WALES' Emma Finucane has claimed her second medal of the Commonwealth games with a brilliant bronze.

The teenager had picked up bronze with Wales teammates Lowri Thomas and Rhian Edmunds on Friday in the women’s team sprint cycling.

But Saturday at the Lee Valley Velodrome was an opportunity for individual glory and Finucane produced a brilliant finish just metres from the line to take bronze, coming from behind to beat England’s Sophie Capewell 2-1 in the best of three contest.

“It means so much, I wasn’t expecting it today,” the 19-year-old from Carmarthen said.

Finucane's performance also caught the attention of Wales' greatest cyclist Geraint Thomas who tweeted: "FinuCANe" adding: "P.S cheer up commentators" with a smiley face in sunglasses and Welsh flag emojis. 

It's likey Thomas, who helped carry the Welsh flag at the opening ceremony, was making reference to feelings the BBC commentary team are more enthusiastic about English success at the Games.

 

There was drama as Jack Carlin won men’s keirin silver for Scotland but only after seeing his former housemate Joe Truman knocked unconscious in a frightening high-speed crash.

England’s Truman had nowhere to go when Australian Matthew Glaetzer touched wheels with Carlin in the second round of the event, with Glaetzer falling in front of Truman who went straight over the top and hit his head.

The 24-year-old initially lay motionless on the infield of the velodrome as medical staff rushed to his aid, and was then helped away in a wheelchair receiving oxygen. He was then transferred to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.

It is the just the latest setback for a rider who spent the last two years battling back problems, ruling him out of contention for the Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s not easy seeing your pal on the ground like that – he’s a team-mate, I’ve known him a long time and I think he’s taken a good hit to his head when he went down,” Carlin said.

“Joe’s had a few issues during his career but he’s very strong-willed and he’s always come back stronger, so hopefully this is just a hiccup.

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“Hopefully it’s not too serious, he’ll be back on the bike again in a matter of weeks and he’s got a lot to aim for – (next year) we’ve the Nations Cup, the world championships in Glasgow and the Paris Olympics – he’s got time on his side and, knowing Joe, he will be back stronger than ever.”

In the final, Trinidad & Tobago’s Nicholas Paul went early and got a gap on the field that stuck to the end. It was a seventh silver at a major event for Carlin, who got the same colour in the team sprint in Tokyo, but he is yet to win gold.

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