Cyclist in tears after being told she won’t get medal despite ‘winning’ bronze

English cyclist Sophie Unwin was reduced to tears when she was told she would not receive a bronze medal despite finishing third.

Para-cyclist Unwin, piloted by Georgia Holt, finished third in the women’s tandem B sprint at the Commonwealth Games. Five teams had been entered, but only four took to the start meaning, according to competition rules, only gold and silver would be awarded.

However, this wasn't communicated to the riders, and Unwin took to the start against Libby Clegg of Scotland in the 'bronze medal race'. Unwin won and was listed as the bronze medal winner on the official records and on the Commonwealth Games website.

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Unwin was asked by officials to cut her interviews short so she can head to the podium.

But she was then reduced to tears after being told she wasn't eligible to be handed the bronze medal. Unwin later reappeared with a bronze medal that was lent to her from one of the members of England's team pursuit so she could pose for photos.

Team England have complained to the Commonwealth Games Federation, arguing the decision goes against the goal of greater inclusion.

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Elsewhere on the track, England were led to a bronze medal in the women's team pursuit by Dame Laura Kenny.

Team GB's most successful female Olympian joked: “I’ve never felt under so much pressure to win a bronze medal in my whole career.

“Just the fact that it’s such a young team. Obviously, I’ve been really lucky in my career that I’ve had some brilliant experiences and I’ve been able to step up on that podium."


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