Olympic silver medalist Alex Yee led an impressive comeback in the men’s triathlon to win his first gold of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, while Laura Kenny won bronze in the women’s team.
The winner of silver in the men’s triathlon and gold in the medley relay at Tokyo 2020 said his win in Birmingham could be the first success of his career until he overturned a 16-second deficit in the 5km race at New Zealand’s Wilde. .
“For me it’s the indoor games, the first time I can run in front of my parents for a long time. That’s probably the biggest achievement I can say,” he said.
“I have a lot of time for Hayden, he’s a great competitor and he brings the best out of me every race day.”
Hayden had a commanding lead following the 750m swim and 20km bike ride, but Ye pushed him away. The New Zealander was handed a 10-second penalty when he went to claim the silver.
We’ve been here for weeks in a row preparing for this and I spent a lot of sessions doing the same hill and when we got there I felt like I’d done the race before.
“There were thousands of people on the course and it was just crazy so I was just making sure I was enjoying that but also going in and chasing Hayden.”
England’s good start was followed by five-time Olympic champion Kenny taking bronze in the women’s team alongside Josie Knight, Maddie Leech and Sophie Lewis.
Kenny, whose husband Jason is Britain’s most decorated Olympian, suffered a miscarriage last November, after taking the fifth Olympic gold of her career in Tokyo.
She then almost gave up cycling after surgery in January — when a fertilized egg implanted outside the uterus — but decided to return to the sport and beat Wales in the bronze medal race on Friday. .
In the women’s triathlon, England’s Georgia Taylor-Brown beat Olympic champion Flora Duffy to gold.
Duffy had an annual public holiday named in her honor after winning triathlon gold in her native Bermuda at Tokyo 2020, becoming the first triathlete to follow up that feat with Commonwealth gold.
“No one has ever won twice and that weighed on me. The crowd was really behind Georgia [Taylor-Brown] But I was drinking it and it was really special,” Duffy said.
“It was a strange start to the year and being out of the Olympics and having Covid twice, but if I give myself time and patience, I know I can perform well here.”
Duffy said of her battle with Taylor-Brown: “It’s special, it’s like the Olympics, I was laughing when we were both there, we were happy to beat each other on the course.”
Meanwhile, England’s netball team beat Trinidad and Tobago 74-22 to clinch the gold medal. They went into the break 37-9 and closed out the win in style at the NEC in Birmingham.
England will be looking to retain the honor of defeating hosts Australia in the final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. They will face Malawi in their second group game on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Neil Fachey won the men’s tandem B 1000m time trial to earn Scotland’s first gold medal. In the process, he became his country’s joint Commonwealth Athlete of the Year, his fifth gold medal bringing him level with grassroots medalist Alex Marshall.