Two British triathletes were disqualified from an Olympic qualification event after finishing the race holding hands.
Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown, who crossed the line in first and second position respectively, were deemed to have broken rules which prohibit a “contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made."
While Learmonth was handed the photo-finish victory originally, the pair were struck from the results - with a subsequent appeal rejected.
The running portion of the event was also reduced from 10km to 5km due to the intense heat, leading Games spokesman Masa Takaya to tell Reuters that a ‘comprehensive review is necessary.’
Flora Duffy, of Bermuda, and Alice Betto, of Italy, subsequently finished first and second respectively, while Britain’s Vicky Holland was upgraded to third.
Holland, 33, said: "I really feel for Jess and Georgia because they raced exceptionally well today and I feel like they absolutely smashed it and deserved the first and second finish.
"I don't know how British Triathlon will choose things now. I wouldn't want to be a selector."
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