(Don’t) Give Peace a Chance

In these hostile times, what can be a greater gesture of solidarity with your fellow man (or woman) than taking each other by the hand and marching forward through life? Brits Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown certainly hold to this philosophy and while taking part in the World Triathlon Olympic qualification event in Tokyo the race leaders decided to finish hand in hand.

Unfortunately for them however, doing so they contravened  International Triathlon Union (ITU) competition rule 2.11.f, which states “athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made, will be disqualified”.

Consequently both runners were disqualified, awarding the win instead to Bermuda’s Flora Duffy. So much for giving peace a chance!



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