Gutted Haston denied chance of Gold Coast medal ride

Louise Haston (right) and Aileen McGlynn were denied the chance of a medal ride (pic by JSHPIX.co).
Louise Haston (right) and Aileen McGlynn were denied the chance of a medal ride (pic by JSHPIX.co).

Cyclist Louise Haston’s hopes of a second Commonwealth Games medal have been dashed because there weren’t enough competitors in her event.

Louise rides as pilot to Aileen McGlynn in the para-cycling and the pair were in action in the sprint event on the opening day of the Games on Thursday.

But with only three pairs entered, Gold Coast organisers ruled that only one medal instead of the normal three would be awarded.

That meant that despite setting a new personal best time in the qualifying rides, South Queensferry rider Louise and Aileen - silver medalists in Glasgow four years ago - were denied the chance to even race for a bronze.

The Scots pair were always likely to be up against it in the race for gold and it certainly proved that way as their only two rival pairs both set world records.

England’s defending champions Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott scorched round the track at the Anna Meares Velodrome in a new record of 10.609, shortly after Australian pair Jessica Gallagher and Madison Janssen had clocked 10,954 to break their own previous record of 11.045.

Haston and McGlynn’s time of 11.157 was only just outside that - but it wasn’t enough to get them into the final.

Speaking from Australia, Louise told the Gazette: “It’s gutting - four years and not getting the chance to race! We did a huge personal best though and the atmosphere is amazing along with the crowds.

“We would’ve loved to see more female entries so we could’ve gotten the chance to ride. The racing is the exciting part and the result could’ve been different.”

The Scots pair will face a similar scenario with just a gold up for grabs in their other event - the 1,000 metres time trial - on Saturday.