Jonathan Brownlee fuelled Olympic dream on pizza

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Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are at the top of the world after coming first and second in the Rio Olympic triathlon. It is the first time since Rome 1960 that two brothers have come first and second in the same event while Alistair becomes the first triathlete in history to defend his title.

Yes, the unassuming siblings from Yorkshire have confirmed themselves as two of the best triathletes of all time and it seems they may have achieved it fueled on nothing but a very popular piece of junk food.

The ITU world tour goes to some far-flung places with the pair racing as far afield as New Zealand and as close to home as London, so keeping a consistent diet must be one of their greatest challenges.

That is why they have regularly opted to eat pizza the night before races. That's right, two Olympic golds, a silver and a bronze have been won on a stomach full of hot cheesy bread.

Speaking in 2013, a year after they had taken gold and bronze at the London Games, Jonny revealed exactly why he and his brother continue to turn to pizza, claiming it has all the ingredients an elite athlete needs.

Racing on pizza

He wrote in The Telegraph: "On the night before a big race I tend to go for pizza because, wherever I am competing in the world - from Austria and Madrid to China and New Zealand - pizza is always the same.

"You know what you’re getting, don’t you? You’re unlikely to get food poisoning and it’s a decent mix of carbs and salt before a big event."

Trouble in Rio

There would have been plenty at stake in Rio as the Brownlee brothers prepared to take to the world stage alongside Copa Cabana Beach. One stomach bug could have ruined four years of preparation so it is very likely they opted for some comfort food in the Olympic village on Wednesday night.

The race

Alistair won Britain's 20th gold medal of the Olympic Games after running free of Jonny halfway into the 10km run. Jonny was unable to respond to the surge from his older brother, which may have come as a surprise to them both.

It was later revealed by Alistair that Jonny had been regularly beating him in training in the build-up to the race and was, privately, the favourite, but his experienced won through as he sealed the second gold medal of his career.

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