Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee continued his rehabilitation from injury with a silver medal in the latest round of the triathlon world series in Yokohama.
The 27-year-old from Leeds, a winner on his first world series race back in Cape Town last time out, was beaten in a sprint finish by old rival Javier Gomez.
Saturday’s race, though, was one where he admitted to not feeling his best and had to rely on competitive insistics alone to stay with Gomez and Mario Mola, the series leader beforehand, in the sprint finish.
“That was a bit different for me, it just felt terrible and I am delighted to get a result out of it,” said Brownlee, who moves up to ninth in the overall rankings after five rounds, having missed the first three.
“Three weeks ago if someone told me I would have a win and a second in the world series, that is okay for now, I am pleased with that and hopefully it gets better from here.
“I knew Cape Town I wasn’t in great form and I thought I had come on from there and I probably have.
“I think this was one of those days, there was maybe a bit of jetlag and I thought I was better prepared but maybe now I can freshen up and be better for the next race.
“I am proud of that though, anyone can race well when they are having a good day and I have had some fantastic days over the years but a mark of you sometimes is what you can do on your bad days so I am pleased with that.”
Gomez, who won silver between the Brownlee brothers at London 2012, said: “I was probably running against the best runners in the sport in Mario and Alistair. I tried with 2k to go but Alistair stayed and then surged.”
Jonny Brownlee, who was not in action, remains fourth in the world rankings.