© 2020 Associated Newspapers Limited. And in 2016 I'd had an operation on my ankle; there were issues with my hamstring. “Tell me about it,” sighs Jonny Brownlee. But after a confidence boosting victory at an event in Edmonton last summer, followed by several months of injury-free training going into 2020, he believes he’s still capable of winning elite races. “I don’t know if Alistair moving into the longer distance stuff, kind of made me feel like, ‘Right, it’s my turn now to shine.’ Or perhaps getting older, you think, ‘I might not have as many gos at this anymore so is this my last one?’”. Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. If it were a cool-climate fast race like London, that would be harder for me. At this point in an Olympic year, Brownlee – one of the most decorated triathletes of his generation and a medallist at the past two Games behind older brother Alistair – would typically be steadily honing his form through various World Series events with a fixed eye on the main prize in five months time. There a few other athletes I admire more than the Tri-athlete; the Brownlees atop the pile. Instead what followed were two largely fruitless and injury stricken seasons in 2018 and 2019 which led to a period of soul searching and doubting his ability to still produce at the highest level. I guess. Awesome athlete - he set the bar high - now others have reached that bar and above it - younger hungrier athletes all want to win and it will be difficult for him to get back to the very top. As you get older, that starts to change a little bit, and I think it took me a while to get used to. Tokyo Olympics: Jonny Brownlee and Vicky Holland picked for Team GB By Nick Hope BBC Olympic sports reporter Last updated on 4 November 2020 4 November 2020 . Last updated on 8 January 20208 January 2020.From the section Olympicscomments83. Do some World Series racing, see how competitive I am. Brownlee brothers keen to see mixed relay triathlon at Tokyo Olympics Four Olympic medals may already adorn the walls of the Brownlee family home, but Britain’s trailblazing triathlon brothers want more – two apiece, to be precise, at Tokyo 2020. Speaking to BBC Sport, the 31-year-old says the lure of a fourth Games proved hard to ignore. Would he step aside to let his brother take the glory for once? This time I've got nothing wrong with me at all.". Jonny Brownlee wants brother Alistair by his side in Tokyo despite the double Olympic champion being overlooked for initial selection by Team GB, writes Tom Harle. Take our quiz to find out what sport you should be playing. London was pressure and having to run really quick because we knew it was going to be a fast run. "No! "You have to work out the challenges and how you're going to prepare for those challenges. So to pass up the chance of just seeing where it leads me this year would be a bit mad.". Given a choice between a first win at Kona and a third at the Olympics, which would Brownlee choose? Legend. After all, the last time such an eventuality occurred was due to the outbreak of war. Yeah. Want to get active but don't know where to start? I genuinely believe all the tri athalons and mini tei atherlons you see around the country are off of the success of these 2. Might there even be a little bit of fear? It's got emotional resonance for me, but it's got emotional resonance for everyone. Most have a brutal baptism when they first step up to Kona, but the best usually find a way. A big physiological drag. Brownlee became triathlon's superstar because he raced like no-one else. Instead, with races and training camps being cancelled left, right and centre, the Brownlee brothers’ meticulously planned schedule has been thrown into disarray. I don’t think I enjoyed my successes as much as I should have done in the past, it was always very much onto the next race. It would be quite nice to just try and get a good result, and if it didn't come off, I've still had a fantastic day.". There was a lot of work and trial and error in the past year, and it's renewed my excitement and vigour and interest in training and the sport, so that's been really good.". Obviously it is what it is, I completely agree with the decision. “You can absorb more, you wake up in the morning springing out of bed. Alistair Brownlee and Jonathan Brownlee. How does a great champion cope with the idea that sixth might now be a great success? His last World Series race over the Olympic distance of 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run ended with him trailing home in 44th place. Whoever you are around the world, the Olympics is always special. Brownlee will have a second aim in Tokyo. In 2013, the Spanish Para Triathletes… 07 Jan 2021 EB agrees to not restart Olympic Qualification before 15 March The World Triathlon Executive Board, meeting this week via teleconference,… 17 Dec 2020 World Triathlon Tri Giving Holiday Campaign 2020 World … Two ordinary men … Brownlee brothers call for new triathlon format at Tokyo 2020 Four Olympic medals may already adorn the walls of the Brownlee family home, but Britain's trailblazing triathlon brothers want … "It will reward really good preparation, being a bit out of the box in how you prepare. You wonder how Mola and Alarza, Luis and Javier Gomez, the multiple world champion also targeting a late Olympic comeback, might react when they hear the news. I now think it was me not performing as well as I could have been, due to injuries, which gives me confidence that I can still compete if I can get back to where I was. The ruthless side of the elder brother has never been more obvious than on the road that ran alongside Copacabana beach in the last few kilometres in 2016, the two of them clear of the pack, Jonny telling Alistair they could relax, Alistair seeing weakness in this and kicking away to put his brother in his wake once again. "Fear? I've really enjoyed training and I've really enjoyed competing, and preparing to compete. The idea of the Olympics being postponed seems almost inconceivable. Los Brownlee han elegido la provincia de Alicante para su habitual “training camp” de diciembre. These are all decisions that are making it tough. Such desperation to succeed led to overtraining, and Brownlee admits the biggest lesson he has learnt from that period has been to listen more to his body. Get there in the right position to race.". Just get me to the start line in decent shape. 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