22 Apr 2013

Brownlee shows no rust in San Diego

9:04 am on 22 April 2013

Alistair Brownlee showed he's lost none of the pace that won him the London Olympics gold medal when he won the World Series triathlon event in San Diego on his return to racing.

The Brit was second out of the water, stayed in the lead pack of the bike throughout the race and then broke away on the run early on to beat South Africa's Richard Murray by 22 seconds, with Portugal's World Series leader Joao Silva third.

Brownlee put in a sub-30 minute run as he raced home by himself, running 29 and a half minutes for a total time of one hour 47 minutes and 16 seconds.

The best New Zealander was Clark Ellice in 12th, almost two minutes behind, and Ellice - who missed out on a spot in the country's elite team this year - is eighth overall, while Tony Dodds is 13th with national number one Ryan Sissons 17th. Sissons was 21st in San Diego.