Frenchman Vincent Luis said that he had no regrets about a moment of kindness that helped inspire Alex Yee to follow his triathlon dream after the young Briton ran away from him to secure gold for Britain in the mixed relay on Saturday. Luis's French team finished third behind the United States and as the double world champion shared the stage for a post-race press conference he shared the tale. "In 2012 I was asked by a friend if I could give a gift to a young guy starting triathlon and it was Alex," Luis said.
Germany's Michael Jung laid solid foundations to defend his eventing gold medals from Rio and London, beating world number one, Britain's Oliver Townend, to an early lead after the dressage phase of the three-test discipline. China's Alex Hua Tian came third individually, with Britain headed for team gold, Germany silver and New Zealand bronze at the Baji Koen Equestrian Park, the venue for the equestrian events the last time the Olympics took place in Tokyo in 1964.
Jonny Brownlee's bid to add a gold medal to his bronze and silver came up short in Monday's individual Olympic triathlon but his disappointment was wiped out and then some as he helped Britain to victory in the inaugural mixed relay five days later. Brownlee finished fifth in the individual race, missing his chance to match older brother Alistair, champion in 2012 and 2016, but played a key role in the two-women-two man relay win on Saturday that extended the country's dominance of the sport's medal table. Brownlee, Jess Learmonth and individual silver medallists Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee led the all-action sprint race virtually from gun to tape, giving the Yorkshireman the perfect send-off as he moves into longer distance racing.
The 24-year-old has not competed since she pulled out of the women’s team final on Wednesday.