New Zealand triathlete Hayden Wilde has lwon a silver medal in the triathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Wilde was leading for the whole race and was denied gold following a 10second penalty enabled England’s Alex Yee to win the race.
Wilde combined a strong swim and cycle, and led Olympic silver medallist Alex Yee of England by 16 seconds going into the final five kilometre run.
But he was penalised after unclipping his helmet before racking his bike at the final changeover. The controversial 10 second penalty proved the difference.
Yee won in 50 minutes 34 seconds, Wilde was second in 50min 47sec and Australian Matthew Hauser took third, just three seconds behind Wilde. Still only 24, Wilde has now won Olympic bronze and Commonwealth Games silver and is fast building an impressive career CV.
Wilde’s teammates, Dylan McCullough and Tayler Reid, finished seventh and eighth respectively.
A disappointed Wilde said afterwards that he’d done everything he could, and didn’t believe he should have been penalised.
“I don’t think it was a penalty… I felt it was a little unfair.