Alistair Brownlee is disqualified in Australia as Mario Mola wins triathlon title

Alistair Brownlee is disqualified in Australia as Mario Mola wins triathlon title

Brownlee is a two-time Olympic champion

Britain's Alistair Brownlee was disqualified from the World Triathlon Series Grand Final when Mario Mola won a third consecutive world championship title.

Brownlee, 30, was initially penalized in Australia with a 15-second penalty for not buoying a buoy while swimming.

This was then upgraded to a disqualification, and although he continued to compete, he did not appeal the decision after the race.

The Spaniard Mola finished second behind France's Vincent Luis to win the title.

"The hardest swimming I have ever done"

Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny did not fight for the world title for the final race of the year.

Jonny finished eighth as Best Brit, while compatriot Thomas Bishop finished 22nd.

"I'm really disappointed," said Alistair.