Alistair Brownlee of Britain has won gold in the men's triathlon at the Olympics, delivering on his status as the clear pre-race favorite.

Brownlee pulled away from silver medal winner Javier Gomez of Spain halfway through the 10-kilometer run Tuesday to finish in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 25 seconds. Gomez took silver, with Alistair's younger brother Jonathan Brownlee claiming bronze.

The older Brownlee adds the Olympic title -- Britain's first Olympic medal in triathlon -- to his world and European crowns.

He was among the leaders after the 1,500-meter swim and 43-kilometer bike ride through Hyde Park, but broke away from Gomez in the run to cruise to victory.

The Briton even had time to grab a Union Jack flag from a fan as he celebrated down the home straight.