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'Chumbawamba' for Alex Yee in Italy...
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 12th December 2016

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"Chumbawamba" - (I get knocked down, but I get up again...)

On Sunday, Great Britain's ITU World Junior Duathlon Champion, Alex Yee, was racing in his 'other' sport - representing Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Sardinia. A more than fine runner in the single discipline, Alex also represented GB on the track this year, finishing ninth with a very speedy 13:52.01 clocking at the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Alex raced in this championship last year (along with fellow 'triathlete', Ben Dijkstra), finishing in ninth position and earning a team Bronze medal in the process.

Running over a distance of just over 6km in Italy, it wasn't to be his day this year however as - while running comfortably in the lead group at the head of the race - he took a very heavy fall / push (?) and crashed to the ground... before getting back up... and then ending back on the ground again. See the video below.

From first to outside the top 40 in about three seconds. Getting back up, Alex got back into the race to fight his way back to 11th (and a team Bronze), 29 seconds back from race winner Jakob Ingerbrigtsen (NOR).

Having won the trials race in November (six seconds ahead of Mahamed Mahamed, who took individual Bronze in Chia), it might well be a case of "what if" - but, full respect to Alex for his response to events. He's a talented kid with the right attitude and his feet firmly on the ground. Keep up the good work.

We also spotted another name we recognised. The winner of the women's ITU World Junior Duathlon Championships from earlier this year in Aviles, Spain - Delia Sclabas (SUI) - finished sixth the the women's Under-20 race.

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