Alex Yee: Background, career highlights, quotes (2022)

You may not have heard of him before he broke onto the triathlon scene with a double Olympic medal haul at Tokyo 2020, but Alex Yee’s been working his way up the triathlon ranks for years.

Here’s how Yee went from Crystal Palace Triathlon Club age-grouper, to being awarded an MBE for his services to triathlon, in just the space of a few years…

Who is Alex Yee?

Alex Yee is a British professional triathlete from Lewisham, London. At the ripe age of 23 in 2021, he became an Olympian gold medallist and Super League Triathlon champion.

Yee first took his place on the world stage in the 2016 ITU Junior Duathlon Championships in Aviles, where he took gold and later went on to win the SportsAid ‘One to Watch’ award which was presented to him by Sir Mo Farah.

Marked for great things, 2017 didn’t go to plan, however, with Yee colliding with another competitor into a concrete bollard during the bike leg of the 2017 ITU World Cup in Cagliari, suffering serious, season-ending injuries.

The next year in 2018 is when things really started to pick up pace for Yee, whose background in track saw him claim a personal best in the 10,000m and narrowly missing out on setting an all-time British under-23 record.

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The remainder of the season saw Yee take home a smattering of top 10 ETU and ITU finishes, along with a podium-position in Weihai where he achieved his first bronze in senior racing.

The following year in 2019, Yee consolidated on past performances with a bunch of top five finishes, coming second to Mario Mola at the World Triathlon race in Abu Dhabi and topping the podium twice in team relay events.

Skipping ahead to 2021, Covid-19 had seen a halt to most professional racing for the good part of a year, but promising times were ahead for young Yee, who’d since turned 23.

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Fast-forward to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (which actually took place in 2021) and Yee shone on the world stage, proving himself an absolute powerhouse on the run and all-round strong competitor. Yee claimed Olympic silver in the men’s individual race and gold for Great Britain in the mixed relay.

But the season wasn’t over and Yee went on to compete in the high-octane Super League Triathlon series, claiming the series win for 2021. A year later and he was Commonwealth champion on debut, on home soil, and on the finest form.

How old is Alex Yee?

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Alex Yee is currently 24-years-old and was born on 18 February 1998 in Lewisham, London.

Alex Yee’s career highlights

Here’s a break down of the key moments in Yee’s career so far, learn who has inspired his career and what he’s set his sights on for 2022.

August 2012: Watches Brownlee brothers’ success in London 2012

Among thousands in Hyde Park to see British triathlon Olympic medal success for the first time – proving that a dream could become reality.

June 2017:Suffers horror bike crash in Italy

A week before sitting his A-levels, Yee collides with a concrete bollard in his first World Cup race in Cagliari, suffering broken ribs, vertebrae and a collapsed lung.

May 2018:Wins British 10,000m title on debut

Defeats veterans Andy Vernon and Chris Thompson at Highgate to take national title in 27:51:94 – barely 5secs outside Dave Bedford’s British U23 record set in 1971.

July 2018:Runs 13:34mins over 5,000m at London Anniversary Games

A first taste of Diamond League action against world’s best track runners in Olympic stadium. Yee returns the following year to improve his PB by 5secs.

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September 2018: Races first-ever Olympic distance triathlon

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Yee scores a top ten in his first Olympic triathlon at the U23 Worlds in Queensland, Australia.

February/March 2019:Makes mark on world senior stage

Wins first World Cup in Cape Townthen finishes runner-up to world champion Mario Mola in Abu Dhabi on hisWorld Series debut. The world starts to pay attention.

June 2021:Wins first World Series race in Leeds

Secures Olympic qualification and thrills bumper home crowd in Roundhay Park and a live audience on BBC withaccomplished all-around victory.

July 2021: Wins Olympic silver and gold

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Takes on Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt and Kiwi Hayden Wilde to finish second in the Tokyo 2020 men’s individual race, taking home a silver medal for Great Britain.

