BOP Olympic hero wins tough London event
Bay of Plenty Olympic hero Hayden Wilde has continued his good form by picking up an impressive win in the world triathlon Super League event in London.
The Whakatāne triathlete, who won New Zealand’s first medal of the Tokyo games when picking up bronze in the men’s triathlon, beat out the world’s best triathletes to claim the inaugural win of this year’s Championship Series.
Wilde crossed the line ahead of Frenchman Vincent Luis and British athlete Jonny Brownlee on home soil.
Speaking in his post-race interview, Wilde says it took all his might to fend off both Brownlee and the “freight train” that is Luis, the reigning champion, on the final running straight.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” says Wilde.
“First time on the top spot and I think the first person to finally take down Vincent. He’s a sensational athlete and it was always going to take a special day to beat him.
"To beat him,and Jonny on home turf, is a pretty amazing feeling today.”
The result gives Wilde 15 points from the opening event with further meets set for Munich, Jersey and Malibu over the course of September.
Whilst he is currently leading the pack, Wilde is not yet getting carried away with the idea of winning the Championship overall.
“I am an athlete that doesn’t think about winning a lot,” he says.
“I just want to perform as well as I can and not think about the result.
“If I race well and race tactically the outcome will be as good as it is going to be.”
Wilde will be in action again when the Championship Series of Super League Triathlon heads to Munich on Sunday, September 12.
Further events take place in Jersey and Malibu on Saturday, September 18, and Saturday, September 25, respectively.