Tokyo 2020: Congratulations to Leeds Olympic stars after huge GB team success


From diving to track and field, the city’s top sports stars put on an outstanding performance at the Olympics, winning a slew of medals on the podium.

Britain won a total of 65 medals at this year’s Olympics, including 22 gold, 21 silver and 22 bronze.

Leeds City Council Chief James Lewis congratulated the athletes and praised the clubs and facilities involved in their success.

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Britons Alex Yee, Georgia Taylor-Brown Jessica Learmonth and Jonathan Brownlee on the podium with the gold medal in the mixed triathlon relay at Odaiba Marine Park on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Councilor James Lewis said: “I would like to warmly congratulate all the athletes who have represented the city of Leeds at the Olympics during the last fortnight.

“We have seen athletes who call Leeds home to excel in their sport through the games and they can all be very proud of their accomplishments and successes over the past two weeks.

“Special mention must also be given to everyone involved in all the clubs and facilities in Leeds, who have provided a fantastic basis for the success of our athletes throughout their careers. “

“I also want to draw special attention to the multitude of gold medalists we have seen in recent days; by Tom Piddock, Matty Lee, Jonny Brownlee, Jess Learmonth, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee.

Alex Bell of Leeds congratulates Keely Hodgkinson after winning silver in the women’s 800m final in athletics at the Olympic Stadium

“It is a great achievement to reach the top of their sport and a brilliant reward for their dedication and hard work. “

Taylor-Brown, a Leeds Beckett graduate, who trains at the Leeds Triathlon Center, also overcame a puncture to win silver for Great Britain in the women’s triathlon and take home the silver medal.

Yee, 23, who studies sports and exercise science at Leeds Beckett, finished second in the men’s triathlon, on his Olympic Games debut.

Leeds’ Matty Lee and partner Tom Daley celebrate winning gold in the men’s synchronized 10m platform final at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

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Tom Pidcock of Leeds won gold with a race dominant in the men’s Olympic mountain bike race – the first time Britain has won an Olympic mountain bike medal of any color.

The 21-year-old can now add the Olympic mountain biking title to his already long and diverse list of accolades, having won world titles in the Under-23 cyclo-cross, road and mountain biking events. years.

Leeds diver Matty Lee won a gold medal in the men’s 10m synchronized platform, alongside his diving partner Tom Daley,

Keely Hodgkinson, a 19-year-old criminology student at Leeds Beckett, won a stunning silver in the 800 meters at the Olympics as the rising star broke Kelly Holmes’ UK record.

Pudsey and Bramley Athletics club runner Alex Bell also clocked a personal best 1.55.66 minutes to finish seventh in the race.

Former Leeds Beckett student Emily Campbell, 27, became the first British weightlifter to win an Olympic medal with +87 kg of silver.

Leeds Beckett talent center athlete Lizzie Bird missed a medal but smashed her UK record after becoming Britain’s first female steeplechase finalist.

No plan has yet been formalized for an Olympic reunion celebration in Leeds, the council confirmed.

After the London 2012 Games, a celebration was held in Millennium Square, and later in the year the city hosted an Olympic and Paralympic reunion event at Temple Newsam, as the Olympic torch arrived in West Yorkshire.

A letterbox was also painted gold in Horsforth to mark Alistair Brownlee’s triathlon victory that year and boxer Nicola Adams also received a permanent gold letterbox outside the Leeds Art Gallery.

After the success of the Rio 2016 Olympics, thousands of people gathered on the streets of downtown for a homecoming parade, cheering on the athletes as they traveled in open-top buses.


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