A 15-second penalty has cost Albury triathlete Jesse Featonby a podium finish in the latest round of the Oceania Cup.
Featonby was set to challenge for a spot on the dais when officials pulled him aside in sight of the finish line.
An accident in the transition from the bike to the run leg had seen Featonby hurdle a fallen athlete, losing a shoe in the process.
“I felt fantastic running and had only one Frenchman for company,” Featonby said.
“With 400 metres to go I was getting prepared for another sprint finish until I had to serve a 15-second penalty for a transition infringement.
“At the time I had no idea what for but was later informed it was for my shoe falling off avoiding the crash in transition.”
The race at Elwood Beach was an Oceania points race and doubled up as the national sprint championships.
Featony said it was frustrating to miss out on a technicality.
“But rules are rules and I have to accept it,” he said.
“I’m thrilled with my fitness and really looking forward to putting down a good result soon.”