Bryan Keane has finished 22nd at the Cape Town leg of the World Triathlon Series, with Conor Murphy taking 42nd place.

Keane was the first Irishman out of the 1500m swim in 17:36, with Murphy 11 seconds behind, and both some way down on the leader Richard Varga.

As a lead group of 14 formed Keane found himself in the main chase pack with Murphy disappointingly in the third pack.

The 14 up front were working well together and extended their lead with Keane's group beginning to loose time as the laps went ticked on.

By T2 it was over a minute and hopes of a top ten finish were gone. Keane managed to post a strong run of 31:33 though to claw his way up to 22nd position.

Murphy was well back by the start of the run but battled on for a 42nd-place finish.

Bryan Keane now stands 16th in the World Triathlon Series standings with Conor Murphy 34th.

Javier Gomez Noya’s quest to become the second man to win four ITU World Championships gained strength as he comfortably beat Jonathan Brownlee for his second consecutive ITU World Triathlon Series win in 2014.

As the series made its debut in Africa, Gomez put the hammer down with around 4km to go.

Just like in the series opener in Auckland, Brownlee just couldn’t stick with him.

It means Gomez holds onto the lead in the Threadneedle rankings and looks the one to beat in the race for the 2014 world title.