A triathlete from Brockley is “over the moon” after sealing his place in Team GB for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

Alex Yee has been annoucned by the British Olympic Association as the second member of the men’s team for the Games, pipping double gold winner Alistair Brownlee.

The 23-year-old had effectively sealed the decision by storming to victory in the World Triathlon Series race in Leeds last week while Alistair, who has been struggling with an ankle injury, was disqualified during the swim.

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“I know it’s a cliche, but I’m over the moon,” said Yee.

“I was massively inspired after watching London 2012 in my home city and now to be selected to represent Team GB after the delay, Covid and the challenges everyone has been through, I am delighted.”

Yee first featured in the News Shopper after winning the London Mini-Marathon eight years ago.

He is a former Stillness Primary School pupil, who trained with Crystal Palace Triathletes and Kent Athletics Club at Ladywell Arena.

Joining Yee will be Alistair Brownlee’s younger brother, Jonny, who had grown used to battling away in his shadow, first in London when he had to settle for bronze and again in Rio when he trailed his brother into the silver medal position.

Increasingly, however, while Alistair courted a future in the Ironman discipline, Jonny Brownlee’s persistence saw him emerge as a greater threat, culminating in his impressive World Triathlon Series win in Italy last month.

Jonny Brownlee said: “I have been very fortunate to have Alistair next to me on the start-line in the last two Olympics and without him it is going to feel very, very different.

“But I like to think that I will be able to deal with it and it will hopefully be my time to shine now. These Olympics are going to be so different, and this is just another little difference in the grand scheme of things.”