Rule Britannia! England’s Liam Killeen won the Commonwealth Games mountain biking gold medal in Melbourne in the early hours of this morning with team-mate Oli Beckingsale following him home to take silver. In the women’s event, Bolton teenager Amy Hunt took an incredible fourth.
After a frantic start, Aussie Chris Jongewaard built up a commanding lead of up to 1:30mins, before the chasing group reeled him back in on the seventh lap of eight. A ding-dong battle got underway between the two English riders. Eventually, Killeen nipped away after darting up the inside line around a rock garden hairpin. Nice move from the Malvern boy! Liam had time to grab a St George’s flag and hold it aloft as he crossed the line.
“It’s a pretty special feeling and it hasn’t completely sunk in yet,” said Killeen. “I’m happy I’ve come here and achieved what I set out to do. I stuck to my plan today. I was aiming for gold throughout.”
We’ve just got a text back from Oli saying, “It’s all crazy at the moment. I won’t be back until late because we’re doing BBC Grandstand tonight!”
More from the boys when we get it. Other Home Nations finishers were 12 Simon Richardson (Eng) 13 Gareth Montgomerie (Sco) 15 Steven Roach (Wal) 18 James Ouchterlony (Sco) 19 Lewis Ferguson (N Ire)
England’s Amy Hunt, 19, had a strong race to finish fourth in the women’s event. Scotland’s Ruth McGavigan finished 10th.
View the action from the BBC broadcast by clicking here