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Jess Learmonth, Alex Yee recognised in Leeds Sports Awards

Triathletes were once again a strong feature of the 2020 Leeds Sports Awards, presented last night at the First Direct Arena

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Sportswoman of the Year (again) for Jess Learmonth

For the second time in three years, World Championship Silver medallist Jess Learmonth was named Sportswoman of the Year last night at the Leeds Sports Awards (www.leedssportsawards.co.uk).

Jessica Learmonth - ITU World Triathlon Bermuda 2019

Having also won the award two years ago, 2019 was a brilliant season from the Leeds Triathlon Centre Brit who pushed World Champion, Katie Zaferes, so hard in the final stages of the Lausanne Grant Final, as well as adding further WTS podiums in Abu Dhabi, Bermuda, Leeds and Montreal. Her fine swimming and ‘from the front’ racing style make her a very strong favourite to be leading off the British team inn the Mixed Relay Triathlon event later this year in Tokyo.

The Sportsman of the Year award went to World Champion Featherweight Boxer, Josh Warrington.

Another Brit who had a breakthrough year in 2020, Alex Yee, was also recognised. His World Triathlon Series debut saw him take Silver in Abu Dhabi and bring the British team home to Gold at the Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham. Alex was recognised with the Student Sport Individual of the Year award.

Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham

Alongside his triathlon racing, Alex continued to run internationally too, setting a 5,000 PB at the Anniversary Games in London and finishing 12th in the European U23 Cross Country Championships in Dublin.

John Levison
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TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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