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Commonwealth Games: Wendy Houvenaghel to follow cyclists onto podium


Wendy Houvenaghel powers her way around the cycle track in Delhi

Wendy Houvenaghel powers her way around the cycle track in Delhi

Wendy Houvenaghel powers her way around the cycle track in Delhi

Wendy Houvenaghel was targeting a second medals in two days for Northern Ireland on the cycling track when she raced in the Women’s 3,000 metres Individual Pursuit this morning.

The 2008 Olympic silver medallist was favourite to go at least one better than Martyn Irvine, David McCann, Sean Downey and Philip Lavery who won bronze in the men’s team event.

It is 20 years since Alastair Irvine won the province’s only previous cycling medal at the Commonwealth Games, in the points race in Auckland, and the quartet hoped their medals will inspire their Northern Ireland team-mates with prospects over the next week .

McCann said: “It’s a very fine line between tenth and a medal in some events but hopefully this will get the ball rolling and give the rest of the team some self-belief.”

Among others with ideas on a medal is Olympic bronze winner Paddy Barnes who came through a tough opening light flyweight bout with Scotland's Iain Butcher, winning 4-2 on points yesterday

Barnes will now take on Aussie Andrew Moloney who had a comfortable passage into the quarter-finals when his opponent withdrew with a shoulder injury just 75 seconds into the fight.

If Barnes needed any more incentive, Moloney’s older brother — by just one minute — Jason, beat Michael Conlon at flyweight yesterday on the count back system after the two boxers had battled to a 10-10 draw.

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Conlon was close to tears about the decision after he had fought his way back into the contest.

“I thought I did more than enough to win. I don’t know how the other guy scored 10 points. The scoring was terrible. I'm going to come back harder, faster and stronger because of this,” he said.

Later today Mark O’Hara faces his second fight of the week with a last 16 bout at lightweight against Canadian Alex Rynn.

Welterweight Paddy Gallagher and middleweight Eamonn O’Kane are also in action.

On the athletics track Ciara Mageean has an outside chance of a medal when she competes in the final of the 1500m today.

“I’m going to be really nervous but my aim was to make the final and now its anybody’s race,” she said.

In the pool, Michael Dawson, Chelsey Wilson and Sycerika McMahon all made semi-finals, with Dawson just two places outside the final in the 50m breaststroke

In shooting’s Air Pistol Final the duo of Robert Doak and Hugh Stewart finished a credible fifth while Seriena Johnrose finished eight in the Vault Final in gymnastics and the table tennis girls – Na Liu, Claire Nelson, Amanda Mogey and Ashley Given – beat Wales to finish ninth in the team competition.

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