August 19, 2022

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Alex Yee wins first Commonwealth Video games 2022 gold medal


England’s Alex Yee gained the primary gold medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Video games with victory within the males’s triathlon.

Yee overturned a 16-second deficit to chief Hayden Wilde within the 5km run and the New Zealander was then given a 10-second penalty for a transition error.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy defended her ladies’s title, seeing off England’s Georgia Taylor-Brown.

Beth Potter advised BBC Sport she was “buzzing” after ending third to say Scotland’s first medal.

“I’ve been engaged on my bike this yr and it’s paying off,” she added. “It was an actual goal to get a medal this yr.”

Taylor-Brown leads the world rankings this season, however she crossed the road with a rueful smile and a salute for Duffy, who as soon as once more proved strongest when there was a serious medal on the road.

Olympic champion Duffy, 34, delivered a sometimes shrewd race, overwhelming Potter, England’s Sophie Coldwell and Canada’s Emy Legault with a surge off the entrance of the main bike group.

Taylor-Brown discovered the additional gear to comply with, however progressively light away on the run as Duffy saved the stress and the tempo excessive. Taylor-Brown completed 41 seconds adrift.

“I used to be a bit gutted I couldn’t copy Alex Yee and get gold however I’m proud of silver,” stated Taylor-Brown.

“The group was unimaginable, it gave me goose bumps. It’s particular, however I’m bored of coming dwelling second to Flora!”

Wales’ former world champion Non Stanford got here dwelling sixth, simply forward of her compatriot Olivia Mathias.

The finale of the lads’s race appeared set for a more in-depth end, just for the officers to intervene.

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Olympic silver medallist Yee and Wilde have been locked collectively when Wilde was advised of his penalty, incurred for unclipping his helmet early throughout the transition between the bike and run disciplines.

World primary Wilde congratulated Yee earlier than stepping apart, permitting the Englishman to cross the road alone.

“I’m simply comfortable. Simply weird that it’s me doing this,” Yee advised BBC Sport.

“I really feel extraordinarily grateful and proud to be a triathlete. It’s an incredible day for triathlon and I really feel tremendous proud to be the winner of this occasion.”

Wilde had sufficient time to take his penalty and nonetheless win silver forward of Australia’s Matt Hauser. Scotland’s Grant Sheldon completed fifth,

with Wales’ Iestyn Harrett ninth.

Wilde described the penalty as “debateable” and prompt his workforce would possibly lodge a protest, however was fast to credit score Yee, saying he was “happy” for the 24-year-old.

The pair’s rivalry has been a operating theme of the triathlon season up to now. After they completed second and third behind Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt on the Olympics final yr, Yee and Wilde have carved up the 4 World Sequence occasions, with two wins every.

One in all Wilde’s wins got here in Leeds in June, the place he was at fault for a motorcycle crash that took out Yee and ended Jonny Brownlee’s hopes of being a part of Crew England on the Video games.

Wilde, who had been 21 seconds clear as a part of a three-strong breakaway on the bike leg, appeared poised to scrap it out for the title with Yee with lower than a kilometre to run.

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However it was an infringement in transition, fairly than the energy of their ending kicks, that proved decisive ultimately.