TRI247
Search
shop

‘Beyond our wildest dreams’ – Welsh delight at Mixed Relay silver

Wales star Stanford signs off in perfect style, saying 'I think we've exceeded everyone's expectations'

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP

While Team England understandably made most of the headlines thanks to their dominant display in the Mixed Relay at the Commonwealth Games, arguably the biggest over achievers were Wales.

Iestyn Harrett, Olivia Mathias, Dom Coy and Non Stanford, in her last major Games before retiring, roared to a stunning silver medal.

All performed superbly – Harrett clocked 18:10 in a stacked first leg to put them in fifth, Mathias stuck with Scotland’s Beth Potter on the run to move them up to third, 20-year-old Coy belied his inexperience to hand over to Stanford in joint second place – and she then rounded it off in style by outsprinting Australia’s Sophie Linn.

Exceeding expectations

And afterwards Stanford, a former World Champion and fourth at the 2016 Olympics, summed up their achievement: “It’s beyond all of our wildest dreams. We thought we had a shot at the podium if we all had perfect legs. But to walk away with a silver, I think we’ve exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“These guys were just incredible and they handed over to me in the perfect position and I just had to finish it off, so massive kudos to them.

Iestyn Harrett Olivia Mathias Dom Coy Non Stanford Wales Mixed Relay Commonwealths 2022 photo credit World Triathlon
Wales’ Mixed Relay team take silver at 2022 Commonwealth Games [Photo credit: World Triathlon]

“This is my final year of racing so to do this with the team is so special. It’s absolutely the icing on the cake of my career and I think I can hang my shoes up now and be really happy with this silver. It’s the perfect ending.”

Advertisement

Thriving under pressure

Youngsters Mathias (23) and Coy both seemed completely unfazed by the high-profile situation, though Mathias admitted: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done but the crowds were crazy. I was just thinking try and give Dom the best possible chance I can, just do it for the team.”

Coy was gapped slightly on the swim but battled back brilliantly on the bike and run to tee up the chance of silver for Stanford.

He added: “You can hear the cheering but I was just so focussed on the race and going for it, that I didn’t have time to process that part of it quite as much as I did in the individual on Friday. But it really helped me to push all the way to the finish.”

And the last word went to Harrett who explained why their coach ended up in Powell’s Pool not long after their medal success.

“It was his birthday – and this is the best present we could have given him!”

Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  

THE SBRX Show

In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
Daniela Ryf fist pump finish line Challenge Roth 2023
Best triathlons in the world: Top 10 bucket list races
Triathlon clothing through the ages: from Speedos and tank tops to ultra-aero tri suits
PRO triathlete and Challenge St Polten champion Tom Hug on the bike course
Challenge St. Pölten – PRO tips for taking on Europe’s oldest middle distance triathlon
Jonny Brownlee swim pool neom 2022 Photo Bartlomiej Zborowski Superleague Triathlon
Jonny Brownlee on the pool swimming drills to do now to get faster in open water
TRI-FIT Geo Coral women's tri suit
TRI-FIT GEO Women’s Tri Suit Review – How does it fare in our quest for the ultimate long course kit?
latest News
Hugo Milner, supertri E World Championship London 2024
Hugo Milner – the breakthrough ‘newbie’ chasing Olympic selection
Beth Potter World Triathlon Championship Finals 2023
Road to Paris 2024: The BIG interview as Olympic favourite Beth Potter talks in depth with triathlon great Mark Allen
Rasmus Sveningsson wins 2024 IRONMAN African Championship / IRONMAN South Africa
IRONMAN South Africa: Disappointment for Daniela Ryf as Svenningsson and Sanchez win
Youri Keulen wins Singapore t100 2024 photo credit PTO
Singapore T100 wildcard winner Youri Keulen explains his “all or nothing” approach to racing
Iestyn Harrett took the win at Challenge Gran Canaria.
British triathlete reveals tactics after taking first pro win at Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
Share to...