Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee turns garage into a swimming pool during lockdown

Brownlee won gold in the triathlon at both the London and Rio Olympics (PA Images)
Brownlee won gold in the triathlon at both the London and Rio Olympics (PA Images)
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Double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee has inventively turned his garage into a swimming pool to maintain his training during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 31 year-old, who took victory in the men's race at both the London and Rio Games, will have to wait until 2021 to get his opportunity to win a third successive Olympic gold due to the event being postponed.

But Brownlee refuses to taper down his training and is continuing to swim through the use of a pool where he doesn't actually move.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "It’s like swimming against the tide in a fast flowing river. All I’m doing is swimming on the spot while the water is moving around me.

“Since I was eight, I have gone swimming every day - the pool at Aireborough Leisure Centre, with school and with the triathlon squads. (This) means I can swim 40 to 45 minutes each morning.

"The week before I heard about the cancellation (of the Olympics), I was feeling fit and as good as I’ve felt for some time. Hopefully I will be in a good place to give it a shout next year.”

Alistair's brother Jonny finished with the bronze medal in London and followed that up with a silver behind his sibling in Rio four years later.

The Brownlee brothers have dominated men's triathlon for the best part of the last decade along with Spaniard Mario Gomez.

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