Yee's glee as Great Britain scoop silver
Triathlon

Yee's glee as Great Britain scoop silver

18 August 2019 / 12:42

Alex Yee steered Great Britain to a superb triathlon silver in the mixed team relay to cap an exciting Tokyo test event, less than one year out from the 2020 Olympic Games.

Yee completed the final leg, following up Jess Learmonth, Gordon Benson and Georgia Taylor-Brown’s earlier strong work, and only narrowly missed out on gold.

It completes a promising week for Great Britain, with Vicky Holland earlier taking bronze in the women’s event.

“It was a great race and a great fight,” Yee said. “I gave it everything I had and it wasn’t quite enough but I am proud of myself for giving it all I had.

“These guys put me in a fantastic position and I can’t thank them enough.”

Learmonth got Great Britain off to a strong start, leading the field after the a strong swim, and she handed over to Benson 20 seconds clear of the field.

Benson maintained the position out front and handed over to Taylor-Brown 16s clear of the pack but with the race nearing its conclusion, France and USA put on a charge behind.

And when Taylor-Brown handed over to Yee, she was level with France’s Leonie Periault to set up a thrilling finish.

In a topsy-turvy final leg, Yee and Dorian Coninx were neck and neck throughout and it was the French athlete who crossed the line marginally ahead to take gold.

“I’ve not done many relays and I have to be honest that they haven’t been great experiences for me so to do that on the Olympic course and to be a part of the team is really nice,” Learmonth said.

“I think everyone individually did amazing. I tried to get away in the swim because I didn’t want to leave it to the run and that seemed to work well. I am so glad it worked and I could give the team a lead.”

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