Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi triathlete Hayden Wilde embracing calm before storm

Kiwi triathlete Hayden Wilde is embracing the calm before the Commonwealth Games storm, as he looks to win New Zealand's first medal at Birmingham.

Wilde has been training in Spain in preparation for the event, but he's enjoying the change of weather in England.

"I've been in Spain, where it's 25 degrees hotter," he told Newshub. "It's nice to put a shirt on and not walk out the door sweating."

Wilde has been in hot form leading up to the Games, claiming two World Championship wins in two months.

"Yeah, I guess the confidence is really high at the moment," he added.

He's already claimed an Olympic bronze medal, and his first Games appearance has a familiar feel to it.

"Looking at Alex Yee, he's an Olympic silver medallist but it's really nice, I'm coming into it No.1 ranked," he said.

But according to Wilde, home advantage trumps rankings, with his opponent hailing from London.

"He'll be the hot favourite coming from the UK, so I'm actually not phased that he's that No.1 [and] hot favourite, it actually takes the pressure off myself," he said.

The athletes will start the race at Sutton Park, and after they swim, they will come through their bikes on a busy suburban street, before heading back to the park for the final leg.

A leg Wilde is planning to perfection.

"I want to get gold, and beating Alex [Yee] would be ideal," he said.

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