Australia’s Lauren Bates won the first gold medal of the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games, scorching home to win the Cycling - Time Trial, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad.
Cycling - Time Trial
Bates produced a stunning ride on the 10km course, coming home in 14:09:31 and beating her teammate Keira Will into second place by 22.58s. They were followed by Ruby Oaks, who secured a bronze medal for Isle of Man.
“It’s amazing. It’s insane. I’m so stoked to come away with a medal and seeing all the other nations here as well, it’s so cool. Learning all the cultures, it’s such a good experience,” said Bates.
Meanwhile, in the men’s event Miles Bailey Liebenberg of South Africa just pipped Scotland’s Elliot Rowe to the men’s title, winning by 3.39s in a time of 19:17.62 over the 15km course.
He said: “I made sure to pace myself. It was really hot, so I kept myself and my core temperature cool and from then I didn’t know what to expect, just pace myself and I’m happy to take the win.”
The Kenya team of Sharon Jepkogei Arusei and Abigael Chebet Chesebe had the distinction of being the first ever winners of a Beach Volleyball match at the brand new Black Rock facility in Tobago, defeating Bermuda in two sets.
On the other court, England’s Daisy Boardman and Alice Jagielska fought back from a set down to beat Rwanda, but were defeated 2-0 by Australia’s Jasmine Rainer and Cameron Zajer in the final fixture of the day. They now rely on Australia to beat Rwanda in order to ensure progress to the knockout rounds.
New Zealand, Mozambique and Canada won their opening matches to leave them in a strong position heading into day two, however, Scotland and Cayman Islands will not reach the last 16 after twin defeats
And Bermuda upset the home fans with victory in the final match over Trinidad and Tobago in two sets.
Earlier, Trinidad and Tobago’s Jahreef Miguel and Jerome Morrison had given the home crowd something to cheer about, with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sri Lanka in the first game of the afternoon session.
Canada’s Andon Kiriaku and Oliver Toomes produced a sensational performance in their deciding set with England, completing a convincing 19-0 victory. ,
Australia swept aside South Africa in a strong 2-0 win with their pair of Mitchell Croft and Jett Rocker-Graham taking the second set 21-0, while New Zealand received a bye over The Gambia.
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