This video starts just at the point where Cooke fell away from the rest of the group – before this shot of them coming round the corner, the group was pretty tight, then when they appear under the bridge, Cooke is nowhere to be seen. You can hear the shock in the commentator’s voice as he sees Cooke has lost contact, but she pulls it back during the end sprint to get gold with a time of 3hours 32mins 24secs. In her interview with Sue Barker she explains that it was cold, wet and a bit greasy round that corner…so typical Welsh weather then!
The boring bits from the guardian:
- First ever medal from a British female cyclist
- First gold from a Welsh athlete since 1972
- Great Britain’s 200th gold medal in Olympic history
Good to see us get a gold, and in a cycling event no less!