Saturday, 03 Dec, 2022

Medal winners look back at Tokyo Olympics

(Photo: World Triathlon)

The realization that we have six fresh Olympic medalists has finally sunk in. After enjoying the men’s and women’s race earlier this week, we are getting used to our new Olympic heroes, including gold medalists Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) for the men and Flora Duffy (BER) for the women. Then there’s silver medalists Alex Yee (GBR) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR), and bronze medalists Hayden Wilde (NZL) and Katie Zaferes (USA). Let’s look back at the Olympics through their first reactions on social media:

Gold, Flora Duffy

Thanks to an impressive run – she ran clear of the field after the second transition – Duffy managed to take a huge win in the women’s race.

Swim: 18:32 minutes (5)
Bike: 1:02:49 hour (2)
Run: 33 minutes (1)

 
 
 
 
 
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Silver, Georgia Taylor-Brown 

Despite a flat tire, which Taylor-Brown suffered right before T2, Britain’s top athlete ran herself to a silver medal. 

Swim: 18:31 minutes (5)
Bike: 1:03:11 hour (10)
run: 33:52 minutes (2)

 
 
 
 
 
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Bronze, Katie Zaferes

While she had a tough time after losing her father at the beginning of 2021, Zaferes was back at the highest level in Tokyo, being in the front pack after the swim, staying ahead of the chasers while on the bike and wrapping it up with a strong run. 

Swim: 18:28 minutes (3)
Bike: 1:02:51 hour (4)
Run: 34:27 minutes (6)

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Katie Zaferes (@kzaferes6)

Gold, Kristian Blummenfelt

While in the women’s race a small front pack emerged after the swim, in the men’s race nearly the entire field started the run at the same time. Blummenfelt pulled away in the final km of the run, showing a great run shape. 

Swim: 18:04 minutes (24)
Bike: 56:19 minutes (17)
Run: 29:34 minutes (1)

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Kristian Blummenfelt (@kristianblu)

Silver, Alex Yee

All eyes were on Yee once the athletes racked their bikes and started the run. While he put together a great run, he had to let Blummenfelt go in the final stretch. 

Swim: 18:09 minutes (29)
Bike: 56:17 minutes (14)
Run: 29:44 minutes (2)

 
 
 
 
 
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Bronze, Hayden Wilde

Just as he did during the Tokyo test event in 2019, Wilde earned himself a third place finish. As with all the podium finishers in the men’s race, it was the run that did it for the New Zealander. 

Swim: 18:17 minutes (36)
Bike: 56:07 minutes (8)
Run: 29:52 minutes (3)

 
 
 
 
 
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