Commonwealth Games: Kiwi triathletes open medal account on Day Three

Tayler Reid
Triathlete Tayler Reid crosses for a relay bronze medal. Photo credit: Getty

New Zealand's triathletes have opened our medal account on Day Three of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, grabbing a bronze in the team relay.

Ryan Sissons, who powered home for fifth in the individual race on opening day, took the Kiwis into third spot on the second leg, and Andrea Hewitt and Tayler Reid were able to maintain that position to the finish, trailling England and Australia home.

Nicole van der Kaay led the NZ team out and settled into a bronze-medal battle with Wales and Canada over the opening 250m swim/7km bike/1.5km run leg, but Sissons produced a strong run to open an 11-second margin over his rivals.

Hewitt conceded the third spot to Canada on the bike, but battled back during the run to hand off to Reid with a five-second lead on the North Americans.

A strong swimmer, Reid put time on Canadian Matt Sharpe in the water, and managed to hold him off over the closing cycle and running stages.

The Games debutant has become a cult favourite on the Gold Coast for his floppy hair-do, but showed some vulnerability on the run two days ago in the individual event.

He took over 10 seconds clear of Sharpe off the bike and was still seven seconds up at the finish-line.

"I was so proud of my team," Reid told TVNZ. "They made it easy for me.

"I just put my head down and went for it - I just held on for my life."

Said Sissons: "It was pretty scary, standing on the sidelines, but we had full faith in Tayler and he killed it on that last leg."

Jacob Birtwhistle brought Australia home for gold, with England's Alistair Brownlee 52 seconds behind.