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Women's Commonwealth Games time trial gold for Garfoot

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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) poses with her gold medal

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) poses with her gold medal
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) riding to the gold medal

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) riding to the gold medal
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An emotion third place for Hayley Simmonds (England)

An emotion third place for Hayley Simmonds (England)
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand), Katrin Garfoot (Australia) and Hayley Simmonds (England)

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand), Katrin Garfoot (Australia) and Hayley Simmonds (England)
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Silver for Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

Silver for Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)
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Bronze went to Hayley Simmonds (England)

Bronze went to Hayley Simmonds (England)
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Katrin Garfoot with the Australian flag in celebration of her TT gold medal

Katrin Garfoot with the Australian flag in celebration of her TT gold medal
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) rides to silver in the TT

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) rides to silver in the TT
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) delivered on her favourite status and won gold

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) delivered on her favourite status and won gold
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) out on course

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) out on course
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Linda Villumsen riding to silver

Linda Villumsen riding to silver
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) gets to celebrate in the hot seat

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) gets to celebrate in the hot seat
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Katrin Garfoot (Australia) receiving a helping hand to take off her helmet

Katrin Garfoot (Australia) receiving a helping hand to take off her helmet
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Four years on from claiming bronze in the time trial, Katrin Garfoot took a dominant victory on home soil to defeat defending champion Linda Villumsen by 54 seconds across the 25.5-kilometre course.

The bronze medal went to Hayley Simmonds (England) at 1:14 minutes to Garfoot.

Since February, the 36-year-old rode the course an "average of twice a week" to make the most of her home ground advantage on the Gold Coast. Quickest at the two time checks, Garfoot was less than 100 metres from catching Villumsen when she crossed the line. The win helping to soften the disappointment of the 2016 Olympic Games and two Worlds bronze medals against the clock.

"After the not so good result in Rio, I decided to go for the Comm Games because it is my hometown," said Garfoot, who was ill on the eve of the Rio Games and would finish ninth in the time trial. "I thought it would be a race to do really well at. Even when I was out there I didn’t realise, I didn’t take in the atmosphere. I was focused on finishing it off and celebrating later."

After three and half seasons with the Mitchelton-Scott Women's team, Garfoot stepped away from European racing despite claiming two medals at the 2017 Worlds. The decision though proved valuable in securing the victory.

"It was time to spend some time with my husband. I can’t afford to take him to Europe. Where better to prepare than the venue? I have really benefitted from that I reckon," said Garfoot, who is also a national and Oceania champion against the clock.

Garfoot will now turn her attention to the road race with Australia chasing the gold medal.

How it unfolded

Helen Ralston of Jersey was the first of the 19 starters to take on the 25.5km course just before scattered showers hit, leaving its mark with a number of puddles on the roads. The start list numbers were reduced by one with England's Melissa Lowther missing due an administrative error.

Of the early starters, Neah Evans set the first time check benchmark before Elizabeth Holden (Isle of Man) then Annie Foreman-Mackey (Canada) came through to set new best times. Rushlee Buchanan of New Zealand was the next rider to come through but with times significantly slower than that of the medallists.

Individual pursuit champion on the track Katie Archibald (Scotland) narrowly bettered the time of Buchanan but her time would also fall to a faster rider. Hayley Simmons (England) then Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) taking the top spot before Katrin Garfoot (Australia) set the quickest time of 14:34 minutes.

The top three, Garfoot, Villumsen and Simmons held their positions on the run back to the beachfront and start/finish line. Antri Christoforou (Cyprus) was off the television screen and would finish a surprise sixth following a strong ride in the second half of the course.

Buchanan, then Archibald briefly occupied the hot seat before Simmonds then Villumsen took the top spot. Garfoot was not in a giving mood though and pushed the pace all the way to the line, securing the gold medal. Australia's 12th in the cycling events with the mountain bike and road races to come. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katrin Garfoot (Australia)0:35:08
2Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)0:00:55
3Hayley Simmonds (England)0:01:14
4Katie Archibald (Scotland)0:01:59
5Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand)0:02:31
6Antri Christoforou (Cyprus)0:02:53
7Annie Foreman-Mackey (Canada)0:03:51
8Neah Evans (Scotland)0:04:15
9Anna Christian (Isle of Man)0:04:20
10Elizabeth Holden (Isle of Man)0:04:59
11Eileen Burns (Northern Ireland)0:05:13
12Aurelie Halbwachs (Mauritius)0:05:15
13Ariane Bonhomme (Canada)0:05:29
14Stephanie Roorda (Canada)0:06:00
15Kimberley Ashton (Jersey)0:06:18
16Vera Adrian (Namibia)0:07:18
17Karina Jackson (Guernsey)0:07:28
18Helen Ralston (Jersey)0:07:53
19Alicia Thompson (Belize)0:11:55

 

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