Mishal Husain and Jason Mohammad present live coverage of day eight of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Reigning men's time trial champion David Millar goes for glory.
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medal. There is your Commonwealth champion
by a country mile! Oh, well done!
Max Whitlock has just landed on a gold medal.
They are, with champions. That is exactly what England
ordered! Three Olympic champions won
Commonwealth gold at Hampden Park last night, and we'll be reflecting
on what a great night it was with But another 25 gold medals will be
won here on day eight of the Games, and you'll be able to see some
of them right here We'll be limbering up this morning
with some live table tennis, with Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho in the
quarterfinals of the mixed doubles. The women's time trial will be
the last competition for England's Emma Pooley
before she retires from cycling. Jo Rowsell will also be amongst
the favourites. Then it's the men, and the streets
of Glasgow will be packed to see whether Scotland's David Millar
can repeat his Delhi delight. Also riding today will be some
of Rwanda's cyclists and we'll have In just over ten minutes,
we'll be live at the lawn bowls, as there's a Scotland and England
clash in the bronze medal match We'll be keeping an eye
on that all morning. Then, at 9.20, we'll look ahead to
both the cycling time trials, with Chris Boardman who'll be part
of our commentary team. At 9.30, we're off to the live table
tennis, as we reach the later stages of the competition over
at the Scotstoun Sports Campus. At 9.55, we'll have the story
of those Rwandan cyclists, And then we join the women's
time trial, just after 10am. The men's event will be live
at 12.30pm. A packed few hours ahead, and
there's already live sport underway. On BBC Three, you can watch
the live hockey match. It's the final pool match
between England and Canada. England's men all but assured
of a place in the semi-finals. And then, on the Red Button,
you can currently watch that bronze of that live here on BBC One during
the course of the morning, but you And don't forget the BBC Sport
website, where you can watch every single sport live
as it happens throughout the day, And all that works
on your mobile device as well. Let's start this morning though
with the man who's got the biggest In a moment, we'll be talking to
Olympic and now Commonwealth But first, here's a reminder
of how he won that gold. Round three of this long jump
final, and Greg Rutherford has been studied at the back of this runway,
desperate, almost saying, get out of the way, I want to run, he is so
keen. Look at that! He knew he could take that lead back. Slightly
jumping into what looks like a head wind, looking at that white flag,
denoting a legal jump. 8.20! That has wrestled the lead
back from the South African, two centimetres behind the Games record.
And Greg Rutherford of England, at the end, at the start rather of the
round, is in the lead nearing the halfway stage. Very committed. He
hit that board. He looked so confident. He absolutely was bang on
where he wanted to be. Excellent acceleration off the board.
Representing England, Greg Rutherford!
That was last night and he is here this morning.
How did that feel? Fantastic, it is what you train for,
to come away with a Championship title and a gold medal is very
special. You had a job in the first round and
you knew you had to do better in the second round -- a jump.
I opened with 8.12 which is exactly what you want to do in any major
championships, a decent jump in the first round. Eight people going into
the final three rounds. I want a decent job -- jump. I knew the guys
at there had a very good level to compete. The South African came
straight back out. How did you psych yourself up? The
big occasion gives you the adrenaline. We have worked very hard
this year to make sure everything is going well. We had an injury scare a
couple of weeks ago and I needed injections into my spine.
Was that to do with your training? Yes, you wind yourself -- your body
up a lot and sometimes your body cannot cope with it. For me, I had a
nerve issue. I had spine injections to clear that.
You haven't had the easiest time since the Olympics in all sorts of
ways. People were not sure whether you would make it.
Absolutely. Last year, I ruptured a hamstring. That is a bad injury. It
has ended careers at times. In the Diamond League, I felt it go and I
felt my career was over. The end of an awful year. My coach had to go
back to America, my physiotherapist holding me together in that way, he
had to go back to Canada. You lost your support team at the
moment when you were gearing up for a major championships.
Last year was a search to find the new perfect team again. I didn't
find it. I picked up a major injury and I had to reassess. I was
fortunate, a group, a coach working from north London, Jonas had worked
under my old coach for four years and had picked up a lot. He is
young, nine months older than me. Before that, did you think, I had a
fantastic time at London, a gold medal, maybe that is it?
It wasn't a matter thinking I had done well and to retire, but my body
wasn't holding out. Previously to London, I had made the final act and
Olympics, won a Commonwealth silver medal. My career had gone well.
Ultimately, my body was letting me down. That is hard to take. Last
year, it got to the point where I thought this is probably it. And it
would have ended on a low note. But your body did not let you down
last night at Hampden Park. What a moment for English athletics. You
worked the crowd afterwards, as you should. What was it like to feel
that support? It was brilliant. Coming here, I fully expected a
great card -- crowd. We normally compete as Team GB. So I thought
there would be no difference here. It was a huge help. Everyone made it
feel very special. It was like a mini Olympics. With their help, it
helped me. 8.20 is by no means a special distance. But, for me, at
this championships, I came here to win. In two and a half weeks I am
off to the European Championships. There is no letup, and the World
Championships, and looking ahead to Rio.
I will be looking to retain my title. With everything staying as it
is with me fit and healthy. Not many people have managed it in their
careers. I go to the World Championships next year. I would
like to get the full set of medals, again, not many people have done
that. Something else not many people have
done, that is to go on to a winter Olympics sport.
I am fascinated by the skeleton. Now, whether I will be good at it I
have no idea. Which one? Skeleton bob is
have no idea. Which one? Skeleton individual sport, to push me. I will
try hopefully at the end of this year to see if I am any good. The
correlation of training and speed, power, lends itself quite well.
Have you had a go at this before? Just speaking to people involved in
the sport. They said if you years ago I should give it a go. I love
the winter sports. Fascinated by them. There is something about
throwing myself headfirst down an icy track!
That would terrify many people. More immediately, big moments in
your personal life, you are about to come -- become a father.
It has given me another reason to perform at a high level. In a couple
of months, the first child will be here. And I will have
responsibilities in that way. It fills me with pride already and the
baby isn't even here yet. I can't wait.
baby isn't even here yet. I can't Good luck on all fronts. And
There provided plenty of drama here
There men's and women's singles, doubles,
triples, and four Tour, and two para sports.
A-level outdoor playing surface is needed. The first bowler rolls the
jack to the other end at the target. When it comes to rest, it is
moved across. A player or team scores a point for each bowls Chu
bull close to the jack. The winner of the singles is the first person
to 21. In the team format, the winner is the one with the most
after a set number of ends. The lawns where
the Glasgow 2014 competition is taking place are in the grounds
of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and A picturesque setting that we have
been watching for the last few days. Rishi Persad loves his bowls,
and is there for us again today. Before we see the action, Rishi,
just explain how this para-sport Just to let you know it is a bit
drizzly at the Kelvin normal is said. This is the triples. You have
to one player who is category B six disability, a player who can play
standing, kneeling or sitting, and any confirmation of disabilities for
the remainder of the team. A B seven there has minor balance problems.
The England team do have three players, one player Bob Love is 60,
he was born without arms and plays with his feet, and extraordinary
amount of skill involved. They are up against a strong Scotland side
comprising Billy Allen, Michael Simpson and Billy Wallace. They will
fancy their chances. They are playing in the shadow of the museum
here. After three ends, it was 3-2. This is the latest score.
A bit pushy. England line one. A good line. Just needs to reach. It
is dropping on the short side. David Fisher, England's second. Now,
Michael Simson, the left-hander. Just needed another foot or two. It
would have drifted at the end of its travel.
in to much more. We have seen players over correcting. The rain is
coming down now a more persistent. It will be a bit uncomfortable for
the spectators and players. It just needed the extra weight to
carry it. This is better, a perfect delivery.
Towards the bowl at the back. A good bowl from Kevin. Now, we are in a
bit of bother with the rain, it is starting to come down at a fair old
pace. He eased it out enough. Another really good delivery.
They will be down with the measure to see is going on. More quality
stuff. I am not sure who is measuring, but
I am pretty certain it is a lady umpire.
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Here on BBC One, we are going to have live coverage of the cycling
later. Both the women and men's time trials will take place on the
streets of Glasgow. In the men's event, it will be David Millar who
can expect the biggest cheer. If you look at your back story,
where you have come from, the time you have had out, you'll come back,
there is something interesting in the way Scotland welcome you back.
They always say you find your true friends in adversity. That was the
case with Scotland, they supported me. During my band, I spent a lot of
time in Edinburgh and Scotland, and I realised I felt like I was coming
home. It was the one place where I felt at home, and people were so
kind to me. It is my homeland, I feel proud to be part of this team.
