England’s Alex Yee won the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games on Friday, taking victory in the men’s triathlon in Birmingham.
The Olympic silver medallist made up a deficit of 16 seconds following the bike section to overhaul long-time pacesetter Hayden Wilde on the run.
GOLD!! Alex Yee has won the first gold of the 2022 Commonwealth Games!! 🏴🥇
And this was so classy from Hayden Wilde, who knew he had a time penalty and applauded Yee into the lead 👏👏
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 29, 2022
New Zealand’s Wilde briefly regained the lead but, with a 10-second penalty hanging over him, he patted Yee on the shoulder and waved him on to take the honours on his own.
GOLD for Alex Yee🥇🏴 pic.twitter.com/VMsA3r53da
— Team England (@TeamEngland) July 29, 2022
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Wilde sat out his penalty – incurred for not putting his cycling helmet away properly in the transition – but last year’s Olympic bronze medallist still took silver.
Australia’s Matthew Hauser won bronze in an event in which 2018 champion Henri Schoeman pulled out prior to the start.
The women’s race featuring Bermuda’s Olympic champion Flora Duffy takes place later on Friday.