Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold

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It was a golden day for England's triathletes as day one of the 20th Commonwealth Games got underway in Glasgow on Thursday morning.

London 2012 showed just how good men's triathlon is in the UK, with the Brownlee brothers claiming the gold and bronze medals.

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Brownlee double

Heading into the race at the Commonwealths, the two were favourites to take the medals again, and they didn't disappoint, with Alistair winning gold, one place ahead of younger brother, Jonny.

The pair set a furious pace from the start, leading a four man group out of the 1500m swim. As soon as the five laps of cycling begun, it was evident the brothers were keen to drop the two that were with them - South Africa's Henri Schoeman and young Scot Marc Austin. 

The two of them tried to hang onto the pace being set, but it was to no avail and, like so many times before, the Brownlees were battling it out one-on-one.

Alistair, the Olympic champion, had been targeting these Games as the one he had wanted to win all season, even missing some of the Triathlon World Series events, and with a few bursts of speed in the 10km run, he built up a gap.

Firstly, four seconds, then 13, in the end, he coasted down the home straight with a roaring crowd helping him home in a time of 1:48.33, 11 seconds clear of his brother. South Africa's Richard Murray took the bronze.

More English joy

The race itself came just four hours after compatriot Jodie Stimpson had won the first gold medal of the games, storming clear in the 10km to run to win her first major individual medal.

Stimpson had kept herself in the lead pack throughout the opening two stages, and broke away from Canada's Kirsten Sweetland 300m from the line, making up for her Olympic disappointment two years ago.

The 25-year-old wasn't even selected for the British team for London 2012, but showed the selectors what they missed, claiming England's first ever Commonwealth triathlon medal in a time of 1:58.56.

Compatriot Vicky Holland made it even better for the English team as she hung on to claim the bronze medal.

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