Glasgow - South
African Cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio has claimed bronze in a photo finish
in the women's road race at the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, on
Moolman Pasio clinched the medal for South Africa in a
tense sprint for the line to finish ahead of Australia's Tiffany
The 28-year-old clocked a time of two hours 39 minutes and 54 seconds as South Africa ended the games with 40 medals.
England claimed a one-two as Lizzie Armitstead (2:38.43 sec) and Emma Pooley (2:39:08 sec) finished ahead of the South African.
was a tough race because England and Australia had strong teams with
the Aussies the aggressors from the start," said Moolman Pasio after the
"I didn't want to waste too much energy covering other moves, but had to keep an eye on Lizzie because she was after the gold.
"Although she was a good wheel to watch, Emma Pooley is particularly strong so couldn't be ignored either."
field was whittled down to five over the second half of the 98.14km
course with Armitstead and Pooley, Cromwell, Linda Villumsen and Moolman
Pasio all in the mix.
"I did my best to ride defensively as I was always going to be outnumbered," said Moolman Pasio.
I paid the price with my legs starting to cramp at the end and Lizzie
pulling away. I realised that it would come down to a race for bronze,
so I initiated the sprint 200m from the line."
Moolman Pasio initially thought she had lost the bronze to the Aussie.
"It was really, really close on the line. The way she crossed the line I thought she was third. I was really disappointed.
"So going from such huge disappointment to realising I was third was so wonderful."
was the first medal for the South African cycling team, and Moolman
Pasio said she was pleased her team was able to compete with the top
"We've had a really rough two-and-half over
controversial Olympic selection. So I desperately wanted us to come
together as a nation but even until right before the games I wasn't sure
that was possible.
"Although, it wasn't a big field there are some really top quality riders, but this shows we can do it in the big competitions."
in damp conditions, on a technical seven-lap course, it was Moolman
Pasio's international and European racing experience that made the
difference according to her coach Dean Edwards.
"We had Ash who
has been on European circuit, but the five supporting women are all on
the local level. Its was always going to be difficult," said Edwards.
"She was up against two Aussies and two Brits and she managed to contain them on her own."
said it was a great team performance from the South Africans which gave
Moolman Pasio the confidence to push for a podium placing.
total, South Africa claimed 13 gold medals, 10 silver and 17 bronze in
their 40-medal haul. South Africa were seventh behind New Zealand on the