Britain's Brownlee claims triathlon world title
Britain's Alistair Brownlee won the triathlon world title for a second time, racing to victory Saturday in the final event of the season in cold and rainy conditions.
Brownlee finished comfortably ahead of Switzerland's Sven Riederer and brother Jonathan Brownlee, who was third on the day and second in the final series standings.
Spain's Javier Gomez ended the season third overall after placing sixth Saturday.
Victoria's Simon Whitfield was 13th with a time of one hour 49 minutes 18 seconds on the 2008 Olympic course he captured a silver medal on.
"I raced really well," said Whitfield. "I swam really well, positioned myself on the bike, and the running level is just a notch ahead of me, but it is not a big gap."
Whitfield admitted to reliving some of the Olympic magic he had in 2008 during Saturday's race.
"I clicked my hand where I dropped my hat [in 2008]," he said. "I didn't have a visor on so I clicked my hand."
Victoria's Brent McMahon finished 38th in 1:51:38 while Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., suffered a flat rear wheel on his fifth lap and was forced to pull out of the race.
Joanna Brown, of Carp, Ont., was among three Canadians to crack the top-10 in the junior women's race, finishing sixth. Victoria's Alison Hooper was eighth, one spot ahead of Christine Ridenour of Cowichan Bay, B.C.
Calgary's Ellen Pennock finished 15th.
In the under-23 event, twin sisters Alex and Kyla Coates of Calgary were 10th and 12th, respectively.