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Alex Yee of England earns the first gold of the Commonwealth Games 2022

Hayden Wilde of New Zealand finished second and Matthew Hauser of Australia finished third.

Birmingham: The 2022 Commonwealth Games is underway in Birmingham. After a diverse and an inclusive opening ceremony, the event kicked off to a wonderful start. The first day had sixteen medal events. Double Olympic medalist Alex Yee won the first gold of the CWG22.

Chasing down Hayden Wilde, one of the most prolific triathletes from New Zealand, Alex Yee reveled in pride. The 24-year-old’s victory also marked Great Britain’s first gold medal in the Games.

“This is a home Games, it’s the first time I’ve been able to race in front of my parents for a long time, And at a major Games. I’d probably say that it’s my greatest achievement ever.”

Alex mumbled in a husky breathless voice

In what could only be described as an intense race, it was Wilde who created the momentum. Hayden produced a spectacular 750 meter swim in the Powell Park, emerging out of the waters in third place behind James Riddle of South Africa and Taylor Reid of New Zealand. Alex on the other hand emerged 15 seconds later and headed down to the cycling track.

Spectators cheered in high spirit for the cyclists and they coursed through Sutton Park and the Boldmere High Street. The Londoner sped through the lively twenty kilometer race as he tried to catch the leaders. The race was tough and tiring. Nevertheless, he reduced the lead to mere 16 seconds when the final phase started. He dramatically squeezed in and passed Reid and riddle. The gap between Wilde and Alex also fell drastically low. Gradually, he breezed past Wilde pouncing him.

The ten second penalty given to Wilde for his improper placing of his cycling helmet down during the final transition avoided a photo finish. Yee finished his race in mere 50 minutes and 34 seconds. Hayden Wilde however finished second and Matthew Hauser of Australia finished third. “I’m chuffed for the guy”, said Wilde after the race. Additionally, he said Yee increased the competitiveness of the game.

Alex, who is currently placed 9th in the World Rankings might jump up after the event. Hayden Wilde leads the rankings and bronze medalist Hauser is just behind Yee at tenth.

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