The mixed relay team of James Learmonth, Alistair Brownlee, Chris Taylor-Brown and Emily Yee won the gold medal in the triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
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Jessica Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, and Alex Yee of Great Britain won the inaugural Olympic mixed relay with a fantastic performance.
Brownlee, who declared in June that he was “ready for a new challenge,” had a successful Games goodbye, winning his first gold in his third Olympics.
After being briefly overtaken by France’s Vincent Luis in the cycling stage, Yee surged away in the 2km run to win Britain’s sixth gold in Tokyo.
The United Kingdom finished 14 seconds ahead of the United States, with France taking bronze.
“I was a little nervous taking over since the three guys before me had run flawless races,” said Yee, a silver medalist in the men’s individual event.
Brownlee pulled away from the pack after a strong first leg from Learmonth, while individual women’s silver medalist Taylor-Brown and Yee maintained the lead to win Britain’s third triathlon medal of the week.
Brownlee finished fifth in the individual race on Monday, after winning bronze in London nine years ago and silver in Rio behind his brother Alistair.
He did, however, play a key part in Britain’s gold-medal victory on Saturday.
“What about the Olympics? I’ve finished it, “Brownlee, who is 31 years old, said.
“It feels totally wonderful.” It’s my third Olympics, and I’m finally a gold medalist.
“We knew there was a lot of expectation on us going into this race; we all had to race well and do everything properly, and that’s exactly what we did.”
The United Kingdom came in 14 seconds ahead of the United States, while France took bronze.
The two-time Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Learmonth, 33, told the : “I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Being in a team of Olympic medalists made me a little nervous, but I’m glad we ran a fantastic race.”
During the third leg, Taylor-Brown, 27, established a 23-second lead as she followed Brownlee’s efforts.
“I just tried not to freak out. Jonny had given me such a big advantage “she stated
“I just knew I had some time to relax and not get too worked up about it, because that’s when things can go horribly wrong.”
“I knew I had to give it my all on the final run lap and leave as much of a gap as possible for Yee boy!”
Yee, who is competing in his first Olympic Games, admitted he had to react after Luis overtook him on the bike before pulling away during the run.
He continued, “I know my run is my strength, so I just went for it.” “It’s incredible to be here and to be doing it with these incredible guys.”
Yee, 23, previously competed for Great Britain in the 10,000m at the European Championships in 2018, but trained as a triathlete with the Brownlee brothers in Leeds.
He did, however, have a serious bike crash in his first World Cup event in June 2017, which resulted in a punctured lung and the breaking of ribs, vertebrae, and a shoulder blade.