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Alistair Brownlee admits Olympic hopes are finished

Alistair Brownlee admits Olympic hopes are finished
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The 33-year-old looks certain to miss out on the Tokyo Games after being penalised for 'ducking' Chase McQueen during the swimming leg.

Alistair Brownlee has conceded his hopes of becoming a three-time Olympic champion are over following his disqualification from the World Triathlon Series event in Leeds.

The 33-year-old, who won gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, now looks certain to miss out on the Tokyo Games after being penalised for 'ducking' Chase McQueen during the swimming leg.

But Alex Yee showed that he has a chance of emulating Brownlee and challenging for Olympic medals with his maiden win.

Brownlee says he will now have ankle surgery before focusing on long distance triathlons in the future.

He tweeted: "That's not how I wanted my last World Triathlon series race to pan out. I've struggled with an ankle injury for three months and have done everything possible to get it better and stay fit for racing.

"I knew I needed a lot of luck today and it wasn't to be.

"I think GB have a great team going to the Olympics and I wish them all the best. @Lixsanyee performance today was outstanding and a breakthrough.

Alex Yee celebrated victory on home soil to prove his Olympic medal potential
Alex Yee celebrated victory on home soil to prove his Olympic medal potential (Danny Lawson/PA)

"I've known my ankle needs surgery for a little while. My focus will be on getting healthy again and then long distance triathlon in the future."

The 23-year-old won it thanks to a fine running leg, allowing him to cross the line 25 seconds ahead of American Morgan Pearson, while Marten van Riel finished in third.

"That's the best feeling I've ever had in my life," Yee said on British Triathlon's official website.

"It's been so long since I've seen so many of the people that I saw whilst I was racing because of Covid and to do it in front of all of those people and just deliver is really special and at such an important occasion I guess as it was today and a home race as well.

"That was incredible, there was so much noise. I can't describe it, when it just feels like you've got 4,000 people behind you giving you an extra push. I'm over the moon to get a result like that."

Maya Kingma won the women's event, securing her first World Series title.

The Dutchwoman finished 11 seconds ahead of Britain's Jess Learmonth, with fellow Briton Sophie Coldwell a further nine seconds back.

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Tuesday's key events


TRIATHLON
· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

TAEKWONDO
· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

SWIMMING
· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

DIVING
· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

FOOTBALL
· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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