020 campaign with a record-setting win at Ironman WA.

Brownlee set aside his disappointing debut at the Hawaiian Ironman two months ago by dominating the race at coastal Busselton, south of Perth.

He scorched the 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km marathon run course in seven hours 45 minutes 20 seconds, blitzing the old course record by more than six minutes.

Brownlee finished more than 10 minutes ahead of Perth's Matt Burton.

The win means the British ace has qualified for next year's Hawaiian Ironman, the second major goal of his 2020 schedule.

Brownlee, the two-time Olympic defending champion, also aims to qualify for the Tokyo Games on August 1.

He has said Tokyo will be his last Olympics.

While German Jan Frodeno has won an Olympics gold medal and gone on to win the Hawaiian Ironman world title, no triathlete has achieved the double in the same year.

This is Brownlee's second win over the Ironman distance but he could only manage 21st two months ago in his first attempt at Hawaii.

The triathlon ace will now have a break before trying to qualify for the British Olympic team.

"When the new year rolls around I will focus on trying to race the World Series as well as I can, with an eye on Tokyo," he said.

Brownlee was on track to break the unofficial Ironman world record of 7:40 during Sunday's race but he backed off once it was clear he would qualify for Hawaii.

Other than struggling at times during the run, it was a faultless win.

"I woke up the day after Kona and I wanted to do another Ironman, so I had two goals coming here," he said.

"The first was to get around an Ironman without capitulating and I was pretty close.

"The second was to qualify for Kona and I have done that, so I am chuffed."

New Zealander Teresa Adam also mauled the women's course record by 11 minutes, winning in 8:38:42.