Britain’s Alex Yee boosted his chances of earning a spot at the Tokyo Games when he won his maiden World Triathlon Series event in Leeds on Sunday, while twice Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee was disqualified.

Lee, who won the British 10,000 metres title in 2018, pulled clear on the running leg as he crossed the finish line 25 seconds in front of American Morgan Pearson, with Belgium’s Marten van Riel finishing third.

It was a day to forget for Brownlee, whose Olympic qualification hopes appear over after he was adjudged to have “ducked” American rival Chase McQueen during the swimming leg. Brownlee said he discovered his disqualification on the final lap of the run.


“I’ve been injured so much over the last three years so I needed a bit of a miracle today,” the 33-year-old said.

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