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England athlete Sophie Unwin was fined by the UCI on Saturday after she staged a protest over not being awarded a bronze medal.
Unwin finished third in the tandem sprint B, although, since there were only four competitors, the rules state that only gold and silver medals can be awarded.
The para-cyclist, along with pilot Georgina Holt, borrowed bronze medals from his teammates and posed as if they had won them on the podium.
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Both were fined 200 Swiss francs for “non-compliance with the instructions of the commissioner/organizer”.
The BBC reports that the England squad are in “high-level” talks with the Commonwealth Games Federation, wanting the decision overturned.
DOPING SCANDAL GAMES
Ghanaian boxer Shakul Samed was suspended by Commonwealth Games chiefs on Friday on the first day of sporting action in Birmingham after failing a doping test.
The 23-year-old light heavyweight was set to face Mauritian Luc Jean Rosalba in the first round of his competition.
“The Commonwealth Games Federation Anti-Doping and Medical Commission has confirmed that the sample of Shakul Samed, a boxer from Ghana, has violated the anti-doping rules for the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” read a statement from the Federation. CGF.
“His sample was found to contain a prohibited substance (diuretic and masking agent — furosemide).
“He has therefore been suspended with immediate effect. He and the Commonwealth Games Association of Ghana have been notified. Samed, who competed in the Tokyo Olympics, may choose to have his B sample tested before any charges are brought.
DISASTER FOR MARATHON STAR
During the morning session, England’s David Weir was on course for a popular gold medal for home crowds until disaster struck after 30 kilometers.
He was heading for gold in the men’s T43/T54 marathon, but in the final stages he suffered a puncture.
“It’s heartbreaking for David Weir,” Paula Radcliffe, the women’s marathon world record holder, told the BBC. “It was a huge commitment on his part. Being able to finish is a statement in itself.
Weir was visibly devastated by the blow, which the commentator described as “terribly sad” and “hard to watch”.
Meanwhile, Channel 7’s Jason Richardson said he “doesn’t feel right” that the rules don’t allow anyone to come and fix the puncture, other than Weir himself.
“I’ve had issues with my chair since Tokyo,” Weir said. “I went back to my old chair, had it rebuilt and it was fantastic.
“Since I’ve been back in that chair, I’ve felt really comfortable and flying. It’s just a bit boring. Since May, training has exploded. I just felt 10 years younger, so it’s just frustrating.
“If I hadn’t had my teammates in the last 4 kilometers by my side, I probably would have stopped. I probably would have stopped and given up. Where I come from, in an HLM, you don’t give up – in anything.
Victory still went to England with Johnboy Smith taking gold with a time of 1:41:15, ahead of Sean Frame of Scotland and Simon Lawson of England.
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PEAT CRUISES AFTER COMMONWEALTHS INJURY RETURNS
Adam Peaty was the fastest to qualify for the 100m breaststroke semifinals at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday in his first race since recovering from a foot injury.
World record holder Peaty, who has dominated his event in recent years, was forced to miss last month’s world championships in Budapest due to injury.
But he looked sharp at the Sandwell Aquatics Center on Saturday, advancing to the semi-finals in a time of 59.92 seconds, with Australian pair Sam Williamson and Zac Stubblety-Cook the next fastest.
Peaty, 27, said his swimming ‘blew the cobwebs away’ as he bet for England’s maiden gold in the pool in Birmingham to slow Australia’s charge.
“I didn’t really need to do anything in the morning,” said the Olympic champion. “I saw the heat pass and I thought, ‘You know what, it’s going to be a waste of energy going fast this morning’.
“We’ll see how we are tonight.”
KIPLANGAT OFFERS FIRST COMMONWEALTH GAMES MARATHON TITLE IN UGANDA
Victor Kiplangat produced an impressive performance to give Uganda their first-ever Commonwealth Games marathon gold medal in Birmingham on Saturday.
The 22-year-old clocked 2:10:55, heading home with a wide smile on his face more than a minute and a half clear of Tanzania’s 2017 world bronze medalist Alphonce Felix Simbu.
A delighted Michael Githae of Kenya waved his finger with a big smile at the spectators on the finishing straight as he claimed bronze, more than two minutes behind the winner.
Long-time trailblazer Liam Adams of Australia put up a valiant effort to give his country its third consecutive victory in the event, but had to settle for fourth place.
The medalists, draped in their respective national flags, delighted the crowds gathered on arrival in central Birmingham by chatting with them.
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