Alistair Brownlee ready to defend title
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alistair Brownlee is ready to defend his title, despite a disruptive build-up.
The only athlete to win two consecutive Olympic golds in triathlon - at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games - had hip surgery in August last year and has raced only three sprint triathlons since Rio, including one in 2017, preferring to concentrate on long-distance events.
"My preparation hasn't been perfect and it was always going to be a challenge from having hip surgery last year, to racing middle distance in February and then being ready to race sprint distance, but I will be doing my very best to defend my Commonwealth title," Brownlee, said.
"I am looking forward to racing on Thursday, and potentially Saturday as well in the mixed team relay.
"It will be a much smaller field than usual, which will mean there will be no room for any mistakes.
“It will break up even though it isn't a particularly demanding course, and it will be fast."
Brownlee, whose younger brother Jonathan finished second behind him at Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016 and third in London 2012, did not compete in the International Triathlon Union World Series event in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on 3 March and the International Triathlon Union World Cup in Mooloolaba, on Australia's Sunshine Coast, on 10 March due to a pulled calf muscle.
The men's triathlon competition takes place on Thursday 5 April at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.
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This article was produced by Games News Service.