Anchors Team GB’s mixed team relay squad to inaugural Olympic title five days after finishing runner-up to a charging Blummenfelt in individual race.

August 2021: Misses out on world title in Edmonton

Despite being the fastest 10km run by 40secs, finishes 11th and must settle for third in the series as Blummenfelt adds world title to Olympic success.

September 2021: Hero’s return for first leg of Super League Triathlon

Sun and crowds out for a return to racing on home soil in London’s docklands as SLT starts four-week mini-season. Finishes fifth in Triple Mix format.

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September 2021: Wins Super League Triathlon title in Malibu

After placing third in Munich and winning in Jersey, takes overall crown after beating Marten van Riel in a sprint finish in California and scoops $120k.

New Years 2022: Appointed an MBE

Yee was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) during New Years Honours for his services to triathlon, along with his fellow relay gold medallists: Jonny Brownlee, Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown.

May 2022: Becomes a virtual world champion

Wins the inaugural Esports Triathlon World Championship in Singapore.

May 2022: Wins thefirst World Triathlon race of the year

Battles with Wilde throughout the race but just edges him inthe home stretch to take first blood of 2022 in Yokohama.

June 2022: Crashes and crowns

A crash at the Leeds WTCS event at the start of the month sees him DNF from what could have been a race for the ages. He fairs better than teammate Jonny Brownlee, though, who suffers a broken elbow from the same collision.

Two weeks later, Yee’s in Montreal and back to his winning ways in the individual event and silver in the mixed relay.

July 2022: Wins the biggest title to date

In his first Commonwealth Games he takes not only gold but also Team England’s first medal of the Games on home soil. It’s a hard-fought-for win over Wilde, with Yee’s killer 5k run speed and a contentious penalty for the Kiwi bagging the young Brit a huge career victory.

Alex Yee quotes

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On being inspired by London 2012: “I feel I’m a product of London 2012. To have the Olympics on my doorstep and watch Ali and Jonny fly by really lit a fire for me.”

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On his horror crash in Italy: “It gave me perspective, you realise that health is the No. 1 thing. And it gave me clarity that I loved triathlon.”

On winning his first WTCS race in Leeds: “My most complete race of the year – a proud moment that made me believe in myself and what I was doing. I remember being so present and able to make such clear race decisions. I was really living.”

On missing out on the world title in Edmonton: “Edmonton was a learning curve, and I’m at complete peace that I didn’t win because I don’t feel I’m at that point where I can call myself a world champ.”

On racing the Super League Triathlon series in 2021: “The SLT format doesn’t really suit me, but I found a way to be competitive. Racing in London is just different gravy, the support was incredible. Another highlight was the sprint finish with Jonny in Jersey.”

On his first world title win at the Esports Champs: “I came here to race the best that I could, and I’ve been rewarded for my performances. My swim has been a massive project for me this winter and I’ve worked meticulously on it, so I’m really pleased that it paid off.”

On winning the 2022 Commonwealth title: “It’s a bit of a fairytale isn’t it? I’ve worked hard for this. And I’m just proud that I could do it for Team England, for myself, my family, for everyone.”

What’s next for Yee?

Yee aims to ‘be competitive in any race scenario’, with plans to work hard on the individual disciplines, breakout speeds and the physiology of cold-water swimming.

One thing’s for sure, there are good things to come for Alex Yee. Watch this space.

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What is Alex Yee best at? ›

In non-traditional formats, Yee was the winner of the 2021 Super League Triathlon Championship Series. In 2022, he became the inaugural Esport Triathlon World Champion, after finishing second at both the London and the Singapore Arena Games Triathlon event.

Where does Alex Yee train? ›

However, Alex fought back hard. He moved to Leeds to study Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University and join the British Triathlon training squad, including the Brownlee brothers.

How fast is Alex Yee? ›

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How long is a triathlon? ›

This triathlon distance requires a 2.4 mile swim (3.9K), 112 mile bike (180.2K), and 26.2 mile run (42.2K). Depending on your fitness level, course conditions, and the weather on race day, you can expect to complete these three legs in about 10 to 17 hours.

