New Zealand’s major elite hopes, Andrea Hewitt and Ryan Sissons, failed to meet expectations at the World Triathlon grand final in Rotterdam. Hewitt was 11th in the women’s event to finish fifth overall in the World Series rankings while Sissons was 23rd in the men’s race and 10th in the World Series. The Rio Olympians came in with hopes of cementing higher honours to cap off excellent results in the World Series. ‘‘The encouraging aspect was the efforts of our younger athletes here, particularly Hannah Knighton and Tayler Reid on the first day,‘‘ said Triathlon New Zealand high performance director, Mark Elliott. Knighton and Reid were fifth in the junior women and 11th in the under23 men respectively.