WATCH: Alistair Brownlee’s dramatic near miss with ‘spectator’ during Ibiza race

Alistair Brownlee nearly collided with a seemingly distracted pedestrian when leading during his comeback race at the PTO European Open.

News Director
Last updated -

Alistair Brownlee‘s race return almost came to a shuddering halt in bizarre style at the PTO European Open in Ibiza when a pedestrian walked out in front of him when he was in full flow on the run.


Close call for Brownlee

The double Olympic champion had a hugely frustrating 2022 that was blighted by injury and illness. And his comeback was delayed this season when “a slightly sore hip” ruled him out of IRONMAN South Africa in early March.

So all triathlon fans were delighted to see him back in action in Ibiza and everything had gone smoothly up until the moment a seemingly distracted pedestrian walked across the run track as it meandered around the town.

It came when Brownlee was out on his own at the front of the men’s race, holding a lead of nearly 30 seconds early on the run. Thankfully his shouts alerted the person – and maybe the marshalls – in the nick of time.

‘Happy… to get to the finish line’

A collision was just averted but Brownlee could do nothing about the charging Max Neumann who would come post him later on the run and the Brit would cross the line in sixth.

But speaking on his social channels, Brownlee said: “Happy to stand on a start line, race hard from the gun and get to the finish line today.

“It’s good to be back!”

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
Discover more
Beginner Triathlete Race Day Checklist
Triathlon Race Day Checklist – A Beginners Guide
Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade / Challenge Walchsee 2023
How to pace a hilly half distance triathlon – Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee race day tips
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Wetsuit buying guide – How to choose the best wetsuit for triathlon, open water swimming, SwimRun and cold water
Challenge Family Roth
Five things you need to know about the Challenge Roth bike course
Riixo Recovery compression calf sleeves sports recovery
How to relieve sore muscles and recover faster between training sessions
latest News
Rio 2026 Olympic Games triathlon female podium - Gwen Jorgensen, Nicola Spirig, Vicky Holland
Olympic Games Triathlon: Gwen Jorgensen breaks down what went wrong after missing out on USA team for Paris 2024
Taylor Spivey / Sophie Coldwell Super League Triathlon Munich 2022
Taylor Spivey’s touching message to Sophie Coldwell after Olympics heartbreak – ‘I know how this feels Soph’
An emotional Sophie Coldwell wins WTCS Yokohama 2023 photo credit: World Triathlon / Tommy Zaferes
British Triathlon explain ‘difficult decision’ after Sophie Coldwell Olympic Games triathlon omission
Sophie Coldwell WTCS Cagliari 2024
Sophie Coldwell heartbroken and “angry” after missing out on Olympic Games triathlon spot at Paris 2024
Jonathan Brownlee / Jonny Brownlee - World Triathlon Cup Arzachena 2022
Olympic Games Triathlon: Jonny Brownlee reacts after missing out on Paris 2024 spot for Team GB
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

Share to...