Alex Yee wins his first-ever Olympic medal as the 23-year-old Team GB star takes silver in the men’s triathlon… with Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt putting in heroic effort for gold
- There was a medal to celebrate in the men’s triathlon when Alex Yee took silver
- Jonathan Brownlee finished fifth in the scorching Tokyo heat for a chaotic race
- Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt took gold on Monday with a beautiful display
- Men’s triathlon started chaotic when a boat got in the way of the athletes atleten
Team GB’s Alex Yee produced a stunning display in the men’s triathlon to claim the silver medal.
Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt grimaced before reaching the final straight, knowing he couldn’t be caught out for gold, but credit to Yee, 23, for claiming his first-ever Olympic title in the scorching Tokyo heat.
Yee, who is from Lewisham, looked disappointed when he crossed the line and it shows how far he has come. Fellow Briton Jonathan Brownlee finished fifth, 0.49 seconds behind Blummenfelt’s pace.
Alex Yee (back) took a silver medal on his Olympic debut in an impressive men’s triathlon
The event was won by Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt as athletes faded into the scorching heat
Yee told BBC: ‘It’s actually a bit bizarre. I’m just a normal South East London guy and dreams do come true.
“It was a tough preparation phase for these Games. In practice I think I went faster than in this race. Coming away second was the best result I could have had that day.’
He added: ‘My mother always says it takes a village to build a man and I think it has taken all of GB these days. I had to dig into my soul, find something small and it was enough to get silver. I’m very happy about that.’
Blummenfelt could barely stand at the end after pulling out of the pack to claim gold
Yee (center) consistently stayed with the leaders and the 23-year-old impressed on debut
Brownlee, who came in fifth, said, “That was really tough. I gave it my all, but I think that’s a reflection of where I stand. I couldn’t give more.
“I always tell myself after a 2012 home Olympics and all the pressure that I can do anything.
“It wasn’t a fairy tale that ended with a gold medal, but all I could have done in the past 18 months was train as hard as I could and make all those sacrifices. Saturday we have another chance with the team (event).’
The men’s Olympic triathlon started in chaotic conditions when a boat jerked across the water, just as some athletes had dived in to start the race.
Half the field dove in while the others were blocked by a boat, triggering a frantic action by the associated vessel to get the message across to the initially unwitting swimmers.
Fellow Briton Jonathan Brownlee finished fifth but had no regrets after a grueling Monday race
Men’s triathlon started in chaotic conditions after a boat caused a false start
Half the field dived in while the others were dropped off by a boat with a camera crew
Fifty-six men lined up on a pontoon in Tokyo Bay for the local 6:30 am start, but when the starter sent them off for the first 1,500-meter swim, about a third of the way was blocked by a camera boat.
With those stranded on the pontoon, a mini-fleet of boats and jet skis flew into action to get rid of the group, with about half of them still plowing on despite the warning horn sounding repeatedly.
Finally, two jet skis pulled up to stop the leaders, who slowly returned to the start after undergoing a more vigorous 200-meter warm-up than they’d expected.