Jonathan Brownlee struggles in Rotterdam as Mola retains World title
Jonathan Brownlee struggled to hide his disappointment after the Olympic silver medallist failed to get himself among the medals at the World Triathlon Series finale in Rotterdam.
In wet and cold conditions, the British triathlete could only manage fifth after falling away from the leading pack in the closing stages of the run.
France's Vincent Luis took the win ahead of Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt after a sprint finish while Mario Mola's third-place finish was enough to see him retain his overall World Triathlon Series title.
For Brownlee, the result continued a frustrating season which has been hit by injury and illness and one in which he has only triumphed once, at the penultimate event in Stockholm.
And the 2012 champion's campaign was summed up with the fact he had to contest Saturday's swim without his goggles.
"I had to take them off because I couldn't see where I was going," said Brownlee, who finishes the series sixth overall.
"It was just one of those bad luck days. I didn't have the legs and I felt terrible.
"At some points on the bike I was getting dropped and thinking, 'what's wrong with me?' It was just one of those days."