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Yorkshire's Brownlee Brothers lined up for 2018 Commonwealth Games

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 2:40pm 29th November 2017.

Yorkshire's double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee is going to defend his triathlon title at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He'll compete alongside brother Jonny in the individual and mixed relay events on Australia's Gold Coast.

They're among Team England's squad of 10 athletes across the able-bodied and para events who will compete for their first medal of the Games on 5 April.

Alistair said: "It's a great honour to be representing Team England. I have had the chance to compete at the Commonwealth Games once before and it's a big deal for a niche sport like triathlon to compete in a global sporting competition like this. I am looking forward to getting out there on the start line.

"At the moment, I am focusing on my training for the next few months to get myself in the best possible shape I can be in for the Games. I have been lucky enough to race there before actually, at the same venue, and I have some good and bad memories of that. But I am just looking forward to being there on one of the biggest stages that you can in triathlon."

Fellow Yorkshire athlete Jess Learmonth will be competing in her first ever Commonwealth Games.

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England's largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England, said: "We're extremely excited to be putting forward some of the world's best triathletes and look forward to the high level of competition the Commonwealth Games will bring next April.

"It's incredibly exciting to see Paratriathlon adding to the opportunities for athletes at this Games. Our para athletes join an exciting group of established performers and we look forward to seeing them compete as one team on the Gold Coast.

"I'm looking forward to supporting these talented athletes as they prepare for their competitions at Southport Broadwater Parklands."

Ian Pyper, Team England Triathlon Team Leader, added: "Competition for places was extremely competitive. This is a reflection of the strength and depth of triathletes and paratriathletes in this country, and their desire to challenge for individual and mixed relay medals on the Gold Coast next April.

"We're obviously delighted to have three Olympic medal winners within our team as well as some big performers from 2017."

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