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Hayden Wilde - TRIATHLETE - Tokyo 2020 Olympic🥉 XTERRA World Champ 21🏆

Hayden Wilde - TRIATHLETE - Tokyo 2020 Olympic🥉 XTERRA World Champ 21🏆

Episode 153: Hayden Wilde - TRIATHLETE - Tokyo 2020 Olympic🥉 XTERRA World Champ 21🏆

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In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg chats with a man spearheading the next generation of superstar athletes. Hayden Wilde.

New Zealand's Hayden Wilde is a world-class triathlete who won bronze at the Games in Tokyo and silver at the Commonwealths in Birmingham.

  • Olympic Bronze medalist

  • 2022 Super League Champion and a runner up in 2021

  • 2022 World Triathlon series overall 3rd with wins in Leeds and Hamburg WTS events A Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after a crappy penalty call had him sidelined with a 10-second penalty before the spring finish for Gold.

  • A National 5km Champion for New Zealand with a personal best of 13.28 ( 2.42 k pace or 4.21-mile pace)

Hayden Wilde is a prime example of how Super League Triathlon can kickstart an athlete’s career – and give them a great nickname. Hayden was already accomplished at swim-bike-run as a junior on the less well known off-road scene. But he really came of age on the world triathlon stage racing Super League, where his amazing chase from behind in Super League Malta earned him the moniker of the “Maltese Falcon”.

Growing up in Whakatane, New Zealand, Hayden Wilde has always had a love for the outdoors, for exploring and being active. His childhood consisted of every outdoor adventure sport under the sun and multiple other pursuits.

Although he suffered a terrible loss as a young man when his father passed away in tragic circumstances, Wilde’s focus didn’t wane and he made a push for greatness.


2:23 - Interview with Hayden Wilde begins

4:56 - What a year! Hayden crushed the Super League with 5 podiums, including three wins, then crushed the WTS with two wins in Leeds and Hamburg, and two seconds at Montreal and Yokohama and then a 2nd in Commonwealth Games. Hayden explains what was the standout for him in the pastyear.

11:32 - Hayden explains what his focus was when starting 2022.

13:51 - Greg and Hayden discuss his Comm Games performance and the penalty he received during the race.

18:27 - Greg and Hayden discuss how the 18 month COVID lockdowns in New Zealand affected his preparation and performance heading into the Olympic Games.

About 2km before the finish is when I blew up ...

24:58 - Hayden describes the swim stage at the Olympics and how close he came to the propeller of the support boat.

32:17 - Being the first medal for New Zealand, Hayden describes how amazing the reception back home was for him.

34:10 - What inspired Hayden Wilde into Triathlon?

38:00 - Hayden started with some hockey and football, and describes how his 'average' sporting beginnings allowed him to find his passion as a triathlete.

my first race was in 2017

46:10 - Hayden's father was a fertiliser pilot and passed away in a tragic accident 14 years ago. He explains how he found out and how that time changed his life path forever. His vulnerability and honesty is very courageous and show how mature this young man is.

49:56 - What is Hayden Wilde's highest high in his career to date?

51:25 - ... And his lowest low in performance in his career.

54:11 - Hayden describes how he has given back to his family with the success he has had. Again, the maturity and integrity Hayden shows in his actions is impressive.

57:30 - Who would you want to have dinner with (non family, living or dead)?

58:36 - Where does Hayden Wilde see himself in 3 years?

59:30 - Who is Hayden's GOAT athlete of all sports?

1:01:26 - Greg and Hayden finish their chat with some rapid fire questions and answers.

  1. One book you would recommend?

  2. Two most-used apps on your phone?

  3. What time of day are you most productive?

  4. First job?

  5. Out of 10, how cool are you?

  6. Who would you want to play a movie of your life?

  7. Which decade of music is the best?

  8. If you could be transformed into one animal, which one would you choose?

  9. Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go?

  10. Greatest movie of all time?

1:07:36 - What's next for Hayden Wilde with only 12 weeks until the World Series Opener in Abu Dhabi?

1:11:49 - Interview concludes


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