Welsh cyclists begin their Commonwealth Games campaign

Welsh cyclists begin their Commonwealth Games campaign


Lewis Oliva began his Commonwealth Games at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow with the men's sprint event.

After recently completing his rehabilitation programme for injury, Oliva relished the opportunity to compete in Glasgow 2014.

In the Men's Sprint qualifiers, Oliva qualified 8th with a time of 10.171, and went through to the first round. However, he was paired with New Zealand's Matt Archibald and lost out to the sprinter. Oliva went through to repechages but was edged out by Englan's Jason Kenny and Scotland's Callum Skinner.

Oliva said: "I'm happy with my result today, it could have gone worse coming back from injury. I'm happy to set a benchmark for myself and can move on from here. I'm looking forward to returning for the keirin on Sunday."

Meanwhile, para-sport athletes Rhiannon Henry and pilot Rachel James missed out on a medal ride in the women's tandem sprint. Disappointed with their performance, the pairing finished 6th overall.

Competition continues on Friday with the para-sport men's tandem 1000m time trial, and the individual pursuits.

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