David Millar is the Commonwealth Games champion, and gold medal
winner, for the first time ever to win a gold medal on the road in the
history of the Commonwealth Games. That victory in Delhi, what did it
mean to you? It was uprising hammered it meant, I had not
expected it to be so important. I got second in the World
Championships, and then in Delhi, it felt a lot different and a lot more
honest and real. It felt more sincere. It was the first time I had
ever raced in a Scotland jersey, I had not expected the effect it would
have on me. To win, it was all very unexpected. The time trial is
different from the deli time trial, what the gimmick of the course and
the challenge from Australia and England? In Delhi, it was one of the
hardest time trials I have ever done. Here, we do not have a
straight line. It suits me quite well. It is quite varied, you cannot
just put your head down and look at the numbers on your machine. It is
going to be so explosive and diverse. It will make for a good
race. You are retiring at the end of the year, that brings different
emotions as well? I do not know how much difference it makes, because I
am performance driven, I have trained really hard, I am trying to
disengage from everything else, especially at what happened at the
Tour de France. It has made me more focused on doing this for the right
reasons, to be at my best. What will it be like, riding around the roads
of Glasgow? I saw it in the national championships, I have never had such
support. My whole family is here. It will be one of my final races, in
front of a Glaswegian crowd. Some of my earliest memories are of Glasgow.
It is quite a poetic full circle. He will be the very last man off in
the men's time trial, that takes place at 12:30pm. Let's go to
Glasgow Green, which is where the trials will start from. The weather
is looking pretty ominous, which does not look ideal to me, but the
cyclists are made of sterner stuff. Good morning, it is very wet. Ten
minutes ago, it was looking beautiful. Chris Boardman said the
weather would avoid Glasgow, but it has not! I was just winding you up!
That is why we only have one umbrella! It is incredible, how the
weather has changed in the last 20 minutes. We walked down in T-shirts,
now it is pouring down. What kind of challenge is the course? It is quite
technical, hardly any straight line, no flat, no real climes, but it is
just up and down, breaking up the rhythm. The service is poor in
places, so big tyres are needed. It is a rhodamine's course, especially
it is raining. Now the pavement is lubricated, it is like an ice rink,
so people will have to be cautious. In terms of the different riders,
David Millar, the defending champion, how will this suit him? It
is great for him, he has been out of competition for quite a few weeks,
so we do not know what his form is like, but he is highly motivated. He
has been working hard for the last three weeks, this is his final year
of competition, he will be anxious to win. He was disappointed to not
make the team for the Tour de France. Alex Dowsett was the same,
people have been talking about him as a potential champion. He has been
out of competition for some weeks, we have no gauge on his form, in --
he is a strong rider, perhaps it is a bit of a technical course for him,
and breaking up the rhythm, so many hills all the time, I am not sure it
is ideal for him. Geraint Thomas has been in the Tour de France. How will
he have recovered? I am hearing he is still pretty tired. The Tour de
France is the best training camp you can ever go on, if you can have
enough time to get over it. They will only have had three days to get
over it. It will mostly depend on his motivation, but he was the
favourite for me. He will have more focus on the road race on Sunday.
Let's turn to the women, one cyclist who has talked about retirement from
cycling, Emma Pooley. For her, she is the favourite. The national
champion, this type of course suits her perfectly, they could not have
made a better circuit for her. I heard a report that she is extremely
nervous, and the report of her retirement has put added Russia on
her, but she knows how to deal with pressure. Join arousal looked so
good on the track -- Joanna arousal. I am guessing the weather
will not suit her. I do not think it is ideal, weather-wise. It is hard
to switch between the track... She is very powerful, but going from
three and a half minutes to at least 40 minutes will be a big ask.
Another Scottish hope, David Millar in the men's, but Katie Archibald in
the women's, who rode bravely on the track. A lot of people thinking she
has a great chance. She should have on paper, this could be hurt chance
to dethrone some of the established riders that RPR. I would like to see
that. But she is facing the same problem, a few days of the track.
But this circuit might suit her. And Eleanor Barker. She is an unknown, I
do not know how she will fare, but she should be in the top five. The
women's race starts at 10am, the men's at 12:30pm. They need to bring
their own brothers! -- there own brothers!
We will be back with them just after 10am this morning. In the meantime,
we are heading to see a fourth-round match in the next doubles in the
table tennis, the English pair in action shortly. He is a guide to the
sport where quick reflexes are everything.
Table tennis is a quick and skilful sport requiring a
Bats are made of wood covered by a piece of rubber,
giving players different controls of speed and spin.
Each rally begins with a serve which must be hit from behind
Before crossing the net, the ball must bounce on the server's side.
In singles, the serve can be directed anywhere on the table but
in doubles it must always go from one right-hand corner to the other.
Each of the players must players must then strike the ball in return.
Play continues in seconds throughout the rally, and those who hit out
After every two points, service is changed.
Matches are the best of five sets, the first player to 11 points
There are seven events in Glasgow, men's and women's singles
and doubles, mixed doubles and a separate team
This is the scene live, they are just finishing their warm up. There
are opponents of the New Zealand team are their opponents.
Confirming this is a fourth-round mixed doubles. They are playing for
a place in the quarterfinals. Pitchford and Hoe playing for
England. Let us look at the New Zealanders.
On the left, Liu is only 21. He only became eligible for the national
team at the start of this year. They have already been playing in
this condition, in the last round, they beat the Indian doubles team.
Taking out two decent Indian players. As far as the English
pairing is concerned, Pitchford, the world number 59. He started playing
table tennis because it was a rainy day and he wanted to have something
to do with his friends. That proved a wise decision. He has won two
medals at the Commonwealth Games. Tin-Tin Ho is just 15. They have had
to come through two matches to get to this stage.
And the man in the chair for this one.
So, stand-by for action. The best of five games, Pitchford start first.
-- to start first. A good start from the English pair.
That is why he is so highly ranked in the world. A great backhand from
the English number one. They have too served
quarter in doubles. They have too served
play alternately. Another backhand lands perfectly for Pitchford.
Liam Pitchford was born professionally now in Germany.
Great play from Li, spotted Pitchford going one way.
Pitchford, that was a wake-up call for the Kiwis.
The English pair, in control here. Alan Cooke, the English coach in
charge of these two. They are two points away from
securing a lead. Not too much experience as a
pairing, Pitchford and Hoe. -- Ho. Five game points for the English
pair. You don't have to hit it hard when
you can place it as well as that! Liu expecting it on the forehand and
it went down the line. By the time he readjusted, it was too late, he
dropped his bat, he was that confused. Excellent from Pitchford
and Tin-Tin Ho. serve for New Zealand. It will be
Li. She got Tin-Tin Ho with a short
serve. It wasn't the worst return but this
was a bullet. He has been firing rubber bullets all morning from that
Matt -- bat. That was a good riposte from Liu.
is so dangerous. He just caught the top of the net and it went long.
Players are entitled to towel down every six points.
Just a slight edge here for Pitchford and Ho.
There was real venom in that shot. Both of the New Zealanders are
highly ranked, so this was never going to be a cakewalk.
She has got him with that serve a couple of times, Tin-Tin Ho.
Her father, table tennis mad, calling her TT.
Really good teamwork from the English pair. Add a critical point
in this game. Getting the New Zealanders moving around. F34 Shot
Put walk -- footwork is so important in doubles.
A hint of recovery from the Kiwis, back on level terms.
That was a shot, space to play it but she put it wide. And the
recovery shows every sign of growing here for New Zealand.
that! It was brilliant that he gave himself a chance of returning it.
They have got the second game, and it is a 2-0 lead for England. A
place in the quarterfinal beckons. They are such fine margins. The
Kiwis had effectively given themselves the point.
The ball was almost behind him. Incredible.
The cross of St George flying proudly here with this English pair
one game away from a place in the last eight. She says her ambition is
one game away from a place in the to win a medal at these Commonwealth
Games, and she still has a chance. to win a medal at these Commonwealth
Still in the women's doubles as well. They are playing this
afternoon. She was knocked out of the singles yesterday, but no
disgrace in that, her opponent was ranked 10th in the world, and she
got a game off her. The Kiwi has not found her range
yet. They cannot let the English pair get away, or else it will be
curtains. A swing and a miss. She is into the third round of the
women's singles, she beat the Malaysian yesterday, 4-0. What a
great start to this third game for the English pair. New Zealand have
taken a time-out, it is not surprising, there is no
understanding between them. One of the rules of doubles, hit the
ball back from whence it came, because the other play host to get
across. He has not missed too many so far
this morning. We mentioned his backhand, but his
forehand is useful as well. He hit it straight back, there was no
chance for Tengteng Liu to get across. That was well gambled, by
Tengteng Liu, he saw the dummy that Liam Pitchford was going to set him.
He gambled and he made it, they have no other choice but to do so.
Some distant again between them, 7-4.
I think some observers expected Karen Li and Tengteng Liu to give
the English pair a work-out here. It has not turned out like that so far.
They are three points away from securing the match. You cannot play
it short to Liam Pitchford's backhand and expect to get away with
it. Karen Li has to hold both the
service, you feel. So, five match points for Liam Pitchford and
Tin-Tin Ho. After barely 20 minutes of play in Glasgow.
Four match points left, and the next two are on the Liam Pitchford serve.
Sometimes, getting over the line is the hardest part. Three saved by the
Kiwis. I think they may take a time-out here. They did not like
that run of three successive points won by New Zealander. They will have
a chat. It was a good return from Tengteng
Liu. You can see the time-out signal from the English coach.
That was interesting, do not expect them to give you the point, he said.
You can hear him quite clearly. They are going to have to earn it. There
are still two match points, but the service is back with New Zealand.
