Triathlete Hoy claims silver for New Zealand

17:17, Aug 20 2014
Daniel Hoy
SO CLOSE: Daniel Hoy is pipped on the line by Britain's Ben Dijkstra.

Triathlete Daniel Hoy has won New Zealand's first medal at the Youth Olympic Games in China, claiming silver in the men's sprint triathlon today.

A strong final leg in the run took the 16-year-old to the podium, though there was heartbreak as he was denied a gold by Britain's Ben Dijkstra in a dramatic photo finish.

Hoy came out of the swim leg fifth, and conserved his energy during the 20km cycle as rain came down in Nanjing.

The tactical move in the cycling paid off in the 5km run.

"I was feeling pretty good going in to the run. I backed myself for a sprint finish because I knew I had the raw speed coming from my track background," Hoy said.

Dijkstra, the European champion, edged Hoy in a sprint over the final 250m.

Both crossed the line in 54 minutes 43 seconds but a photo finish that gave gold to Dijkstra.

Hoy's coach Nathan Richmond described the race as "textbook" with the Kiwi athlete's transitions some of the quickest in the field.
"We couldn't have put forward a better campaign," said Richmond. "He left his soul out there."
New Zealand's Aaron Barclay won gold in the triathlon at the last Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 2010. 

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