Nicole van der Kaay and her Kiwi team-mates completed with a silver medal at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Montreal. (File photograph)
New Zealand have produced an outstanding show to claim a silver medal in the mixed team relay at the World Triathlon Championship Series in Montreal on Monday (NZ time).
A largely inexperienced quartet of Nicole van der Kaay, Dylan McCullough, Ainsley Thorpe and Saxon Morgan stormed to a podium place, ending simply 5 seconds again from the United States in the 10-team subject, as Italy took bronze, an extra 14 seconds again in the 300m swim, 6.6km bike and 1km run tag-team occasion.
In what was the fourth spherical of seven on the new-look sequence calendar, the Kiwis opted to depart out top-liners Hayden Wilde and Tayler Reid, following the person race the day prior, and the transfer seemingly paid dividends, with the recent legs of McCullough and Morgan in the combination, with the duo basking in nice debuts at this degree.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling, pretty hard racing out there, but I’m proud of the team pulling through for second, I’m really happy,” Morgan stated in the post-race TV interview, having introduced the team residence with a 20-minute and 14-second effort which was the quickest of the Kiwi occasions.
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“It was pretty amazing,” McCullough added. “To be racing at this level is pretty cool, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity, so very happy to come away with a medal.”
A “super proud” Thorpe famous they “nailed the order” of the team, and that that was key in their sturdy efficiency, whereas van der Kaay stated the rostrum end was “the icing on the cake”.
“Our boys have never done anything like this, so they really stepped up to the challenge, and we’re walking away with a medal, so I’m over the moon,” she added.
It represented a stark distinction to the disappointing Tokyo Olympics, where the team of Wilde, Reid, Thorpe and van der Kaay finished 12th, on the again of Wilde’s bronze medal in the individual event.
The newly-created WTCS, which began in May in Yokohama, now stays in Canada for this weekend’s Finals in Edmonton, earlier than rescheduled occasions happen in Bermuda (October) and Abu Dhabi (November).
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