World Triathlon Series: Javier Gomez wins title as Jonny Brownlee misses out
Last Updated: 31/08/14 10:58pm
Britain's Jonny Brownlee had to settle for third place as Spaniard Javier Gomez won his fourth World Triathlon Series on Sunday.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist finished behind Gomez in the season-closing race in Edmonton - a race won by his brother Alistair by 20 seconds – and consequently had to take the bronze medal overall.
He had entered the day hoping to add to the crown he won in 2012 but Gomez and fellow Spaniard Mario Mola both dropped him on the run and he was unable to keep pace.
Finishing fourth on the day meant he had to take third overall as Gomez retained the crown he won a year ago.
Alistair Brownlee finished the series in fourth on 4006 points, with his brother ending on 4501.
Mola, a hundred points better off, secured second, with Gomez well clear on 4860.
Jonny Brownlee later revealed he had not been at 100 per cent entering the event and admitted that proved his undoing.
"I've been pretty sick since Stockholm. In the race I just felt weak. I knew on the bike that something wasn't right. I didn't really have it on the first hill," he said.
"Fair play to Javier, he covered everything today. He's been a good world champion this year. He started well and today he fought well for it."
Alistair Brownlee said: "I went in with a plan to try and distance Jonny from Javier if possible and give him a shot at winning the world title.
"That didn't work on the first couple of laps so then I just had a good go at it myself. I had that little break away and got very lucky."