Commonwealth Games 2018: Super silver for Aussie triathlete Jacob Birtwhistle

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Triathlete Jake Birtwhistle wins ’s first 2018 Games medal Silver medalist Jacob Birtwhistle of during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Triathlon. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins
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From left, Jacob Birtwhistle of , Henri Schoeman of South Africa, and Marc Austin of Scotland pose with their medals. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Shayna Jack, Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Bronte Campbell are seen after winning the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final. Photo: AAP Image/Darren England

Matthew Hauser (left) and Jacob Birtwhistle of transition from the cycle to the run leg during the Men’s Triathlon. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Competitors dive into the water at the start of the mens triathlon at Southport Broadwater Parklands. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

‘s Jordan Kerby celebrate after winning gold at the Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit. Photo: AP Photo/Tertius Pickard

A General view on day one of swimming competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Malaysia Izar Ahmad celebrates after making new Commonwealth games record in Men’s 56kg Weightlifting at Commonwealth Games. Photo: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

n hurdler Sally Pearson (centre) departs with Team Doctor Paul Blackman (left) and Head Coach Craig Hilliard. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Corey Main of New Zealand is seen during the heats of the Men’s 100m Backstroke. Photo: AAP Image/Darren England

Daniel Fox of reacts after swimming the Mens S14 200m Freestyle Heats on day one of swimming competition. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Malaysia Izar Ahmad, center, waves as India’s Gururaja, left, and Sri Lanka’s Jayasooriya Arachchilage, right, watch during the medal ceremony of the Men’s 56kg Weightlifting final. Photo: AP Photo/Manish Swarup

April Brandley of tries to block Kyla Bowman of Northern Ireland during their Netball preliminary match on day one. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

A lifeguard watches as a competitor warms up before the start of the women’s triathlon. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Jessica Learmonth of England, Flora Duffy of Bermuda and Joanna Brown of Canada react after being presented with the silver, gold and bronze medals. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Competitors run into the transition area during the women’s triathlon. Photo: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Jessica Hansen of swims during the Women’s 50m Breaststroke semi-final. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Arairne Titmus of is seen during the heats of Women’s 200m Freestyle on day one of swimming competition. Photo: AAP Image/Darren England

Silver medalist Ariarne Titmus of , gold medalist Taylor Ruck of Canada and bronze medalist Emma McKeon of with their Women’s 200m Freestyle medals. Photo: AAP Image/Darren England

Ashleigh Gentle of reacts after she failed to place in the Women’s Triathlon,. Photo: AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Tracy Feng of plays Alicia Cote of Canada in Women’s Team – Group 3 Match 2 Table Tennis on day 1 during the XXI Commonwealth Games. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Team are seen during the men’s team pursuit 4000m qualifying event on day one of the track cycling competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games. Photo: AAP Image/Dan Peled

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (centre) plays snooker with n athletes Marty Jackson (left) and Cameron Crombie during a visit to the Athlete’s Village. Photo: AAP Image/AFP Pool/William West

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (right) plays table tennis with Lucy Turnbull during a visit to the Athlete’s Village. Photo: AAP Image/AFP Pool/William West

‘s Mitchell Morgans falls of the high bar as he competes at the men’s artistic gymnastics competition. Photo: AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

n swimmers Daniel Fox (left) and Liam Schluter (right) pose for photographs after winning silver and bronze medals respectively following the Mens S14 200m Freestyle Final. Photo: AAP Image/Dave Hunt

TweetFacebookJake Birtwhistle gave himself little chance of becoming ‘s first medallist of the Gold Coast Games.

After a gruelling bike leg spent chasing a breakaway, a top 10 wasn’t even looking likely.

But the 23-year-old Tasmanian put together a run leg for the ages, reeling in all but one – South African Henri Schoeman – to claim silver.

His was the highlight of the first day’s action from an n point of view.

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