Hayden Wilde second in Super League standings after another podium finish

Hayden Wilde has continued his Commonwealth Games form in the Super League Triathlon series.

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Hayden Wilde has continued his Commonwealth Games form in the Super League Triathlon series.

Hayden Wilde had to admit defeat to another Commonwealth Games rival in the latest round of the Super League Triathlon.

The New Zealander finished third, 12 seconds behind winner Matthew Hauser of Australia in the Munich event at the weekend.

Wilde, who is awaiting the result of his protest against his silver medal at the Games in Birmingham at the end of July, now sits second in the men’s standings after two rounds, following a win in the opening race in London.

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Hayden Wilde took extra care with removing his helmet in the mixed team relay after his alleged mishap earlier this week – but he made sure to send a message while doing so.

“I felt I just got beaten by the other guys out there today,” Wilde said on the competition’s official website.

“I didn’t have the gears I had in London and felt a bit flat, but those boys rode and swam amazingly. I just didn’t have it today, but it was fantastic to see them battle all the way and it was a close competition in the end. “

The Enduro-format race sees the swim-bike-run process repeated three times.

Hauser had finished second behind Wilde in London the previous weekend after being mistakenly issued a penalty when a team-mate false started.

Australia's Matthew Hauser, center, won the latest Super League race with Wilde, left, third.

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Australia’s Matthew Hauser, center, won the latest Super League race with Wilde, left, third.

Portugal’s Vasco Vilaca headed Wilde home for second by nine seconds, with England’s Jonny Brownlee fourth and Wilde’s fellow New Zealander Tayler Reid sixth after being first out of the water in the opening stage.

The win gave Hauser a one-point lead in the standings over Wilde, with Reid sixth.

Commonwealth Games gold medalist Alex Yee of England didn’t contest the Munich event after finishing third in London and is ninth on the points table ahead of the third event in Malibu, US, this weekend.

Wilde and Triathlon NZ have protested to World Triathlon over the 10-second time penalty he was given mid-race at the Games for removing his helmet too early in the transition stage from bike to run; seeking Wilde’s elevation to share gold with Yee.