Controversy erupted after unusual sportsmanship at the Commonwealth Games was overshadowed by official post-competition protests.
Kiwi athlete Hayden Wilde’s 10-second free kick ended in tragedy on Friday night (AEST).
He made it to the penalty area in the final straight to win the silver medal.
Wilde stopped running to allow gold medalist Alex Yee of England to cross the line and set his own special time as he crossed the line.
Yee and Wilde are good friends, and Wilde’s classical sportsmanship, including congratulating a competitor as he sprints to the finish line, has earned him worldwide acclaim.
However, the situation took a dramatic turn after the tournament ended after the New Zealand team staged an official protest.
The appeal surrounded the 10-second penalty given to Wilde after officials ruled he had lifted his helmet at the end of his bike leg.
Athletes are not allowed to remove their helmets before mounting their bikes.
Wilde was heard calling the support team “bulls***” immediately after the race.
After a long delay, the results of the protest have not yet been announced, but the medal ceremony will continue.
New Zealand sports journalist Guy Hevelt was at the race and first reported Wilde’s appeal.
“All I can say is it’s a work in progress,” Wilde told Hevelt.
Wilde led most of the race with a 16 second deficit following the bike section.
Australia’s Matthew Houser won bronze – Australia’s first medal of the Games. Fellow Aussie Jacob Birtwhistle finished fourth.
Yes, he said of Wilde after the race: “He’s a great competitor who brought the best out of me. We are fierce competitors on the course but good friends off it. I hope that together we will do something great for the sport.