Great Britain's Jonathan Brownlee was beaten to the ITU World Triathlon title after losing out in a stunning sprint finish to Spaniard Javier Gomez at the Grand Final in London on Sunday.

Neck-and-neck for the entirety of the final, running leg of the race Gomez took the lead just metres from the finish to clinch his third world title.

"I gave it everything but there was nothing I could do. It was tough," 23-year-old Brownlee said.

Olympic gold medallist - and Jonathan's older brother - Alistair Brownlee finished a long way down the field as he struggled with the ankle injury that has plagued him all season.

The 25-year-old led the world standings ahead of the Hyde Park race but eventually placed fourth in the overall standings after a torrid 10km run.

Alistair's first two legs were supreme but in the transition from cycling to running he was obviously in pain and was immediately dropped from the lead group of his brother and Gomez. 

“He’s thrown a world title away for being a complete tactical numpty,” said Alistair of his brother's performance.

“I saw him make his move with 250m to go and I thought, ‘What an idiot’.

"I’d told him to use his head. If he’d come into the last 100 metres behind Gomez he would have won and he didn’t do it.”

Alistair was noticeably instructing his younger brother when their paths crossed during the race - tapping his head and even coming to a complete stop to egg-on Jonathan as he entered the final stage.

“I’m gutted and it’s tough to take, especially with the race here in London,” said Jonathan.

"Alistair wanted me to use my brain and to think about it. I did use my head as much as I could." 

"When it is so close, you ask yourself, 'what could I have done differently?' But when you get beaten by 30 seconds you just think 'he was better than me'.

“He’s [Alistair] done an eighth of the training of all his rivals and anyone else wouldn’t have started this race. I wouldn’t have done.

“He only started because of his memories of doing so well last year. I know he would have expected me to win a sprint finish like that but I tried my best.”

Great Britain did have one triathlon world champion over the weekend however, with Non Stanford claiming the women's title on Saturday despite having to serve a 15-second penalty on the 10 kilometre run.

 

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