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James celebrates cycling bronze

Becky James
Becky James rode a lifetime best in Delhi

Teenage Welsh cyclist Becky James celebrated a bronze medal in the 500m time-trial in Delhi.

The 18-year-old from Abergavenny registered a lifetime best 35.236 in sealing third place.

The two Australian riders Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch took gold and bronze respectively.

"I wasn't sure if I was going to get a medal but to get a bronze in my first Commonwealth Games is unbelievable," said James.

"I'm so happy I can't even put it into words. I'm absolutely over the moon.

"The Aussie girls are always so strong and to be honest I didn't expect to beat them.

"But to come and get a bronze medal here I can't even put it into words - I'm so happy."

James' bronze is Wales' second medal after Jazz Carlin took a swimming silver in the women's 200m freestyle.

Meares, who successfully defended her title, finished the two-lap event in a Commonwealth record of 33.758secs, while her compatriot McCulloch took second with 34.780.

Scotland's Jenny Davis was fifth in 36.416, while England's Anna Blyth was seventh in 36.807, with Charline Joiner (37.539) of Scotland eighth and Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel (38.289) ninth.

Houvenaghel's compatriot Heather Wilson (40.189) was 12th out of 13 competitors.

Olympic individual pursuit silver medal winner Houvenaghel was using the event as a warm-up for Friday's three-kilometre race, in which she will be one of the favourites.

Houvenaghel, who arrived in India yesterday, told Press Association Sport: "I still feel that I'm not properly awake yet.

"Today was an opportunity to get out there under race conditions and get a feel for the track in preparation for the individual pursuit," said Houvenaghel.

"My form's good and I'm confident."

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