Charlie Tanfield, gold medal cyclist at the Commonwealth Games!
Charlie Tanfield is celebrating an incredible Commonwealth Games double after winning gold in the 4000m individual pursuit in Australia.
The 21-year-old from Great Ayton had to settle for silver at Gold Coast 2018 on Thursday when the England team pursuit quartet finished behind the Australian quartet, who broke the world record to take first place.
Just 24 hours later, Tanfield, watched by parents Stewart and Clare, was back in the saddle for another final and this time he crossed the line in first place ahead of Scotland’s John Archibald.
Tanfield, an amateur looking to break into Great Britain’s elite programme, won in a time of 4mins 15.952secs, beating Archibald by 0.704 seconds.
Earlier both riders had broken the Commonwealth Games record in a blistering qualifying session which saw five riders go under the previous mark, with Tanfield lowering the bar to 4:11.455.
Assessing his achievement, he said: “It’s absolutely epic, I couldn’t have asked for any more.
“I knew I was in a good place after qualifying. Towards the end I almost thought I’d messed it up but I managed to hang on so I’m ecstatic.”
Tanfield admitted he had surprised himself by breaking the Commonwealth record in qualifying, particularly as many riders that went before him got some aero assistance by catching weaker opponents in their heats.
“I saw all my main rivals got catches in their qualifiers and that helps a lot, maybe a second and a half. I knew coming into it I wouldn’t get a catch so I was just going to have to go full gas. That was the outcome, so I was so happy with it.
“It all depends on the conditions, it’s so hard to estimate what splits you want to do to hold on to the finish. In qualifying I definitely got it right but in the final I almost paid the price for a bit of a juicy start. But I managed to get to the end and get the gold and that’s the main thing.”
Tanfield, Ethan Hayter, Oliver Wood and Kian Emadi could have no complaints about being beaten to gold by Australia in the team pursuit.
The host nation’s quartet of Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O’Brien and Alex Porter broke Great Britain’s world record from Rio with a stunning time of 3:49.804.