Triathlete Kristian Blummenfelt wanted a wheelchair after vomiting from the exhaustion of successful Olympic gold on Monday.
The 27-year-old Norwegian vomited after he gained the boys’s triathlon with a time of 1:45:04 — beating out Crew GB athlete Alex Yee by 11 seconds.
Blummenfelt handed the end line, grabbed the Olympic tape and dropped to his fingers and knees. He gave the impression to be in ache on account of the sweltering warmth and vomited earlier than a medical staffer helped convey him to his toes.
The three-pronged occasion features a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer cycle, and a 10-kilometer run — and needed to be moved up over issues of warmth exhaustion.
Blummenfelt gained the competitors on the very finish when he kicked issues up a notch within the ultimate seconds of the 10km run — passing the 23-year-old Yee, who led for many of the triathlon.
Yee, in his Olympic debut, fell to second and took dwelling silver for Nice Britain. New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde got here in third to win bronze.
After successful Norway’s first gold medal on this explicit sport, Blummenfelt defined he knew he’d be capable of steal first place.
He mentioned whereas he “couldn’t out kick them on the carpet,” he knew he “might use my engine and actually convey it dwelling.”
The Norwegian triathlete added that he’s had his sights set on successful Olympic gold “for thus a few years.”
“I used to be on vacation right here a few years in the past and thought to myself ‘OK, your purpose is to win an Olympic gold medal right here in 2020,’” he mentioned.
Nice Britain’s Matthew Pinsent, who gained 4 Olympic gold medals in rowing throughout his profession, tweeted, “Excellent gold from Blummenfelt – pushing until you vom is full on.”
The boys’s triathlon additionally skilled an surprising pause 13 seconds into the race after a ship within the water brought about contributors to ponder whether or not or not the water was protected to enter.