TOKYO – British triathletes Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor Brown were both disqualified after they crossed the line together following the heat-affected test event for next year's Tokyo Olympics on 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 because of 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 in a time of 1:40:19. Italy's Alice Betto was second while Britain's Vicky Holland completed the podium.