Archbold's parents elated by win

NATHAN BURDON AND STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 29/07/2014
Shane Archbold
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GOLDEN RIDE: Shane Archbold won gold in the men's 20km scratch race.

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Shane Archbold's golden moment at the Commonwealth Games was a low-key affair for his parents, James and Juliann Archbold.

They watched it together huddled over an iPad at their Timaru home.

The Archbolds had plenty of invitations but a nervous Juliann said she was better on her own.

"We were really excited and the result was great for Shane as he has worked so hard."

James said Juliann was so nervous she couldn't reply to texts during the 25km scratch race.

Afterward they received a quick call from Shane.

"Our daughter Emma [who is in Australia] was so excited you would have thought she coached him," James said.

One of the first congratulatory calls was from the father of team-mate Tom Scully, who Shane had helped to gold in the points race. "He just said Shane really deserved it for being such a dedicated team man over the years."

Tom Scully returned the favour by setting up Archbold's win, finding him in the pack and leading him out to win over Australian Glenn O'Shea, who Archbold knows well as they are professional team-mates.

Scully and Archbold room together in Glasgow and have had everyone wondering what they were up to after putting tinfoil over their windows.

James said it was to keep the early morning sun out as the curtains weren't very good.

Juliann said it had been dubbed the "tinny room". "But now it is being called the golden room."

Shane rated the past couple of days as the best of his cycling career.

A world championship silver medallist in the omnium in 2011 and seventh in London a year later, the 25-year-old has won at World Cup level but has struggled to nail down one breakthrough performance.

"[It's been a] long time coming," he said.

"I've been in the programme for seven or eight years now and I've always been a part of it and I've always had medals here, medals there."

Always ready with a bit of dry humour, Archbold claimed it was rivalry with the sprint programme which had driven he and Scully on.

"You can put that down to the sprinters getting success first - we were never going to let them go to bed thinking they are better than us. We had to up them, so two golds v two golds, we'll claim that as a win because I think they get more shots at events than us," he joked. "The teams do thrive off each other. Sprinters and endurance are all one family in the BikeNZ camp, we all thrive off each other's success."

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While the other members of the track squad can now enjoy their success, Archbold and Scully will compete in the road race in a week's time, and they are almost certain to be joined by Greg Henderson, despite his crash during the Tour de France.

 

WALSH'S BIG MOMENT

As we wake this morning Timaru's Tom Walsh may well be a Commonwealth Games champion.

The 22-year-old builder delivered the ultimate statement of intent at Hampden Park by setting a Games record with his first and only put in qualifying yesterday.

Walsh walked into the circle and hurled a 21.24m throw in his first attempt, sealing automatic qualification for this morning's final, which starts at 6.20am.

Fellow Kiwi Jacko Gill qualified in fifth position with a throw of 19.54m.

Timaru trap shooter Natalie Rooney is also in action today. Rooney finished fifth in Delhi four years ago, so might have also added to the Kiwi medal tally. 


- The Timaru Herald

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