Results could reveal Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists Hayden Wilde Ranked only 46th WTCS Season Opener In Abu Dhabi – but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Super League champion was one step away from being crowned world champion in Abu Dhabi in November, and his career wasn’t helped by pre-match frenzy – nor by a positive Covid test shortly afterwards.
Returning to the UAE, it soon became apparent that he was once again unlucky, as he gained some distance quickly on the bike – thanks to a flat rear tire.
quitting is not an option
provides details on what happened on his Instagram feed – and seems to have watched the live feed since, wondering why he continues as a formidable competitor alex yu powered by victory – The New Zealander said: “Quitting was never an option, on the other hand the comments thought I should have thrown it in.
“I’m disappointed I couldn’t show off what I had that day.”
Wilde actually had a small lead over Manoel Messias, who would finish third, and his 5km time of 14:42 was only better than the top three, all underscoring the devastating impact bike issues had on his overall result .
During the game, Wilde explained:
“It felt good while swimming, but a bad decision was to swim 20 meters too wide, which cost me a lot of time in the water, but I felt good and not stressed.
“Being 2 minutes behind from the first lap after I got a flat tire. It turned into a good old workout for me.
“Riding alone I’m surprised I only lost 30 seconds in 4 1/2 laps.
“Overall, I’m really happy that I’m running after pushing the bike really well.
“If I were just looking at the sheer performance, this might be the happiest 46th you’ll ever meet 🤣.”
Whatever Wilde’s next step is, it’s clear he’s got a big plus from Abu Dhabi, adding: “Never give up, never give up. No matter the outcome. If you start giving up when times are tough, it’s just It makes you mentally weaker to try to win the next game.”