WE DON’T NEED any convincing about the virtues of the Brownlee brothers.
They are terrific ambassadors for sport in general and Leeds in particular.
The sight of Alistair and Jonny collapsed in a heap at the finishing line having just finished won gold and silver in the triathlon was one of the defining images of the Rio Olympics.
But just a few weeks later these indomitable Leeds brothers-in-arms once again captured the spirit of sport when Alistair dramatically helped his exhausted brother over the finish line at the World Triathlon series finale in Mexico.
Jonny, who had looked on course to claim the overall world title before the heat took its toll, recovered after receiving treatment and his older brother played down his intervention, saying: “It was a natural human reaction to my brother but for anyone I would have done the same thing.”
Ever the Yorkshireman, though, Alistair wasn’t entirely sympathetic, with the two-time Olympic champion adding: “I wish the flipping idiot had just paced it right and won the race. He could have jogged the last 2km.”
Jonny appeared in good spirits after receiving treatment, tweeting from his hospital bed. Alongside a video of the dramatic end to the race, he wrote: “Normally when you have had too much to drink. This time it was the opposite #ouch.”