That’s a big bummer for Alistair Brownlee, one of the biggest favourites for this weekend’s Ironman South Africa victory.
“I’ve decided not to start Ironman South Africa this weekend. My preparation has gone well and I’ve enjoyed training for the early season goal. Unfortunately, I’ve developed a slightly sore hip over the last few days. So, as hard as it is for me to exercise caution and, as it’s only March, I think it’s best not to risk it.”
“I have considered starting. I’m fit and love to race. But, I’m not very good at stopping once that gun goes and running a marathon is never something to be taken lightly. I’ll have a few days enjoying South Africa and then will get back into training for another race. Good luck to everyone competing in Port Elizabeth and thank you for all the support.”