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Olympic triathlete Alistair Brownlee on being disqualified from Tokyo: 'It's ridiculous. It makes no sense'

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finest all-round athlete this country has produced since Daley Thompson.A master of swimming, cycling and running, his record of success is astonishing, winning successive Olympic gold medals and four triathlon world championships.

Along the way he has inspired thousands to squeeze into Lycra and take up the challenge of the gruelling sport in which he so excels.

As someone once said to him (he thinks it was intended as a compliment): he’s an inspiration because he looks so normal it makes everyone think that if he can do it, they could too.

And the rewards for his abilities are there all around him, set in Yorkshire stone.‘Yeah I owe the Olympics a lot,’ he says, glancing round the place.

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