Georgia Williams emerged with a bronze medal in the women’s individual cycling time trial after a tough ride on a testing course.

The 28-year-old New Zealander finished with a time of 41min 25.27s. She was well behind the winner, Grace Brown of Australia, who recorded 40min 05.70s, but had a cushion of 19 seconds over the fourth place-getter.

The other new Zealander in the time trial was Mikayla Harvey, who was 20th with a time of 44min 55.84s.

There were 31 starters.

Williams, who won a silver medal in the road race at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, said she was very pleased with how she handled a difficult course.  

“It was super tough and technical – corners, hills, descents - but that’s the challenge. I did everything I could, didn’t make any real mistakes. So I was happy with my ride.”

After competing all year in her professional team, she said it was special to be involved with the New Zealand team and get the chance to wear the fern. “It’s always a great feeling and gives you a lift.”

In the men’s individual time trial, Aaron Gate, already a triple gold medallist on the track at these Games, finished fourth with a time of 48min 43.28s.

The gold medal went to Australian Rohan Dennis, who sizzled around the course in 46min 21.24s. Gate was two minutes behind the bronze medallist. 

Tom Sexton, another of New Zealand’s track heroes from last week, was ninth in 49min 41.52s. 

There were 54 starters in the men’s race.

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