Gentile pushes Australia to mixed-team triathlon gold

Triathlon - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Mixed Team Relay Final - Southport Broadwater Parklands - Gold Coast, Australia - April 7, 2018. Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Vicky Holland and Jessica Learmonth of England celebrate after crossing the finish line in second place. REUTERS/David Gray

GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Australia's Ashleigh Gentile pulled away from England's Jessica Learmonth on the cycle and run sections of the mixed-team triathlon relay to help the host nation to the title at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Gentile gave Jake Birtwhistle a 40-second buffer over Alistair Brownlee that the individual silver medallist held to give their team, which also included Gillian Backhouse and Matt Hauser, the gold.

Each of the two male and two female competitors completed a 250-metre swim, seven kilometre bike ride and 1,500-metre run in the race.

Hauser and Jonny Brownlee had been locked together at the halfway stage before Gentile put pressure on Learmonth to open up the gap they needed.

Australia finished in a combined time of one hour, 17 minutes and 36 seconds, with Alistair Brownlee crossing the line 52 seconds later. New Zealand clinched bronze in a time of 1:19.28.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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