NORWAY’S Kristian Blummenfelt collapsed, was sick and had to be put into a WHEELCHAIR after winning the triathlon gold medal.
The 27-year-old produced a stunning breakaway in the 10km run to beat Team GB’s Alex Yee into second spot.
But in sweltering 27C heat, the Bergen athlete sank to the floor not long after crossing the finishing line.
He was then lifted into a wheelchair, though still conscious after the gruelling endurance event.
A member of the medical team was on hand to assess the Olympian.
Yee, who was making his Olympic debut, had led at the start of the run before Blummenfelt gritted his teeth and burst clear.
His Team GB team-mate Jonny Brownlee finished fifth, unfortunately not able to equal or better his silver medal from Rio 2016.
Speaking after his super silver, Yee told the BBC: “[It’s] a bit bizarre really.
“I’m just a normal guy from south east London. Dreams really do come true.
“It’s been a tough preparation phase for this Games. In training I went much harder than this race but unfortunately he was better on the day.
DREAM TEAM IS BACK! SIGN UP NOW FOR THE 21/22 SEASON FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN £100,000
“I am just over the moon. I was already deep in the well and dug that little bit in my soul. It wasn’t enough to catch Kristian Blummenfelt but it was enough to get silver.”
And in what is likely to be his last Olympics, fifth-placed Brownlee said: “That was really tough, I tried to get in the breakaway but it didn’t really work. I couldn’t give any more but I’m really proud of the preparation I did.
“It wasn’t a fairytale ending, we’ve got another chance in the mixed team relay. I’ve seen Alex come up though the ranks – he deserved that – he works ridiculously hard but I’m pleased that he’s in our team.
“I knew the heat was one of my weaknesses. I put in a lot of effort to get ready and I think I coped well with the heat, but I just didn’t have enough.”
🥇 TOKYO OLYMPICS LIVE: All the latest from the Games with our live blog
🥇 WHAT’S ON TODAY? Best bits to watch at the Olympics and UK times for your favourite stars
Dream Team 2021/22
PLAY DREAM TEAM FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON!
- £100,000 in prize money up for grabs
- £50million budget to build your best XI
- Play in Mini Leagues against your mates, colleagues, etc
- Click here to play for FREE
- Dream Team app available through Apple Store and Google Play Store
352 total views, 4 views today