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Wendy Houvenaghel secures cycling silver medal in Delhi

Venue: Delhi, India Dates: 3-14 October 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage across BBC TV, radio, online, BBC Red Button, mobile and BBC iPlayer services. Full coverage details here. Full schedule of events here.

Wendy Houvenaghel
Houvenaghel is also an Olympic silver medallist

Cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel has secured Northern Ireland's second medal of the Commonwealth Games by winning silver in the women's 3000m individual pursuit.

Houvenaghel, an Olympic silver medallist in Beijing, lost to New Zealander Alison Shanks in the final.

The Upperlands woman had qualified second fastest for the final in a time of three minutes 34.56 seconds and then bettered that time with 3:32.137.

Shanks secured gold in 3:30.875, after qualifying in 3:32.114 in the semis.

Tara Whitten of Canada took the bronze medal at the Velodrome in Delhi.

Kiwi Shanks had also beaten arch-rival Houvenaghel to the world title in 2009.

Shanks, the favourite going into the final after easily qualifying fastest, picked up to an electrifying pace to reel in her arch rival.

Houvenaghel, 35, looked to be commanding the race at the halfway stage but couldn't live with her opponent's power in the final laps as Shanks streaked away to win.

The silver was Northern Ireland's best ever result in cycling at the Games.

I have to be happy with my result, accept it and move on

Wendy Houvenaghel

The NI men's pursuit cycling team had won bronze in their event on Thursday.

After the race, Upperlands woman Houvenaghel said she had "ridden the race as best as I could".

"I set out with a strategy in mind, which was to ride conservatively in the first race and hold something back for the final.

"When I saw Alison's fast time in the semi-final it gave me quite a bit of confidence going into the final and then I rode as I would normally ride.

"I saw that I was down on Alison near the end and I had nothing left to get back on her.

"I have to be happy with my result, accept it and move on.

"I have a few more races to go so I will now concentrate on those."

In another cycling result, Martyn Irvine finished 7th in the Scratch 20K final.

Houvenaghel wins pursuit silver

Northern Ireland agonisingly missed out on a shooting medal but ladies trap pair of Debbie Bader and Kirsty Barr finished fourth on count-back in their event after equalling the previous Commonwealth Games record.

In the men's pairs trap event, David Beattie and Mervyn Morrison finished ninth while Robert Doak and Hugh Stewart missed out on qualification for the 10m air pistol final.

Meanwhile in swimming, Melanie Nocher and Chelsey Wilson both failed to qualify from their heats in the women's 200m backstroke after disappointing swims.

Clare Dawson did not start in the women's 400m freestyle heats and Sycerika McMahon was fourth in her heat and failed to progress after a 4:20.10 clocking - almost five seconds outside her personal best.

Ryan Harrison did not start in the men's 50m freestyle after pulling out of the games because of illness while Conor Leaney was eliminated after finishing sixth in his heat in 24.49.

Later, the Northern Ireland girls just missed out on a medal in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, in which they finished fourth in 3:49.48 after Canada were disqualified.

In athletics, Larne runner James McIlroy progressed to the semi-final of the 800m as one of the four fastest losers from the heats after clocking 1:50.91 in his qualifier.

McIlroy will need to perform considerably better in Saturday's semi-finals to have any chance of progressing to the final.

Ciara Mageean finished 10th in the 1500m final in a time of 4:10.85 and Tom Reynolds was ninth in the decathlon with 7,210 points.

Mageean performance, her second fastest ever run, was highly creditable as the women's 1500m was one of the strong track and field events in Delhi.

Olympic champion Nancy Janget took the gold in 4:05.26 ahead of English-born New Zealand athlete Nikki Hamblin and Scotland's Stephanie Twell.

Hannah England and world-class Kenyans Irene Jelagat and Viola Kibiwott also finished ahead of Mageean.

Boxer Patrick Gallagher made it through to the welterweight quarter-finals by defeating Suruz Bangoli of Bangladesh 9-0 and middleweight Eamonn O'Kane qualified for the last eight of his division by beating New Zealand's Nathon McEwen 9-2.

However, lightweight Mark O'Hara lost 9-5 to Canada's Alex Rynn in the last 16 round.

In bowls, Northern Ireland's men's triples beat Cook Islands 2-0 in Group B and then lost to Malaysia and they need to beat England on Saturday morning to reach the quarter-finals.

In table tennis, Northern Ireland girls Ashley Given, Amanda Mogey and Clare Nelson all earned singles wins on Friday.

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N Ireland Commonwealths - Day Two
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