What do you drink during a sprint triathlon? ›

Stock your bike cage with one bottle of about 200 calories of sport drink with ~400-600mg sodium and plan to sip 3-4 ounces (1 gulp equals roughly 1 ounce) every 10-15 minutes of riding. It's ok if you don't finish the bottle.

Can you train for a triathlon in 8 weeks? ›

This Olympic triathlon training plan is designed for intermediate athletes training for an Olympic-distance triathlon. An athlete taking on this eight-week program should have a background of successfully completing and sustaining eight weeks worth of training with a base of at least six hours per week.

Can you train for a sprint triathlon in a month? ›

The following programme is part of a six-month training regime for a sprint triathlon. See the full programme here.
Training plan.
Day 1Swim 20mins - speedBike 65mins - endurance
Day 4Bike 65mins - enduranceStrength
Day 5Run 28mins - speed-
Day 6--
Day 7 (Brick)Bike 45mins - enduranceRun 15mins - speed
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What is the fastest 5k time ever? ›

As for a 5k road race, the current men's record is 12:49, held by Ethiopia's Berihu Aregawi. This recent record was set on December 31, 2021. Now, onto the women. The current 5000-meter world record holder is Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey, with a time of 14:06.62.

Who is the fastest runner in triathlon? ›

The men's world record on this distance is held by Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei (26:11.00 minutes).

Who is Alex Yee arcane? ›

Alex Yee is the co-creator of the Annie winning and Emmy-nominated animated feature Arcane. Thanks to the passion he feels for the show and the video game it is based on League of Legends it is clear this has been a labor of love for him.

Is a triathlon harder than a marathon? ›

When comparing all triathlon distances against a marathon, then clearly triathlon is more challenging considering that the Ironman distance also hosts a full marathon distance, however, when comparing Triathlons to Ultra Marathons, the scale shifts to Ultra Marathons.

Who won the first Ironman? ›

The winner of the very first IRONMAN World Championship in 1978, Gordon Haller, a Naval communication specialist, trailed John Dunbar by 12 minutes off the bike at the very first race, only to out-run the Navy Seal by 30 minutes for the win.

How fast do triathletes run? ›

Not only are transition times mere seconds, but the overall pace is often extremely fast, hovering just above a 5-minute mile run pace. High-caliber professionals will often finish Olympic triathlons in around 2 hours or less, with the men's record currently at just over 1 hour, 46 minutes.

What is the best food to eat before a triathlon? ›

Generally speaking, you should eat what you normally would. The day before a race is not the time to try new foods or eat something random. Ensure your carbohydrate fuel tank is full by including carbohydrate rich foods such as bread, rice, pasta, noodles, crackers, fruit, milk, yoghurt in your main meals and snacks.

What do you eat after a triathlon? ›

In the 15-30 minutes after you've completed your triathlon and finished celebrating it is recommended to consume 15-25 grams of protein, 40-50 grams of carbohydrates and 240-300 calories. This equates to a light snack such as a peanut butter sandwich or a bowl of cereal with yogurt.

How should I eat for a triathlon? ›

Aim for 30 to 60 grams of carbohydrate for every hour of exercise. Start fueling every 15 minutes with a 6-8% carbohydrates solution. You will be consuming about 6 to 12 ounces of fluid ounces per hour.
For example:
  1. Sports drinks.
  2. Gels.
  3. Shot blocks.
  4. Gummies.
  5. Raisins.
  6. Bananas.
  7. Fig bars.
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What do you wear in a triathlon? ›

Anything that is comfortable and keeps you covered in transition works well. Once you start racing consistently, a typical race 'kit' would include a singlet (tri top) and triathlon shorts, or a one-piece tri suit. Triathlon racing attire is designed for speed, flexibility and comfort in all three disciplines.

Are sprint triathlons hard? ›

Competing in a triathlon is a physically demanding task. Even sprint triathlon, which is a short distance triathlon, can take several weeks or months of training, depending on your level of physical fitness. The essential part of sprint triathlon training is improving your endurance.

