Brownlee brother accused of cheating before race heroics in Mexico

Jonathan and Alistair crossed the line in a recent race with their arms around each other

Brownlee brother accused of cheating before race heroics in Mexico

Picture by: Mike Egerton / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee made global news earlier this week when footage was released of the the brother crossing the line together in a World Cup race in Mexico.

Jonathan was leading the race inside the final kilometre, but almost collapsed due to dehydration. His older brother Alistair arrived to carry his brother across the line as both finished in the top-three of the final race of the year.

While both brothers have been widely praised, for what happened, one rival was not happy with their antics in the opening stages of the race.

Spain's Mario Mola finished fifth in the race, but won the World Cup series after Jonathan failed to win in Brazil. The Spaniard claimed that the older Brownlee was involved in some unsavoury tactics during the swimming section of the race. 

"I don't know who removed my hat and goggles off me in the swimming leg but I'm almost sure it's the older of the Brownlees," Mola is reported to have told Spain's Radio Cope.

"I'd like to think it wasn't intentional, but in the case that it was, I think it was totally unnecessary."

Alistair is the back-to-back Olympic champion having beating Jonathan in Rio de Janeiro. Mola finished eighth oin the race on the Copacabana.