Hayley Simmonds secures bronze in women's cycling time trial

Hayley Simmonds
Hayley Simmonds

Hayley Simmonds overcame anxiety to claim a bronze medal for Great Britain in the women's cycling time trial at the European Games in Minsk.

The 30-year-old from Redditch has struggled with the condition for much of her career but she held it at bay to finish behind gold medallist Marlen Reusser of Switzerland.

Riding last, Dutch rider Chantal Blaak nudged Simmonds out of the silver medal position with a time that also edged Simmonds' Great Britain team-mate Alice Barnes into fourth place.

Simmonds, who also won bronze on the Gold Coast last year, said: "I get really bad race nerves and anxiety so I just tried to keep myself calm and think of how I felt at the Commonwealth Games.

"I thought I might clinch the silver medal to be honest but I'm just really happy to finish on the podium and when I see my name on the (medals) board back at HQ, I'll probably start crying."

Reusser's dominant time of 36 minutes 17.41 seconds left her one minute and 15 seconds in front of second-placed Blaak, with Simmonds a further 12 seconds adrift.

Barnes, who was just 0.81 seconds behind her compatriot, was left to rue another near miss having also finished fourth in the road race in Minsk on Saturday.

"I think I went out too east and then I had a bit too much at the finish, so I think it wasn't too consistent," said Barnes. "I guess another fourth is annoying."

British boxing trio Luke McCormack, Calum French and Ben Whittaker all won on Tuesday to advance to the quarter-finals in their respective divisions.

McCormack won a tight split decision over Milan Fodor of Hungary at 64kg, surviving a torrid third round in which he was forced to take a standing count for the first time in his career.

McCormack, who insisted he had been hit low and had turned to protest to the referee, said: "I felt embarrassed more than anything. It took me some time to refocus but I came through it and that's the main thing."

French also needed a split decision to beat Francesco Maietta of Italy at lightweight, but light-heavyweight Whittaker was by far the most impressive as he swept past Austria's Umar Dzambekov.

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Sheffield United players celebrate1

Blades too good for blunt Arsenal

Sheffield United claimed the scalp of Arsenal to move up to ninth in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane.

Gareth Jones predicts the outcome of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals2

World Cup: Semi-final predictions

Gareth Jones previews the semi-finals of the Rugby Union World Cup as northern and southern hemisphere go head-to-head.

Check out our tips for the Portugal Masters...3

Portugal Masters: Gorgeous George

Birdies are the order of the day at the Portugal Masters, where Ben Coley is backing George Coetzee. Read his in-depth preview.

The view at Exeter racecourse4

Tuesday's racing preview

Equiano Springs can follow up a recent Newmarket win in the Optional Claiming Handicap at Newcastle, according to Anita Chambers.

Check out Tuesday's Champions League preview and best bets5

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The third matchday of the Champions League group stages takes place this week. George Pitts looks ahead to Tuesday's action.

Most Read

Sheffield United players celebrate1

Blades too good for blunt Arsenal

Sheffield United claimed the scalp of Arsenal to move up to ninth in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane.

Gareth Jones predicts the outcome of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals2

World Cup: Semi-final predictions

Gareth Jones previews the semi-finals of the Rugby Union World Cup as northern and southern hemisphere go head-to-head.

Check out our tips for the Portugal Masters...3

Portugal Masters: Gorgeous George

Birdies are the order of the day at the Portugal Masters, where Ben Coley is backing George Coetzee. Read his in-depth preview.

The view at Exeter racecourse4

Tuesday's racing preview

Equiano Springs can follow up a recent Newmarket win in the Optional Claiming Handicap at Newcastle, according to Anita Chambers.

Check out Tuesday's Champions League preview and best bets5

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The third matchday of the Champions League group stages takes place this week. George Pitts looks ahead to Tuesday's action.

Racing Tips

The view at Exeter racecourse

Tuesday's racing preview

Equiano Springs can follow up a recent Newmarket win in the Optional Claiming Handicap at Newcastle, according to Anita Chambers.

Sporting Life's NAP of the day

Daily Nap: Eden delights

Matt Brocklebank is backing David Pipe's star bumper performer to get off the mark at the first time of asking over obstacles at Exeter.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette celebrate a goal for Arsenal in Valencia

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2019.

Next Race Off

00:44 Mountaineer
7
(7)
Pep The Champ
J: Alex Gonzalez
6
(6)
Rarified Air
J: Megan Fadlovich

Football Tips

The latest Sporting Life football Accumulator

Sporting Life Accumulator

We have a midweek Sporting Life Accumulator with action in the Sky Bet EFL. A four-fold enhanced to 22/1 with the league sponsors.

Check out Tuesday's Champions League preview and best bets

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The third matchday of the Champions League group stages takes place this week. George Pitts looks ahead to Tuesday's action.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette celebrate a goal for Arsenal in Valencia

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in October 2019.