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Hayley Simmonds wins Commonwealth Games bronze medal

By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk


Time trial delight for Bar Hill cyclist

Hayley Simmonds was in jubilant mood after winning her first major medal on the international stage.

The 29-year-old cyclist was representing England in the road time trial at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Having narrowly missed out on selection to the Team GB squad for the Rio Olympics in 2016, the Bar Hill-based competitor was eager to make up for lost time – and she did just that.

Former Cambridge University student Simmonds earned the bronze medal as Australia’s Katrin Garfoot produced a dominant display to win gold, with Linda Villumsen of New Zealand in second.

An emotional Simmonds said: “It’s incredible. It’s something that I’ve dreamed of, I suppose, to be here, representing England at the Commonwealth Games.”


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