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One of my
has always been to
visit a betting shop
whenever I attend an
So Glasgow is no
different. After a gala
steeped in rich Scot-
tish history, from
bagpipes to shipbuild-
ing to biscuits and
most of all joyous singing and participation
from an expectant crowd, I m ready to resume
my bad habits.
Yesterday, I walked into Ladbrokes. It was
small, probably no more than half the size
of a government minister s office in T&T, but
there were a lot of people transversing in
and out the doors. The young lady behind
the first counter was so helpful that she
stopped what she was doing to assist me in
my very pleasant enquiries on Common-
wealth Games betting.
It was apparent that I was the only one for
the day, maybe even the week, who had
enquired, because the betting details were
only available on the screen in the back office,
and even then, it was only available on the
men s 100 metres sprint and not the women s
100 metres, which was where my first query
The good news is that three-time Olympic
medallist Richard Thompson is second
favourite at 5-1 to win the event.
So off I went in search of an answer on
Michele Lee Ahye as I am not one for easily
giving up, especially when there is a clear
objective in mind. This time I found myself
in Corals, which was similar in size but had
less persons inside. Here though, there was
a similar problem since they had no betting
on the Commonwealth Games. The young
man seemed rather embarrassed to tell me
this in a land where they bet on nearly every-
thing. He would do some checking, and I
agreed that something was wrong. Almost
as if all the records had disappeared.
All the while, I kept wondering what was
going on with the women s 100 metres. Was
it true that Michele Lee Ahye s brilliance this
season had scared away all opposition, and
there was no betting available?
My third stop was William Hill, my favourite
betting shop from my days in London. Still
no information on the women s 100 metres.
Instead I found out that George Bovell III was
the 15/8 favourite to win the men s 50 metres
freestyle in swimming.
So this was clearly not going to be a suc-
cessful day for me. I left without placing a
bet on Lee Ahye.
By the way, I m still in search of the kilt.
There were a number of women in kilts play-
ing bagpipes, and contrary to popular Scottish
tradition, I believe the women do a better job
in that kilt role, than men.
But for now, as the competition swings
into gear, I m going to wear a big smile and
bet on T&T to win some medals.
William Hill, Corals and Ladbrokes can
keep their bets.
GLASGOW---It wasn t a golden return
to track cycling after a six-year
absence, and the top Commonwealth
Games prize continues to elude
But despite having to settle for silver
in the team pursuit yesterday after losing
out to the Australians in Glasgow, the
2012 Tour de France champion seemed
certain that it s time to leave the road
racing to others.
"It s like being a kid again really," said
Wiggins, who collected golds in the
individual and team pursuit at the 2008
Beijing Olympics before winning the
time trial on the roads of London in
"I ve really enjoyed the (Glasgow)
atmosphere and the intensity of it. It s
over in four minutes so it s really enjoy-
So much so that a plan to race in the
Spanish Vuelta, which starts on Aug.
23, has been scrubbed. The despair at
being dropped by Team Sky for the
Tour de France only accelerated the
decision to stop chasing Grand Tour
"I certainly answered the question
of whether I can still do it or not (on
the track)," Wiggins said. "But there s
a lot more room for improvement and
that s going to take more dedication on
the track ... I don t think I m doing the
Vuelta anymore now. So that could be
it (for the Grand Tours)."
And so it s oval races rather than gru-
eling weeks on the road now as Wiggins
chases glory in the Rio de Janeiro velo-
drome at the 2016 Olympics.
"With the commitment it will take
to ride track and the speeds we will
have to go at, it will take a complete
change," Wiggins said. "You re already
looking at changing body composition
and things like that---getting heavier
and more explosive---which will hinder
climbing in Grand Tours.
"And I don t relish the idea of riding
round in the back group for three weeks
having won the Tour."
Competing with Ed Clancy, Steven
Burke and Andy Tennant in the team
pursuit on Thursday, England finished
more than five seconds behind Aus-
"We have got our work cut out
because they set the standard once
again, but we ve been in that position
before and it s not a bad position to be
in," Wiggins said.
"We ve got a silver after four weeks
together ... we can definitely get
The Australian team of Jack Bobridge,
Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and
Glenn O Shea clocked 3 minutes 54.851
seconds to win the Commonwealth
"Bradley Wiggins, he s one of the
biggest in cycling," Edmondson said.
"Of course it s great to come here and
take the win over England but you can t
take anything away from him. He s
pretty amazing what he s done on the
track and on the roads. (AP)
day of the year in Scotland was
no match for the Brownlee
brothers, the most dominant
family in triathlon over the past
With temperatures reaching 29
Celsius (84 F) at the start of the
run leg, 2012 Olympic gold medal-
ist Alistair Brownlee pulled away
to an 11-second win over his
younger brother Jonathan, the
London bronze medalist, at the
Commonwealth Games yester-
As well as their Olympic suc-
cesses, the English brothers---
Alistair is 26, Jonathan 24---have
shared world triathlon series
titles---the equivalent of world
championships --- since 2011 and
have dozens of individual race
victories on the circuit.
It was a winning day all around
for England: Jodie Stimpson took
gold in the women s race while
compatriot Vicky Holland earned
The brothers are from York-
shire, a north England county
close to the Scotland border. They
had friends and family lining the
course at Strathclyde Country
Park, a picturesque recreation area
outside Glasgow --- geese floated
near the competitors during the
opening 1.5-kilometre swim leg
on the loch.
"It was pretty warm, the sun
was strong," Alistair said. "That
was a hard course to race."
Added Jonathan: "From start
to finish it was all fantastic. Our
family and most of Yorkshire are
here. It really was fantastic seeing
all the Yorkshire lads, but we
didn t expect this heat in Scot-
Alistair grabbed both England
and Yorkshire flags after he walked
across the finish line, then waited
to applaud his brother. Their
domination was complete---the
bronze-medal winner, Richard
Murray of South Africa, was 91
Henri Schoeman of South
Africa, who finished 16th, had a
four-second lead over Alistair
when they finished the swim, but
Schoeman overshot a corner early
in the 40-kilometre bike leg and
hit a bale of hay, dropping him
The brothers entered the ten-
kilometre run together and, with
crowds up to six deep along most
of the course, ensured England
would have four of six podium
finishers from the two races. It
also put them in a good position
for Saturday s mixed teams race.
"It is deceptively hard with the
hills but it s just like every triathlon
course should be," Alistair said.
"Our plan was to run a good con-
sistent race and we executed it
The brothers have rarely not
"executed" in any race recently.
Alistair won world series titles in
2011 and 2013, when Jonathan
was second both years. Jonathan
won the series title in 2012.
Alistair, who has missed two
world series races this year due
to a left ankle injury, has eight
wins in the major series, while
Jonathan has 15 podium finishes
in the series since 2011.
"I ve done everything I ve
wanted to do, so I don t know
what I m going to do now, I might
as well retire," Alistair said, smil-
ing. Jonathan was equally pleased.
No golden return
England's Bradley Wiggins walks off the track past
photographers after taking part in the gold medal men's
track cycling 400 team pursuit race against Australia the
in the Chris Hoy velodrome at the Commonwealth Games
Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday. Australia
won the gold medal with England winning sliver and New
Zealand bronze. AP PHOTO
Brothers go 1-2 in triathlon
Betting on Michelle
Lee Ahye's victory
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