Alistair Brownlee shelves track ambitions

England's Alistair Brownlee crosses the line after winning the Mixed Team Relay at Strathclyde Country Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games near Glasgow.

England's Alistair Brownlee crosses the line after winning the Mixed Team Relay at Strathclyde Country Park during the 2014 Commonwealth Games near Glasgow.

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ALISTAIR Brownlee is unlikely to pursue track running despite having won every major honour in triathlon.

The 26-year-old added double Commonwealth Games gold to his Olympic gold, two world titles and three European crowns and is arguably the best triathlete of all time.

Brownlee had hoped to double up in Glasgow and run the 10,000 metres as well but injuries earlier in the season forced him to abandon the plan.

The Bingley Harrier first set the target after winning the Olympics in London in 2012, when his time for the 10-kilometre run of 29 minutes and seven seconds was only a second slower than Britain's Chris Thompson, who finished 25th in the final of the 10,000m on the track.

Given Brownlee had already swum 1.5 kilometres and cycled 40km, and jogged his way down the finishing straight in celebration, it seemed a realistic aim.

Last year he ran a time only 12 seconds short of the B standard for the Commonwealth Games off the back of little training, but he revealed targeting Glasgow was a one-time thing.

Brownlee said: "I think I'm going to struggle now.

"The track was a goal to try to come to the Commonwealths to do it. It would have been a fantastic achievement to do it but it just didn't work out unfortunately.

"At the moment I'm completely focused on triathlon, obviously the rest of this year and then on to Rio."

England dominated the triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park, with Brownlee beating younger brother Jonny to individual gold while Jodie Stimpson won the women's race and Vicky Holland took bronze.

The quartet then teamed up on Saturday to win the first mixed team relay at a major Games in suitably dominant fashion.

Both Brownlees had made the Commonwealth Games their priority this season ahead of winning the world title, which looks certain to go to their big rival Javier Gomez from Spain.

There are two races left in the World Triathlon Series, which decides the world champion, with Stockholm in a month's time followed by the Grand Final in Edmonton.

"Both of us are looking towards Edmonton now," said Alistair.

"We're going to spend a few days here just enjoying the Games and then head off to go and train somewhere and train hard for Edmonton.

"My aim now is just completely to win the Grand Final. If I can do that then it's all the big one-day races this year and that will have to do.

"I'll maybe have another crack at the world title next year. Edmonton's a good course and, if I'm fit, it should be good."

Alistair remains all but untouchable when fully fit but injury problems over the past three seasons have scuppered his chances of adding to his world titles from 2009 and 2011.

He does not like having to peak for the amount of races required to win the series but is planning to give it another go next year.

He said: "I hope so, of course. The world title both these last two years has been weird with the races so early in the season.

"I took a bit of a risk going for the 10km more than anything. If I'd gone straight on to New Zealand (for the first race of the series) it could have been a bit different.

"But I wanted to win the Commonwealths and I've done that now so I can't complain."

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