World Triathlon Series: GB’s Alex Yee wins after Alistair Brownlee is disqualified in Leeds

Double Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee was disqualified when Briton Alex Yee won the men’s World Triathlon Series race in Leeds.

Brownlee was spotted dipping Chase McQueen during the event’s swim course at Roundhay Park.

He later tweeted that the disqualification for an “unintentional” action was “very embarrassing”.

Maya Kingma from the Netherlands had previously won the women’s race ahead of the Briton Jess Learmonth.

It was the 23-year-old Yee’s first win in the World Series, with Jonny Brownlee finishing ninth.

After the disqualification, Alistair Brownlee appeared defeated while attempting to form Britain’s squad for the Tokyo Olympics as the 33-year-old recently struggled with an ankle injury.

“I think GB has a great team going to the Olympics and I wish them all the best,” he tweeted.

“@Lixsanyee [Alex Yee’s] The performance today was outstanding and a breakthrough.

“I have known for some time that my ankle needs an operation. My focus will be on getting well again and then in the future long-distance triathlon.”

His brother Jonny, two years younger than him, was selected for his third Olympic Games at the end of 2020.

Yee pulled away in the early stages of the 10k run that followed the 1,500 meter swim and 40k bike race, finishing an impressive 25 seconds ahead of Morgan Pearson of the US, with Belgian Marten van Riel on the third place.

“I needed a miracle”

Alistair Brownlee had missed the World Series event in Yokohama in May and decided not to take part in the running section of the World Cup race in Sardinia last weekend due to his ankle injury.

“The [Sunday] was a really tough day, “he told BBC Sport.” I didn’t know I was disqualified until the last lap, so it was a bitter end.

“Anything can happen in the middle of a swim. I’m in the middle of a stroke and can guarantee that 10 seconds before and 10 seconds after I was done so badly. It’s a subjective game decision, but it is what it is.

“I was pretty sure this would be my last World Series race. I had been struggling with injuries for the past three or four months – I needed a miracle today. I did all I could and I needed a little luck, but I didn’t make it. ” it.”

His brother called swimming “absolutely terrible” and added, “If the swim isn’t fast enough, we end up swimming side by side. There are too many good swimmers next to each other so it’s not swimming, it’s a fight.

“I know he wasn’t up to anything, but it’s just the fact that when you swim you end up catching your arms.

“I didn’t feel at my best, but fair play to Yee. It was amazing and I’m sure it will be the first win of many.”

Learmonth missed the final phase

In the women’s race on the same track, Kingma beat Learmonth after breaking away from the Leeds-based triathlete in the final seconds of the 10k run for her maiden World Series win.

Britain’s Sophie Coldwell came third, and Flora Duffy from Bermuda came fourth.

Learmonth will be part of the UK triathlon team at the Tokyo Olympics next month.

Four Britons were in the first seven places, Lucy Charles-Barclay and Beth Potter took fifth and seventh place respectively.

Charles-Barclay, an Ironman specialist who competed in her first World Series event, led after the first 1,500 meter swim before Kingma, Learmonth and Caldwell cleared the bike course.

More reactions to the men’s race

Alex Yee: “It’s probably the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life and it’s so special to do it in front of fans,” said the 23-year-old from Lewisham after the event, which was held in front of around 4,000 spectators in the Brownlees’ hometown .

“I have so much respect for the guys I’m up against. The best person will leave because I trust the board to make the right decision.”

Mike Cavendish, Performance Director for British Triathlon: “We’ll meet again on Tuesday and a few weeks later. There are no guarantees, but he does [Yee] is in a good place.

“We would have liked to see Alistair closer to the front, but he sustained an injury. We’ll talk to Alistair, see where his head is, talk to Alex too and bring all that in.”

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