Taylor-Brown secures first World Triathlon Series title in Leeds

Taylor-Brown secures first World Triathlon Series title in Leeds

09 June 2019 / 18:59

Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown was reduced to tears as she sealed a maiden World Triathlon Series title with a fantastic winning display on home turf in Leeds.

Taylor-Brown, 25, who won bronze in the overall series standings in 2018, went one better than her second place here twelve months ago as she stormed away from the pack on the final lap to take gold in one hour 55 minutes 46 seconds.

Compatriot and European Championships gold medallist Jess Learmouth took bronze while Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland, who won in Leeds last year, came home seventh.

In the men’s race, Tom Bishop was the leading Brit in 13th as Australian Jacob Birtwhistle earned his first World Series victory in one hour 45 minutes 12 seconds – Alex Yee came 15th while Olympic medallists Jonny and Alistair Brownlee finished 35th and 44th.

"It felt incredible, I think I had a little tear in my eye,” Taylor-Brown said.

After the opening 1.5km swim, Learmouth led the pack ahead of Sophie Coldwell and American duo Katie Zaferes and Taylor Spivey.

During the 12km cycle Taylor-Brown caught up to the leading group before she pulled clear of her rivals with 8km to go on the run and never looked back from there.

She said: “It's such a hard position to be in, I was constantly looking behind. I thought she (Zaferes) 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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