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World champion Jonathan Brownlee will miss the San Diego World Triathlon Series event on April 20 due to an ankle injury. Brownlee was withdrawn from the start list of the event a few days ago, and it will mean that he will not be able to defend his title for the race he won last year.
The British broadcaster BBC quoted Jonny Brownlee as saying:
“I’m really disappointed not to be going to San Diego. But [I’m] waiting another couple of weeks to get myself race fit after injury is the right thing to do with a whole season ahead of me.”
His brother Alistair, Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion is however competing and hoping to keep the race title in the family.
As Jonny also did not compete in the season opener in Auckland, the withdrawal will make his defence of his world title more difficult as he only has six World Triathlon Series events left to compete in – which leaves little margin for error.