Commonwealth Games: Scotland’s Katie Archibald wins gold; brother John takes silver


Katie Archibald wins women’s 3,000m individual pursuit
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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Scottish siblings Katie and John Archibald both won medals at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Katie, 24, won the first medal as she beat Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak to secure women’s 3,000m individual pursuit gold.

Older brother John then secured silver in the men’s 4,000m individual pursuit.

“The Archibalds aren’t known for parties but this is going to be the biggest Friday night we’ve had in a while,” Katie told BBC Sport.

England’s Charlie Tanfield, an amateur rider who is seeking to break into Great Britain’s elite programme, won the men’s title with a time of four minutes 15.952 seconds.

“It’s absolutely epic, I couldn’t have asked for any more,” said 21-year-old Tanfield, who broke the Commonwealth Games record in qualifying.

“I knew I was in a good place. Towards the end I almost thought I’d messed it up but I managed to hang on so I’m ecstatic.”

There was also silver for Wales’ Lewis Oliva in the men’s keirin, with Scotland’s Jack Carlin narrowly missing out on a medal in fourth place.

Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer won gold, while compatriot Stephanie Morton successfully defended her women’s sprint title.

‘This means so much’

Scotland’s Katie Archibald won bronze in the points race in Glasgow four years ago

Both Archibald siblings posted Games record times in qualifying, although John’s time was beaten by Tanfield in the final qualifying session.

Katie is a four-time European champion in the individual pursuit, while John switched from road to the track last summer.

He made his major breakthrough at January’s British Championships, winning three medals, while Katie claimed four.

In Brisbane, Katie paced herself well with opponent Wiasak making a fast start that she was unable to maintain.

She narrowed the gap from 1,250m onwards before taking advantage of her tiring opponent in the final two laps, posting a time of 3:26.088.

Speaking after her race, Katie joked she “never really expected” her brother to feature in a Commonwealth final.

“Maybe it’s because I’m his sister, you get used to seeing this normal person,” the 24-year-old said.

John began to eat into Tanfield’s lead in the closing stages but was forced to settle for silver, finishing in 4:16.656.

“Seeing Katie win the gold got me going. The final was hard and the pressure was on, but she certainly put me in the mix. I just wished I could’ve backed it up better,” said Archibald.

“It’s really special, and I’m really proud of it. A year ago I couldn’t have predicted I’d be here, so this is a dream.”

Charlie Tanfield takes gold in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit

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