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Gilmore wins fan-free cycling race at CWG

delhi Updated: Oct 10, 2010 16:08 IST
Commonwealth Games

It was a perfect day for a road cycling race at the Commonwealth Games: moderate temperatures, sunny skies and a scenic course through some of the most picturesque areas of downtown New Delhi, including the famous India Gate and Presidential Palace. All that was missing in this city of 12 million people were spectators.

Rochelle Gilmore of Australia won the race in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 30 seconds. Elizabeth Armistead of England was second and another Australian, Chloe Hosking, took bronze.

But the morning race, staged over eight laps of a 13.7-kilometer (8.45-mile) course, was almost devoid of fans. Television footage showed mostly soldiers and other security officials standing behind the fenced and barrier-laden course.

"It's been hard work, but I finally got the big win," Gilmore said as she wiped grime from her face.

The men's road race was to be held later Sunday on a day when 29 gold medals were to be presented and the games entered a second week.

Diving began its four-day run and one of the biggest names - Olympic 10-meter platform champion Matthew Mitcham of Australia _ was second in qualifying for the 1-meter springboard final to be held later in the day.

"That was pretty good for a morning session," Mitcham said. "It's just the preliminaries so it's good to get them out of the way."

Favorite in the event is Alexandre Despatie of Canada, who won the 1-meter, 3-meter and 3-meter synchro with Arturo Miranda at the Melbourne games four years ago. Despatie led the 1-meter qualifiers on Sunday.

"It's a bit greedy for me to expect to beat him - he's a springboard specialist and I'm the platform," Mitcham said. "But it would be good to throw a challenge at him."

Athletics finals included the men's and women's 200 and men's 800 meters, the women's 400-meter hurdles, the men's discus and women's high jump.

Meanwhile, organizing committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said on Sunday that a volunteer on the organizing committee had been reported to police over the alleged sale of counterfeit tickets. Local media also reported that two people were arrested for scalping games tickets and that some games credentials were also sold illegally.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell said that 850 of the planned 1,500 doping tests at the games had been conducted, and that 600 tests that have been returned were all negative.