Leeds Beckett Student claims silver medal in World Triathlon Series debut
14 March 2019
BSc Sport & Exercise Science student Alex Yee finished second in his debut World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi.
Alex, who is the current British 10,000m champion, has continued his current form after claiming gold in Cape Town last month in the ITU Triathlon World Cup.
Alex finished three seconds behind defending world champion Mario Mola, pushing the Spaniard all the way to the finish line in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
Returning home after a fantastic trip. I would just like to thank everyone for the kind support!— Alex yee (@Lixsanyee) March 10, 2019
Special thanks to my training partner @tom_bishop for this weekend, a mentor, friend and inspiration.
Feeling very privileged to be able to do what I love. pic.twitter.com/Eq1oP4tEGK
The series also saw Leeds Beckett alumna Georgia Taylor-Brown finish ninth in the women's event.
Leeds Beckett’s Athletics Head Coach Andrew Henderson praised Alex's impressive performance.
Andrew said “It is great to see one of our students that I see on a weekly basis training out on our track mix it with some of the best triathletes in the world.”
“Alex is a very infectious character and these performances are inspiring the rest of the athletics club to push to the next level,
“I look forward to seeing what the rest of the summer holds for Alex and hope he continues at this level through to the 2020 Olympics.”
Senior Coach High Performance & Enterprise at Leeds Beckett Mick Hill was delighted with Alex’s achievements and believes he is a ‘credit’ to Leeds Beckett.
“I was delighted to watch Alex perform so well. His performances are a credit to the excellent coaching and support he receives from the Leeds Triathlon Centre.” Mick said
“He is a true role model for students and staff at Leeds Beckett University and for him to achieve this level of performance whilst studying full time speaks volumes about his talent, dedication and time management.”
Alex will return to Leeds Beckett for his studies after the race and is set to welcome thousands of school children on to Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus for the West Yorkshire Sport School Games on Wednesday 27 March, where he will be the event’s official guest of honour.