Hyde Park elite men’s press conference

Brownlees relish rain, tease main rival over timekeeping

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At the elite men’s press conference this morning for the World Championship finals in London, the Brownlee brothers described their “mixed emotions” at being back in Hyde Park just one year after the 2012 Olympics, and teased their big rival Javier Gomez for arriving fashionably late.

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Reigning WTS champion Jonathan Brownlee told the assembled media that his race plan for Sunday is quite simple, motioning to older brother Alistair, Gomez and Mario Mola (ESP) and saying: “I’ve got to beat these three.”

“I did a shorter track session than usual last Tuesday, and I’ll do maybe two and a half hours of training a day now, stretch, eat and watch a lot of films.”

Asked on what he thought of the wet conditions in Hyde Park today, Olympic gold medal winner Alistair Brownlee said: “Neither of us is a fan of hot conditions – it’s good that it’s raining, not because we like the rain but because everyone else might find it that bit harder.”

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220 Triathlon‘s own Liz Barrett managed to grab a few minutes with Javier Gomez and Alistair Brownlee after the press conference to discuss the upcoming elite men’s final – video interviews will be posted on 220triathlon.com shortly…