9 August 12:22 (BST)

Britain's Alistair BROWNLEE aims to seal comeback with fourth European triathlon title

GLASGOW - Great Britain's Alistair BROWNLEE is hoping to produce a convincing comeback to take the men's European triathlon crown at Strathclyde Country Park on Friday.

After suffering a calf injury that forced him to pull out of the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) in Leeds, the three-time European gold medallist returns to compete on a course where he has raced many times over the years.

"I've had a tough year but everything's good at the moment and my body's healthy, so I should be able to race as hard as I possibly can," the double Olympic champion said.

In the battle for gold, BROWNLEE will be challenged by Spain's Fernando ALARZA, currently ranked sixth in the world, and bike and run specialist Pierre LE CORRE (FRA).

Slovakia's Richard VARGA, the reigning European sprint champion, is also a serious podium contender and will immediately show his phenomenal swimming talent in the first 1500m swim leg.

Belgian Marten VAN RIEL, who displayed good form with several top seven finishes in the WTS circuit, will also aim for a medal.

But there is nothing to lose for Joao SILVA (POR). The 2017 European bronze medallist has regained his confidence after four months out due to a heart problem and will be in the battle for the podium.

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