Alistair Brownlee disqualified for ‘ducking’ rival


LEEDS, England — Alistair Brownlee conceded Sunday that his hopes of becoming a three-time Olympic champion are over after he was disqualified from the World Triathlon Series event in Leeds for an incident in the water.

The 33-year-old Brownlee, who won Olympic gold medals in 2012 and ’16, now appears certain to miss the Tokyo Games after being penalized for “ducking” rival Chase McQueen during the swimming leg.

Brownlee later tweeted to say he was “very embarrassed about being Dq’d. The swim action was completely unintentional.” He said he’d very often “had worse done to me.”

He said he will now have ankle surgery before focusing on long-distance triathlons in the future.

“That’s not how I wanted my last World Triathlon series race to pan out,” he tweeted. “I’ve struggled with an ankle injury for three months and have done everything possible to get it better and stay fit for racing.

“I knew I needed a lot of luck today and it wasn’t to be.”

Alex Yee showed that he has a chance of challenging for Olympic medals by winning his first title.

Maya Kingma won the women’s event, securing her first World Series title.

The Dutchwoman finished 11 seconds ahead of Britain’s Jess Learmonth.

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