Learmonth and Taylor-Brown take silver and bronze in Lausanne

Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown finished second and third in the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Lausanne to secure overall silver and bronze medals in the final standings.

Learmonth started well and led after the swim, starting the bike leg with a ten-second lead on the chase group which featured Taylor-Brown and fellow Brit Sophie Coldwell.

The race soon became a three-way fight between Learmonth, Taylor-Brown and American World Series leader Katie Zaferes.

With just one lap to go on the run, Taylor-Brown had fallen behind and it was a straight shoot-out between the top two in the standings, a fitting end to the Grand Final.

Zaferes, though, was too strong in the end and took the race victory and the overall World Series title ahead of Learmonth with Taylor-Brown coming home in third place.

Learmonth said: “It was a tough race out there. We were preparing for Tokyo but the course was hard.

“I’m delighted with the performance and the overall result. I’m delighted for Georgia too. There were some really strong performances out there.”

In the other British involvement in the race, Coldwell finished in 13th place while Vicky Holland finished in 18th place and Beth Potter came home in 28th place.

“I found it quite warm and I didn’t feel great on the bike to be honest,” Taylor-Brown said.

“I’m so happy with the overall result though. I couldn’t have asked for anything more this year. This whole year was all about Olympic selection and the Tokyo test event so to get on the podium again is amazing and to share it with Jess is even better.”

In the men’s race Jonny Brownlee finished eighth while Alex Yee came 13th.