New Zealand’s Aaron Barclay won the first ever men’s triathlon gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Barclay exited the water one second behind the swim leader, Belgium’s Thomas Jurgens, rode with the lead pack on the bike, then simply ran away with the victory, posting the top 5 km run split (16:32). Barclay finished with a time of 54:41, followed by the USA’s Kevin McDowell (54:55), and Austria’s Alois Knabl (55:04) in third.
“It was pretty incredible. I don’t know what to say, ” said Barclay to the ITU Media. “I’m really proud to get this for New Zealand because I really love my country.”
Victoria’s Brook Powell suffered a knee injury at the start of the bike ride, rode through the pain, but was forced to drop out during the run.
“These kinds of things happen in triathlon. It’s just too bad it happened to me here today at my biggest race of the year,” said Powell, as reported by Triathlon Canada. “The greatest and worse part when racing triathlon is the fact that anything can happen to anybody.”
Top 10 Men
1. Aaron BARCLAY (NZL) 54:41
2. Kevin McDowell Kevin (USA) 54:55
3. Alois KNABL Alois (AUT) 55:04
4. Miguel VALENTE FERNANDES (POR) 55:12
5. Abrahm LOUW (NAM) 55:28
6. Lukas KOCAR (CZE) 55:57
7. Jeremy OBOZIL (FRA) 56:21
8. Wian SULLWALD (RSA) 56:26
9. Gabor HANKO (HUN) 56:49
10. Lautaro DIAZ (ARG) 56:54
DNF Brook POWELL (CAN)