Rowsell eyes gold but Trott falters

Rowsell eyes gold but Trott falters

Joanna Rowsell, pictured, faces Australian Annette Edmondson for gold

Joanna Rowsell, left, races her way into the final at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

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England's Joanna Rowsell will ride for gold in the final of the women's individual pursuit after setting a new Commonwealth Games record in qualifying.

Rowsell, the world champion following her success in Cali this year, was in the last pair to go in a strong field in the 3,000 metres discipline and produced a fine performance.

She overtook New Zealand's Lauren Ellis on the track as she clocked three minutes 29.038 seconds, lowering the previous Games best set by Australian Katie Mactier in Melbourne eight years ago.

She will face Australia's Annette Edmondson in the head-to-head final later on Friday, with Scotland's Katie Archibald qualifying fourth for a spot in the bronze medal match with Amy Cure, also from Australia.

But there was no joy for Rowsell's team pursuit partners Laura Trott and Dani King.

Double Olympic champion Trott harboured big hopes of a podium place but was edged into sixth, while King finished eighth, a place behind fellow Team GB world champion Elinor Barker of Wales.

Team England endurance coach Chris Newton praised Rowsell for her personal best time but admitted there would be frustration from King and Trott.

"(Rowsell) executed the ride really well, it's where we expected and where we were scheduling for," said Newton.

"I'm disappointed for Laura and Dani and with a few other things that have gone on. I think they will have their own disappointment with the results - they are highly competitive as a group so they'll have their own feeling about this. All we can do is be there for them, let them do their ride and back them up.

"There was always going to be highs and lows but in the end everyone puts their arms around each other and we move on."

Rowsell added: "This is a really big event for me because I am world champion and it's not an Olympic event, so this is the biggest chance I will ever get to race at this event.

"I'm pleased with the time but I've got to do it again as my work's not finished yet. I'm trying to take confidence from that ride especially as I wasn't on the floor afterwards so I feel good for a second one. Fingers crossed the crowd will help me to victory and I'm looking forward to it."

English sprinter Jason Kenny, a three-time Olympic champion, put a disappointing first day in the individual sprint behind him to qualify for the semi-finals.

Kenny qualified 11th and then lost his first-round match on Thursday, only to squeeze into the quarter-finals via repechage.

That left him facing Australian Matthew Glaetzer, who topped qualifying in a Games record time, but the Bolton boy produced two wonderful rides to win the best-of-three knock-out 2-0.

He showed his tactical nous in the opening race, taking a long run as he picked up the pace two laps out leaving Glaetzer for dead.

Kenny then showed his versatility, pipping Glaetzer on the line having come round the outside on the final bend in the second race.

He faces Australia's Peter Lewis in the semi-finals.

Kenny's team-mate Matt Crampton exited at the last-eight stage, comfortably beaten in successive races by the impressive New Zealander Ed Dawkins, who took team sprint gold ahead of Kenny and co on Thursday.

Welsh endurance rider Owain Doull has the chance to claim bronze this evening in the 4,000m men's individual pursuit after qualifying third fastest.

Doull, 21, was in line for a gold medal ride against Australia's Jack Bobridge until the final heat when Alex Edmondson, brother of women's finalist Annette, replaced him in second.

The final heat also did for the medal hopes of England's Andy Tennant, who was replaced in fourth by New Zealand's Marc Ryan.

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