​​​​​​​Taylor-Brown and Learmonth secure medals in Montreal

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Georgia Taylor-Brown continued to show her potential by winning silver at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Montreal and was joined on the podium by team-mate Jess Learmonth.

In the sprint distance race, it was Learmonth that led out the swim with her usual strong performance and was part of a lead pack of four athletes after T1. The Brit was joined by Series leader American Katie Zaferes while Taylor-Brown led the chase pack.

Taylor-Brown closed the gap during the bike leg and the leaders grew to a group of seven athletes and coming out of T2 she was in third place with Learmonth just behind.

Zaferes and Taylor-Brown took the run out and led as a leading pack of two for the closing stages of the race.

The Brit sat on Zaferes’ shoulder until the final 500m when the American moved ahead to claim the victory with Taylor-Brown securing the silver medal and her second medal of the 2019 World Series.

“I guess we just kept yo-yoing to the front,” Taylor-Brown said. “Every time she got to the front she kept pushing it on and I just couldn’t go with her. I just didn’t have the legs today and Katie was incredible.

“It was quite warm, it was pretty tough. Each race is getting better and better for me. I take every race as it comes and I’m just happy to be here.”

Learmonth was in a battle for third place against Alice Betto (ITA) and the Brit came out on top to win her fourth medal of the 2019 World Series.

“It was pretty hot and fast," Learmonth said. "I wasn’t really looking forward to a sprint race. We’ve done quite a few standard races and I thought I’d have to up my game and it hurt a lot. It was good fun though and it’s a nice new course and something different. To be honest, I’m over the moon with that today.”

Jodie Stimpson improved her finishing place from the Leeds leg of the World Series by finishing in 13th place overall. 

In the men's race, Tom Bishop completed the sprint distance event in 29th place. He fought back from coming off his bike in the middle of the bike leg. 

Full results are available here 

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