Tokyo 2020 - Kristian Blummenfelt powers to Olympic gold in men’s triathlon, GB's Alex Yee wins silver in epic race
Kristian Blummenfelt is the men’s triathlon Olympic champion after an epic and gruelling race at Tokyo 2020. Team GB athlete and Games newcomer Alex Yee was on track for a superb win before Norway's Blummenfelt put his foot to the floor in the final lap. While there was euphoria for Yee, Jonny Brownlee finished back in fifth.
‘The best 100 metres of his life!’ - Kristian Blummenfelt takes triathlon gold in Japan
Kristian Blummenfelt beat Alex Yee by eleven seconds to win the men’s triathlon.
Team GB and Olympic debutant Yee had led heading into the final stretch after a gruelling swim and bike race, but 27-year-old Blummenfelt was the first to cross the line after a perfectly timed attack in the last lap.
Great Britain had high hopes for Jonny Brownlee, but it was his team-mate Yee who shone in Tokyo alongside Blummenfelt.
Not many tipped Yee as a potential medallist, but the Londoner was in shock when interviewed after the race.
"It’s a bit bizarre that I’m doing this,” Yee told Eurosport.
"I’m just some ordinary kid. It feels really bizarre. I hope I can serve inspiration to anyone to show this is possible and believe in yourself. It was super tough. The conditions up until the running phase were not too bad at all.
"The way the race panned out worked in my favour so I had a little bit of luck on my side. You’ve got to take those opportunities and I tried to bring the race to me in the run. It was really hot. I had a good strategy.”
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