Team GB’s Georgia Taylor-Brown takes triathlon silver after golden hopes are punctured by a flat tyre

Georgia Taylor-Brown has won silver for Team GB in the women’s triathlon, despite a puncture during the cycling section.

The previous best performance ever for a British woman triathlete was Vicky Holland’s bronze in Rio 2016 but Taylor-Brown went one better on day four of the Tokyo Olympics.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy took gold, Bermuda’s first-ever Olympic champion.

Image: Flora Duffy won Bermuda’s first-ever gold at the Olympics

After a close swim and cycle, with five in the leading pack, world champion Duffy stormed ahead in the run leading comfortably the whole way.

Taylor-Brown, who may have challenged for gold but for a flat tyre, secured silver after passing Team USA’s Katie Zaferes on the final lap.

It was a disappointing morning for the other Brits in the triathlon, with Vicky Holland finishing 13th and Jess Learmonth finishing ninth, after falling back in the run despite being in the leading pack for much of the event.

Duffy was beaming as she crossed the finish line with a time of 1:55:37 with Taylor-Brown, from Manchester finishing just over one minute behind Duffy.

Her silver medal is the second Team GB silver in the triathlon after Alex Yee took second in the men’s event on day three.

Image: Georgia Taylor-Brown secured a silver medal in Tokyo

“The first lap of the run was panic mode,” Taylor-Brown said.

“I think I definitely paid for it in the latter part of the run but it paid off.”

Bermuda is the lowest populous nation to win gold and it’s the nation’s first medal since Montreal 1976.

Image: Jiuta Wainiqolo of Fiji battles with Britain’s captain Tom Mitchell in a disappointing match for Team GB

On the second day of the rugby sevens pool, Fiji laid down a marker with the holders beating Team GB 33-7 in the final pool game.

Both teams won their opening games on Monday, securing a quarter-final berth and GB had not conceded a point prior to this match.

Earlier, hosts Japan suffered their third loss in as many matches with a 36-12 defeat at the hands of Canada.