Alex Yee led home a brilliant performance from Team GB to claim the first Olympic gold medal ever contested in mixed relay triathlon.
The Olympic silver medallist in the men’s triathlon was put into the perfect position by teammates Jess Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee and Georgia Taylor-Brown, who also won silver in the women’s triathlon at Odaiba Marine Park.
Yee set off on the final leg with a 21-second lead over the Americans in second, and while he was joined by world champion Vincent Luis of France on the bike, the 23-year-old had the pace on the run to bring it home.
Yee, 23, from Brockley, said:
Learmonth had given GB a strong start, finishing in the front group of four with the USA, Germany and the Netherlands.
Learmonth, 33, from Leeds, said:
Brownlee, a bronze and silver medallist at London 2012 and Rio 2016 respectively, then made the decisive move on the run on the second leg, opening up a gap from his rivals.
That meant that Taylor-Brown set off in prime position and she extended the advantage with a brilliant showing before Yee clinched gold in style, with the USA in silver and France in bronze.
Taylor-Brown, 27, from Manchester, said:
It caps a stunning return for GB’s triathletes in Tokyo, with two silver medals in the individual events and now the gold in the maiden mixed relay.
With this medal, Brownlee completes the full set of medals in his final-ever Olympic race.