Hayden Wilde has won New Zealand’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics, taking bronze in the men’s triathlon in Odaiba Bay.

Hayden Wilde (NZL), in August 2019 at the  ITU World Olympic Qualification Event Elite Men's in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. (file photo)Photo: Photosport


Wilde was 37th after the opening swim leg but made up ground on the bike and started the final run leg in the top ten.

He quickly moved into the top three and that’s where he would remain for the rest of the race, running his way to bronze and Aotearoa’s first medal of Tokyo 2020.

Fellow New Zealander Tayler Reid was also in the top ten at the start of the run and eventually finished 18th.

Wilde’s bronze is New Zealand’s first Olympic triathlon medal since Bevan Docherty won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Hamish Carter won gold with Docherty silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics.