Cyclist out of Commonwealth Games race due to late entry


10 April, 2018 09:03 AM

Cyclist out of Commonwealth Games race due to late entry

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England cyclist Melissa Lowther was ruled out of the Commonwealth Games road time trial on Tuesday hours before it began — because of an administrative error.

Team England later lost its appeal after not formally entering her into the race.

"While Team England has apologized, I'm still gutted not to have the opportunity to represent my country after all the hard miles I've put in," said the 21-year-old Lowther, who will still be eligible to compete in Saturday's road race.

"I can't put into words how disappointed I am to have been missed off the start list due to an admin error."

England's chef de mission Sarah Winckless apologized to Lowther and the cycling coaches.

"Melissa has trained hard for and focused on this race and it should never be the case that an error on our part prevents an athlete showing what she can do," Winckless said.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said there was no chance of the decision being overturned.

"The rules are very strict," Grevemberg said. "England has a very big team. These things happen."


The fastest man and woman at the Commonwealth Games admitted they'd had little sleep since winning their respective 100-meter titles on Monday night. Michelle-Lee Ahye, who won her first gold medal at a major international meet, was awaiting a call from the country's president, Paula-Mae Weekes. Ahye hoped her high-profile win might help the country's track and field program receive more government funding.

Akani Simbine, who upset Jamaican Yohan Blake to win the men's title, was still having a tough time believing his win, 12 hours later. So was his mother, who took the day off work in South Africa to watch the race on TV and who Simbine said had a "next-level smile."


Sean McComb, a 25-year-old boxer from Northern Ireland, was fined 756 Australian dollars ($580) and banned from the Gold Coast night club district after an altercation with security overnight. Local media reported that McComb had been drinking with friends when he was removed from the nightclub, and police were called when McComb tried to re-enter the club. Police said McComb was arrested and issued with an infringement notice for public nuisance and violence.

McComb's night out came after he was beaten by England's Luke McCormack in the 64-kilogram division on Sunday.