Sport Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak's Commonwealth Games silver heartbreak

15:37  06 april  2018
15:37  06 april  2018 Source:   watoday.com.au

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"I've been training here, I've been preparing for this Commonwealth Games for the past year-and-a-half. Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak ' s Commonwealth Games silver heartbreak .

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Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak fell heartbreakingly short of a Commonwealth Games gold medal on Friday night, but nothing could wipe the smile off her face after the individual pursuit final.

The former Canberra Times journalist claimed a silver medal at the Anna Meares velodrome, finishing just 1.46 seconds behind Scottish rider Katie Archobald in the 3000 metre event.

It was a bittersweet moment - being so close to gold she could almost touch it but not being quick enough to get the top prize.

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"I just thought I'll give it everything and if that's enough, it's enough. It wasn't," Wiasak said.

"It is disappointing but I backed up really well from a 25 in the heat and did a 27 in the final and Katie Archibald, she's a superstar."

Bronze medalist Annette Edmondson (left) of Australia and silver medalist Rebecca Wiasak of Australia. © AAP Image/Dan Peled Bronze medalist Annette Edmondson (left) of Australia and silver medalist Rebecca Wiasak of Australia. In the end it didn't matter and the silver medal capped a remarkable journey from being a journalist writing about the Commonwealth Games 12 years ago to competing at the event.

Wiasak, a two-time individual pursuit world champion, set a Commonwealth Games record in her heat earlier on Friday and was the favourite to take gold when she got off the track.

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But moments later Archibald made her move in her heat and beat Wiasak's Commonwealth Games record to stake her claim for gold.

It set the stage for a mouthwatering final and it delivered. Wiasak recovered from an early deficit to hit the lead and appeared to be powering towards the top of the podium.

Just as the race looked over, Archibald lifted and established a race-winning margin on the second night of competition at the Gold Coast.

Archibald, the 2016 Olympic team pursuit champion, stopped the clock at 3:26.088, with Wiasak dropping away on the final two laps to record 3:27.548.

It would have been easy for Wiasak to walk away disappointed having missed out on gold by such a narrow margin, but the 33-year-old was wearing a giant grint with her family watching from the crowd for the first time at a major international meet.

"I'm so excited ... I've got so many friends and family [in the crowd]," Wiasak said on Channel Seven.

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"I've won two world titles and World Cup gold, but I've never had my family travel to an event. So to have them in the crowd tonight ... my brother and his fiancee, my mum and dad and my finace's parents as well, it's so exciting.

"...I was writing the 2006 Commonwealth Games guide for The Canberra Times when I was a cadet journalist there. I'm here now ... I always pictured I'd be in [a journalist's spot] that side of the barrier.

"But I'm here and I'm about to get a silver medal and I'm so thrilled."

Wiasak's silver medal came just three months after she crashed in the Tour Down Under and suffered a concussion that threatened her Commonwealth Games bid.

The former triathlete will now turn her attention to earning a spot on Australia's team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

Her pet individual pursuit event isn't part of the Olympic program, meaning Wiasak's best chance of achieving her Olympic dream is forcing her way into the team pursuit.

Wiasak was an unlucky omission from Australia's team pursuit on Thursday, which went on to lap New Zealand in the final to win gold.

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