GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Track cyclist Joanna Rowsell helped England break New Zealand and Australian domination of the individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
While Scottish comedian Billy Connolly watched with Chris Hoy – in the velodrome named after the retired Scottish Olympian -Rowsell finished a second ahead of Australian Annette Edmondson.
New Zealand had won the event four times and Australia twice.
In an all-Australian final in the men’s individual pursuit, Jack Bobridge won his second gold medal in two days when he beat Alex Edmondson, Annette’s younger brother, in the individual pursuit.
Bobridge, who returned to the track after a year with a Dutch road racing team, won gold in the team pursuit Thursday. He plans to remain on the track to compete at the 2016 Olympics.
New Zealand won its second gold medal in cycling – and fifth overall – when Sam Webster beat England’s Jason Kenny, a three-time Olympic champion, in the men’s sprint. It ended Australia’s 44-year winning streak – the country hadn’t lost a race in the sprint since 1970.
England and Australia were level with seven gold medals each midway through the second day of competition and ahead of the evening swim program. Scotland had five gold medals, and India and Canada three each.
Some other early highlights Friday:
BINDRA WINS AGAIN: Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra went out a winner during his last Commonwealth Games, taking gold in the 10-meter air rifle at Carnoustie, an event he also won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. ”It feels good winning in my final games and finishing off with an individual medal,” said the 32-year-old Bindra, who has five games gold medals since 2002 in Manchester. ”It’s been a long time … and I have to hand it over to young Indian talent.”
HURDLER SUSPENDED: European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out of the games after becoming the second Welsh athlete suspended for a doping offense this month. Williams, co-captain of the Welsh track and field team, was suspended from all competition after being charged with an anti-doping violation at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11. He finished sixth in the 400 hurdles at the Diamond League meet. Details of the violation were not disclosed.