Triathletes disqualified from Olympics warm-up race for crossing finishing line hand-in-hand

(CNN) — Two British triathletes were disqualified from an Olympics qualification race in Tokyo for crossing the finish line . Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown passed across the line in a photo finish, holding one another’s hands and observing as they completed the World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event from the host city of next year’s Olympic Games. Learmonth was then announced the winner. But despite being comfortably clear of the closest competitors, the pair were disqualified for their show of solidarity. The International Triathlon Union’s competition rules say that”athletes who end in a contrived tie scenario, where no effort to divide their finish times has been created will be DSQ (disqualified).” Learmonth and Taylor-Brown still received support from a number of fellow athletes following the ruling. “I am really upset for these winners. A notification off, a nice possibly but dq??? Olympic places lives and lost potentially changed?!” British Olympian and Ironman champion Jodie Swallow composed on Twitter. Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, that finished after the group, was raised to the winner’s place, while Italian Alice Betto maintained second place. For the set the disqualification did not ultimately result in them missing out on places in next year’s Olympics. The running section of the race has been cut from the Olympic distance of 10km to 5km due to poor weather, meaning Britain’s Olympic competitors will be decided later in the calendar year as opposed to on the outcome of the contest. British athlete Vicky Holland finished third as a consequence of the disqualification. She advised the British Triathlon governing body:”It is was not the set of circumstances that you want when you win a medal but you have to play with what’s provided to you and I have come out with a third place finish” “I really feel like Jess and Georgia because they raced exceptionally well now and I feel as though they totally smashed it deserved the first and second end,” she added. Mike Cavendish, British Triathlon National Performance Director, added:”It’s obviously disappointing to possess Jess and Georgia disqualified but it is a testament to the depth of the feminine squad which we still have the other athlete on the podium.”

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