Kate Bates rode to gold in memory
of teammate Amy Gillett.
The velodrome was full of emotion as Australia’s Kate Bates and Rochelle Gilmore rode to gold and silver.
Bates’ victory ensured she held on to her title in the Women’s 25km Points Race. The Track specialist dominated the race throughout and won five of the 10 sprints, amassing 30 points.
The Bates and Gilmore’s (21 points) one, two finish was a repeat performance of their ride in Manchester in 2002.
Teammate Alexis Rhodes displayed immense courage taking ninth place, just eight months after she was seriously injured in Germany.
Bates made it clear from the start that she was out to win gold. She was determined to ride in honour of Amy Gillett, who was killed while training in Germany last year, and to celebrate celebrate Rhodes courage in staging a comeback to track riding.
Rhodes commented that much of what she is doing is in memory of Amy, “I will never forget her”
The bronze medal was won by Scotland’s Kate Cullen who finished with 13 points.
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