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Brownlee Could Have Won the Race. Rather, He Helped His Brother Cross the Finish Line

British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. / AFP / ELIZABETH RUIZ        (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Alistair Brownlee could have avoided his toppling brother while first-place finish for the day at the World Triathlon Series in Cozumel, Mexico, on Sunday. Rather, with less than 1,000 meters to go, he wrapped his arm around Jonathan and helped him cross the completion line.

Jonathan, 26, and Alistair, 28, was in first and second place, respectively, when Jonathan’s depletion began to overpower his body. However, while Alistair could have keep running by his brother to complete on top for the day, he knew he had no way at medaling for the overall season (based on points accrued throughout races), while his brother entered the final race of the season in second. Thus, Alistair stopped for his brother, permitting Henri Schoeman of South Africa to keep running past them two simultaneously.

 

At the point when the pair at last achieved the end together, Alistair settled on another choice: he gave Jonathan a delicate bump to ensure he crossed the completion line to start with, helping his sibling win second both for the day and the season. Alistair completed third and tenth, respectively.

“I have been in that position before… I remember being in second place and then coming around and someone telling me I was in 10th. ” Alistair said afterward. “I couldn’t remember all of those people passing Me. So I swore that, literally if it happened to anyone I would help them across the line.”

Then, Jonathan said thanks to his brother on Twitter, composing “your loyalty is incredible.”

Rare is it to see such an act of selflessness but Alistair truly demonstrated that even in snapshots of amazing physical anxiety. It’s still conceivable to put family first.

British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. / AFP / ELIZABETH RUIZ (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. / AFP / ELIZABETH RUIZ (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

COZUMEL, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 18: Alistar Brownlee of Great Britain helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (c) of Great Britain to cross the finished line as Jonathan collapsed of dehydration 200 meters before the finish line during the Men Elite ITU World Championship race at the Fonatur Triathlon Park on September 18, 2016 in Cozumel, Mexico. The medal ceremony was cancelled due to the critical condition of Jonathan Brownlee. The ITU Grand Final World Championship ends tonight. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

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