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Team GB’s Alex Yee takes silver in Olympic triathlon with Jonny Brownlee finishing fifth

Written by on 26/07/2021

Great Britain’s Alex Yee has won silver in the men’s triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics, with Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt taking gold.

The 23-year-old from Brockley, southeast London, making his Olympic debut, led for much of the 10km (6.2 miles) run before the Norwegian produced a stunning breakaway in the Tokyo heat.

New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde took silver with Brit Jonny Brownlee, who was bidding for a medal at a third successive Olympics having won bronze in London and silver in Rio, finishing fifth.

Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt celebrates his gold at the finish line
Image: Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt celebrates his gold at the finish line

The event got off to a bizarre beginning when half of the athletes were blocked from diving into the water by a boat, leading to a false start.

Yee stayed in contention, leading the chase group across the line in the cycling before taking the lead in the run.

Blummenfelt fell to the ground as soon as he finished and had to be wheeled away
Image: Blummenfelt fell to the ground as soon as he finished and had to be wheeled away

Both Yee and Brownlee were at the fore going into the final lap but Blummenfelt signalled his intent by making a break on the third lap that split the pack – with only Yee and Wilde able to hang on.

The Norwegian made his bid for gold in the final, in what many thought was a premature burst, but the chasers couldn’t keep up and he ended up winning in the time of 1:45:04.

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Yee won Team GB's third medal at this year's Olympic games
Image: Yee won Team GB’s third medal at this year’s Olympics
Jonny Brownlee finished fifth, after taking silver and bronze in Rio and London
Image: Jonny Brownlee finished fifth, after taking silver and bronze in Rio and London

Blummenfelt was clearly emotional at the finish line, falling to the ground and requiring medical attention.

The 27-year-old won Norway’s first Olympic medal and was taken away in a wheelchair after the race.

Yee got Team GB off to a good start on day three after a disappointing day two on Sunday which saw several medal hopeful’s drop out of the Games.

This was Britain’s third medal so far, with swimmer Adam Peaty hoping to win Team GB’s first gold in the 100m breaststroke later.

Speaking after his win, Yee said: “It’s a bit bizarre really. I’m just a normal guy from southeast London. Dreams really do come true.

“I am just over the moon. I was already deep in the well and dug that little bit in my soul. It wasn’t enough to catch Kristian but it was enough to get silver.”

Elsewhere, Team GB’s rugby sevens men’s team comfortably beat Canada 24-0.

They will play hosts Japan in their second game later today, with hopes of going one better from Rio 2016 and taking gold.

Team GB's men's rugby sevens team got off to a good start at the Tokyo Olympics with a 24-0 win against Canada. They will face hosts Japan and holders Fiji in their remaining pool games
Image: Team GB’s men’s rugby sevens team got off to a good start at the Tokyo Olympics with a 24-0 win against Canada. They will face hosts Japan and holders Fiji in their remaining pool games

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee relaxed its health rules and said medalists can remove their masks on the podium for photos – for 30 seconds.

This, says the IOC, acknowledges “a unique moment in their sporting career.”

Health protocols agreed to ahead of the Tokyo Olympics to control COVID-19 infections had required all medalists to keep masks on for the whole ceremony.

But athletes do have to stay on their own podium step and must put masks back on for group photos on the top step.

 Sky News

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