British triathletes Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were disqualified for crossing the line together in a heat-affected test event for next year’s Tokyo Olympics Thursday.
Learmonth and Taylor-Brown held hands as they crossed the line after organisers had earlier halved the distance of the running section to five kilometres due to concerns over the extreme heat.
Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, who finished third behind the pair, was elevated to first in the race that also doubled as an Olympic qualifier.
International Triathlon Union (ITU) officials deemed the British pair were in breach of rules that state athletes must not “finish in a contrived tie situation where no effort to separate the finish times has been made”.
Duffy was officially awarded the win with a time of 1:40:19, while Italy’s Alice Betto was second and Britain’s Vicky Holland completed the podium.
“The whole point of coming here was to check out the venue, check out the course and see the conditions,” said Duffy, who missed most of last year through injury.
“I love racing in ho