Cure adds bronze to tally

TASMANIAN world champion Amy Cure has added a Commonwealth Games bronze medal to her ever-growing collection of international achievements.

The 21-year-old won her third place race-off at Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to add to the silver and bronze medals she has previously won in the same event at world championships.

Cure led throughout to silence the parochial home crowd and beat Scot Katie Archibald by 1.7 seconds in a time of 3:35.384.

``It was really tough out there but I went in with a plan and really wanted to bring home the bronze,'' she said.

``This is right up there for me, the Commonwealth Games are second only to the Olympics so it's amazing to come home with a bronze medal.''

Cure had qualified third fastest with only a new Commonwealth record from England's Joanna Rowsell preventing an all-Australian gold medal final against long-time friend and teammate Annette Edmondson, of South Australia.

Rowsell, a world champion in the team pursuit, beat Edmondson by nearly four seconds to claim the gold.

Watched by her father Graeme, Cure said her medal added to a week of celebrations in her household.

``It's really good having dad here. It would be lovely to have more of my family but my sister (Rebecca) gave birth to a little baby boy three days ago so mum stayed back to support her.''

Cure said her debut Commonwealth Games experience was similar to the 2012 Olympics except in her workload.

Denied the chance to ride in London, Cure faces a vastly contrasting Glasgow program in which she will follow the individual pursuit by riding the 10km scratch race and the 25km points race over the weekend, when she will be eligible to wear a rainbow jersey as the reigning world champion.

``The Games are very similar to the Olympics atmosphere wise and it's just an amazing experience to represent your country in anything like this,'' she said.

``I'm pleased with the events I'm racing but I'll take it one race at a time. The scratch and points race are going to be very different and I'm going in not really knowing what to expect but looking forward to see how it pans out.''

The three-time national champion has five world championship medals to her name including gold from this year's points race in Colombia.

Cure was the only Tasmanian in action on day two of the Games, after Jackson Woods was granted a first-round bye in the boxing.

Just 18 fighters are contesting the 56kg bantamweight division with Woods to face reigning champion Sean McGoldrick, of Wales, on Monday, at 1.35pm Glasgow time (10.35pm in Tasmania).

Woods's Latrobe Boxing Club teammate Nick Cooney will fight 23-year-old Malaysian Muhammad Alnazirul Othman in the first round of the 60kg lightweight division.

Shortly after Cooney exits the ring at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Eddie Ockenden and his Kookaburra teammates will begin their title defence a few kilometres further east along the River Clyde.


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