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Learmonth and Brownlee lead the way to Malibu


The Super League Triathlon Championship Series draws to a close in Malibu on Saturday, with British athletes leading the way in both the men’s and women’s standings.

Malibu is the last of four races in the series which started in London before moving to Munich and Jersey over consecutive weekends, with Olympic champions Jess Learmonth and Jonny Brownlee leading the way in the rankings.

Each race in the series has been battled out over a different format, with Malibu hosting the Eliminator. The first ever Super League format, the Eliminator sees three rounds of 300m swim, 3.6km bike and 1.6km run with a short break in-between each round.

After each swim, bike, run a set number of athletes will be eliminated from the bottom of the rankings, leaving a shootout for the final podium positions and top points for the series standings.

Learmonth has won all three races so far to sit at the top of the women’s standings with a perfect 45 points. Georgia Taylor-Brown is close behind on 42 having come second to Learmonth every time, whilst Vicky Holland occupies third place having finished third in London, eighth in Munich and fourth in Jersey.

Beth Potter has the same number of points (33) as Holland and sits in fourth place, with fellow Brits Sophie Coldwell in seventh on 27 and Non Stanford eleventh on 15.

In the men’s series, Brownlee sits top of the standings on 41 points having finished on the podium in each race so far. He finished third in London before back-to-back second place finishes in Munich and Jersey.

The men’s podium is separated by just two points, with New Zealander Hayden Wilde second on 40 and Alex Yee third on 39 following his third place in Munich and sprint finish victory over Brownlee in Jersey.

The race in Malibu is worth extra points, meaning the Brits who currently sit on the podiums will not be able to rest on their laurels as there is plenty of change possible in this final race.

Adding to the excitement in California is the announcement that Olympic gold medallists, Flora Duffy (BER) and Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR), and newly crowned IRONMAN 70.3 world champions, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Norway’s Gustav Iden have been given wildcard entries to this final race.

This is Charles-Barclay’s second Super League experience having competed and won silver at the Arena Games in London earlier this year.

Zuma Beach, just off the Pacific Coast Highway is where all the action will take place and the action will be available live on BT Sport, TriathlonLIVE and for free on SLT TV. The women’s race starts at 21:30 BST on Saturday 25 September, with the men starting at 22:45 BST.

SLT Malibu

Photo credit: Super League Triathlon

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