Aaron Royle leading Aussie in ITU World Triathlon Series grand final

Aaron Royle
Aaron Royle

Newcastle’s Aaron Royle has finished as the leading Australian at the season-ending ITU World Triathlon Series event in Rotterdam.

Royle, who battled a bout of gastro last week, was 14th, four places in front of countryman Ryan Bailie, in a time of one hour, 53 minutes and 43 seconds in wet, windy conditions.

He ended the world series in 16th after finishing two minutes and 17 seconds behind the Rotterdam winner, France’s Vincent Luis.

Newcastle’s Lorcan Redmond was 22nd in the junior race behind Australian winner Matt Hauser, who won the junior world series title.

Australia's Ashleigh Gentle finished second in the women’s series after her sixth-placed effort in the final event of the year.

Bermuda's Flora Duffy won the event in Europe and has been crowned champion of the nine-event WTS.

Gentle became only the second Australian woman since the WTS replaced the one-off world championship in 2009 to make it onto the podium.

The only other was triple Olympian Emma Moffatt, who won the inaugural title in 2009 in Hungary.

Gentle's silver success was the icing on the cake for a highly successful campaign for the Australian team, who finished with three gold, three silvers and one bronze.

The first four medals went to Australia's para-triathletes, gold to Rio champion Katie Kelly and Commonwealth Games nominee Emily Tapp and silver to Sally Pilbeam and Justin Godfrey.