Commonwealth Games coverage
Published: 26 July 2014
Written by: Simon Powers
Images: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com
Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean won a second gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games to the delight of those present at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
The Team Scotland duo, who won the tandem kilo on Friday, struck again in front of a proud home crowd as they sealed victory, this time in the tandem sprint.
The pair fell behind in the gold medal ride against Australians Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett but fought back, winning the second heat to make it 1-1.
In the final heat the strength of Maclean and Fachie was on full display as they powered past their antipodean rivals to take their second gold in as many days at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
“It was just as hard work but slightly more satisfying because we were on the back foot after that first ride in the final,” 42-year-old Maclean said when asked if the second gold meant more.
“Neil and I both though that was it really and we didn’t think we were going to come back from that.”
Fachie, 30, added: “This morning session was such a struggle for us, we were just so fatigued from yesterday and qualifying didn’t go that well and I felt awful after it.
“I’ve no idea where we found what we did at the end but I think it comes down to the crowd, without them we wouldn’t have done it.”
In the bronze medal ride, the Australian team of Paul Kennedy and Thomas Clarke beat the Welsh pairing of Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams 2-0 after a fight to the line in which the Welsh pair narrowly missed out on taking the tie to a decider.
But there was to be joy for Wales as Elinor Barker took bronze in the women’s 10km scratch race after an impressive ride. The race culminated in a bunch sprint for the line out of the final bend putting England’s Dani King into fourth place and Scotland’s Katie Archibald having to settle for fifth.
“It was almost perfect,” Barker commented shortly after the race.
“If there had been another 20 metres of track it would have been perfect. It was so close that I didn't actually realise that I had got a medal. With two laps to go I wasn't in a good position, I thought that was it, I wouldn't get anywhere near the front.”
The 19-year-old from Cardiff went on to say: “I think it was one of the gutsiest rides I've ever done. It was quite twitchy in the bunch, everybody was clearly nervous. I had a crash or win mentality by the end of it."
In the 40km points race final, Peter Kennaugh took the Isle of Man's first medal of the Games with silver, after finding himself the only Manxman left on the track when both his teammates Mark Christian and Joe Kelly were disqualified for collusion.
British road champion Kennaugh finshed on 84 points behind New Zealand's Thomas Scully on 98 points.
"I've only been on the track three days, and there's a medal, so I can't exactly grumble with that," Kennaugh said.
"It was pretty frustrating with the teamwork side of things; it could have been a different race had it have been every man for themselves. But that's the way it is. I was annoyed after the race but the emotions have calmed down now."
Team Wales' Owain Doull just missed out on a podium place finishing fourth overall at the conclusion of the race. Team Scotland's Evan Oliphant and Mark Stewart finished 10th and 11th respectively.
In the women’s sprint, the semi-finals, Team England's Jess Varnish lost out to Anna Meares in two straight rides leaving her to fight for bronze against Fatehah Mustapa of Malaysia in Sunday’s finals.
On Sunday’s bronze medal ride, Varnish commented: "I have got the rest of the day tomorrow to relax and prepare for that. I am going to look back over a few of her races and see how she has been racing today against the other Aussie girl, Stephanie Morton.
"I am going to go in with knowledge and confidence."
Varnish had defeated teammate Victoria Williamson in the quarter-finals in two straight rides.
England’s Dannielle Khan, who had qualified in eighth place earlier in the day, lost in straight rides to Australia’s Stephanie Moreton in the final eight.
It was a similar story for Scotland’s Jenny Davies against Olympic champion Meares. Williamson, Khan and Davies all had to race for fifth place later on in the 5-8 finals where they were joined by Stephanie McKenzie of New Zealand.
England’s Victoria Williamson took the win to claim fifth place with Danni Khan taking seventh and Jenny Davis having to settle for eighth place overall.
Scotland's Eleanor Richardson had narrowly missed out on a place in the quarter-finals, finishing in ninth place in qualifying.
Ed Clancy missed out on a podium spot in the men’s kilometre time-trial, finishing in fourth place with team England teammate Kian Emadi finishing in fifth. Bruce Croall of Scotland took eighth while Steven Burke of England finished in ninth place.
Australia’s Scott Sunderland won gold in 1:00.675 with New Zealand taking silver and bronze in Simon van Velthooven and Matthew Archibald respectively.