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Double Olympic champion Brownlee storms to Ironman glory in Cork
Despite the horrendous weather conditions, thousands turned out to watch the event.

ALISTAIR BROWNLEE, THE two-time Olympic gold medallist, has added Ironman champion to his list of accolades, after the British triathlete stormed to glory in Cork this afternoon.

Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain celebrates after wining the 2019 Cork Ironman Oisin Keniry / INPHO Brownlee celebrates his win in Cork. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Brownlee, competing in his first Ironman event as he considers his future ahead of Tokyo 2020, made history by winning the inaugural full-distance Ironman race staged in Ireland. 

Horrendous weather conditions had earlier forced race organisers to cancel the swim leg of the event, but the wind and rain didn’t stop thousands of people lining the route in east Cork.

On debut, Brownlee completed the 180-kilometre cycle in a time of 4:54:46 and then a superb marathon time of 2:51:31 in difficult conditions saw him power to victory just under two minutes ahead of Ireland’s Bryan McCrystal, who finished in 7:51:19.

In the women’s race, Emma Bilham of Switzerland won in a time of 8:50:18.

Bryan McCrystal of Ireland passes by the Youghal RNLI Oisin Keniry / INPHO Ireland's Bryan McCrystal finished second. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

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Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain passes underneath the iconic Youghal Clock Gate Oisin Keniry / INPHO Brownlee runs through Youghal. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Adam Feigh of The USA is cheered on by supporters up Windmill Hill Oisin Keniry / INPHO Thousands of supporters turned out. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Amanda Wendorff leaves the start line Oisin Keniry / INPHO 2,500 athletes from around the world competed. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Emma Bilham of Switzerland becomes emotional after crossing the line in first place in the women's category Oisin Keniry / INPHO Emma Bilham celebrates her victory in the women's race. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Anja Ippach of Germany makes her way up Windmill Hill Oisin Keniry / INPHO It was the first full-distance Ironman to be staged in Ireland. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

Bryan McCrystal, Alistair Brownlee and Markus Thomschke spray champagne on the podium Oisin Keniry / INPHO McCrystal, Brownlee and Markus Thomschke on the podium. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

A view of the transition area in the Youghal beach car park Oisin Keniry / INPHO The swim was cancelled this morning. Oisin Keniry / INPHO / INPHO

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