Silver lining for Houvenaghel
Australia claim 12 of 14 gold medals on offer
By Jonathan Turner. Last Updated: 08/10/10 11:22am
Houvenaghel: Another silver
Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel took the silver medal behind Alison Shanks of New Zealand in the women's individual pursuit final at the Commonwealth Games on Friday.
Olympic silver medallist Houvenaghel was the second fastest qualifier in three minutes 34.560 seconds, nearly two-and-a-half seconds slower than her final opponent.
Both women went faster in the final but the gap between them remained in Shanks' favour as she won in a time of 3:30.875, to Houvenaghel's 3:32.137.
"Another silver medal," said Houvenaghel, who was also second in March's World Championships. "I came here for the gold - as always - and I am a little bit disappointed to come away with the silver again.
"But I gave it everything I had and the outcome was out of my control. I'm happy to have a medal from this competition."
Canada's Tara Whitten won bronze with a ride of 3:35.810, finishing ahead of Australia's Jaime Nielsen in the third/fourth-placed ride off.
Paralympic champion Sarah Storey finished in 3:39.964, to place sixth in qualification, missing out on a second ride with only four riders progressing.
England's Laura Trott clocked 3:40.329 and team-mate Anna Blyth 3:51.252 to place seventh and 10th, respectively.
Final flourish for Australia
In the day's other two events it was business as usual for Australia as they rounded off a dominant week in perfect style.
The velodrome heard the Australian national anthem for the 11th time from 13 events as Daniel Ellis, Jason Niblett and Scott Sunderland won men's team sprint gold in 43.772 ahead of New Zealand, who took silver in 44.233.
Scotland's men's team sprint trio of John Paul, Chris Pritchard and Callum Skinner clocked 46.273 to finish fourth as Malaysia took bronze in 45.040.
Then in the concluding men's 20km scratch race final Cameron Meyer added a 12th gold for Australia - his third of the Games.
It was a clean sweep for Australia, with Jack Bobridge, the individual pursuit champion taking second place and Michael Freiberg third.
Mark Christian was the best-placed Home Nations rider, with the Manxman sixth.