JACOB Birtwhistle won the men's ITU World Triathlon Series race in Leeds as home favourites the Brownlee brothers suffered a disappointing afternoon on Sunday.

Australian Birtwhistle, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, pulled away on the run to earn his first World Series success in one hour, 44 minutes and 12 seconds.

Alistair Brownlee, from Horsforth, had been expected to fight it out with brother Jonny for victory but he finished well down the field, with both finishing outside the top 30.

American Matthew McElroy was second for his first podium finish while veteran Spaniard Javier Gomez claimed third place.

Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown claimed gold on home soil in the women's elite race, finishing in one hour, 55 minutes and 46 seconds - 11 seconds ahead of world number one Katie Zaferes.

Fellow Briton Jess Learmonth was a further minute and 35 seconds behind American Zaferes to secure third spot at Roundhay Park.

Results: Men's: 1 Jacob Birtwhistle (Aus) 1hr 45mins 12secs, 2 Matthew McElroy (USA) 1:45:19, 3 Javier Gomez Noya (Spa) 1:45:21, 4 Henri Schoeman (Rsa) 1:45:31, 5 Sam Ward (Nzl) 1:45:42, 6 Vincent Luis (Fra) 1:45:46, 7 Marten Van Riel (Bel) 1:45:47, 8 Pierre Le Corre (Fra) 1:45:47, 9 Fernando Alarza (Spa) 1:45:49, 10 Jonas Schomburg (Ger) 1:45:52, 11 Aaron Royle (Aus) 1:46:01, 12 Dorian Coninx (Fra) 1:46:03, 13 Thomas Bishop (Gbr) 1:46:07, 14 Jelle Geens (Bel) 1:46:14, 15 Alex Yee (Gbr) 1:46:16, 16 Hayden Wilde (Nzl) 1:46:33, 17 Richard Murray (Rsa) 1:46:40, 18 Antonio Serrat Seoane (Spa) 1:46:47, 19 Simon Viain (Fra) 1:47:12, 20 Leo Bergere (Fra) 1:47:15. Selected Others: 35 Jonathan Brownlee (Gbr) 1:48:57, 44 Alistair Brownlee (Gbr) 1:50:34.