Tengteng Liu to Tin-Tin Ho. It is a great performance. In straight
games, Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho through to the quarterfinals of
mixed doubles. They have beaten Tengteng Liu and Karen Li pretty
comp offensively. -- comprehensively.
A great result for Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho, safely through to
the quarterfinals. She is remarkable, she is only 15,
Britain's leading junior player, and her father Charles loves table
tennis so much, he named her because he wanted her to have the same
initials as his favourite sport. You can watch more table tennis on the
BBC sport website. If any of this has inspired you, there is a special
section of the website, with the details about how you can get
involved with a whole host of sports that you are seeing. Lots of
inspirational stories and information about local facilities
as well. A quick word on other sports this
morning. On BBC Three, you can see the hockey live, England against
Canada in the final pool match. It is 2-0 to England. It looks as
though they are assured of a place in the semifinals.
On the red button, you can watch the Para-sport triple bowls match that
we were showing you earlier. The school is 8-6 to Scotland. This is
England against Scotland. You can continue watching that live on the
red button, and more later on BBC1. Now, time to turn our attention to
cycling and the time trials. The women's event starts in a few
minutes. Among those taking part, several cyclists from Rwanda, where
the sport has taken off in recent years. Steve
Who are we? Rwanda! In 1994, this why cycling has developed in
Who are we? Rwanda! In 1994, this country was torn
Who are we? Rwanda! In 1994, this years. It is an unlikely story, a
cycling race that has become the focus for a country, a team that has
emerged from one of the worst focus for a country, a team that has
chapters in human history, and is providing hope and inspiration for
the future. I feel very proud of myself, 200 people have said, well
done for what you did. Everything you want to do, you have in your
heart, you can change in your The tour of Rwanda
has become one of The tour of Rwanda
Africa. From three teams then to 16 now, cyclists,
Africa. From three teams then to 16 to take heart. At its heart, a group
of riders whose place in the pellet on what
of riders whose place in the pellet a few years ago. Around 3 million
people will watch it over its 800 kilometre journey, with the biggest
cheers reserved for their new heroes, Rwanda.
I am near the finish line, the prizes are being given out. I was
not sure what to expect. It looked chaotic, but it was really well
organised. You can see that these people really want their guys to do
well in this sport. They came out in their thousands. Villages, towns,
the odd little kid standing by the road, it was fantastic. Watching it
had from the capital into the countryside and seeing how people
responded to the cyclists was inspiring. Particularly when I
thought back to the events of 1994. 20 kilometres from the finish line,
a powerful reminder. 45,000 came to their local school seeking a
century. But on one April night, it became anything but a sanctuary. In
the morning, they attacked here. The thing I am struggling with a
bit, the country has come out of that so quickly, and people seem to
have moved on from it so quickly. My visit to the school left a
lasting impression. What happened there was shocking. The numbers of
people who died unbelievable. But at the same time, I heard a powerful
message of a country trying to move forward. Being at a sport event
which is having such an impact, and yet an hour later you are wondering
around the site of such a terrible atrocity, it is hard to keep your
emotions in check. The thing which struck me most, they are proud of
their country, they want to be Rwandans, see the flag flying,
people wearing their shirt, perhaps at a sporting games, and to see a
better image of their country, not one that is still hankering back to
1994. They have moved on, and they want us to move on with them as
well. everywhere you look there are
bicycles. Until 2007, there was no racing, no team. The idea of cycling
did not really exist. It took an American charity and new mountain
bikes to do something quite ground-breaking.
What has been achieved here has never been seen anywhere before,
from a cycling nation that came from zero to where we are. How can a
country that has never been in cycling have the best race in
Africa? The culture of cycling here has only been in the last couple of
years. It has not been easy. Creating a
team from scratch in a country still coming to terms with its past, and
with no real history of sporting achievement, has had real
challenges. We have 20 minutes before the start
of the race. Rather touchingly, we are having a team photo. I'm not
sure whether people might be expecting them to be more stressed
out, warming up, getting ready to race. I wish I was like this before
I was racing! We are in the traffic now. Getting
the traffic moving! We are heading to see one of the
original members of the team wonder cycling team. His name and his
picture are on billboards, he is a local hero. A Jillie is a success
story, he now writes for the best team in South Africa. Last summer he
went to the Olympic Games in London. During the genocide, five of his
brothers and his sister were killed. The bike has changed his life.
Today, when we finish the stage, a lot of people came to hug me to say
well done. We are a big fan. We like what you did.
He has opened the door for everybody. In all blossoming sports,
you have two have a hero. One of the best riders in the
country, he is very strong. Everyone knows about Rwanda and the
genocide. If you have been here, it is amazing.
Adrien was a first, an inspiration, and has shown why Team Rwanda is not
just about the bike. None of the riders are rich, but many have
managed to buy a house from their salary.
Cycling is a job like any other job. It can change your life. It
became my job. Many people know cycling can change
your life. Here comes the main peleton. It is a
brutal race. A real boneshaker section.
If we go back to 1994, a bike meant you might escape the genocide. You
come back to after the genocide if you have a bike, you can transport
people, you have an income. Now, you have a whole generation
that is looking at cycling to actually be to succeed in racing. It
is pulling people together that would have been enemies during the
genocide. Our team is all Rwandan, from
different regions, working together for it to succeed.
Rwanda, there were only six wide long ago.
-- riders. So you think cycling is helping
people to forget what happened? There is no home winner today but an
incredible event, and I open. The amount of people out to support this
Tour of Rwanda is incredible. They obviously love this sport. While
they haven't got a winner to cheer today, I am sure they will sometime
in the future. For the time being, it is Adrien they are having to
chase. As my time in Rwanda drew to a
close, I was struck by something Nelson Mandela once said. Sport can
create hope where once there was only despair. It is not a grandiose
statement, it is not difficult to see how this incredible team
embodies the pride and hope of a nation whose progress in such a
short space of time is, in itself, remarkable.
And ageing Niyonshuti be competing later on.
Let us go to Glasgow Green now. later on.
Janvier Hadi is the man I want later on.
talk to today, he will become the 62nd member of the 71 Club, if
talk to today, he will become the find him. He came fifth in the
African National Championships last year. He won the prologue of the
Tour of Rwanda in 2013 and he described that as the biggest race
of his life. This will be a huge race to him and the
of his life. This will be a huge heading out to the
of his life. This will be a huge women's time trial begins. We have
three members of the Guernsey team I want to catch up with. Ann Bowditch
is a hypnotherapist from Guernsey. We spoke to Tamiko Butler at the
track cycling earlier in the games. A lot from the smaller countries
will be doing both. She turned up with a race suit which have been
changed in two years, with borrowed wheels from British competitors. She
had barely trained in an Olympic sized velodrome before. She is her
national champion of Antigua. As far as we're concerned, this afternoon,
we heading to the weightlifting, a couple more opportunities for me. I
have an opportunity for at least five today in the 71 Club.
You can find out how Ollie gets on today on Tonight at The Games,
The women's time trial is about to get under way. There is plenty of
home nations interest. Pitting individual cyclists against the
clock. In time trial,
cyclists race against the clock They set off 90 seconds apart, and
complete a single lap of the course. The men's time trial is 40km long,
with women riding 30km. Competitors begin
from a stationary position at the top of a ramp, the highest
ranked rider is the last to go. A cyclist adopts an aerodynamic
position on the bike, the bikes are made of carbon fibre designed
to be as narrow as possible. Because of this, riders can reach
speeds of up to 45 miles an hour One rider to watch out for is Emma
Pooley who won silver in the Beijing Olympics. Today will be her final
race before she retires. COMMENTATOR: Emma Pooley is the
rider we are here to see. It is at the back of your mind it is
good to go out on a hike but I don't want to put pressure on me. I want
to do but anyway. I want to do my best. She is
certainly in very good form. It is not that long, you have to
ride as long, as fast as you can. When you are pushing hard, it hurts,
it should do. She is one of the greatest climbers
on the women's circuit. What would suit me is 30 kilometres
uphill but that does not exist in a time trial in Great Britain. It is
bumpy, it is tough. It suits me better than the last, Web games
which was dead flat. It is a good course and I am looking forward to
it. Pooley is at the top of the
leaderboard. Poole sets off, she will get a huge
ovation all the way around the course.
Whatever happens, I can retire content with what I have done in the
sport. Silver medal winner, Emma Pooley
from Great Britain. Given I never expected to be a
cyclist, I can be pleased with what I have done, given my ability.
Emma Pooley is due to start last but one.
Let us head to the start of the race. Jonathan Edwards is there.
After 50 minutes of pain, they will be finishing somewhere over there,
if you move around here. The start is just here. What they will be
concerned about is the conditions. The sun is poking out through dark
clouds. But there is a lot of this which is tricky in the wet weather.
As they head out through the East End of Glasgow, this is where it
starts to open out. Through the countryside. Not an overly technical
course. But constant and relations. Lots of change of direction.
A lot of the sharper bairns also have a slight uphill towards them.
It is that last section in the park which is extremely technical, the
penultimate corner which could be treacherous.
A technical course, that is for sure. Joanna Rowsell is one we will
be looking out for. This is where they do the bike checks. She has
already won a gold medal in the individual pursuit. Emma Pooley will
retire from road cycling after this, a world time trial champion in 2010.
Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, and Linda Villumsen, the one they have
to beat. This is Laura Brown the whistle on
the track last week that the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, wild
championships silver medallist. Quickly settling into a nice rhythm
-- world. Anna Christian is about to go for
the Isle of Man, 18 years of age. 25th in the World Championships road
race in Florence last year. champion of last year, a very
promising young rider. It is only a 45 minute race, it is not a long
one, so they have to commit very early on. Get stuck in to this
course. There is a big section of fast downhill as they run towards
the park. They can commit early on, get most of their effort out in the
early part of the race, and then just hang onto it. It is not
necessarily an even pace that is required today.
29.6 kilometres lying ahead. The 25-year-old, Reta Trotman, who lives
in Germany. A former gymnast, she won a national title earlier in her
career in that sport. She started cycling in her second year at
university. She missed her graduation day because it was the
same day as the national road race championship, but she made it
worthwhile by winning it. We can give you an idea of the wider
progress as they go through the checkpoints.
10.26 at the first checkpoint is the time to beat. Katrin Garfoot started
the season with her national team, which landed herself a short-term
contract in Europe. She finished in the first group in a breed -- a big
Sprint classic race. She then realised she could mix it with the
best riders on a good day in Europe at world level. Here she is, then,
for Australia, between Garforth. Her chin strap is flapping in the wind,
all of the aerodynamic attention to detail! Amy Roberts making her way
out of the city. She is halfway to the first checkpoint. The roads are
very wet. The gaps between the also affect the results. A good
rider here, Jasmin Glaesser. Jasmin Glaesser with a couple of
medals here. A silver in the team pursuit. She was the bronze
medallist in the points race as well. She rode three events on the
track at the beginning of the Commonwealth Games. She is a really
promising rider, just 22. She Commonwealth Games. She is a really
about to turn right into Gallowgate and make our way towards
about to turn right into Gallowgate End. There is Joanna Rowsell. A
double world champion. In the team pursuit and individual pursuit. The
Commonwealth champion in the individual pursuit. And the Olympic
games gold medallist as well. She is the big unknown today, though. A
very powerful rider. Has she managed to make the switch to road in a
very powerful rider. Has she managed short days? The potential is there,
the form is there, but can she switch it to an effort
the form is there, but can she minutes long, as opposed to three
and a half minutes? Once she gets into her rhythm, she has the
and a half minutes? Once she gets somebody who can maintain that.
Almost indefinitely. But somebody who can maintain that.
constant changing nature of the route, I imagine it is difficult to
just settle into one rhythm. It is hard for her, it is not the ideal
circuit, as we saw in Delhi, that circuit would have been ideal for a
powerful rider like her. Technically as well, she is not the best rider
here. It is a punchy course, which is not her style. But I would not
rule her out, the form she is in. Anna Turvey for Scotland. Down from
the starter's gate. She leaves Glasgow Green behind. Some of the
seedings are interesting, Joanna Rowsell in 19th spot, I think it is
quite surprisingly. Anna Turvey is an optician from Sunderland, she
only took up competitive cycling last summer. She said, if somebody
had suggested to her a few months ago she would be here, she would
have laughed. But here she is. She seems to be successful at whatever
she takes up. She had similar success with triathlon in the last
few years. And now on two wheels as well. She is approaching the
checkpoint. She is in arrears. The Cypriot setting a fast time at the
first checkpoint. A good set -- start from the Cypriot, a surprise
that she is nearly 21 seconds ahead of Laura Brown. It is a
that she is nearly 21 seconds ahead we come back to Joanna Rowsell.
After the amount of work she has been doing on the track, 120 rpm,
she is pushing such a large gear at the moment. This is uphill, at least
slightly, for the first ten kilometres. She is carrying a radio
under the skin suit, so she will be getting some time information.
Chiara Rosa one from Wales is a nonstarter.
Amy Roberts has just gone fastest at the checkpoint, 10.06. That is the
new mark to beat. There is the fastest rider on the course at the
moment, Amy Roberts. Joanna Rowsell really grinding the
gear. It is not what I would have expected from her at the moment.
Already looking quite laboured. Jaime Nielsen for New Zealand. The
best ever return on the track for the Kiwis here at the Commonwealth
Games. Lucy Coldwell, the fastest so far at
the first checkpoint, a good start for her. The roads are drying out,
which will make a difference to the latest otters, because it is quite
warm, despite the cloudy conditions. The roads are drying out quickly.
Ann Bowditch, 19th in Delhi four years ago, from Guernsey. She began
mountain biking 20 years ago, she switched to road racing in 1997. She
owns her own hypnotherapy company. Joanna Rowsell heading out through
the East End. The route taking a left-hand turn shortly before it
gets to Celtic Park. A stone's throwaway, a long stone's throw
away, from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, before disappearing out
the city. Leah Kirchmann, from Winnipeg, third
in the inaugural race on the John lyc?e on Sunday, just beaten. But
she has been in great form this year. She made Canadian cycling
history this summer, winning all three national championship road
events. Not really the event for her today, I think. The road race on
Sunday, we will be watching out. It is a more technical course than this
one. She was in the Tour of Britain in May, finishing in 12th place Leah
Kirchmann. Joanna Rowsell driving away towards the first time check.
Elinor Barker was so unlucky in the points race, it was a drum in this
battle at the top of the leaderboard, right to the wire.
Losing on current back to Laura Trott. She ended up with a silver to
go with the bronze she had already won on the track. But she could be a
factor in this, partly because of the form she is in, and when you
look back at her career, a former world champion as a junior in this
event. She is a goodbye Candler, you could see that on the first term,
she was faster round one single bend than the other riders, which will
add up on a technical circuit, with hardly any long straights. They
probably do not do more than a kilometre at any point before they
encounter a bend. Lucy Coldwell with the fastest time so far. 16 riders
have gone through the first time check. But it has been beaten,
have gone through the first time Katrin Garfoot. That is a time that
will steadily come down. The average speed, 38.6, this is the uphill
section of the course, so they will average a shade over 40 by the time
they get to the end, which is a little under 45 minutes of racing. A
local favourite, Katie Archibald, just 20. A real racer, a real
animator. She looks well composed. Not many riders going hard at the
blogs. I am not sure that is the best strategy, with such a short
race, you have to do is every metre of road at your disposal. The crowds
are wobbling as she goes through the second bend.
Joanna Rowsell should not be far away from the first check point. She
seems to be getting more into her stride, her cadence is coming up,
she looks more comfortable and settled.
The Mauritian cyclist, 27, she wrote the mountain bike race the other
day. She did not manage to finish. She was 14th in Delhi four years
ago. She finished the Olympic road race in paging. A full-time athlete
of the year in Mauritius. Jasmin Glaesser a bit outside the time set
by Katrin Garfoot. But it is the second quickest bus far at the first
of the three time checks. 29.6 can is the distance. She has got a sharp
left-hand turn immediately after that point. This is the worst road
conditions you could have, part wet, part right, you do not know what
will be around the corner, you have part right, you do not know what
to make a choice. The South African is underway. She has had a good
season on the road, 21st in the tour of Flanders, she spends half the
year in South in Italy. Here is Joanna Rowsell
coming up towards the first checkpoint. She is not the fastest,
by some margin. She had a laboured looking start, that seems
by some margin. She had a laboured reflected in her first checkpoint.
It is a technical course, which is not ideal for her, but she looks a
lot more fluid now. It will get interesting now, just where she was,
there is the sharp left-hand turn, then you had out towards the
countryside, and then you had out towards the
exposed on either side of the road. Shara Gillow gets underway, we only
have two more riders after her. Shara Gillow is the dark horse, she
could surprise quite a few people. One of the only ones likely to
challenge Villumsen and Poole. From Queensland. Runner-up in the
national championships in Australia this year. She has won it twice
before. What is working against her, it is
starting to rain. The roads were trying out nicely. This is a pattern
we will see for the rest of the day. This is Emma Pooley who suggested
this morning she is not too fussed if it rains.
Very good technically. She likes this style of course. The woman to
beat. Commonwealth champion in this event
but it needs to be the right course to suit her style of riding.
I think we will see a lot from her as a sportswoman, she is a marathon
one, she won in Z?rich last year. I think she wants to explore endurance
sports like that. What a cycling career she has had. Who knows
whether she can finish on a high. And she is riding on the road base
-- in the road race on Sunday. Garfoot is the fastest rider in
terms of the first time check. We concede the different weather
conditions. Bouilhou I think will be tough to beat. One person can do it,
Linda Villumsen. From New Zealand. Alt of the gate.
Williamson is highly fancied here, silver medallist four years ago in
this event. She finished just outside the medals in the time trial
in London, in fourth place. In the World Championships, she has a
really good record without quite managing to win the lot, twice she
has won silver, and bronze three times.
Very powerful out of the gate, committed.
Michelle Gilmore, her team manager, said she was very nervous, as was
Emma Pooley this morning. Both of them once they are out on the road,
their instinct will kick in. Emma Pooley looks in fantastic shape.
their instinct will kick in. Emma the track, in her year off! I think
she can turn her hand to anything she wants.
