French toast mixed relay success as Britain falter

France retained the mixed relay world title in Hamburg, beating the host nation into second place as British hopes were dashed after a disastrous opening leg from Jess Learmonth.


Commonwealth champions Australia edged New Zealand for the final podium spot, with the highly-fancied USA team struggling in ninth and the Brits a distant 2min 29sec back, cut adrift in 10th.

Vincent Luis, runner-up in the men’s individual competition the previous afternoon, anchored the winning quartet of Emilie Morier, Leo Bergere and Cassandre Beaugrand over a 300m swim, 7km bike and 1.7km run course that was contested by 16 nations.