Great Britain’s Alex Yee won silver in a punishing men’s triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics as Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway claimed gold.
Yee, making his Games debut, driven for a significant part of the 10km run before Blummenfelt created a staggering breakaway in 27C warmth and high mugginess. New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde took bronze, with Briton Jonny Brownlee fifth. “I’m simply an ordinary person from south-east London – dreams truly work out as expected,” 23-year-old Yee revealed to BBC Sport. “My mum consistently says it takes a town to fabricate an individual and I think it has taken the entire of GB today.” Blummenfelt was in dismay as he won, getting a handle on the completing tape prior to tumbling to the floor and afterward being taken to see the medics.He is the main Norwegian to win an award at the Tokyo Games, taking triumph in 60 minutes, 45 minutes and four seconds. Yee, who completed 11 seconds behind Blummenfelt, said he was “euphoric” with his silver. “In preparing I went a lot harder than this race however tragically he was better on the day,” Yee added. The occasion – which was moved to the early hours in Tokyo to keep away from the most exceedingly awful of the warmth – must be restarted after a boat hindered about portion of the competitors as they entered the water.Yee, known as perhaps the quickest sprinter in marathon, was contending in his eighth race at this level. He recently addressed Great Britain in the 10,000m at the European Championships in 2018 yet prepared with the Brownlee siblings in Leeds to create as a marathon runner. Anyway he experienced a genuine accident on the bicycle in his first World Cup occasion in June 2017, causing a penetrated lung and breaking ribs, vertebrae and a shoulder bone. Yee returned nine months after the fact and guaranteed his first World Cup triumph in Leeds recently, beating both Brownlees to take gold. Yee found a steady speed well, working through the swim and on the bicycle prior to flooding to the front on the run. Countryman Brownlee – who conceded he doesn’t care for the hot states of Tokyo – was in award dispute until the last two laps, when he couldn’t stay aware of the lead bunch. This will be the last Olympics for Brownlee, who won silver at the Rio Olympics and bronze in London. “It was anything but a fantasy finishing [for me] however we have one more opportunity in the blended group hand-off,” he said. “I have seen Alex come up however the positions and he merited that. He buckles down and I am satisfied he is in our group on Saturday and I am not against him. “I realized the warmth was one of my shortcomings. I put in a ton of exertion to prepare and I think I adapted well to the warmth, however I simply needed something more.”