British Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee won their respective races in the first event of the 2022 World Triathlon Championship series in Yokohama.
Taylor-Brown took first place in the event rankings with a stunning record of 1 hour 51.44 seconds.
Compatriot Yee beat New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde in the final with a time of 1:43:30.
After winning, Taylor-Brown joked, “I want to say it feels great, but it’s really painful.”
Taylor-Brown was attacked during the first 500m of the run and was bent back by the pursuit group before overtaking lead Maya Kingma.
However, Britain took the lead and won the victory with an overwhelming lead in Japan.
“I thought it was my first race, so I worked hard and I had nothing to lose,” Taylor-Brown said.
“They came back to me on their knees, but I told myself to just sit back and empty everything.”
France’s Leonie Periault took second place and Olympic champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda finished third.
In the men’s race, Wilde and Yee got stuck in the competition until the last few meters.
Yee made the move and sprinted towards the finish line, with Wilde finishing second and France’s Leo Bergere third.
This was the first World Triathlon Series race of the year and the next competition was held in Leeds on June 11th and 12th.
The last two events held last year in Hamburg and Abu Dhabi in 2021 with postponements and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic are considered the opening two games of the 2022 season.