Commonwealth Games: Mountain bike champ Sam Gaze awkwardly answers simple question

  • 13/04/2018

The bad blood between Sam Gaze and Anton Cooper still lingers, despite a public apology by the Commonwealth champion.

Gaze won mountain bike gold on Thursday, pipping his fellow Kiwi and defending champion Cooper at the line.

It was a great comeback from Gaze, who had earlier suffered mechanical problems on the final of seven laps.

But he was fuming afterwards, claiming Cooper was a bad sport for trying to take advantage of his misfortune, rather than helping him replace his flat tyre.

Gaze felt he got the last laugh in the end, commenting that "good guys always win in the end".

The 22-year-old later apologised for his behaviour, but 24 hours later, he is still not out of the woods, stumbling during an interview with Newshub reporter Ollie Ritchie.

Ritchie asked Gaze if he still thought Cooper was a bad sport.

"That's a question I can't answer," Gaze replied awkwardly.

Ritchie's follow up was simple: "How come?"

Gaze sought help from his media manager, asking how to answer the question.

After a brief conversation, Gaze replied: "No comment."

Cooper still believes Gaze's apology was genuine, but said if the roles were reversed, Gaze would have acted exactly the same thing he did.

Cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale, fined Gaze 200 Swiss francs (NZ$282) - the currency of their base in Switzerland - for the gesture, a Cycling New Zealand spokesman confirmed on Friday.