What about Katie Archibald? Only a couple of years since she has
What about Katie Archibald? Only a cycling truly seriously. All the
time, she is placed into new surroundings, tries new events, she
seems to adapt very successfully. A good bike handler. Today she has
that added motivation in front of her home nation.
Powering along as she heads out of Glasgow to the north east of the
city. The wind is not what it was
yesterday. Extremely strong yesterday. Up to ten miles an hour
this morning. Hardly blowing at all at the moment. But this brain may
figure. It is really coming down on the course now.
Williamson is a rider keen to keep going to Rio, a big ambition to win
an Olympic medal. It took awhile for her to get going after London 12,
suffering from lack of motivation, thought about retiring. Then she had
the opportunity to join her new team and be her enthusiasm. Katrin
Garfoot so far with the fastest time at the checkpoint. 6.4 -- 6.1
kilometres is the first cheque. Koech Mann from Canada comes up to
the first time check. They almost double up past
themselves after the first time check.
Villumsen is driving away, powering down through those pedals, shifting
positions, a sign of the power she is putting through the pedals,
constantly adjusting the position. No problems with these corners. Our
cameras are not picking up how rough some of these surfaces are, up to 28
millimetre tyres. That will help in these conditions. Different
conditions than we are seeing for Elinor Barker.
The second fastest so far. Barker and Archibald are the two dark
horses, challenging Bouilhou and Villumsen. A massive opportunity for
them. Archibald looks very smooth, towing style. The best kind of style
for a course like this constantly changing gradients.
The road surface is constantly changing, with if you lumps and
bumps. Yesterday, perhaps the smoothest part we saw was on one of
the furthest parts in the middle of nowhere unaware they had be surfaced
a narrow country lane. -- where nowhere unaware they had be surfaced
had resurfaced. You can see the road surface is
totally changing here. As she takes the dog leg after the first check.
One of the more technical corners. Wet and dry conditions. Hard to tell
how to set the bike up for a corner. She is settling down into a rhythm
along Royston Road. As we look back at Katrin Garfoot who is further
ahead. Only nine riders have gone through the second time check so
far. It was Amy Roberts who was in first
position at that check. She was night at the first. -- ninth.
A very low position, she is very small and takes full advantage of
that. She might not have the absolute power output but she is
extremely efficient. As soon as the road starts going uphill, it moves
in her favour. She has been in good form it with
the national road time trial title. You can see the form in her muscle
definition. She benefited from taking a year away from the sport of
cycling. Back with the last rider, Linda
Villumsen of New Zealand. Sharqia lo will be coming up to the
check point soon. -- Shara Gillow. A glimpse of the flags showing it is
blowing quite hard. It is quite exposed up there.
The best time so far for the former Australian national champion.
She is certainly riding well. A slight malfunction on the timing but
that was definitely at 6.4 kilometres. Bouilhou is the fastest
rider so far. It has not picked up on the check. But we can tell from
the time gap. A little problem with the transponder on her bike.
Clearly, storming. As we switch back to Williamson, the favourite.
Definitely, she is the fastest, by a good 20 seconds. 25 seconds. Strong
riding. Villumsen is very quick. At the
moment, Linda Villumsen and Emma Pooley are the fastest two riders
out on the course. There is clearly an issue with the transponder for
Emma Pooley because her time has not come up at all.
We will make sure we get you some check K -- checks.
She looks so comfortable. In a good position for this kind of course.
She is quite comfortable with climbing, so she can stay in that
aerodynamic tuck much longer than if she had been in an extreme down
position. A second time check.
The road is virtually dry on this section of the course, very
isolated, the showers. The weather conditions are
constantly changing. The sun has come out on Glasgow green. But it
was raining here come out on Glasgow green. But it
It will be like this for the rest of the day.
Getting the flag to warn of impending dangers. You can see it is
completely dry here. And how that changes, the way they tackle these
corners. Staying completely tucked and in position. The motorbike
outside that all the top riders have, 50m in front, it gives a good
indication of what line to take. If you have a blind bend, the rider can
see it before, seeing their brake lights let you know you can float
around the corner. -- lets you know. Shara Gillow is riding well here in
the early stages of this race. As is Emma Pooley. She has gone up the
gears are little now, Emma Pooley, settling into this bride. She has
got over the nerves at the start now. She has gone for a slightly
less shallow rim than Villumsen. Bouilhou is a slightly lighter
rider. Not much wind around. It is exposed in sections, this course.
With speed getting up to 70 kilometres per hour downhill, it can
take you by surprise. Look at the difference in weather
conditions. If you minutes. Here is Katie Archibald. -- a few minutes.
is the rider who went just off in front of Katie Archibald. We were
speaking about Leah Kirchmann earlier, she was third in Paris, but
she is not enjoying this course. She will be waiting for the road race,
running off some steam today. Katie Archibald has not been out of the
rain today. You can see that the conditions could be a lot worse than
they are now, despite the fact it is raining. It was blowing yesterday.
Katie Archibald maintaining a nice rhythm. This is Katrin Garfoot.
Plenty of miles in her legs this year. 28th in that you read Italia.
At the second checkpoint, Joanna Rowsell has gone through in fourth
place, 25 seconds off the pace. She will not be in the hunt for a medal
today, that is too much time to turn around. She struggled to change the
training she has done from the short events to the time trial. The second
time check, Anna Turvey is just over half a minute down on Katrin
Garfoot. Many of the fastest riders still to come through.
We have now got the time check from the first mark, and they have got it
right, Emma Pooley is the fastest. Although it is the early going, at
the moment, Katie Archibald would be three seconds outside a medal, but a
long way to go. three seconds outside a medal, but a
still in the hunt for a medal. Katie Archibald could get herself onto the
podium if she could overhaul Shara Gillow. It will be tough, but she is
in touch. Linda Villumsen and Emma Pooley seem to be a long way ahead
for the gold medal. 1.3 seconds for the gold medal. 1.3 seconds
between them at the first check point. Was the first part of the
course is the most favourable to Emma Pooley? The constant incline?
The middle section has got some descents, but it also has some sharp
rises. You are right, she has probably had the most favourable
part of the course for her. The first rider coming towards the line.
The 22-year-old from Nicosia in Cyprus. It gives us an indication.
It'll be around 43, 44 minutes for the winners.
Linda Villumsen has settled into a smooth rhythm now. A third of the
way through her day. A smooth, sweeping bend. There is a choice, do
you go for the shortest line or the smoothest line? The road surface is
different. She is hugging the middle of the road, not necessarily be
shortest line, but she keeps the pace high. Jaime Nielsen, she rode
on the track the other day, fifth in the individual pursuit. Some solid
riding there. She is good at team pursuit as well. Shah regular from
Australia. She is the third fastest at the first time check. Just ahead
of Katie Archibald. There could be a battle between them for the bronze
medal. It might come down to who is the better bike handle of the two.
Physically, Shara Gillow is ever so slightly stronger on the first
section, but this is now a different part of the course, a different set
of demands, constantly undulating, before they drop back down. It is
hard to make much time in that final section. This is where Katie
Archibald has got to do it if she wants to get onto the podium. It is
only the fifth time this has been held, this event. Here is Emma
Pooley, the 2010 world champion, she went on a lumpy course in Australia.
It has been raining quite consistently a few kilometres away.
It is a steep ramp that she was hitting, only 100 metres long, but a
one in seven gradient. She likes that kind of terrain.
Emma Pooley the quickest on the favourites come through.
Emma Pooley the quickest on the course at the first time check.
Emma Pooley the quickest on the Julia Shaw for England, taking the
bronze in Delhi. It has been Canada and Australia with two victories
apiece so far. Linda Villumsen and Julia Short the
only riders from any other nation to get on the podium in this race.
Elinor Barker and get on the podium in this race.
are approaching the next time check. Elinor Barker is still there or
are approaching the next time check. thereabouts. Still putting in a
decent ride, which is what we would thereabouts. Still putting in a
expect from this excellent cyclist, the 19-year-old from Cardiff. Here
is Katie Archibald, from the other side of the city. What a time!
Superb, the new fastest time so far the second time check. She looks
laboured now, but it is really quite steep through these sets of houses.
Probably about 10% gradient. Staying in that position,
Probably about 10% gradient. Staying effort, she is totally committed.
She will know she is in the hunt for a medal.
Looking for another medal to go with the points race bronze from the
other day. Very, very strong. It is an enormous chunk of time, 21
seconds. She was 27 seconds outside the time
of Emma Pooley at the first time check. We will see at the second
time check how people are dealing with the different rain. You can
chunk of this course up into three sections, the first uphill section,
and undulating, twisty section... A constant change of rhythm. And then,
a fast run into town, with the final technical section in the park, but
the latter is so short, it is on likely to affect the result. Celtic
Park and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome there. Shara Gillow frustrate Leah.
She is catching to riders at once. Very smooth, settled position, this
is a fast section. She is flying along the road. The rider from
Mauritius will be caught first. And it is the South African in front of
Mauritius will be caught first. And her. She is chasing the slipstream
is, not coming her. She is chasing the slipstream
all. Some of the riders have gone onto the drops, but not at all, she
looks very smooth, staying in the slipstream of the rider in front.
