Latest Olympics: Norwegian Blummenfelt wins men’s triathlon

Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt won the men’s triathlon in one hour, 45 minutes and four seconds, 11 seconds ahead of Briton Alex Yee

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Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt won the men’s triathlon in one hour, 45 minutes and four seconds, 11 seconds ahead of Briton Alex Yee.

New Zealander Hayden Wilde finished third.

Blummenfelt is the first Norwegian to win a medal in the triathlon, which combines swimming, cycling and running. He finished 13th at the Rio Games in 2016.

Blummenfelt was fifth after the 1,500-meter swimming and 40-kilometer cycling stages of the race before securing victory in the final stage.

Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, who won silver in Rio and bronze in London in 2012, was sixth.

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The much-favored Fijians scored in the opening 30 seconds of the tournament, with Jiuta Wainiqolo scoring the first points after Japan failed to control the ball from the kick-off.

The Fijians nearly doubled the lead, but Wainiqolo’s one-handed pickup attempt saw Japanese captain Chihito Matsui cover three-quarters of the field to equalize for the hosts.

The Fijians regained the advantage but after the halftime siren sounded Fiji-born Japanese Lote Tuqiri crossed to give the hosts a surprising 14-12 lead at the break.

Japan, surprise semi-finalists when rugby sevens made their Olympic debut in 2016, extended the margin to seven points at the start of the second half before Fiji responded with two tries and refused one afterwards. the full-time mermaid to achieve victory.

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