James Ball and Matthew Rotherham won gold in the men's tandem B sprint. Pic: Getty Images.

Welsh Cycling Goes From Strength To Strength . . . As James Ball And Matthew Rotherham Win Wales’ First Gold Medal In Birmingham

LONDON – Comments from James BALL (WAL) after winning his country’s first gold medal of the Games, in the para-cycling men’s tandem B sprint at Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday.

 

James Ball (WAL) – gold

On winning:

“It’s hard to put into words. We knew we had it in us – convincing ourselves of that was the main thing, really. I’m delighted to win gold, especially in front of a crowd like this.”

 

On finally beating Neil FACHIE (SCO) to a gold:

“He’s got five [Commonwealth] gold medals and I’ve only got one, so he’s still ahead of me!

 

“Neil’s a fantastic athlete. We train together, know each other really well and can see how we are performing up against each other. It’s certainly nice to take the win.”

LONDON – Comments from William ROBERTS (WAL) after he claimed bronze in the men’s 15km scratch race at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday.

 

William ROBERTS (WAL) – bronze

 

On winning a career-first Games medal, having finished fourth in Friday’s 4000m team pursuit:

“I was really, really gutted after the team pursuit, which is a bit weird because we lost to Australia who are pretty handy.

 

“The past two years have been really tough and I’ve been working for this since I joined Welsh Cycling in 2013. It’s such a relief, I’m just so happy.

 

“I almost don’t care what colour of medal it is either. Corbin (gold medallist Corbin STRONG, NZL) is such a good rider. He’s very fast so I didn’t really think I’d beat him anyway. It could maybe have been a silver but I’m just so happy I got one medal.”

On the final:

“I was probably doing a little bit too much at the start but that’s just stitching moves back together for my team-mate Rhys (BRITTON), who probably was the favourite.

 

“Then I slid into a nice move and it was all about sliding onto the nice things. I didn’t have very good legs when I got there and I just suffered my way around.”

 

On the crash in the qualifying round where Matthew BOSTOCK (IOM) and Matthew WALLS (ENG) had to be taken to hospital:

“It happened just in front of me. I was looking at Matt’s head as it was inches from my front wheel and I just missed it, it went underneath.

 

“It was scary at the time. I’ve watched the replays of it and I was quite shook-up. It was not nice to see. I felt a bit sick watching Joe TRUMAN (ENG, briefly losing consciousness in a crash in the men’s keirin on Saturday) and that’s exactly the same. It’s terrible.”

 

On how he recovered mentally to win a medal:

“You watch your team-mates get medals. (Men’s tandem B sprint champions) Matt ROTHERAM and James BALL, that was just text-book quality. Then my team-mate Eluned (bronze medallist KING) in the points race. It just made me really lighten the mood. That really helped.”

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