On Friday, Alex Yee gave England a winning start at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games by winning the men’s sprint triathlon in a thrilling finish.
Despite being 15 seconds behind the leader Hayden Wilde coming off the bike, Yee relentlessly pursued the New Zealander over the course of the 5 km run and finished with his arms up to thunderous applause.
Even though it appeared to be a thrilling finale, Yee easily prevailed after Wilde was given a 10-second time penalty for failing to securely secure his helmet in the basket during the bike transition.
Australian Matthew Hauser, who won the bronze, completed the podium.
Yee, who also defeated Wilde to a silver at the 2016 Tokyo Olympics, stated, “For me, this is a home Games, the first time I have been able to race in front of my parents for a long time, this I would say is probably my biggest success ever.”
I have a lot of respect for Hayden since he is a fierce competitor and challenges me every time we race.