Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Commonwealth Games: Wendy Houvenaghel wins silver medal

Northern Ireland cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel once again had to settle for silver as Commonwealth Games gold eluded her today.

Olympic silver medallist Houvenaghel was the second fastest qualifier in three minutes 34.560 seconds and met New Zealand's Alison Shanks, who finished in 3mins 32.114secs, for the gold medal at the velodrome.

Shanks beat Houvenaghel to the world title in 2009 and today the Northern Irishwoman could not claim revenge, finishing in 3:32.137 as the New Zealander won in 3:30.875.

Canada's Tara Whitten won bronze with a ride of 3:35.810, finishing ahead of Australia's Jaime Nielsen in the third/fourth-placed ride off.

Paralympic champion Sarah Storey's Delhi dream also ended in disappointment at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

England's Storey finished in 3:39.964, to place sixth in qualification, missing out on a second ride with only four riders progressing.

Scotland's men's team sprint trio of John Paul, Chris Pritchard and Callum Skinner clocked 46.273 to finish fourth as Malaysia took bronze in 45.040.

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