Dowsett, Villumsen take cycling gold in Glasgow

August 01, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
TOP: Gold medallist Alex Dowsett of England poses after the podium during the Men’s Cycling Individual Time Trial medal ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow yesterday. BELOW: Gold medallist Linda Villumsen of New Zealand poses on the podium during the Women’s Individual Time Trial medal ceremony.

GLASGOW: England’s Alex Dowsett and Linda Villumsen of New Zealand both went one better to win gold medals in the men’s and women’s cycling individual time-trials at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games yesterday.

Dowsett, second to David Millar four years ago, claimed Commonwealth gold for England in a closely-contested race through the streets and suburbs of Glasgow.

He timed 47 minutes 41.78 with Australian rider Rohan Dennis crossing the line nine seconds slower to take silver and Geraint Thomas grabbing third to claim the bronze for Wales

It was England’s first gold medal in road cycling in 28 years since the Edinburgh 1986 Games.

Villumsen, also a silver medallist in New Delhi, produced a storming finish to clock 42 minutes 25.46 seconds and pip England’s Emma Pooley.

Pooley, who is to retire after the Games, had to settle for silver while Australia’s Katrin Garfoot took the bronze.

“It is just incredible; it’s something I’ve worked hard for over the last four years now,” the 29-year-old, who was second in last year’s world championships, said.

“Every year at the Olympics or the world championships I am always nearly there but missing something. I came here thinking that it could happen again but today finally everything worked out from start to finish so I’m really happy.”

There was gold early on Thursday also for South Africa in the lawn bowls para open triples, defeating New Zealand 13-11 in the final at Kelvingrove.

It was the fourth lawn bowls gold to date for the South African team, the first time that has been achieved at a Commonwealth Games.

In field hockey England’s men moved through to a semi-final clash with champions Australia after a routine 3-1 win over Canada.              AFP