Report – Commonwealth Games Day 4


Commonwealth Games Day 4 – Gold for Laura Trott as she ties on points with Elinor Barker but wins on countback

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Report – Commonwealth Games Day 4

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Laura Trott and Elinor Barker took the Gold and Silver Medals in the Commonwealth Games Points Race, on the boards of Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, in the tightest possible finish to the 25km race.

Both riders – riding for England and Wales respectively – finished tied on 37 points but, as Trott finished higher than Barker in the final sprint, the English rider was awarded the victory.

“I can’t believe it,” she told BBC Radio 5 live. “I felt so bad at times in that race. I’m not even 100%, I’ve not eaten properly for the last two days and I’ve been living off porridge. I’m not really a porridge fan. It’s right up there with the Olympics for me after the disappointment of the last two days. To pull it off at the end was great”.

“[Elinor] is unbelievable,” Trott added, paying tribute to her Welsh teammate. “She’s not even a sprinter so normally she’d be going for the lap, but that shows what form she’s in. She got third in the [Scratch Race] sprint yesterday and then she almost won that in the sprint!”

Trott was the first of the home nations riders to take points, as she finished fourth on the first sprint lap, but Barker moved ahead of the double Olympic Champion with first place in the second. The rest of the race was to see the two Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling riders exchange the lead, as the challenge came from the strong teams of Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

The two riders – along with English Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling teammate Dani King – were among the eight riders that managed to gain a lap on the rest of the field in the course of the race. This gave them 20 points each, moving them clear of the others, but the sprints for points were to prove decisive between them.

Barker took five points in the ninth and penultimate sprint, giving her a one point lead over Trott, which meant that the final dash for the line was to provide decisive. Local rider Katie Archibald was the first over the line, to take the bronze for Scotland, but a tight sprint between Trott and Barker saw the English woman take three points to the Welshwoman’s two.

The tie in the two riders’ scores meant that those final sprint positions were to prove crucial, which meant that Trott took Gold and Barker Silver; the Welsh rider’s second medal of Glasgow 2014, after her Bronze Medal in yesterday’s Scratch Race.

In other events, Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott won another gold in the Women’s Para-cycling 1000m Time Trial B2 Tandem race ahead of rivals from the home nation, Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston.

In the Keirin, Australia continued to pile up the cycling Golds with a win for Matthew Glaetzer ahead of Kiwi Sam Webster. There was no luck for the British riders in the Men’s Scratch race. Raleigh pro Mark Christian got a lap with four other riders but was to finish 4th as Kiwi Shane Archbold won from the expereinced Aussie Glenn P O’Shea and Canadian Remi Pelletier.

There was a Bronze medal for Jess Varnish in the Women’s Sprint as new Aussie hope Stephanie Morton beat legend Anna Meares (Olympic champion) in two straight wins.



Men’s Keirin
1. Matthew Glaetzer Australia 10.465 68.800
2. Sam Webster New Zealand
3. Mohd Azizulhasni Awang Malaysia
4. Shane Perkins Australia
5. Peter Lewis Australia
6. Edward Dawkins New Zealand

9th Chris Pritchard
10th Matt Crampton
11th. John Paul

Men’s Scratch Race
1 Shane Archbold Nz
2 Glenn P O’Shea Aus
3 Remi Pelletier Can
4 Mark Christian IOM

5 Joseph Kelly IOM -1
6 Samuel Harrison Wal -1
7 Mark Stewart Sco -1
8 Thomas Scully Nz -1
9 Darren Matthews Bar -1
10 Zachary Bell Can -1
11 Ed Clancy Eng -1
12 Dylan Kennett Nz -1
13 Peter Kennaugh IOM -1
14 Martyn Irvine Nir -2
15 Owain Doull Wal -2

DNF Alex Edmonson Aus
DNF Luke Davison Aus
DNF Jonathan Mould Wal
DNF Evan Oliphant Sco
DNF James McCallum Sco
DNF Andy Tenant Eng
DNF Nolan Hoffman Sa
DNF Aidan Caves Can
DNF Marloe Rodman Jam

Women’s Points
1 Laura Trott England 37
2 Elinor Barker Wales 37
3 Katie Archibald Scotland 33
4 Amy Cure Australia 32
5 Rushlee Buchanan New Zealand 28
6 Jamin Glasesser Canada 28
7 Dani King England 25
8 Lauren Ellis New Zealand 25
9 Annette Edmonson Australia 10
10 Laura Brown Canada 6

Women’s Para-cycling 1000m Time Trial B2 Tandem
1 England Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott 1:08.187 GR
2 Scotland Aileen McGlynn/ Louise Haston 1:09.771 51.597
3 Australia Brandie O’Connor/ Breanna Hargrave 1:10.543 51.032
4 Australia Felicity Johnson/ Holly Takos 1:11.826 50.121
5 Scotland Laura Cluxton/ Fiona Duncan 1:12.132 49.908
6 Wales Rhiannon Henry/ Rachel James 1:12.719 49.505

1 Stephanie Morton Aus 11.734 11.422
2 Anna Meares Aus

Bronze Medal Race
3 Jess Varnish Eng 11.944 11.856
4 Fatehah Mustapa Mas

Fifth to Eighth Place
1 Victoria Williamson Eng 12.356 58.271
2 Stephanie McKenzie Nz
3 Deborah Khan Eng
4 Jenny Davis Sco

Semi Finals
Stephanie Morton Aus beat Fatehah Mustapa Mas 2:0
Anna Meares Aus beat Jess Varnish Eng 2:0

Quarter Finals
Stephanie Morton Aus beat Deborah Khan Ind 2:0
Anna Meares Aus beat Jenny Davis Sco 2:0
Jess Varnish Eng beat Victoria Williamson Eng 2:0
Fatehah Mustapa Mas beat Stephanie McKenzie Nz 2:0


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