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Jonathan Brownlee finished fourth at the ITU World Triathlon Montreal, just as he did a week ago in Edmonton. Javier Gomez (ESP) ran to the top of the podium as he has done many times, and Gordon Benson finished eighteenth.

Brownlee started really well, working closely with Richard Varga (SVK) at the front of the 1500m swim. They got through the first transition and soon formed a breakaway bike group, which included Gomez and Norway’s powerful Kristian Blummenfelt.

The group worked hard to establish over a minute lead from the chasing group, which included Series leader, Mario Mola (ESP). By the second transition, that lead had been cut to 58 seconds, but Brownlee was very well placed at the start of the run.

A front group of Brownlee, Gomez and Blummenfelt looked to have the medals sealed until Brownlee started to fade and was caught by Richard Murray (RSA). Mola was close behind but then slipped down to fourteenth.

Brownlee said: “I had a really good swim. On the bike it was set up perfectly, but I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I felt really tired and really flat. I should be winning that kind of race, not coming forth like that, but well done to Javier and Kristian, they worked hard on the bike.”

Referring to his plans to go on to the next round in Stockholm at the end of the month, he added: “I was off my best today. I’m training alright, but I’m not racing well. I’ll carry on racing for the rest of the year, but at some point I need some good rest.”

Gordon Benson finished 18th after riding in the chase group. Grant Sheldon didn’t finish unfortunately. The next round of the ITU World Triathlon Series takes place in Stockholm, 26-27 August, and will feature a larger British contingent of athletes including the return of Jodie Stimpson.

Also this weekend, Britain’s U23 athletes won individual and Mixed Relay gold in Hungary. Georgia Taylor Brown won the women’s race and helped Great Britain to the relay title along with Sian Rainsley, Sam Dickinson and James Teagle.

ITU World Triathlon Montréal; 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run:

  1. Javier Gomez, ESP, 1:47:50
  2. Kristian Blummenfelt, NOR, 1:48:05
  3. Richard Murray, RSA, 1:48:42
  4. Jonathan Brownlee, GBR, 1:49:04

Remaining Series rounds:

Stockholm: 26-27 August

Rotterdam (Grand Final): 14-17 September