It didn’t work for Brazil in the men’s triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics. Manoel Messias, 22, was only in the 28th position. The gold went to Kristian Blummenfelt, from Norway, who finished the race with a time of 1h45m04s, 11 seconds ahead of Briton Alex Yee. Hayden Wilde, from New Zealand, completed the podium in the race held this Sunday (Brasilia time) , in the marina of Odaiba.
In strong heat, the athletes had to win 1,500m swimming, 40 km cycling and 10 km running. Of the 56 registered athletes, 51 started the dispute in the 1,500 meters of swimming.
The Brazilian Manoel Messias did not start well in swimming and finished his first leg in penultimate position. Frenchman Vincent Luis finished ahead by completing the 1,500 meters in 17m39s. The Brazilian Manoel Messias was 57 seconds behind, in 48th position out of 51 athletes.
In cycling, the lead passed from hands several times until Swiss Andrea Salvisberg took the lead in the seventh of eight laps. He opened up an advantage and managed to finish the 40km pedaling with 14 seconds ahead of the Norwegian Casper Stornes. Manoel Messias finished this stage in 39th.
The Swiss started the race at the front, but couldn’t keep up. British Alex Yee took the lead, closely followed by Norwegian Kristian Flower field, by Hayden Wilde. In the final kilometers, the three took turns to lead until Kristian Blummenfelt opened a great distance and secured the gold medal.