British triathlete sacrifices his chance to win title in order to help his brother cross the finish line

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British brothers Jonny and Alistair Brownlee are the two best triathletes in the world at the Olympic distance, and they're also some of the finest brothers in all of sports.

At the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel, Jonny Brownlee had a comfortable lead in the final stretch of the run when, all of a sudden, his legs gave out. He looked completely dazed and had a difficult time standing, appearing to suffer from exhaustion or dehydration. His race looked all but over, as did his chances for the title.

Moments later, Alistair came running around the bend neck and neck with South African Henri Schoeman, locked in a battle that had suddenly gone from a race for silver to a race for gold.

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Britain's Alistair Brownlee, left, helps his brother Jonny to get to the finish line during the Triathlon World Series event in Cozumel, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 18, 2016. Exhausted Jonny Brownlee began to weave over the road in hot and humid conditions, when third-placed Alistair, caught his brother, propping him up for the final couple of hundred metres before pushing him over the line in second place. (Delly Carr via AP)
Britain's Alistair Brownlee, right, helps his brother Jonny to get to the finish line during the Triathlon World Series event in Cozumel Mexico, Sunday Sept. 18, 2016. Exhausted Jonny Brownlee began to weave over the road in hot and humid conditions, when third-placed Alistair, caught his brother, propping him up for the final couple of hundred metres before pushing him over the line in second place. (Delly Carr via AP)
TOPSHOT - British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. (ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. (ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. (ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
COZUMEL, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 18: Alistar Brownlee of Great Britain helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (c) of Great Britain to cross the finished line as Jonathan collapsed of dehydration 200 meters before the finish line during the Men Elite ITU World Championship race at the Fonatur Triathlon Park on September 18, 2016 in Cozumel, Mexico. The medal ceremony was cancelled due to the critical condition of Jonathan Brownlee. The ITU Grand Final World Championship ends tonight. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
COZUMEL, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 18: Alistar Brownlee of Great Britain helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (c) of Great Britain to cross the finished line as Jonathan collapsed of dehydration 200 meters before the finish line during the Men Elite ITU World Championship race at the Fonatur Triathlon Park on September 18, 2016 in Cozumel, Mexico. The medal ceremony was cancelled due to the critical condition of Jonathan Brownlee. The ITU Grand Final World Championship ends tonight. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before crossing the line in second and third place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016.  (ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
COZUMEL, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 18: Jonathan Brownlee (c) of Great Britain collapsed of dehydration at the finish line of the Men Elite ITU World Championship race at the Fonatur Triathlon Park on September 18, 2016 in Cozumel, Mexico. His brother, Alistair Brownlee (l), helped Jonathan the last 200 meters to the finish line, as Jonathan could finish second in the race. The medal ceremony was cancelled due to the critical condition of Jonathan Brownlee. The ITU Grand Final World Championship ends tonight. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
COZUMEL, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 18: Jonathan Brownlee (c) of Great Britain collapsed of dehydration at the finish line of the Men Elite ITU World Championship race at the Fonatur Triathlon Park on September 18, 2016 in Cozumel, Mexico. His brother, Alistair Brownlee (l), helped Jonathan the last 200 meters to the finish line, as Jonathan could finish second in the race. The medal ceremony was cancelled due to the critical condition of Jonathan Brownlee. The ITU Grand Final World Championship ends tonight. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
COZUMEL, MEXICO - SEPTEMBER 18: Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain is helped by medical staff after collapsing of dehydration 200 meters before the finish line of the Men Elite ITU World Championship race at the Fonatur Triathlon Park on September 18, 2016 in Cozumel, Mexico. His brother, Alistair Brownlee, helped Jonathan the last meters to the finish line, as Jonathan could finish second in the race. The medal ceremony was cancelled due to the critical condition of Jonathan Brownlee. The ITU Grand Final World Championship ends tonight. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
British athlete Jonathan Brownlee (L) is helped after crossing the line in second place during the ITU World Triathlon Championships 2016 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico on September 18, 2016. / AFP / ELIZABETH RUIZ (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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But instead of leaving his brother on the side of the road and trying to out-sprint Schoeman for the victory, Alistair let Schoeman go and instead went over to Jonny, who was being held up by a race volunteer.

Jonny could barely stand, so Alistair threw his arm over his own shoulder and together they began to jog toward the finish line. At the line, Alistair let Jonny go and he collapsed over the line for second. Alistair took third.

It was an unbelievable scene.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Brownlee brothers together at the finish line of important triathlons, of course.

At the Rio Olympics in August, they had just run away from the field to finish first and second overall. After Jonny crossed the finish line for silver, Alistair — who had just won gold — met him with open arms, and the brothers collapsed onto the ground in exhausted celebration.

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While a gold-silver finish is obviously better than a silver-bronze finish, Alistair's decision to give up a shot at a title in order to help his brother is one of the best moments we've seen in sports in some time.

After the race, Alistair had an excellent quote about Jonny.


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