Alistair Brownlee tempted by Mo Farah's 10,000m place

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Alistair Brownlee has admitted he is tempted to try his luck in athletics as a 10,000 meter runner in the near future, and joked that he could take Mo Farah's place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Olympic triathlon champions added a Commonwealth gold to his vast collection of honours on the first day of the Games, beating brother Jonny in a dominant display.

Athletic ambition

With virtually nothing left to win in Olympic-distance triathlon, Alistair has been searching for new challenges. Brownlee ran 28:32 at the Jordan Payton Invitational 10K last year - only 46 seconds behind Olympic 10,000 meter champion Mo Farah's personal best.

His appearance at the American race meet started speculation that he may be considering a switch from the multi-sport triathlon to the track. He admitted he is tempted to try his hand at track athletics.

He told the BBC: "I would love to [take part] but, obviously, qualification is pretty tough, so we will see."

The conversation turned to whether he could replace the injured Farah in the 10,000 meter race, although the suggestion made by Alistair remained firmly tongue-in-cheek.

Time on his side

Of course 46 seconds seems like no time at all, but in terms of elite racing it is a significant gap. Brownlee played down his chances of matching Farah but at only 24-years-old, the triathlete has plenty of years left to catch up.

"I wasn't far off [Farah's time], but it is still hundreds of miles away in terms of making that time up," he added.

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"But I would love to give it a go. Over the next few years, if anything gives me a chance to try some different things, new challenges, [I'd be keen to try them].

"It [the 10,000m] is probably something that will help my triathlon and help my ability to run that 10km at the end of the triathlon really fast."

Triathlete through and through

Although the track may be appealing to the older Brownlee brother, Alistair did admit that, no matter what happens, he will always consider himself a triathlete and that he will always priorities the multi-sports discipline ahead of other pursuits.

"I want to try do some 10km races on the road and see how that goes, but definitely, I'm a triathlete through and through and that is always going to be my priority," he said.

Rio Olympics

For Alistair, that means concentrating on defending his title when the Olympics heads to Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Spain's Javier Gomez will provide stern competition while Jonny continues to edge closer to his big brother.

Asked if defending his triathlon title is in his plans, Brownlee said: "Absolutely, yeah. Triathlon is one of those sports where the Olympics is by far the biggest thing in it, so it is focused Olympics to Olympics.

Gomez separated the siblings in London by coming second but Brownlee is hoping they can provide Great Britain with a famous one-two in Rio.

"It would be great if it [the one-two] could happen," said Jonny

"But anything can go wrong - for example, penalties."

Mo Farah
Commonwealth Games

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