Commonwealth Games: Hayley Simmonds takes time trial cycling bronze

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Commonwealth Games: Road racer Simmonds claims bronze in women’s time trial

Hayley Simmonds won England’s second cycling time trial medal of the sixth day of the Commonwealth Games with bronze in the women’s event on Currumbin beachfront.

Simmonds, 29, who switched from rowing to cycling in 2010 and lost 45kg in weight, was in tears as she finished.

Australia’s Katrin Garfoot produced a dominant display to win gold, with Linda Villumsen of New Zealand in second.

Scotland’s Katie Archibald was fourth.

Archibald, who won gold in the individual pursuit on the track, was never in serious contention and finished 45 seconds behind Simmonds.

In the men’s race, England’s Harry Tanfield joined brother Charlie as a Commonwealth Games medallist by taking silver.

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‘I’m gutted’

Earlier, Simmonds’ England team-mate Melissa Lowther found out she could not race after an administrative error meant that she was not formally entered.

Lowther will still compete in the women’s road race on 14 April but was left frustrated by the mistake.

She said: “I can’t put into words how disappointed I am to have been missed off the start list due to an admin error.

“It was one of my targets this season and I was so proud that my hard work in training had paid off. While Team England have apologised, I’m still gutted not to have the opportunity to represent my country after all the hard miles I’ve put in.”

Team England said it would conduct a review.

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Former Olympic champion Chris Boardman

“It’s a tragic story – it’s highly embarrassing for all concerned.

“Mel travelled all this way to compete and prepared for this specifically only to be told that someone forgot to put her name on the list.

“I’m disappointed with the organisation, that even though this is supposed to be the ‘friendly Games’ they’ve said ‘no, you didn’t put your name down by the time specified’.

“I think that is extremely disappointing. The error shouldn’t have occurred in the first place of course but people are human.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/commonwealth-games/43709296

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