England’s Rowsell wins pursuit gold

England’s Joanna Rowsell produced a superb display to add the Commonwealth 3,000m individual pursuit title to the world crown she won in February.

The 25-year-old, who set a Games record in qualifying, clocked three minutes 31.615 seconds to beat Australian Annette Edmondson by 3.835 seconds.

Rowsell’s compatriot
Jason Kenny,

26, took silver in the men’s sprint.

The three-time Olympic champion pushed New Zealand’s Sam Webster all the way in the final, but went down 2-1.

“I am shattered,” Kenny told BBC Sport. “I got a bit of cramp or something. I was throwing up a minute ago. I feel terrible.”

Kenny started the event slowly on Thursday, qualifying 11th and losing his first-round match before reaching the last eight via the repechage.

However, he impressed in Friday’s quarter-finals and semi-finals and, after losing the first race of the final, responded well to draw level at 1-1.

Glasgow 2014: Scottish rider Neil Fachie celebrates gold

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But Webster proved stronger in the decider, beating Kenny on the line to take gold.

Earlier, Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Rowsell fell behind in her final, but quickly recovered to claim an advantage she did not relinquish.

“This is the one I really wanted,” she told BBC Sport. “The Commonwealth Games come round every four years and very rarely near your home country.

“With the individual pursuit out of the Olympics now, this is the biggest event I can do in it.

“It’s the event I was originally talent-spotted for when I started so it means a lot to me. I’m absolutely over the moon.”

Katie Archibald

missed out on bronze in the same event as she lost to Australia’s Amy Cure in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

England’s double Olympic champion
Laura Trott

was edged into sixth during qualifying, while compatriot
Dani King

finished eighth, a place behind fellow Team GB world champion
Elinor Barker

of Wales.

Scottish Paralympic and world champion
Neil Fachie,

riding with pilot Craig Maclean,

won the Para-cycling 1,000m tandem time trial for blind and visually impaired athletes.

The duo, riding last, beat Australians Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett by just 0.148secs with
Matthew Ellis

of Wales, piloted by Ieuan Williams, taking bronze.

Welsh endurance rider
Owain Doull

, 21, was beaten to bronze by New Zealand’s Marc Ryan in the 4,000m individual pursuit.

Australian Jack Bobridge took gold from Alex Edmondson, who, like sister Annette, had to settle for silver.

Joanna Rowsell and Annette Edmondson share an embrace following the individual pursuit final

Joanna Rowsell’s gold was England’s second in the cycling, after Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott in the tandem B sprint

Joanna Rowsell in action in the women's individual pursuit in Glasgow

Rowsell clocked a Commonwealth record time of 3:29.038 in qualifying

Joanna Rowsell celebrates winning Commonwealth Games gold

Rowsell was diagnosed with alopecia aged 10

Jason Kenney chases Sam Webster in race two of their Commonwealth Games sprint final

Jason Kenny won race two of his final but could not add the Commonwealth Games sprint gold to his three Olympic titles

Jason Kenny loses to Sam Webster in the Commonwealth Games sprint final

New Zealand’s Sam Webster took gold, beating Kenny 2-1 in the final

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/commonwealth-games/28488982

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