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Wilde bronze ‘super emotional’

GISBORNE’S Tayler Reid paid his own emotional tribute to fellow Kiwi Hayden Wilde after his teammate’s bronze medal performance in the men’s triathlon yesterday.

Reid was 18th overall after coming out of the swim leg fifth, being part of the front cycle group and heading into the run second.

“I had my eyes set on top 10 at the start of the day. Unfortunately, that slipped away. I paced the run as perfectly as I could. I didn’t fade, I just was dying on the last half a lap.”

Reid, 24, said he was “really happy”.

“Firstly, that Hado (Wilde) was on the podium and I was so proud of seeing him there. I got super emotional. Seeing him in tears made me cry. And I don’t cry.

“That really got me and I am just so super proud of him and happy that tri has the first medal at the Games. I train with him so I feel I played a tiny role in that.

“As for my race, I’m so stoked as there were a lot of great names behind me. I was really happy with 18th.”

Wilde and Reid are back in action on Saturday in the mixed team relay race.

MEDAL TALLY UNDER WAY: Hayden Wilde with his bronze medal in the men’s triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics. It was New Zealand’s first medal of the Games. AP picture