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Ellis and Williams collect Wales' first cycling medal of the Games

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Published: 25 July 2014
Written by: Rebecca Ransom
Images: Ian Cook/Sporting Wales

Matt Ellis and Ieuan WIlliams collected Wales' first cycling medal of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwelath Games at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, taking bronze in the Men's Tandem B2 1000m Time Trial.

The pairing rode off first, where they were against four other tandem pairings from Australia, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

They posted a time of 1:04.095, which was enough to get the bronze medal. Scotland took gold, with Australia taking silver.

Matt Ellis said: "I couldn't be happier with the result, a bronze medal is great at my first major competition and it's the first medal on the track for Wales. It was the hardest kilo we have ever ridden, but I'm looking forward to returning tomorrow."

The pairing have been working together for over two years, pilot Ieuan WIlliams said: "I'm ecstatic with the result today, bringing a medal home to Wales is fantastic."

Meanwhile in the Men's Individual Pursuit, Owain Doull posted a personal best of 4:21.369 qualifying in third place, where caught England's Steven Burke. However, Doull missed out on a bronze medal in the evening finishing 4th behind defending champion Jack Bobridge, world champion Alex Edmondson and New Zealand's Marc Ryan.

In the women's individual pursuit, Elinor Barker posted 3:36.803 to finish 7th overall, with Amy Roberts 13th and Ciara Horne 15th.

Tomorrow will see the men's points race and the women's scratch race take place, along with the men's tandem sprint.

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