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Stockholm 2013: winning ugly...
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Thursday 30th June 2016


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Look back: WTS Stockholm 2013 - one of Alistair Brownlee's best victories

There's a well known saying in sport that sometimes winning when you are not at your best is the sign of a true champion. It was certainly the case for example of many of the great Manchester United football teams through the 90's and noughties - at their best, the likes of Cantona, Beckkham, Giggs, Scholes, Schmeichel and co. could play almost anybody off the park. But, when you play 50+ games per season, even the best don't fire on all cylinders every week... but they still had an ability to 'win without playing well' and grind out results when they had to.

Tennis player Brad Gilbert summed it up in his book, entitled "winning ugly".

I think we can safely say that Alistair Brownlee has that ability. At his best, he IS the best. I'd say (actually, I already have...), that at his very best he is, to this point in the sports development, unbeatable against anyone we've seen, past or present, over the ITU-style format. That is Alistair at the London 2012 Olympic Games, pretty much anytime he ever raced in Madrid and many more of his 20 World Triathlon Series victories where he just dominates from the start.

But, he also has an ability to find ways to win when he is not at his best too, and three years ago in Stockholm was one of them.

As commentator Barrie Shepley put it at the end of this performance... "he just knows how to execute and get the job done... he is absolutely knackered"!

Well worth watching again ahead of Saturday's sixth race in the 2016 World Triathlon Series schedule.

World Triathlon Series 2013: Stockholm - Elite Men

Pos Men
1st Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:43:13
2nd Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:43:27
3rd Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:43:50
4th Aurelien Raphael (FRA) 1:45:14
5th Vincent Luis (FRA) 1:45:22
6th Richard Murray (RSA) 1:45:39
7th Richard Varga (SVK) 1:45:47
8th Laurent Vidal (FRA) 1:46:02
9th Pierre Le Corre (FRA) 1:46:10
10th David Mcnamee (GBR) 1:46:23

©Janos M Schmidt / ITU Media


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