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27 Sep 2021
3 min read
Alex Yee hopes that 2021 will prove to be just the start of a glittering career.
The 23-year-old didn’t even know he was going to the Olympics five months ago, but ended his year with two medals and the Super League Triathlon Championship Series title.
It’s been a remarkable period of success for Yee and he is optimistic it can continue.
He said: “It’s been a bizarre year. If you would have told me at the start of this year that I would first of all qualify for the Olympics and then get a gold and silver medal and come third in the World Series and win the Super League Championship Series is beyond anything I could ever have expected.
“It’s bizarre to think it’s me that is doing all this stuff but it’s been an amazing year and hopefully the first of a few of these competitive years.”
Yee warmed into the Super League Championship Series. He admitted to being disappointed by his fifth place finish in London, improved to third in Munich and took two wins in sprint finishes in Jersey and Malibu to secure the crown.
“It was unexpected,” he admitted. “On the morning (of Malibu) I didn’t wake up expecting to win, I just wanted to go out and race my best race of the year and I feel like I put together one of my best races this year. It’s amazing.
“I feel like I have learned throughout the Series. I was making a lot of mistakes and just familiarising myself with Super League racing because it’s very different from what we have done the first six months of the year. For me it was almost the first race to progress and then in Jersey I managed to put together a good race.
“It’s been a good experience to learn through those weeks and race world class competition which you don’t get to do so much, especially over COVID. It’s been great to have such a competitive Series.”
The feeling among the Super League athletes is that it’s been tougher for runners this year, so Yee’s victory proves he is much more than just that.
He said: “I want to prove to people and be known as a triathlete rather than a runner who can swim and bike. I want to be able to perform at the best level throughout all of them.
“In Super League you need to be able to do that, especially with the Short Chutes being after the swim and bike makes it incredibly difficult to be competitive as run dominant athletes.
“Not everything is going to be in your favour and you are going to be exposed sometimes but I like that and learning what my weaknesses are and learning how people will race the race and adapt to that and exploit people where I can and manage them exploiting me.
“It’s been a great learning curve throughout this period to get to that point.”
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