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Delight for Brownlee brothers as inspired Miley defends title

ESPN staff
July 24, 2014
Alistair Brownlee (left) and Jonathan Brownlee dominated the men's triathlon © PA Photos

Alistair Brownlee won the gold medal in the men's triathlon at the Commonwealth Games as the Olympic champion beat his brother Jonathan to triumph in Glasgow.

The pair could not be separated after the swimming and cycling disciplines as they parked their bikes together before heading off for the 10-kilometre run.

But it was the elder brother Alistair who claimed the gold medal as the 26 year old was stronger in the run, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Jonathan who secured silver, with South African Richard Murray settling for the bronze medal.

"That's all you can want from a race. It was tough right from the start to the finish. I really enjoyed it, Jonny was brilliant too," Alistair, competing in his first Commonwealth Games, told the BBC.

"This is the goal I wanted to achieve for the season and I've done it now. Now I've done everything I've wanted to do in my career. I don't know what to do now. Maybe I should retire," he joked afterwards.

Younger brother Jonathan said: "Alistair was better than me today. We said it would be a honest race and it was. We were even over the swimming and cycling but his running is stronger than mine. I'm pleased with second. I gave it everything I got."

Hannah Miley made Commonwealth history by successfully defending her title © Getty Images

Scotland's Hannah Miley defended her Commonwealth title after winning gold in the women's 400m individual medley. Roared on by the home crowd she fought back to finish ahead of England's Aimee Willmott and posted a new Games record of four minutes and 31.76 seconds.

"I tried to drown out the noise a little bit before the race," Miley said. "But it was really great and helped me both tonight and in the heats."

Ross Murdoch beat Michael Jamieson to the gold medal in the men's 200m breaststroke and said: "There is no way that just happened. In the last 100m the sound was just amazing and it drove me on. I felt really good this morning in the heats but I didn't believe that I could do that. It is my grandad's 70th birthday so that is for him."

Jodie Stimpson won the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games as she claimed victory in the women's triathlon for Team England.

The 25 year old managed to pull away from Kirsten Sweetland of Canada with 500m remaining to finish in a time of one hour, 58 minutes and 56 seconds.

Stimpson, who was not selected to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, said: "All my family are already crying, it's awesome they got to see me in a championship race after missing the Olympics in 2012.

"The support from the crowd was awesome. No matter what country you were from they were behind you."

Vicky Holland made it a double medal triumph for England as she won bronze, while Sweetland finished second to claim silver.

Kimberley Renicks won Scotland's first gold medal of the Games as she triumphed in the women's under 48kg judo - defeating Shushila Likmabam of India - while her sister Louise won gold in the under 52kg category. Another home favourite John Buchanan also collected a medal after winning bronze in the men's under 60kg event.

Jodie Stimpson (centre) put the disappointment of London 2012 behind her by winning the first gold medal on offer at the Commonwealth Games © Getty Images
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