Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee
challenge kaiserwinkl-walchsee

Hayden Wilde bemoans ‘debatable’ penalty which ruined CWG gold bid


We got the Commonwealth Games men’s triathlon race we wanted, but not the finish, leaving Hayden Wilde to bemoan the “debatable” penalty which ruined his bid for gold.

Wilde was joined by great rival Alex Yee at the head of affairs heading into the closing 1000m of a breakneck showdown in Birmingham on Friday morning.

But disaster struck for the Kiwi as he was informed he had picked up a 10-second time penalty for unclipping his bike helmet too early in T2. That left Yee clear to surge to the line for gold while Wilde served his penalty.


Wilde on CWG gold bid

Hayden said afterwards said Team New Zealand would protest the penalty, but maintained he was not disappointed by the result.

He said: “I got a breakaway going and they boys, I was motivating, I was like ‘come on boys, the medals are up here, let’s just go on’. We got a 16-second gap and the coach just said ‘relax, let Alex catch up’. That was the gameplan.

“I saw I had a penalty, which is debatable, but that’s racing. I know exactly what I did, so expecting we’ll go ahead and do a protest but there’s nothing else we can do about it.

“It is what it is, and I’m super-happy I did everything I could have done in the race. I’m proud of what I did, I didn’t leave anything to chance and, yeah, it was ripper!”


Hayden hails great rival Yee

Wilde paid tribute to his great rival Yee after yet another great battle between the pair, saying: “I’m chuffed for the guy. He played a perfect race. He was in a group and he was in contention.

“I knew it was going to be a hard task even with 16 seconds in front. We’ve had such great battles since Tokyo with him being the silver and myself getting the bronze, and just repeating it again and it was like, oh damn, another one. It’s just awesome to see him.

“I guess we came into the limelight together and we’re still developing and becoming better athletes.”

Wilde of course admitted blame for the WTCS Leeds crash which saw Yee and Jonny Brownlee both exit early. Injuries suffered that day eventually would rule Brownlee out of these games.

Wilde said: “We’re great mates behind the scenes, that’s part of racing. We know it was the last thing I wanted to see, but to see them here and to get that gold medal for his country is fantastic.

“Obviously, Jonny isn’t here which I’m a little disappointed about personally. Having a Brownlee in any sort of race makes it super exciting. If we would have had Jonny up the front, who know what could have happened. I’m really happy to come away with silver.”

Graham Shaw
Written by
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.
Latest News
Els Visser Fenella Langridge Radka Kahlefeldt Challenge Canberra 2023
IRONMAN Western Australia: Start time, preview and how to follow live
Sam Long wins IRONMAN 703 Gulf Coast 2023 [Photo credit: Julio Aguilar / Getty Images for IRONMAN]
IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells: Start time, preview and how to follow live
Collin Chartier - PTO US Open 2022
World Anti-Doping Agency publish List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2024
David Tilbury-Davis is one of triathlon's most experienced coaches.
David Tilbury-Davis on the continuum of coaching, imposter syndrome and learning from his athletes
Taylor Knibb IRONMAN World Championship Kona 2023 Bike Leg
What makes Taylor tick? Knibb on learning from experiences, Kona and Nice 2024