Triathlete carries bike for one mile barefoot after race crash

Jonathan Brownlee made headlines at last year when his brother helped him over the line in Mexico

Triathlete carries bike for one mile barefoot after race crash

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A triathlon is a difficult pursuit, and it was made all the more difficult for Britain's Jonathan Brownlee when he was forced to carry his bike after a crash in Japan.

Brownlee was a mile away from the next transition of a race in the World Series, when he was involved in a crash.

BBC Sport reports that the Olympic Silver medallist veered into the railings in an attempt to avoid another participant who had fallen in front of him.

Determined to keep going, Brownlee carried the bike the rest of the way barefoot, before starting the running portion of the race, where he finished 42nd overall.

Brownlee made headlines last year, when his brother Alistair carried him over the line in a race in Mexico.

Speaking to BBC Sports after the event, Brownlee said:

"My first reaction was to get back on the bike, get back riding. But then I got to my bike and the handlebars were pointing in the wrong direction and I couldn't move it.

"I still wanted to run - I had not come all the way to Japan not to finish."

He added:

"On that course you want to stay high up in the field to avoid crashes. I was sitting in fourth to avoid crashes, but then an athlete just crashed in front of me.

"I was very, very lucky not to break anything in the crash. I've watched the video back and I could easily have two broken collarbones.

"I'm just disappointed - I come to races to race and I didn't get a chance."