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GB’s Yee wins triathlon silver in Tokyo


Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Nice Britain’s Alex Yee gained silver in a punishing males’s triathlon on the Tokyo Olympics as Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway claimed gold.

Yee, making his Video games debut, led for a lot of the 10km run earlier than Blummenfelt produced a surprising breakaway in 27C warmth and excessive humidity.

New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde took silver, with Briton Jonny Brownlee fifth.

“I’m only a regular man from south-east London – desires actually do come true,” 23-year-old Yee informed BBC Sport.

“My mum at all times says it takes a village to construct an individual and I believe it has taken the entire of GB immediately.”

Blummenfelt was in disbelief as he gained, falling and tangling within the ending tape earlier than being taken to see the medics.

He’s Norway’s first medallist on the Tokyo Video games, taking victory in a single hour 45 minutes 4 seconds.

Yee, who completed 11 seconds behind Blummenfelt, mentioned he was “over the moon” to take a medal in his first Olympics.

“In coaching I went a lot tougher than this race however sadly he was higher on the day,” Yee added.

The occasion – which was moved to the early hours in Tokyo to keep away from the worst of the warmth – needed to be restarted after a ship blocked about half of the athletes as they entered the water.

Yee, generally known as one of many quickest runners in triathlon, was competing in simply his eighth race at this stage.

He beforehand represented Nice Britain within the 10,000m on the European Championships in 2018 however skilled with the Brownlee brothers in Leeds to develop as a triathlete.

Nevertheless he suffered a critical crash in his first World Cup occasion in June 2017, inflicting a punctured lung and breaking ribs, vertebrae and a shoulder blade.

Yee returned 9 months later and claimed his first World Cup victory in Leeds earlier this yr, beating each Brownlees to take gold.

No fairy story ending for Brownlee

Yee paced himself effectively, constructing by way of the swim and on the bike earlier than surging to the entrance on the run.

Compatriot Brownlee – who admitted he doesn’t like the recent situations of Tokyo – was in medal competition till the ultimate two laps, when he was unable to maintain up with the lead group of eventual medallists.

This would be the final Olympics for Brownlee, who gained silver on the Rio Olympics and bronze in London.

“It wasn’t a fairy story ending [for me] however we now have obtained one other probability within the combined crew relay,” he mentioned.

“I’ve seen Alex come up although the ranks and he deserved that. He works ridiculously arduous and I’m happy he’s in our crew on Saturday and I’m not in opposition to him.

“I knew the warmth was one in every of my weaknesses. I put in loads of effort to prepare and I believe I coped effectively with the warmth, however I simply did not have sufficient.”

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