Instead of receiving a silver medal for her efforts in the team pursuit, New Zealander Ellesse Andrews received an unusual award: a fine of A$300.
The New Zealand cyclist joined the New Zealand team late to take silver in yesterday’s final at Lee Valley VeloPark, having come to the rescue following Ally Wollaston’s wrist injury, the Herald of New Zealand reports.
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The much-desired pursuit team needed four women at the start line to compete at these Commonwealth Games and, with no team reservations, Andrews added to their busy schedule by filling the void.
With the team sprint his primary focus on Saturday, an event in which he would go on to win gold, Andrews immediately stepped away from the quartet in both qualifying and the final against Australia, leaving his teammates to compete as a trio. .
Michaela Drummond, Emily Shearman and Bryony Botha did a good job of that, earning themselves and Andrews a silver medal the sprinter never expected before Birmingham.
And now it’s been revealed that it’s one she’ll never get.
With his sprinting duties taking obvious priority, Andrews was not at the medal ceremony when the Kiwis received their silver and came into conflict with a bizarre decision by the UCI.
According to an official statement issued by the Commonwealth Games, Andrews has been penalized for her absence with a 200 Swiss franc fine, the loss of her silver medal and a reduction in UCI points.
While the result will remain on Andrews’ record and she will continue to be known as a silver medalist in the team pursuit, she won’t have the shiny piece of metal to show for her efforts.
Instead, the 22-year-old will have to content herself with the team sprint gold she won yesterday, and whatever other medals the talented cyclist collects from her three individual events.
She told TVNZ she wasn’t worried about missing out.
“I am very happy to be able to help them continue their career,” she said.
“I am really very happy that they were able to come off the line.
“The three girls are the ones who did the work, so I’m very proud that they were able to get there and get their silver medal.”
This article originally appeared in the NZ Herald and was reproduced with permission.
Originally posted when New Zealand cyclist Ellesse Andrews was denied silver after a bizarre glitch