Rawdon's Blyth takes Commonwealth Games cycling bronze despite having to change a wheel

Anna Blyth

Anna Blyth

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Rawdon’s Anna Blyth won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi today. Blyth, did well to finish third in the women's 10km scratch race after having to have her rear wheel replaced early on after suffering a puncture. Blyth had opened her Commonwealth Games campaign with a solid if unspectacular seventh place finish in the women’s 500-metre time trial.

Blyth was national cycle champion in the event two years ago but has since switched her training to focus on the omnium; the six- discipline multiple race events which makes its Olympic debut at London 2012.

And having turned her attention away from sprinting towards endurance, the 22-year-old can have no complaints with her 36.807sec time, which ranked her third Brit – behind Scotland’s Jenny Davis and Wales’ Becky James, the bronze medallist.

“It was an okay start and the time wasn’t too bad considering it’s been two years since I last rode in the event,” said Blyth. “This was really just a chance to turn my legs over and get into the competition.

“The track is good but it’s a bit too chilly with all the air conditioning, which should slow the times down a little bit. I really didn’t have any expectations of place or time, but I’m feeling good.”

Blyth’s main aims in Delhi will be the points and scratch race. The 25-kilometre points race sees riders pick up points with their placings in intermediate sprints, held at regular intervals, while the scratch race is contested over ten kilometres.

“They are my targets here but I know it’s going to be tough,” she added. “I’ve got every chance but a lot of other riders are thinking the same thing because it’s very wide open.”

Meanwhile, Ilkley swimmer Sian Morgan added to her Games experience last night with a semi-final appearance in the women’s 100 metres butterfly.

Unfortunately, the 16-year-old City of Brad-ford member finished last in Delhi in 1min 4.42 sec but all of this is invaluable preparation as the Welsh team member moves towards what she hopes will be a place at the 2012 Olympics.

The youngster was among select company and was headed by heat winner Ellen Gandy and Fran Halsall, both of England, as well as her Welsh team-mate Margaret Thomas and Scotland’s Louise Pate. Morgan was also com-peting in the heats yesterday, where she was fifth in 1min 5sec.

The Ilkley teenager’s Games began contro-versially after she was disqualified from the 200m individual medley on the opening morn-ing in Delhi.

Morgan was faced with a tough ask to make the evening’s final, with Australian Olympic champion Emily Seebohm among the fav-ourites in her heat.

But still Morgan battled valiantly, initially coming home in 2min 24.93sec, good enough for seventh in her heat, only for her perfor-mance to be scratched from the records. Race officials threw her out for a one-handed touch, l Spar, there for you and our GB athletes, proud supporters since 2004 www.spar.co.uk

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