Hayden Wilde holding his bronze medal via Getty
Hayden Wilde holding his bronze medal via Getty

TOKYO OLYMPICS: Kiwi triathlete Hayden Wilde wins NZ's first medal

Tokyo Olympics 26/07/2021

LATEST: New Zealand secures its first medal for the Tokyo Olympics. Triathlete Hayden Wilde crosses the finish line in third place, winning the bronze medal.

The 23 year old kept expectations high as he headed into the 10km run, and managed to stay ahead of most other triathlete rivals for the majority of the race. Wilde finished third behind winner Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway, and Alex Yee of Great Britain.

Hayden Wilde hugging Great Britain's Alex Yee via Getty
Hayden Wilde hugging Great Britain's Alex Yee via Getty

Wilde completed his race with a time of 1h 45m 24s, 20 seconds. Blummenfelt's winning time was 1h 45m 04s.

"I am pretty happy," Wilde told Sky Sport after the race. 

"It was good to get a medal back in triathlon.

"It was great for my coaches. That was definitely for my family and my dad as well. He passed away 12 years ago and never got to see me race. Cheers for everyone back home as well.

"Yeah, it is pretty unreal. I have been in sport for nearly four years. So it is a dream come true.''

The bronze is New Zealand's first medal in the triathlon since 2008, won by Bevan Docherty in Beijing.

Wilde bounced back during his run after falling behind in both the biking and swimming events. He finished the bike leg in 14th place, and th swim in in 37th.

Another Kiwi Triathlete Tyler Reid came in at 18th place, finishing with a time of 1h 46m 54s. Reid led the entire race at one point during the bike leg of the race.