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Brownlees miss out on Commonwealth medals as Scotland’s Marc Austin claims bronze

Scotland’s Marc Austin won a bronze in the Men’s Triathon on the opening day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as the Brownlee brothers suffered a shock defeat by failing to make the podium altogether.Henri Schoeman of South Africa won the event in the Gold Coast while Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle thrilled the home crowd to claim silver. Alistair Brownlee won gold in the Olympic triathlon two years ago ahead of his brother Jonny in second and they had been tipped to repeat the feat in the Commonwealth Games.However, defending champion Alistair fell out of contention at the start of the run, eventually coming 10th, while Jonny finished seventh in one of the brothers’ worst days.Alistair Brownlee said of his race: “About three quarters of it went alright. I knew I was going to struggle on the run and I was downplaying my chances. I’ve only run a handful of times in the last month or so.”The last few weeks has been making sure the calf is alright to make sure I could get round properly. The swim and bike went well and I was just trying to pull that gap out as much as possible to give Jonny the best chance. It was a shame it didn’t work out for him.”

Jonny Brownlee, reflecting on a disappointing race for him, said: “It was pretty terrible today. I didn’t feel great. I’ve had ups and downs and I was injured in January so I missed a lot of training but I thought I was going to be better than that.”I dived in and felt pretty weak on the swim and then I’m normally one of the strongest on the bike but I didn’t feel great. Then I started running and thought ‘oh dear, I’m in trouble here.”‘Earlier in the day, England’s Jessica Learmonth claimed silver in the women’s triathlon.The 29-year-old clocked 57 minutes and 38 seconds to finish second and 43 seconds behind Bermuda’s Flora Duffy at the Southport Broadwater.Learmonth’s England team-mates Vicky Holland and Sophie Coldwell finished fourth and sixth respectively and Wales’ Non Stanford was a disappointing eighth.After claiming England’s first medal of the Games, Learmonth said: “I hadn’t thought it was the first, that’s pretty cool.”I had a bit of a dodgy lead-up to this race so I was hoping for a bit of a better run so I’m a little disappointed with that but I can’t be disappointed coming away with a silver.”It’s been chucking it down for the last five weeks and now it’s boiling. I was feeling a bit rosy.”

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