There was a cycling one-two for England at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday as Annie Last won the women’s mountain bike cross country race ahead of team-mate Evie Richards in Nerang.
The England duo dominated the race, pulling clear on the first of six laps around the Nerang forest, building a comfortable advantage as Last won by 48 seconds from Richards, with Canada’s Haley Smith a further 96 seconds back to take bronze.
For Last, this is a first major international title after years of hard work. The 27-year-old deferred her medical studies to pursue her cycling career and showed promise with eighth place at the London Olympics, before suffering injury disruptions and failing to qualify for Rio four years later.
After a second place in the world championships last September she is now on the top step of the podium.
“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I’m still waiting for it to sink in. The race went really smoothly. My legs were good and it all just came together.”
Meanwhile, Lisa Whiteside scraped a split decision in the women’s flyweight boxing against India’s Pinki Rani to guarantee at least a bronze medal.