Commonwealth Games: Scotland's Marc Austin wins bronze, Brownlee brothers miss out

2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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Scotland's Marc Austin won triathlon bronze at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast as England's Brownlee brothers missed out on medals.

Two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee faded to finish 10th, while brother Jonny came home seventh.

South Africa's Henri Schoeman took gold in 52 minutes 31 seconds, beating Australia's Jacob Birtwhistle.

Earlier, Jessica Learmonth won England's first medal of the Games with silver in the women's race.

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The Commonwealth triathlon is held over a sprint distance, consisting of a 750m open-water swim, a 20km cycle and a 5km run.

The Brownlee brothers were looking to repeat their one-two from Glasgow 2014 but Schoeman - who finished third behind them at the 2016 Olympics - left the Englishmen behind with a strong run.

Jonny Brownlee, 27, was alongside 24-year-old Austin for much of the 5km but could not keep pace with the Scot and finished in 53 minutes nine seconds.

Brother Alistair, 29, exited the second transition in the lead but faded to come home one minute, six seconds behind Schoeman.

Northern Ireland's Russell White (14th) and James Edgar (22nd), Scotland's Grant Sheldon (17th) and England's Thomas Bishop (19th) all completed the course in wet conditions.

Brownlees' injury problems

The Brownlee brothers looking dejected post-race
England's Brownlee brothers missed out on medals

Alistair, who carried the England flag during the opening ceremony, said his build-up had been hampered by a calf injury.

He said: "I would have preferred my calf to be good two months ago. If it was and I was able to train in that time, I reckon I would have been able to win that race."

Jonny said his training had been disrupted by an issue with his thigh.

"It was pretty terrible today," said Jonny. "My first thought was 'I wish I was fit'."

The Brownlees have a second chance to win a medal when they compete in the mixed team relay on Saturday, 7 April at 04:01 BST.


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