Tokyo 2020: Alex Yee selected for Olympic triathlon, Alistair Brownlee missed

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Alex Yee will make his Olympic debut in Tokyo

Alex Yee has been selected to represent the UK in this summer’s Olympic triathlon – which means Alistair Brownlee won’t defend his title in Tokyo.

Yee, 23, joins Jonny Brownlee, Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth on the UK roster.

He won the men’s World Triathlon Series race in Leeds on June 6, his first World Series victory.

The 33-year-old double Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee recently struggled with an ankle injury.

The London and Rio champion, who switched to the Ironman distance after the 2016 Games, was disqualified from the World Series in Leeds after diving another athlete during the event’s swim in Roundhay Park.

“I know it’s a cliché, but I’m over the moon,” said Yee. “I was massively inspired after seeing London 2012 in my hometown and now being selected to represent Team GB after the delay, Covid and the challenges everyone went through, I am very excited.

“It’s been a whirlwind since Leeds last weekend and it’s all coming pretty quickly. I’ll be lowering my head for the next few weeks and preparing as best I can.”

The men’s Olympic triathlon will take place on July 26th and the next day for women. The new mixed season is scheduled for July 31st.

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