COZUMEL, Mexico – Alistair Brownlee almost won first place at the World Triathalon Series in Cozumel, Mexico on Sunday, but instead he stopped to help his brother who nearly collapsed less than 1,000 meters from the finish line.
Jonathan Brownlee, 26, and Alistair, 28, were in first and second place when exhaustion started to hit Jonathan, hard.
Jonathan’s knees started to buckle, and he quickly moved over to the sidelines where race officials caught him. Alistair saw what was happening, and with the finish line in sight, he moved to the sidelines to help his brother.
As he slowed down, Henri Schoeman of South Africa overtook them, finishing in first place.
The two brothers from Great Britain finished the race at each other’s side. Alistair made sure Jonathan crossed the finished before him, allowing him to with second place. Alistair finished third.
The race concluded the season, allowing Jonathan to finish second and Alistair to finish 10th overall.
Jonathan posted a photo to Twitter thanking his brother for his support.
“Thanks @AliBrownleetri, your loyalty is incredible,” wrote Jonathan.