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Trott rides to gold despite illness

ESPN staff
July 27, 2014
Laura Trott rode to victory in the 25km points race despite a kidney infection © Getty Images

England's Laura Trott overcame a kidney infection to ride to gold in the points race in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games.

Trott tied with Wales' Elinor Barker on 37 points but was awarded gold for finishing higher in the final sprint. Scotland's Katie Archibald claimed bronze to round out a British 1-2-3.

"I can't believe it," Trott told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I felt so bad at times in that race. I'm not even 100 per cent, I've not eaten properly for the last two days and I've been living off porridge. I'm not really a porridge fan.

"It's right up there with the Olympics for me after the disappointment of the last two days. To pull it off at the end was great."

It was another successful night in the pool for the Home Nations. Fran Halsall completed a sprint double by adding the 50m butterfly gold to the freestyle equivalent won earlier in the week.

Halsall's England team-mate Siobhan-Marie O'Connor won the women's 200m individual medley in a new British and Commonwealth record of 2 minutes, 8.21 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.

Scotland's men took silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay, while Hannah Miley picked up her second medal of the games, a bronze behind O'Connor in the 200m medley.

In the para-games events, 13-year-old Scot Erraid Davies stole the hearts of the crowd at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre by finishing third in the 100m breaststroke SB9 final. She is the youngest ever Scottish competitor at a Commowealth Games.

The athletics events began at Hampden Park, with England's Adam Gemili the fastest qualifier in the first round of the 100m heats. Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey also progressed.

WIth Mo Farah absent, Kenya's Caleb Nkidu took gold in the 5000m in a time of 13:12.07

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