Unstoppable Rowsell powers to Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow

Unstoppable Rowsell powers to Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow


England’s Joanna Rowsell powered to individual pursuit victory in Glasgow to add Commonwealth Games gold to her world title in the discipline.

The 25-year-old defeated Annette Edmondson of Australia by nearly four seconds in a time of 3:31.615 at a packed Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Earlier Rowsell, an Olympic champion in the team pursuit, had broken the Commonwealth Games record with a ride of 3:29.038 in qualifying.

Rowsell‘s victory means she holds both the Commonwealth and world crowns in the event having won her rainbow jersey in Colombia back in February.

Scotland’s Katie Archibald was denied a bronze medal, losing out to Australian Amy Cure by over two seconds.

“I’m really pleased,” said Rowsell.

“I won the world title back in February this year but since then I’ve had a bit of an up-and-down season with illness and injury so I'm just so glad it has all come together, because you only get this opportunity once every four years. It’s very special.”

Scotland collected a first cycling gold at the Games as Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean won the para-sport tandem kilo.

The duo, both gold medallists at the London Paralympics in different tandem pairings, went out last of the five teams and set a Commonwealth Games record of 1:02.096.

There was also a first cycling medal of the Games for Wales as Matt Ellis and Ieuan Williams took bronze in 1:04.095.

Australian’s Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett finished third.

“The crowd here are absolutely amazing and we couldn’t afford not to win it here in front of this crowd,” Fachie said.

“We’ve worked really hard today, that ride was the most painful experience of my life so I feel like we deserved this medal. We wanted to celebrate it with the crowd who have been fantastic.

“We have both been on top of the podium many times but to do it for Scotland in front of a home crowd is something most athletes can only dream of, so it was a nice moment that we will never forget.”

England’s Jason Kenny won a second silver at the competition in the men’s sprint.

The three-time Olympic champion, who took team sprint silver on Thursday, lost by two heats to one against New Zealand’s Sam Webster in the final.

Kenny produced two exceptional rides to defeat fastest qualifier Matthew Glaetzer and secure a spot in the semi-finals.

He then came from a heat down against Glaetzer’s countryman Peter Lewis to salvage a spot in the final.

And despite drawing level with Webster, Kenny was unable to pass the Kiwi in the deciding heat.

"I am really happy to get a medal to be honest, I really enjoyed today," Kenny said.

"It was a tough day, there wasn’t a lot of rest between rides, 10-15 minutes and the straight back up so it was a tough day but I think we had some good racing in there and the crowd seemed to enjoy it which was nice.

"I think we (Webster) were both feeling it after a long day so I guess it was anyone’s game but I think he rode the last one perfectly so there wasn’t a lot I could have done really. I had to be a lot closer and he did just enough to put me off really and shake me off his tail."

Owain Doull came close to adding a second medal on the evening for Wales with an excellent effort in the men’s individual pursuit.

The 21-year-old qualified fourth fastest behind defending champion Jack Bobridge, world champion Alex Edmondson and New Zealand’s Marc Ryan.

In the bronze-medal ride, Ryan stopped the clock in 4:23.559 ahead of Doull in 4:25.664.

The earlier session had seen a strong contingent of home nation riders joining Rowsell and Archibald in the individual pursuit.

England’s Laura Trott finished sixth and Dani King eighth with Wales’ Elinor Barker seventh, Amy Roberts 13th and Ciara Horne 15th.

Archibald’s teammate Anna Turvey was 12th.

But it was to be Rowsell’s day and the Carshalton-born rider can celebrate holding Olympic, Commonwealth and world titles concurrently.


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