Kenya ended the Commonwealth Games on a bad day yesterday after women road race cyclists dropped off mid through the 98.14km race at the Glasgow Cycling Road Race Course.
Joyce Nyaruri, ranked fourth in Africa, did not finish as she dropped while in 29th position. Her team mate Jane Mwangi Njeri bowed out in 32nd place before Joyce Mwangi Muthoni and Lwimbuli Doreen Musoliza followed suit later.
England’s Lizzie Armitstead carried the title in 2:38.43 ahead of team mate Pooley Emma (2:39.08) and Cromwell Ashieigh (2:39.54) of South Africa.
Kenya presented five men and four in the 168km race against strong riders from Australia, England and New Zealand. It was Armitstead who struck gold for England in the women’s cycling road race.
Armitstead went one better than four years ago in New Dehli as she finished the 98km course well clear in a time of two hours 38 minutes and 43 seconds.
Fellow English rider Emma Pooley finished 25 seconds behind to finish second and add to the silver she won in the time trial.
A photo finish saw South Africa’s Ashleigh Pasio claim bronze just ahead of Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell
There was disappointment though early on for Scotland, hoping for a 20th gold medal, when Kirsty Gilmour lost 21-14, 21-7 to Canada’s Michelle Li in the badminton women’s singles final.
England started the day already assured of top spot in the Games medal table for the first time since 1986, dethroning Australia.
Armitstead’s victory increased England’s lead to 165 in total with with 57 gold while Australia have 132 in total of which 45 are gold and with just 9 titles remaining to be decided on the final day after the badminton final.
Games officials, meanwhile, turned out to sing the praises of the Glasgow games with Mike Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation calling them “the stand-out Games in the history of the movement.”
“The spirit of these Games has continued to endure,” he added.
In men’s road cycling David Millar of Scotland was looking to sign off his career with gold in the streets of central Glasgow where his career began.
But there was stern competition in prospect from the likes of Peter Kennaugh of the Isle of Man.
Courtesy of Standard Digital News