Maximising her prize catch. The national champion in her own time
trial, voted Africa's most influential woman in sport. But she
is not going to hold that pace influential woman in sport. But she
shah regular from Australia. The onus is on the South African to drop
back, having been caught. It is interesting that she is paying the
price for getting caught, or for doing the catching, rather. Being
challenged again. She is outside the time of Katie Archibald now. Katie
Archibald has gone really strongly in the second section. A turning of
the tables. It is a massive change in fortunes. Here is Emma Pooley,
about to catch Shara Gillow. We did not see her coming at all! So many
of them gathered up, it looks like a breakaway in a road race! She is
probably going to kilometres an hour faster. That is incredible
acceleration. That puts her fastest by 36 seconds, which is an enormous
lead. Surely only Linda Villumsen can catch that. This is superb
focused riding from Emma Pooley. Linda Villumsen is the only rider
still to come through the second time check, she cannot be far away.
The road should start to go uphill a bit here for Linda Villumsen. She is
outside, but it is just as close. That has not changed at all! I am
sure it was 1.3 seconds. 0.05 seconds, incredibly close! Emma
Pooley leading the way by not more than the blinking of New Zealand.
This all the medallist from Delhi. Both bring superbly. I said the last
section is on likely to make a difference, but it is so close now,
any corner can make the difference between gold and silver as it
stands. Katie Archibald has given herself a decent cushion ahead of
Katrin Garfoot. Shara Gillow has slipped away, after making a
positive start. Elinor Barker is down in eighth place, Joanna Rowsell
in 10th place. Amy Roberts from Wales is in 11th place, Anna Turvey
from Scotland is in 12th place. Emma Pooley driving away. Back out on the
open roads. In and out of the technical sections. One of the
designers of the course said he wanted to give something of
everything, to break up the rhythm, and he has done that. If there is
one rider maintaining the rhythm, it is Emma Pooley, she looks the same
every time we get a shot of her. She trains and not in this position, she
had some special handlebars made for the Olympic Games in 2012. That is
the same set. She is so small, she struggles to get the position
the same set. She is so small, she wants on standard equipment. I
remember when she won the silver medal in Beijing if users go on a
course that really suited her style at the time. Katie Archibald into
the sunshine, for the next five minutes at least. That is the first
dry road she has seen today, but it has not bothered her. She was not
too comfortable on the climbing section, she did the damage on the
middle section, and she may enjoy the run in back to town. That is Ann
Bowditch from Guernsey. Here now, just out
on the right hand side, the riders from New Zealand. Katrin Garfoot
through the centre. It is a lot faster than we thought it might be.
In towards the finish, it is almost like a sprint between the pair of
them. Katrin Garfoot comes in, and that is Reta Trotman from New
Zealand as well. Katrin Garfoot is going to set the fastest time.
Katrin Garfoot out on because at the only point at which they have all
gone through, for fastest, but she will be the new leader in the
clubhouse. It has dried up at the moment. The wind is blowing a bit at
the finish, though. clubhouse. It has dried up at the
moment. The wind is blowing It is in their face
moment. The wind is blowing It is in The later starters are at a small
disadvantage. The later starters are at a small
conditions on the services. That could be age of the corner if it
starts pouring with rain again. The paving slabs.
Everybody has to go she did it well until now.
nearly 50 seconds. A good ride from Katrin Garfoot who has had an
excellent year. Here is Katie Archibald is now. The world champion
on the track in the team pursuit squad. She has come through six
seconds to the good ahead of Katrin Garfoot at the third check of the
day. She has had her lead in role did quite considerably between the
two time checks. It shows that the different RA is suiting different
riders. She is still, in my opinion, in medal position -- array. A chance
for Katrin Garfoot to catch her breath. She won the women's Road
series in Australia next year. Here come Bowditch for Guernsey.
series in Australia next year. Here comes. We are back out on the course
with Shara Gillow. She had slipped out of the medal positions at the
last time check going into fifth position. I am not sure she
on the pace, but she is in the hunt. Ten seconds either way would see you
on the pace, but she is in the hunt. in or out of the medals and you
could not change that. We have seen huge changes except for Emma Pooley
and Linda Villumsen who have been tied together at one second. Emma
Pooley edging it so far. Still tapping out a nice rhythm and
looking as fresh and strong as she did in the early kilometres. If
anyone knows how to measure their effort, it is Emma Pooley, she is
very experienced. It has been a difficult day for Joanna Rowsell.
She was a star turn on the track. difficult day for Joanna Rowsell.
She set a new Commonwealth Games difficult day for Joanna Rowsell.
record in qualifying. Her ride today is almost done. It will not come
close to yielding another medal. is almost done. It will not come
set. She is not using all the road at all. She is not a fan of these
conditions. She already has a gold medal. Superb riding on the track
from Joanna Rowsell. The final few metres of effort for her up towards
the line. Good enough for sixth place so far. There was a little
hint this morning that she was not feeling 100%. Emma Pooley has gone
through that third and final check. She is ahead of Katie Archibald and
we are just waiting for Linda Villumsen. It will be between these
two. They cannot be far away from that final time check.
two. They cannot be far away from that final Six seconds in it for the
podium position. Emma Pooley has at last broken the deadlock. She is
ahead of Linda Villumsen. There is the confirmation of the
leaderboard. England are in the gold medal position. Linda Villumsen,
silver medallist before. Can she powered her way on a mostly downhill
section back into the centre of Glasgow. This makes me wonder if
this is still in the balance. Linda Villumsen should have the edge in
this closing section when they should be reaching speeds of over 70
kilometres per hour. There is Linda Villumsen, she is powering away. You
have to measure your Villumsen, she is powering away. You
carefully over the course. It is short, but it is testing. It is
tempting to back off the gas on the descent, but you need enough gears
to use every inch of Road. A huge speed variation on this circuit --
Road. -- road. The last major competition of her career, Emma
Pooley, it would be great to get the gold medal. She was nervous this
morning, but she has brushed those aside and her form is coming
through. You mentioned in the Olympic Games, where it was an up
and down course, Emma Pooley will know she will fare well on the
climb, she gained time on nearly everyone on the downhill part of the
course, however. When she is up for it, there is no type of Touraine
that can stop her. She just it, there is no type of Touraine
Alexandra Park -- Touraine. That terrain. -- terrain. There is Katie
Archibald. It will all come down to the final run back to the line. Emma
Pooley making her way back into the city. She is heading back into the
East End. Is this going to be a ride city. She is heading back into the
she be pipped at the post by Linda Villumsen? How much does she have
left? You can see the next rider on the road. Cannot quite make out who
it is. It could be Katie Archibald. A slight wobble from Katie
Archibald, but she is pushing it to the limit, she knows she has a
Commonwealth medal in her grasp. A couple of minutes to go. She will
need to get every last ounce of energy. She will need to be careful
on that right hander. That is where it experience will come into play.
We are picking her up on our camera. 45 seconds of riding to go.
We are picking her up on our She will need to go pretty quickly
now, because the time from Katrin Garfoot is the one she has to beat.
The road surface is a bit dry in places and very wet in parts. There
is the tight right-hander. She used every inch of Road. Did well to
avoid those crash barriers -- road. This is so important, those final
few corners, absolutely critical. She has done well so far. It is to
key and slippery. I think this is where she has got 45 seconds to do
-- tricky. Here comes Katie Archibald. Yet another very strong
ride to add to the collection. Will it be enough for her to edge into
the lead and put herself in contention for a medal. Here comes
in as a Smith to the finish. -- Elinor Barker. No medal today, but
she is the third quickest on the leaderboard. She could find yourself
in the top five. She has lost time here in the closing section of this
time trial and Katie Archibald comes up the finishing straight, slower
than Katrin Garfoot. Last few metres of efforts, she is over the line.
For so long, she was ahead of Katrin Garfoot. I think it was that middle
section, she went so hard. Now, we are back with Emma Pooley and this
is the match for the gold medal. The raise is really on as Emma Pooley
heads back into the city. -- race. Joanna Rowsell coming into Glasgow
Green. Emma Pooley is flying here. 40 minutes on the clock, she is
driving away here. She cannot make a single mistake. I think she has done
well. There is Linda Villumsen. A slight wobble there. It has been
several minutes since we have had a time check on both of them. She is
setting up early for this corner. There are some grades in the wrong
places. It is close between them, I'd think -- grid is. -- grids. Can
they both stay up here in Glasgow Green? Emma Pooley has led all the
way. The sunshine tries to Green? Emma Pooley has led all the
over the centre of Glasgow. She is Green? Emma Pooley has led all the
keeping a low gear, that is so important to accelerate. That
acceleration is important and will give her confidence to keep the
speed up. She still looks as fresh as when she started.
speed up. She still looks as fresh down into the park. This has been a
brilliant ride down into the park. This has been a
Right from the down into the park. This has been a
all the way through. She should be about 42, 43. We see the curved
sections that can cause all the trouble. Emma Pooley racing to the
finish. This is the last time we will see her racing in a time trial
in a World Championship. The current British national champion, is she
about to become the Commonwealth champion? Superb riding from Emma
Pooley. Only Linda Villumsen can challenge her time. Here she is, she
has to be technically perfect in this last section. It was about 45
seconds from here. She is two or three seconds behind Emma Pooley.
