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Tokyo 2020: Watch Team GB’s Georgia Taylor-Brown suffer FLAT TYRE but recover to win brilliant silver medal

TEAM GB triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown suffered a FLAT TYRE - but recovered to win a sensational silver medal.

On the final lap of the bike stage of the race, the Leeds athlete suffered a flat tyre - with the flat losing her about 20 SECONDS from her rivals.

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Speaking on BBC's coverage, former Team GB triathlete Annie Emerson said: "I think Georgia Taylor-Brown has got a flat back tyre - she is struggling in the turns - might just have cost her gold medal chances."

And although ultimately it did cost her a realistic chance at gold, she did not give up.

And during the final running stage of the event, she put on an incredible show to make up the time she had lost.

She ran past a handful of athletes, including GB team-mate Jessica Learmonth - who finished ninth - before a long chase of American. Katie Zaferes.

Eventually Taylor-Brown overtook Zaferes, although there was no catching imperious champion Flora Duffy, who won tiny Bermuda's first ever Olympic gold.

She told the BBC: "I had a really good swim and I got out and we had 35 seconds and I thought this is perfect.

"The bike - we worked really well, I got a puncture coming out of the park with about 2k to come and I panicked - I didn't know what to do so I just rode on the flat.

"I lost maybe 15 seconds on the group.

"The first lap of the run was panic mode. I think I definitely paid for it the latter part of the run but it paid off."

Learmonth was part of the initial breakaway group in a rain-lashed, but still hot, Tokyo.

Team GB's third athlete in the race, Vicky Holland, also had struggles on the bike.

She finished a respectable 13th but was involved in a crash on the bike that cost her around 90 seconds.

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