Commonwealth Games silver for Kennaugh

Peter Kennuagh won silver in Saturday evening's 40km Commonwealth Games Points Race

Peter Kennuagh won silver in Saturday evening's 40km Commonwealth Games Points Race

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There were mixed emotions for Peter Kennaugh at the Chris Hoy Velodrome on Saturday evening, despite the fact that he won a silver medal in his first Commonwealth Games appearance.

There was understandable pride for a very proud Manxman and disappointment for a rider who sets his goals extremely high.

After dominating his qualifying race earlier in the day, Kennaugh was looking good for the final along with his two team-mates Joe Kelly and Mark Christian.

Kelly rode extremely well in the early stages of the 160-lap race over a distance of 40 kilometres.

But he was red carded for two warnings, one for apparently leading Kennaugh out in one of the mid-race sprints.

Christian also rode a very strong race and was top-six placed for much of the time. But he too received a red card with a little over 30 laps remaining, leaving Kennaugh on his own up against the might of New Zealand and Australia teams.

For a short while mid-race he did move into the overall lead, but Thomas Scully of New Zealand edged back in front and ultimately went into the final sprint with an insurmountable 11-point lead with only 10 points available on the card.

Kennaugh’s only hope was to again lap the field, but it was too much to ask with 150 laps already under his wheels and he had to accept second place sandwiched between Scully and fellow Kiwi Aaron Gate in the bronze medal position.

‘There was a lot of pressure and expectation on me going into the race, but it didn’t quite work out,’ said Peter.

‘I’m disappointed, yes, but at the same time I have to be happy with a Commonwealth Games silver medal.’

Kennaugh, Christian and Kelly go again in Sunday’s 20km Scratch race before attention switches to the road events later in the week - although Kennaugh will not contest the time trial.

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