‘Ate pies, performed video games’ – Wilde’s transformation to Olympic medallist | 1 News

Hayden Wilde’s family have revealed the bronze medal-successful triathlete was as soon as a “chubby” boy who ate pies and performed video games, prior to reworking into the elite athlete who battled the Tokyo heat to obtain Olympic glory.

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The bronze medal profitable triathlete was not often in peak affliction.
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The 23-yr-old Whakatāne native claimed New Zealand’s 1st medal of the Tokyo Olympics this early morning in the men’s specific triathlon, a lot to the delight of his relatives who watched on from his hometown.

While they expected he would be in with a opportunity with a medal, they recalled the rapid transformation of Wilde from a lazy teen to entire world-class athlete.

“Hayden as a youngster employed to like sausage rolls and pies and curl up on the couch and check out Tv set. That is what he did every single day immediately after school and perform video clip video games. He really only did other sport because his more mature brothers did,” Wilde’s mum Sarah told 1 News.

“He was a snug little boy who likes sausages, now appear at him.”

Hayden Wilde displays his bronze medal immediately after the men’s triathlon in Tokyo.
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More mature brother Hamish experienced the same recollections, recalling Hayden as a “modest, chubby boy” in his youthful years.

“He by no means experienced that factor to him until eventually the very last handful of decades. Covid was a massive detail for him as he was ready to increase on his swim and he tried out to qualify for New Zealand in the 5000m as properly and that was simply just to strengthen his very last 5000m [in the triathlon],” Hamish said.

“We thought he was likely to engage in cricket, football and carry on like he did but he went down to see our uncle for two weeks in Greymouth and he’s a mountain biker so Hayden started off getting the bug for it a tiny little bit and began running and said this is my issue.

“It is been a crazy development due to the fact he only made a decision to consider this up four or five several years back.”

Even Wilde himself was amazed by his immediate increase, telling 1 News he only grew to become a total-time qualified 3 decades back.

“If I look again three yrs in the past I was really landscaping, constructing partitions and just attempting to make a dollar to go to races and basically set myself into the Commonwealth Video games circle. To in fact get to the begin line below is rather emotional,” Wilde mentioned.

Those people hoping to celebrate with Wilde in Whakatāne will have to hold out a small when although, as the triathlete is fast paced competing about the environment for the rest of the calendar year adhering to his time in Tokyo.

One issue he will have with him on his journey – an Olympic bronze medal.

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