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Alex Yee shares profound message after turning disaster into DELIGHT in WTCS Cagliari classic

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Alex Yee has shared a profound motivational message after turning disaster into delight in that WTCS Cagliari classic last weekend.

It’s difficult to win a top-level triathlon race before you exit the beach for the water, but it is possible to go a long way towards losing one.

The post-race images from World Triathlon showed Yee on his knees in the Sardinian sand as the rest of the high-class field entered the sea. Yet a little over 96 epic minutes later he was breaking the tape after getting the better of ANOTHER fantastic battle with great rival Hayden Wilde.

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Yee message after Cagliari win

The moral of the story for Yee was quite simple – never give up. Quite simply = PERSIST.

The 25-year-old British star – Olympic silver medalist in Tokyo in 2021 and one of the favourites for gold in Paris next summer – shared two images on his Twitter feed on Tuesday. The first showing that grim beach scene, the second that glorious finish line shot.

Accompanying the photos a very short but very profound message – “Persist. You never know what’s going to happen”.

Yee’s message brought a great response from fellow stars of triathlon and fans, including British Paralympian George Peasgood, who replied: “How it started —Vs— How it’s going”.

The start, can be the finish

This isn’t the first time a great athlete has endured a miserable start like this – remember reigning Olympic king Kristian Blummenfelt at IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai last year. That was something the Norwegian would not recover from.

For Yee though the start to 2023 has been a glorious one, with his ability to mix it in the swim and bike setting up sensational runs, notably that lung-bursting 28:31 in Cagliari.

Clearly the British star has the mindset and the ability to do special things, the attitude that nothing is impossible. The road to Paris continues, and what a ride it promises to be.

Graham Shaw
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Graham Shaw
Graham has been involved with TRI247 & RUN247 since the summer of 2021. Since then he has provided strategic direction for all news and is passionate about the growth of triathlon as a fan sport.
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