What a finish this will be and she is going around the final corner.
250 metres to go and what a finish. So close for Linda Villumsen. Second
in the World Championship three times. A silver medallist in Delhi,
will she be pipped at the post again? Here she comes, up towards
the line and I think Linda again? Here she comes, up towards
will do it! She dug deep in the final sections of the race and she
claims the gold medal. Emma Pooley is denied at the end of the race
will stop only six seconds between the top two. We said that downhill
section would favour Linda Villumsen. We were hoping that Emma
Pooley would emulate her performance in Beijing when she descended so
well. You cannot deny your physiology, but when it is fast, out
and out power will win the day. There we are, confirmation of the
result. Katie Archibald has raced in five
different events here and she has finished in the top five in all of
them. There is the winner, Linda
Villumsen. She kept in touch on the upward sections of the course, with
the technical middle section, and then was able to power to victory in
the closing kilometres. She saved the best of her effort
until the very last moment and finally able to taste victory in a
major Championship, having been so close, so many times. One or two
riders finding it tough out there on the course. I think that is Leah
Kirchmann of Canada. Yes, it is. She clearly had a major problem in the
closing stages. Linda Villumsen, born in Denmark. She actually
competed for Denmark in the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, before changing
citizenship to New Zealand. She can now prepare for the medal ceremony,
during which she will, for a change, be able to stand on the top spot.
A chance for a quick rubdown, Emma Pooley out in front for so long,
just could not quite hang on as they raced down into Glasgow.
Emma Pooley, just pipped by Linda Villumsen at the end. We can now
join Jonathan over near the finishing line. I thought it was the
medal ceremony starting but it was a bit soon for that. We have got a
bagpiper here. As you can expect, there is a great atmosphere here at
the finishing line. It reminds you of the atmosphere that you had in
Z?rich where people were banging the boards. Slight disappointment for
Emma Pooley. It looked like Katie Archibald for Scotland might get a
medal but she slipped out in the closing stages. She spoke to Jill
Douglas. You really attacked the middle section but pushed out at the
end by the Australian. I really liked the country lanes part. I
think I left it too much until the end. I think it is a mental game, I
cannot seem to kill myself in the flats. I knew I was going to
struggle with the second half. A members support all at the way
around from the crowd in Glasgow. You could do a map of the busy
spots. It is something to work on, I suppose. Thank you very much. The
sun is out now but it was wet at the start and we thought that might not
suit Jo Rowsell of England. She finished down in 30th place and she
caught up with Jill as well. A medallist on the track, but out here
on the time trial, this was not an event you were training for but can
you give us an idea of how it was out there? There was a tail wind
uphill and a headwind back. It is slightly less windy today, which is
good. But the rain, it poured down at the start. It stopped raining and
then started raining out again on the course. The conditions were
changeable but I gave it my best, so there you go. It does make it
difficult when you are riding on different surfaces in different
conditions. It was difficult to practice on the court yesterday.
They closed the road for two hours. It was not quite what we imagined.
But we got to do a bit of practice. This is not the course I won the
nationals on last year but like I said, I came here to get a gold
medal, said, I came here to get a gold
prefer to win one gold but Tony-macro instead of two bronzes.
prefer to win one gold but It is always good to get the
opportunity to do an international time trial. The crowd have been good
and it has been supporting -- it has been good supporting Emma. Just
behind me you have got where the athletes sit, the three thrones,
almost. They wait their depending on what the position is when they
finish. There is a Linda Villumsen finally on the podium after
finish. There is a Linda Villumsen finally on getting a silver medal in
Delhi two years ago. Emma Pooley is next to her. We will hear from her
in a few minutes. For now, I will hand you back to Simon in the
commentary box. The celebratory phone calls start
already for Linda Villumsen as she prepares for the medal ceremony. As
we have been saying throughout the broadcast, she has been there or
thereabouts for so long. Clearly a very experienced rider. She is 29
years of age now. She bases her self in Auckland. The silver medallist in
Delhi four years ago. She rode the road racing Delhi as well. She has
been so close with silver medals and bronze medals in the world
Championships and just missed out on Olympic medals as well. She was
fourth in London in 2012, in the road time trial and fifth in the
road race as well. The course, ultimately playing into her hands,
in the sense that the uphill bit or most of the uphill bit was in the
first section, it was technical in most of the uphill bit was in the
the centre, and then more downhill in the closing stages, which I think
possibly favoured her, having stayed almost level with Emma Pooley all
the way through. almost level with Emma Pooley all
ride from a pulley down the left-hand side of your picture. --
what an excellent ride from Emma Pooley. A few days away from
retiring from international cycling. I think we will be hearing more from
her as a triathlete, maybe a marathon runner as well. I think are
sporting endeavours are far from over. There is the race on Sunday,
the course is entirely in the city centre. They are still making their
final preparations for the podium and I now believe Chris has found
his way to join Jonathan. Yes, thanks, Simon. Chris, a great race.
Between the two that you stayed at the start. The wrong result. The
wrong result from an English point of view. Jelena there were three
sections of the course, the climbing, technical section and a
fast downhill. We knew if Emma pulley had an Achilles heel, it
would be the final run into town where she body mass works against
her. It is all about power there. She had built up a buffer of eight
seconds and we thought it She had built up a buffer of eight
enough but Linda Villumsen is such a great competitor. Both of them
technically well matched. It just went Linda Villumsen's way. She is a
worthy winner. The strips on the final bend, I thought might catch
more people out but they did not. Very experienced riders here.
Everybody got round well. It came down to who could measure the
effort. Experience is a big factor. One of the things you see on the big
ground tour races is race radio. Do the cyclists have that? Do they know
what the timings are? Some choose to take it that some prefer to be left
alone. For me, I preferred information, I wanted to know where
I stood. If it was going to be really close, I think that could
make the difference. Was there something else Emma could have done,
built up a bigger buffer early on to mitigate what happened in the
closing stages? No, she did everything she could. She was in
great shape, three wins in the tour of Italy. There was nothing she
could do. It would be lovely to see her get a gold medal at her last
meet in her career. Katie Archbold did not get a medal in the end but
she was fighting all the way through. It was dramatic. Emma
Pooley is now with Jill. Your last major competition in a
time trial. You pushed hard all the way round there and it was so close.
It was close but I am really happy to be on the podium. When you come
through and you have got the quickest time and the one person
behind you goes quicker, it is a little disappointing but I do not
think I could do better. It is a great course, it is tough and in the
wet as well it is challenging on the corners. You lose a few seconds here
and there and it adds up. That is the way it is. We have seen you win
some big time trials, the silver medal you took in the Olympics as
well, but what are the emotions now, knowing you have just put in your
last major competitive time trial? I am really happy. I am really
grateful to have had the opportunity. I am especially
grateful to my best friend back home who built my bike for me and the
British cycling mechanics have been fantastic. I mostly grateful to all
the people who have supported me. I guess I have been racing properly
for seven or eight years and there have been a lot of people over that
time who have helped me, not necessarily paid staff, volunteers,
but it is the kind of opportunity not everyone gets. Looking back, I
am grateful so to get a medal today, it is nice to top that. You have
done us proud over the years and you got a wonderful reception from the
crowd. Yes, they are cheering and especially when they are not waving
England flags and their cheering, that is nice. I hope we gave them
something good to watch. There is still the road race to come. You are
riding in support of Luciano 's dead. We do not know what the tactic
is -- Lizzie Armistead. We do not know what will happen. I will let
you go and collect your medal. Thanks, Jill, thanks, everyone. That
reflects what we were saying that she could not do any more. I thought
it might be too much of a hilly course. She tried to force it to
happen. She really worked hard but there was nothing else she could do.
She knows it as well. I don't know if it makes it an easier or a more
difficult pill to swallow that that is all she had today. The plan is
for her to ride the road race on Sunday but to ride for Lizzie
Armistead. She has essentially raced her last competitive race for gold
as a cyclist. We do not know what sport she will do next. She seems to
be successful in all of them. But on Sunday, if she is riding for
Lizzie, she will be there or thereabouts. As we saw on Sunday,
you can have a crush and then team orders change. She is thereof
thereabouts. She could still walk away with a medal. It was silver for
Emma Pooley, gold for Linda Villumsen.
She is with Jill now. There was so little in that race. Where you are
conscious of how close that race was? I preferred to ride without
time or speed or anything, just as fast as I can. This has not been the
ideal year for you but to come and finish on the top step of that
podium, what does it mean? I cannot describe it. Every year I think
maybe I can pull off the world Championships or I can do the
Olympics or Commonwealth Games, but I am nearly there but always missing
something. But it has now been amazing. Congratulations. Thank you.
