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Alistair Brownlee makes history by finishing an Ironman triathlon under seven hours for the first time

ALISTAIR BROWNLEE looks back in history – by becoming the fastest Ironman.

Inspired by Eliud Kipchoge’s successful 2019 experiment to run a sub-two-hour marathon, triathlon king Brownlee is attempting to do the same for the swim bike run event.

Brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have combined five Olympic medals in three games

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Brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have combined five Olympic medals in three gamesCredit: The Sun
Alistair has given up the Olympic distance triathlon and is now focusing on the Ironman discipline

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Alistair has given up the Olympic distance triathlon and is now focusing on the Ironman disciplinePhoto credit: Getty

On June 5th or 6th at the Dekra Lausitzring circuit in Germany, the two-time Olympic champion will attempt to complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run in less than SEVEN HOURS.

Boffins will only let Brownlee go if the temperature and humidity are right – plus he’ll have swimsuits and pacemakers for the Sub-Seven project.

The official world record in the competition remains controversial – either the Norwegian Olympic champion Kristian Blummenfelt (7:21:12) or the German Jan Frodeno (7:27:53).

Brownlee, 33, told SunSport: “That’s a big goal of mine.

“I’ve worked really hard towards this on many different levels.

“Trying to complete the fastest Ironman race distance ever in under seven hours on a perfect course.

“Exactly the same premise as Kipchoge did in the marathon.

“It’s a big oval on a car test track in Germany, 6km long, so it’s perfectly fast. A flat course with no corners.

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“We have a time window to select the best possible time for the conditions and the aerodynamics of the bike to make it as quick as possible.

“Basically, it came out of a conversation a lot of us had been sitting around – which would be an amazing challenge, which would be an interesting goal.

“I went away, did a bit of modeling, literally doing the math on a spreadsheet, to see if it was possible.

“Many things – engineering, physiology, nutrition, meteorological conditions, drag – play a role.

The Brownlees both recognize that nutrition is vital as they seek to extend their careers

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The Brownlees both recognize that nutrition is vital as they seek to extend their careers
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in under two hours in Vienna in October 2019

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in under two hours in Vienna in October 2019Photo credit: AFP
The older Brownlee sibling will travel to Germany in June for the Under Seven project trial

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The older Brownlee sibling will travel to Germany in June for the Under Seven project trialCredit: Delivered

“It feels like a lot of plates are spinning, but it’s been a really fascinating and interesting project to be a part of.”

Brownlee, who injured his ankle while failing to qualify for the Tokyo Games, is planning two Ironman world champions this year – one in Utah in May and another in Hawaii in October.

The Paris 2024 Olympics are off the table and his Olympic distance career is over despite winning gold at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 games.

The tough Yorkshireman, who is sponsored by American Pistachio Growers, said: “The Ironman is better when it comes to managing a slightly older, less resilient body. The training for this seems to work quite well.

“I’ve had injuries but I’m doing really well at the moment, touching wood and hopefully it stays that way.

“Last year’s injuries were really tough and I only started running properly in September.

“I feel very lucky and I’m in a really good place now.

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“I want to race, I want to be competitive, I want to train hard and see what I can do in the long distances and the different forms of triathlon.

“You’ve always been on my radar since I was 8-10 years old. I’ve always known it. Now I have the opportunity to do so.”

Alistair Brownlee is sponsored by American Pistachio Growers – a convenient protein snack incorporated into his workout diet to encourage an active lifestyle and help fuel and recover before and after a workout. Visit www.americanpistachios.co.uk for details

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