Triathlon medallists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are joined by Javier Gomez in the race to be first aboard the bikes after the swim stage in Hyde Park. Picture: Nick Ponty
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The world lost. The Yorkshire lads, Alistair and Jonathan, born two years and one week apart, were separated by just 31 seconds at the end of the Olympic triathlon, winning gold and bronze.
These are the first British Olympic medals in the sport, from the first UK siblings to take medals in the same individual event since the tennis singles at the 1900 Olympics in Paris. The Dohertys, five-time Wimbledon winner Laurie and brother Reggie, won gold and silver. Sport was different then – live pigeon shooting was on the programme. And no triathlon. It was "invented" in the mid-1920s and became an Olympic discipline only in 2000.
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