OK, that wraps up the women's race. We will see the medal ceremony later
on. We have an hour or so before the men start. A big moment for David
Miller. He is the defending champion in his last year as a professional
cyclist. He has had a quiet year results wise. He did not get
selected for the Tour de France. Bitterly disappointed but we do not
know where he is at. What we do know is he is highly motivated, it is a
good course. He likes technical. That might carry him through. He is
the person to beat. I think Alex it is more of up your time trial. We do
not know where he is at -- a pure is more of up your time trial. We do
not know where he is time trial. The big unknowns are the likes of
Thomas. We do not know how he is out of the Tour de France it was
difficult to. It is a funny race. of the Tour de France it was
Your body can adapt. Your recovery gets better and sometimes on the
last day, you think you could do it tomorrow. There are lots of unknowns
about who will perform well. A lot of that will come down to sheer
motivation. Conditions are improving, the one ride that
everyone is talking about is Dennis. All of the strain and is could come
out on top -- Australians. All of the strain and is could come
out on top Dennis is the man on form. All of them are technically
great bike riders. form. All of them are technically
great bike We will see the men's race. For the moment, it is back to
full -- is back to the studio. We showed you some of the bowls at
Kelvingrove earlier. Scotland put We showed you some of the bowls at
themselves in a very strong position. England pulled themselves
back Medium length Jack. -- jack. Good
start. 20 six. -- Bob Love. A great opening bowl. This is looking not
too far away. Very good. Good game. Really good. -- again. That is a
good way to bowl, could be a second shot. The target here for Scotland
is to try and ensure they do not lose any more than one shot. If it
is two shots it will be a tight end and we will play an extra end to
decide the winner. Ideally, they will be looking to try and get the
shot. That is under. That is a bowl that
can be punched in. APPLAUSE. He got the wrong side of
it! He was pumping it on. He had the gap. Here he is a game, just getting
on to that. It would gap. Here he is a game, just getting
for the right white. Just a little dip at the end. A really good
effort. Two to England at the moment. That is a tight end.
Brown, does he put another bowl in? That is why he is having a little
discussion. If they put another bowl in, it creates a target. Whether
they want to block their head, leave it to the last one... -- the head
stop --. It has to be down to forehand
surely, the backhand is full of danger. At least in the forehand,
you are coming into your own bowl. A decent line with this. He has got a
good line. If he had edged off that, he would have been lying
three. Kevin Wallace will be on the backhand. He can afford to take one
of the England bowls out. Two shots sitting very nicely at the moment.
The red bowl in front and the red bowl to the side. This is the one
you want to do it with. Trying to take a bowl out with this one so you
do not have to play your last. He has got one. It stopped on his own
bowl. That was unlucky. I think the Scottish team thought that bowl was
being pushed out. They are playing well. He came through on his own, he
has the second shot. Pumped it through, ran through, second shot,
now it has left Paul Brown in a situation of trying to reach this.
He is on a decent line and has a chance. What a bowl! Brilliant! No
hesitation. Got down, played the shot. He could not have played it
any better. That is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. No discussion,
get down, do the job. Now, we are in a tied match at the moment. I do not
think there is anything other than a tied match at the moment. I do not
Kevin to play into this. He has to be careful. One bowl in behind. If
he turns it a little, moves the jacks back, it could be three. He is
discussing what wait to play. He will see what happens with the pace.
-- weight. That is what he is looking at, even to chop off his own
is good, try and squeeze the bowl under the jack. Looks like he has
good position in behind it. There is danger. There is one below the blue
bowl. This is a danger if he plays with a little bit of weight he could
move the jack and lose the medal on this end. It is tense, no doubt
about that. That is not particularly easy, because once you put weight
on, you have a tendency to hold off and he does not want to give another
shot away. It has been a good game, a really good game, good quality. It
is on its way. It is outside. Well, that is not
is on its way. It is outside. Well, difference. Two shots, tight end. We
will be into a deciding end for the bronze medal. It does not get closer
than this. That was interesting. England had won the toss and decided
to give it away to Scotland. It was probably a wise move. Scotland going
for the long jack length again. They are relying very well on this
direction. Paul Brown played a weighted ball and picked up the
jack. Looking good, it needs to keep
going. That is falling short as well. At
this length, short bowl start to become a problem. Trying to get
around them. -- short bowls. An adjustment has to be made.
Trying to put a little bit more weight on it. Missing it would have
been better. Still a long way down! If they can find the way around the
front ones. That is a great shot. Bob Love. It will be hard to
front ones. That is a great shot. this. Just sitting down in front of
the jack. This sort of ball can win you a medal.
Really good sportsmanship going on out there. But to be fair, missing
that bowl, the jack, was in the ditch. He was running after it. At
least, the game is still alive for England.
It is a good effort. Yes, anything back there is useful. We all know
Paul Brown is a very good way to play. Kevin Wallace might think it
is time to protect this. It will be a little short but not in
the line. It will not affect the next shot. The weight would not have
been an issue for him. He really wanted to be on the line. That is
very much an open jack for Paul Brown.
More than competent at this shot. We have seen it before.
They are looking at it. He is close. He has got the back bowl of. There
is another bowl lurking around back there. We will have to find out.
Here it is again. Played it perfectly. More importantly for him,
he pushed the ball through. You see where the jack goes. Without pushing
that bowl through, it could have been against him.
It just dropped in. It is England who will take the bronze medal. What
a fantastic game. STUDIO: Adriatic end to that lawn
bowls event at Kelvingrove. Rishi has been catching up with the
winners of the bronze medal. I am joined by the guys who have got the
bronze. First of all, Paul, congratulations. What a fabulous
finish. Guess, it was a bit of a hectic couple of last ends. But we
pulled three good ends out of that to get to the tie-break and at the
end as well. I'm still coming down from it. It was fantastic.
Absolutely unbelievable. Fantastic indeed. And Bob, when I mentioned on
air you are man who bowls with his feet, it got quite a reaction from
some people saying, they just want to see this and see how amazing it
was. Despite all that, you have got a medal here, despite the notoriety
of that. It is not about the disability, it is about the bowling,
that is what counts here. I am over the moon. What a way to finish it
off, brilliant. It was a fabulous finish. David, you have had
experience of these games before. You know how important it is to keep
your nerve and keep battling away until the end. When they got that
nasty little wick to get the holding shot, I thought, oh no. I was
unlucky in Manchester to miss out on a medal but this makes up for it. I
am very pleased. This is your first Commonwealth Games and your first
games of this magnitude and to produce a performance like that must
be extremely satisfying. That must be an understatement? This is the
complete highlight of my career so far. To stand on the green in the
Commonwealth Games and bowl like that, I will not forget that for a
long time. I think it will be with me for a long time in the future.
Bob and David, have you got any plans for celebrations tonight? We
might have one or two drinks! Guys, it has been a pleasure watching you.
Enjoy the celebrations. Thank you. Let's take you back to Glasgow Green
for a moment because the medal ceremony for the women's time trial
has just been taking place so it is over to Simon Brotherton.
There is a sizeable crowd here at Glasgow Green. The men's time trial
is coming up this afternoon. Katrin Garfoot claiming the bronze medal
for Australia. She is crowning what has been an
excellent year for her. She has a contract for the rest of the
season. Everything has happened for her much quicker than she expected.
It has ended on the podium in Glasgow.
So close to victory. She led for so long. Silver in her final
competitive time trial and so close to the golden goodbye. Emma Pooley,
the former world champion. She will savour this. Nearly, but
not quite, for so long, but now a She will savour this. Nearly, but
worthy winner. At last it is gold for Linda Villumsen of New Zealand.
Just outside the medals in the Olympic Games, twice silver
medallist in the world Championship, three times a bronze medallist as
well. And at last, the colour she really wanted.
CHEERING Well, Linda Villumsen is a worthy
winner but Emma Pooley has been a shining light for British cycling in
recent years. We will miss her presence at events like this now she
is retiring. Well, a great watch for all those
events at Glasgow Green. They went right out of the city and back to
finish there. We have more road cycling on Sunday. It has been a
very varied and busy morning of sport. Here is what happened.
Linda Villumsen mastered tricky conditions on the roads of Glasgow
to take gold. England's Emma Pooley retires from cycling after these
games looked well set to victory but faded towards the end but had to
settle for silver. England's Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown
won the lawn bowls para sport event with a win over Scotland.
And in the table tennis, the English pair are through to the
quarterfinals of the mixed doubles. And that is where I am going to
leave you on BBC One. But I am not going before I leave you in the safe
hands of Jason Mohammad. I feel there is more cycling. We have more
cycling, squash and badminton as well. Hello, a very good afternoon
to you. More gold-medal is to be won in Glasgow. As I just said to
Mishal, some great sport for you this afternoon. This is what is
coming up. In the men's time trial, will it be
a happy ending to the Millar's tail? We will pop to the ping-pong later.
Meanwhile, over at the Emirates arena, if you want to see
shuttlecocks hitting speeds of 200 mph, that is the place to be.
Yes, here I am at the time trial finish. A bit of a drag coming up.
We have just seen Emma Pooley win a silver medal, Linda Villumsen win a
gold medal. In half an hour's time, the men will be on track. A lot of
fascinating storylines, not least, David Millar of Scotland. He was
left out of the Tour de France. He was annoyed about that. And also
Alex Dowsett of England who was also left out of the Tour de France. And
Geraint Thomas of Wales did win the Tour de France. He wrote last year
with a broken pelvis. The one they are all calling is from Australia.
It promises to be a fascinating
Mishal Husain and Jason Mohammad present live coverage of day eight of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Scotland's David Millar, reigning men's time trial champion, will be looking for a farewell medal in the before he retires at the end of the season. Commentary comes from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman.