Leeds Beckett student claims silver medal in Olympic triathlon
Alex, who was competing in his debut Olympic Games and only his eighth race at that level, led throughout most of the final run but was pipped to the gold by Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt.
Speaking to the BBC after the race Alex said: "I am just a normal guy from south-east London - dreams really do come true.
"My mum always says it takes a village to build a person and I think it has taken the whole of GB today."
Honorary Graduate Jonny Brownlee, meanwhile, finished strong to secure fifth in his final Olympic Games, having confirmed in an interview with BBC Sport that Tokyo 2020 will be his last.
Jonny will retire from the Games having won a silver (Rio 2016) and bronze (London 2012) in the solo events. He could, however, still claim gold alongside Alex Yee and alumna Georgia Taylor-Brown with the team relay race still to come in Tokyo.
Georgia, meanwhile, will be competing in the women’s race this evening alongside Leeds-based triathlete Jess Learmonth.
Leeds Beckett alumni Lucy Bronze and Lauren Smith were also in action over the weekend. Lucy and Team GB claimed a 1-0 victory over hosts Japan in the women’s football, while Lauren qualified for the quarter finals in the badminton mixed doubles.
Peter Mackreth, Dean of Carnegie School of Sport said: “We are delighted to see our students, alumni, and Leeds sporting community doing so well at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Everyone at Leeds Beckett is incredibly proud of the small part we’ve played in supporting their journey, whether that be through their studies or by supporting preparations using our state-of-the-art training and research facilities”