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Brownlee wins European title

Alistair Brownlee returned to the top step of the podium as he was crowned European triathlon champion for a third time in Kitzbuhel.

Dewsbury-born Brownlee again saw his start of the season disrupted by injury and was in the unusual position of finishing fourth in his first two races in Yokohama and London.

Brownlee has made winning the Commonwealth Games his main target of the year and showed he is coming into form at the right time with a trademark dominant performance on the 10 kilometre run over one of his favourite courses.

The pack had largely stayed together during the swim and bike legs before Brownlee took the chance to pull away, winning by 27 seconds from Russia's Dmitry Polyanskiy.

It is the 26-year-old's first win of the season but it was not the strongest field, with world champion Javier Gomez and Brownlee's brother Jonny among the notable absentees.

Brownlee said: "The swim was really, really tough, lots and lots of fighting. I tried to break away on the bike but the course is too fast here when it doesn't rain so I managed to conserve my energy on the swim and bike.

"I knew my form was coming back. It was a lot better today. Every race has been better so far this year.

"The last three weeks I've trained as hard as I could and I think I've moved on. If I can keep doing that up to Hamburg and the Commonwealths, I'll be at my top fitness."

David McNamee, who will represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, was the second British finisher in sixth in his first race since a bike crash in February.