How should a beginner train for a triathlon? ›

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What is a good beginner sprint triathlon time? ›

For the beginner triathlete, it will take about 1 hour 50 minutes to complete their first sprint distance triathlon. If we break down the average sprint triathlon time, this should take the novice triathlete around 2 minutes per 100 m in the swim. 1 hour for the bike leg, and up to 30 minutes to complete the run.

How long does it take the average person to do a sprint triathlon? ›

A Sprint triathlon consists of a 750 meter swim, a 20 kilometre (12.4 mile) bike, and a 5 kilometre (3.1 mile) run. The average triathlete will complete a Sprint triathlon in 1:30-1:45hrs, requiring around 20 minutes to finish the swim, 45 minutes to finish the bike, and 30 minutes to finish the run.

Can you do a sprint triathlon without training? ›

No, in all seriousness, if you are doing a sprint triathlon, you don't need to spend that much time training. You'll want to workout four to five days a week, but you don't need to log hours and hours in the pool, on the bike, or on the treadmill.

How fast does Mo Farah Run 5k? ›

How fast does Mo Farah run? Farah, 39, was born in Somalia and moved to Britain at the age of nine. The running superstar won gold in the 5km and 10km at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. His personal best over 5km is 12mins 53.11secs, recorded in Monaco in 2011.

Who is Alex Yee arcane? ›

Alex Yee is the co-creator of the Annie winning and Emmy-nominated animated feature Arcane. Thanks to the passion he feels for the show and the video game it is based on League of Legends it is clear this has been a labor of love for him.

Is Alex Yee British? ›

British triathlete Alex Yee could enjoy a summer like no other if he can replicate anything like the performance that granted him Team GB stardom last year.

How tall is Kristian Blummenfelt? ›

What is Usain Bolt's 5k time? ›

19.19 - Usain Bolt
DistanceFinish timeWorld Record
5k road7:59.7512:49
10k road15:59.5026:24
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What is the fastest 5k ever ran? ›

The official world records in the 5000 metres are held by Joshua Cheptegei with 12:35.36 for men and Letesenbet Gidey with 14:06.62 for women.

How fast should I run a mile for my age? ›

Average running speed per mile in a 5K
AgeMen (minutes per mile)Women (minutes per mile)
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How much did it cost to make Arcane? ›

While the popular Netflix show Arcane only lasted nine episodes, the production time took an impressive six years with a budget that could've been anywhere from 90 – 100 million dollars.

Why was Arcane created? ›

Inspiration for Arcane came from a desire to delve into the storytelling potential of League of Legends in ways that the game could not. “It's just a game where you don't really get a chance to actually experience the story for any of the characters,” Yee says.

How many people worked on Arcane? ›

The studio upped its workforce from 15 people to 300 working on “Arcane” over the last seven years. Since “Arcane” has been renewed for a second season, that workforce will be kept busy.

How old is Dickinson triathlon? ›

Sam Dickinson
Date of Birth11 July 1997
Place of BirthYork
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Where can I watch Hamburg Triathlon 2022? ›

You will be able to watch all of the action live via or, if you have access, via the BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website & app. Elite race start times (local) are; Saturday July 09: Elite Women – 1335 (1235 UK, 0735 ET) Saturday July 09: Elite Men – 1535 (1435 UK, 0935 ET)

Who are the Brownlee brothers? ›

Jonny Brownlee

How old is Bloomenfelt? ›

How long is the swim in Iron Man? ›

Ironman Distance Triathlon = Swim distance is 2.4 miles or approximately 4000 yards.

What does the iron man race consist of? ›

Ironman is defined by the International Triathlon Union as a long-distance triathlon race: a 3.86 km swim, a 180.260 km bicycle ride and a 42.195 km run (as long as a marathon). Olympic triathlon, on the other hand, is comprised of a 1.5 km swim, a 40 km bicycle ride and a 10 km run. How and when was Ironman born?


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