Commonwealth Games: Nicole van der Kaay pleased with finishing seventh in triathlon

  • 06/04/2018

Kiwi triathlete Nicole van der Kaay says she's more than happy with finishing seventh in her first Commonwealth Games campaign.          

Van der Kaay, based out of Taupo, was the best Kiwi female performer in Thursday's triathlon, clocking 58 minutes 31 seconds.    

The 22-year-old was one minute 41 seconds behind winner Flora Duffy from Bermuda.

Having worked her way up to sixth by the end of the 20km cycling leg, van der Kaay held on for grim life in the run to snare a meritorious placing.    

She said she never stopped believing in a late bronze-medal run.            

"I was just with the girls and the run. I gave it my best shot and I knew they were very fast, slightly out of my league at this stage of my career, but I gave it everything, held on as long as I could," van der Kaay told reporters.       

"I knew I'd definitely have my work cut out for me with all these experienced ladies but I was very happy to keep up with them." 

Van der Kaay finished ahead of Kiwi compatriots Rebecca Spence, who finished 10th, and veteran Andrea Hewitt, who disappointed with a 13th.            

She backed herself to improve in the future.     

"I left it all out there," van der Kaay said.