Silver success for Taylor-Brown in Montreal

Silver success for Taylor-Brown in Montreal

30 June 2019 / 13:33

After sealing her maiden World Triathlon Series title earlier this month, Georgia Taylor-Brown secured her second medal of the series with an impressive silver in Montreal.

The Brit, who won her first title in Leeds, was joined on the podium by team-mate Jess Learmonth, who picked up bronze in the sprint distance race.

Learmonth led out the swim and was part of a lead pack of four athletes which included Series leader Katie Zaferes after the first transition.

Taylor-Brown was at the front of the chase pack and closed the gap during the bike leg to join the leaders, sitting in third as they came out of the second transition with Learmonth just behind.

Zaferes and Taylor-Brown took the run out and led heading into the closing stages when the American moved clear with 500m to claim victory with the Brit securing silver, while Learmonth battled with Italian Alice Betto to clinch the final podium place.

Taylor-Brown, who won bronze in the overall standings in 2018, acknowledged the race was tough but she is seeing improvements as her season progresses.

“I guess we just kept yo-yoing to the front,” she said.

“Every time she got to the front she kept pushing it on and I just couldn’t go with her. I just didn’t have the legs today and Katie was incredible.

“It was quite warm, it was pretty tough. Each race is getting better and better for me. I take every race as it comes and I’m just happy to be here.”

Commonwealth silver medallist Learmonth picked up her fourth medal of the 2019 series and was delighted with her performance in Montreal after being worried about competing at the shorter distance. 

“It was pretty hot and fast,” Learmonth said.

“I wasn’t really looking forward to a sprint race. We’ve done quite a few standard races and I thought I’d have to up my game and it hurt a lot.

“It was good fun though and it’s a nice new course and something different. To be honest, I’m over the moon with that today."

Sportsbeat 2019