Triathlete Hayden Wilde Won New Zealand’s first medal After crossing the Tokyo Olympics-and the finish line, he gained some fans in the process with his classy deeds.
Wild took the bronze thanks to his stunning run leg and finished the men’s triathlon event thrilling behind Alex Yee (Silver) in England and Christian Blumenfeld (Gold) in Norway.
The trio sprinted the neck and neck to the finish line before Blumenfeld lowered the hammer and won the gold medal in 11 seconds. Hayden finished 20 seconds behind the Norwegian winner.
When Blumenfelt fell to the ground shortly after crossing the finish line, it turned out to be everything Blumenfeld left in the tank.
As Blumenfeld lay on the ground, the delighted Wild hurriedly helped his opponent for a heartwarming sportsmanship.
Blumenfeld was so busy that he had to be in a wheelchair after the race.
“He can’t move,” said a television commentator. “He can’t walk one step further. It was 51.5k, probably 0.5 meters. He’s done. He’s now in a wheelchair to calm down and cool down.”
New Zealand bronze medalist Hayden Wilde is backing Christian Blumenfeld, who won the gold medal after the race.Photo / TVNZ / Sky Sports
After the race, Christian Blumenfeld in a wheelchair.Photo / TVNZ / Sky Sports
For Wild, the race was touching and he dedicated a medal to his deceased father.
“He died 12 years ago and never saw me race,” he told Sky Sports after the race.
“I know they (the rest of his family) booked an old fishing club home. That’s pretty cool. I think they’ve returned half of the Whakatane community home.
“I didn’t have enough money, but I’m happy to be back on the podium.”
Fellow Kiwi Tailor Reed finished in 18th place, 1 minute and 50 seconds behind the winner.
New Zealand triathlon bronze medalist Hayden Wilde assists winner Christian Blumenfeld after a dramatic finish
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