Alex Yee high-fives rival 50m from line as he wins England’s first Commonwealth gold in triathlon

His winning time was 50 minutes 34 seconds, with Wilde 13 seconds behind to take silver. Australia’s Matthew Hauser claimed bronze.

“This is a home Games,” said Yee. “It’s the first time I’ve been able to race in front of my parents for a long time and at a major event. It’s probably my greatest achievement ever. I feel extremely grateful to be in this situation. I’m super proud to be the winner.

“I never gave up. I knew this course is tough, the hill [on the run leg] can kill you every single time, so for me I knew that if I was able to push on that hill there was a chance I would catch him.

“I got to him at the top, but unfortunately he had a penalty so I kind of knew that. It’s a shame but still great to share another battle with Hayden.”

Asked whether he would have triumphed in a race to the line that never materialized, he said: “We’ll never know. Maybe we’ll see in a race in the future, but I always back myself on the runs.”

Having chosen to study at Leeds Beckett University specifically to train alongside Brownlee – and his brother Alistair – Yee said: “Those boys have done a lot for me. They got me to where I am today.

“To an extent they definitely were my inspiration. I was doing triathlon prior to that but watching the boys at London 2012 was a special moment for me.

“Now we are here and hopefully there is somebody in the crowd who is like I was and will maybe take over my legacy. Hopefully I’ve done the same for someone.”

In a repeat of the top two from last year’s Olympics, Georgia Taylor-Brown earned England their second medal in Birmingham when she chased home Bermuda’s Flora Duffy to claim silver in the women’s race.

The pair were neck and neck after the bike leg, but Duffy pulled clear on the run to triumph by 41 seconds and retain her title. Scotland’s Beth Potter claimed bronze.

Taylor-Brown said: “That was really hard. I gave it my best shot but I just didn’t have the legs today. I felt flat all day. Considering how I felt before the race, I’m extra happy with the silver medal.

“I’m a bit bored of coming second to Flora constantly so we need to change that. Alex came away with his gold from him so I’m a bit gutted I could n’t copy that.

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