Laura Trott, whose Games have been hampered by a kidney infection, today took Commonwealth gold in a thrilling points race in Glasgow.
Trott finished level with Elinor Barker on 38 points by virtue of beating the Welsh rider in the final sprint, and was awarded the victory by virtue of that finishing position. Katie Archibald took a fine third for Scotland.
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“You know what, after the week I’ve had, it is right up there with the Olympics,” said Trott. “I’m so over the moon. It’s hard for me to describe how I am right now.”
The 22-year-old also admitted that she believe Barker had pipped her to the medal.
“I rocked up alongside Elinor and said ‘well done, Commonwealth champion’. Then it came up on the screen and I thought ‘oh crap, she’s going to think I said that on purpose’.”
Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott picked up their second gold of Glasgow 2014 in the para-sport tandem kilo. Starting last, the English duo set a time of 1-08.187 to deny Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston. Thornhill and Scott also took gold in the sprint on Thursday at their Scottish rivals’ expense.
“It’s the most painful event, nobody ever looks forward to a kilo,” said Scott. “Sophie and I have only done one kilo before, so we had no idea what we were going to come out with. I knew from the first rev it was a good ride, and we kept that going.
“This one is the best [of the two golds], without a doubt. The kilo is the Paralympic tandem event, so to put down a time like that and win a gold is definitely the highlight of the week for us.”
Australian Anna Meares, looking to become the first track cyclist to win six golds at Games, was beaten by compatriot Stephanie Morton in the women’s sprint.
Morton, who qualified fastest yesterday, took the victory two-nil.
Jess Varnish claimed bronze in the event. The English rider lost the first heat to Malaysia’s Fatehah Mustapa, before judges disqualified the latter for coming off the sprinters’ line. Varnish then won the second ride comfortably to pick up her second silver of the Games.
“I was more determined to beat her, because it was a dangerous move,” said Varnish. “She’s a really nice girl, but when you’re on the track you want to beat them. It made me more determined to prove I was capable of taking the bronze.”
Shane Archbold (New Zealand) won the men’s 20km scratch race, beating Australis’s Glenn O’Shea and Remi Pelletier (Canada) to the gold. Isle of Man duo Mark Christian and Joe Kelly placed fourth and fifth.
Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer won the final track event inside the velodrome, taking the keirin ahead of Sam Webster (New Zealand) and Azizulhansi Awang (Malaysia).
Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow: day four
Men’s 20km scratch race qualifying heat one
1. Andy Tennant (Eng)
2. Peter Kennaugh (IOM)
3. Zach Bell (Can)
4. Glenn O’Shea (Aus)
5. Martyn Irvine (Nir)
Men’s 20km scratch race qualifying heat two
1. Dylan Kennett (Nzl)
2. Evan Oliphant (Sco)
3. Luke Davison (Aus)
4. Joe Kelly (IOM)
5. Alex Edmondson (Aus)
Men’s 20km scratch race final
1. Shane Archbold (Nzl)
2. Glenn O’Shea (Aus)
3. Remi Pelletier (Can)
4. Mark Christian (IOM)
5. Joe Kelly (IOM)
Women’s sprint finals
Stephanie Morton (Aus) beat Anna Meares (Aus) 2-0
Jess Varnish (Eng) beat Fatehah Mustapa (Mas) 2-0
Women’s para-sport 1000m tandem time trial
Sophie Thornhill w/Helen Scott (Eng) 1-08.187 GR
Aileen McGlynn w/Louise Haston (Sco) 1-09.771
Brandie O’Connor w/Breanna Hargrave (Aus) 1-10.543
Felicity Johnson w/Holly Takos (Aus) 1-11.926
Women’s points race final
1. Laura Trott (Eng) 37pts
2. Elinor Barker (Wal) 37pts
3. Katie Archibald (Sco) 33pts
4. Amy Cure (Aus) 32pts
5. Rushlee Buchanan (Nzl) 28pts
Men’s keirin final
1. Matthew Glaetzer (Aus)
2. Sam Webster (Nzl)
3. Azizulhansi Awang (Mas)
4. Shane Perkins (Aus)
5. Peter Lewis (Aus)
Images from the final day's action at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow. Photos by Andy Jones