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Hayden Wilde helmet incident, Alex Yee wins gold

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.

A display of sportsmanship from Hayden Wilde. Photo: BBCSource: Submitted

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.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 29: Team Australia’s Matthew Houser (C) with Hayden Wilde (L) of Team New Zealand and Alex Yee (R) of Team England celebrate after the men’s individual distance triathlon final at Birmingham 2022. Commonwealth Games at Sutton Park on July 29, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

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.

A display of sportsmanship from Hayden Wilde. Photo: BBCSource: Submitted

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.

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