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Britain's Alistair Brownlee wins Olympic triathlon


Aug. 7, 2012: Triathletes compete during the men's triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. (AP)

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.