Alex Yee is an Olympic gold and silver medallist, taking mixed relay gold and individual silver from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, before a year later becoming a double Commonwealth champion in Birmingham.
Beginning with ITU Duathlon gold medals (2016, 2017), Alex has progressed to compete in U23 and Elite Men triathlons with great success, culminating in winning his maiden World Triathlon Championship Series gold medal at Leeds in 2021 and taking two medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In 2019, Alex found repeated success with Great Britain’s Mixed Relay teams, ending the year with a Mixed Relay gold in Nottingham and two ITU World Triathlon silver medals at Tokyo and the Lausanne Grand Final. He also achieved individual gold at the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town.
As well as representing Great Britain in triathlon, he has represented Great Britain at senior level in athletics, including running the 10,000m at the 2018 European Championships. Naturally, Alex’s strength is firmly the run. Increasingly, he is developing tactical awareness, skill and ability on the bike, which will help him get into the right position to unleash his run speed at the end of a triathlon race.
In November 2016, Alex received Sports Aid's One-to-Watch Award from Olympic hero, Mo Farah CBE. Alex is currently running a faster 5,000m time than Mo was at the same age, but says his future lies in triathlon. He is now a member of the UK Sport World Class Lottery Funded British triathlon squad and is based in Loughborough.
Alex was participating in Junior races in 2015, placing 2nd in the Holten ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup behind Norway’s Gustav Iden. He also won the ETU Junior semi-final at Tiszaújváros, completing a one-two podium with GB teammate James Teagle. Yee’s success didn’t slow down in the following year, consistently finishing in the top-five. He demonstrated his strength in land-based disciplines after leaving the Aviles ITU Duathlon World Championships with a gold medal, a feat that he repeated at Soria a year later.
Alex's transition from exciting junior prospect to the U23 ranks appeared to be halted by a horrific mid-race crash at an ITU World Cup event in Italy in 2017. However, a winter of rehab and hard work saw him achieve a remarkable 10,000m run time of 27:51.94 in May 2018 and secure selection for the GB Athletics team at the European senior championships in August.
In September 2018 he raced at the ITU World Triathlon Championships on the Gold Coast, finishing 10th in the U23 event – his first Olympic distance race. In his next race, one week later, he won his first senior ITU World Cup medal in China.
It was in March 2019 where Yee took a stunning silver medal on his World Triathlon Series debut in Abu Dhabi. 2019 continued to be a successful year with Alex featuring in British Mixed Relay teams that won gold in Nottingham and silver in Tokyo. He also triumphed individually, taking gold earlier in the year at the Cape Town Discovery Triathlon World Cup.
Alex won gold at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, recording the fastest run on the day to surge to the finish line and claim his first World Triathlon Championship Series gold medal, sharing the podium with Morgan Pearson (USA) and Marten Van Rial (BEL).
He followed this with an individual silver medal on his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 before securing mixed relay gold as he raced as the final athlete of the winning British team, joined by Jess Learmonth, Jonny Brownlee and Georgia Taylor-Brown.
Rounding-off a successful 2021 for Alex, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to triathlon.
Alex's medal successes continued in 2022, starting with the first ever esport triathlon world title after securing overall victory in the Arena Games Triathlon Series. This historic achievement was followed by World Triathlon Championship Series wins in Yokohama, Montreal and Cagliari, and two golds at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Yee won England's first gold medal of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games with victory in the men's triathlon at Sutton Park, before then forming part of the Team England quartet which won mixed relay gold two days later.