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Leeds Beckett student Alex Yee claims Gold in Triathlon World Cup event

The Sport and Exercise Science student won the event in Cape Town, South Africa on a successful weekend for the university’s triathlon and athletics representatives.

Alex, who holds the record for the second fastest ever Parkrun time in the UK, was 37th in the race before the final transition from the bike section to the final run.

The BSc Sport and Exercise Science student was sixteen seconds behind the leading pack before his epic final 5km sprint saw him take out the rest of the field, completing his run in just fourteen minutes and forty-one seconds, a mere 36 seconds shy of his record Parkrun time.

Alex’s victory was the first race of the 2019 Discovery Triathlon World Cup series, with the next race set to take place in Mooloolaba, Australia on 16 March 2019.


Tom Bosworth crowned British Athletics Champion

Leeds Beckett alumnus Tom Bosworth claimed gold in the British Championships, held in Birmingham last weekend.

The former BSc Hons Sports Performance student took first prize in the men’s 5,000 metre racewalking final, claiming his fifth British Championship on his journey to the 2020 Olympics, to be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Tom competed alongside current student, and sports scholar, Callum Wilkinson (BSc Sport Event Management) who was disqualified from the men’s final after picking up three warnings.

The event also saw current students Alex Botterill (BSc Sport & Exercise Therapy), Andy Smith (BSc Physiotherapy) and Jack Major (BA Sport Business Management) compete.

Despite finishing second in his heat, Alex missed out on a place in the men’s 800m final as well as Jack who missed out on a place in the 60 metre hurdles final. Andy, on the other hand, qualified for the men’s 1,500 metre final finishing in ninth.

Congratulations to all athletes who competed this weekend and best of luck to Leeds Beckett Athletics Club who will be competing in next weekend’s BUCS Indoor Athletics Championships.

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