World Triathlon Series: Georgia Taylor-Brown wins gold in Leeds

Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown secured her first World Triathlon Series title with victory in Leeds.

The 25-year-old World Championship bronze medallist was second 12 months ago, but crossed the line in one hour 55 minutes 46 seconds to take gold.

Her team-mate Jess Learmonth took bronze, finishing one minute 36 seconds behind Taylor-Brown.

In the men’s race – won by Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle – Tom Bishop was the highest-placing Briton in 13th.

Alex Yee was 15th, with Olympic medallists Jonny and Alistair Brownlee 35th and 44th respectively. Double Olympic champion Alistair was making his first appearance at a World Triathlon Series race for the first time since 2018.

‘I was definitely running in a panic’

Taylor-Brown told BBC Sport she had “a little tear in her eye” and victory “felt incredible”.

She beat American Katie Zaferes by 11 seconds.

Non Stanford finished in fifth, Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland was seventh, and their fellow Briton Sophie Coldwell came home ninth.

On leading throughout the run, Taylor-Brown said: “It’s such a hard position to be in, I was constantly looking behind.

“I thought she was going to catch me. I was definitely running in a panic.

“I went for it because I was numb, my feet were so cold I couldn’t feel them.

“We worked really well as a group and communicated well, everyone played their part.”

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