Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon for Britain

Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee used a strong running leg to win gold in the men's triathlon Tuesday, while his younger brother, Jonathan, took bronze.

Brownlee finished the event -- which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, followed by a 43km cycling segment and a 10km run -- in 1 hour, 46 minutes and 25 seconds.

He beat Spain's Javier Gomez by 11 seconds, while Jonathan Brownlee was another 20 seconds behind -- though he did incur a 15-second penalty for getting on his bike prior to the mount line.

The Brownlee brothers' medals are the first for Great Britain in the triathlon, which has been an Olympic event since 2000. The victory also marked the first time a host city has ever won the triathlon.

Alistair Brownlee effectively won the event during the run, which he completed in 29:07 -- the fastest among all competitors. Gomez was nine seconds slower.

Hunter Kemper was the United States' top finisher, in 14th place. Canada's Simon Whitfield, the silver medalist four years ago in Beijing and the gold medalist in 2000, abandoned the race after an accident in the cycling leg.