Gold for Thomas despite late drama

Geraint Thomas, centre, battled the conditions best to win gold

Geraint Thomas battled the conditions best to win gold for Wales

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Geraint Thomas won Commonwealth Games gold for Wales in the men's road race on the final day of Glasgow 2014.

Thomas, the time-trial bronze medallist on Thursday, triumphed in torrential rain on the 12-lap, 168-kilometres undulating course in a race which became about survival and brute strength.

The 28-year-old from Cardiff, who finished the Tour de France last Sunday, twice suffered front-wheel punctures, including in the last six kilometres as his rivals neared.

However, Thomas soloed to victory by one minute 21 seconds as Jack Bauer of New Zealand beat Scott Thwaites of England to silver, the Yorkshireman having to settle for bronze.

The Isle of Man's Pete Kennaugh, who won the island's only medal of the 2014 Games with points race silver on the track, led on his own for 116 kilometres, ultimately in vain.

Following his win, Thomas said: "Riding the Tour before it just adds to how good it feels to come away with two medals. I really didn't expect it.

"I was coming purely out of national pride and wanting to ride for Wales. I never really expected to medal, if I'm honest.

"To come away with a win and a bronze is more than I could've dreamt of.

"It was an amazing feeling to come down the home straight with this Welsh jersey on and win."

Lizzie Armitstead earlier led an England one-two ahead of retiring team-mate Emma Pooley in a thrilling women's road race.

Elsewhere, Chris and Gabby Adcock claimed Commonwealth Games gold with a convincing victory over Chris Langridge and Heather Olver in the badminton mixed doubles final.

The Adcocks, ranked fifth in the world, lived up to their top-seed billing as they powered to a 21-9 21-12 win over their England team-mates at the Emirates Arena.

The husband-and-wife duo did not relinquish their grip after imposing themselves on the second seeds early in the first game and they went on to wrap up victory in 35 minutes.

Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour fell short in her quest for gold as she lost 2-0 to Canada's Michelle Li in the women's singles final.

Glasgow-based Gilmour, the second seed, was unable to impose herself on the third seed at the Emirates Arena and had to settle for silver as she went down 21-14 21-7.

Meanwhile England secured a dramatic bronze in the men's hockey with a penalty shoot-out victory over New Zealand on Sunday morning.

Having led 2-1 and 3-2 at Glasgow Green, England were pegged back to 3-3 in regulation time by Simon Child's equaliser.

But Bobby Crutchley's side held their nerve in the shoot-out to prevail 4-2 and clinch a second hockey medal in little over 12 hours.

England's women had to settle for silver after losing on penalties to Australia following a thrilling final on Saturday night.

In addition, England's Alison Waters and Peter Barker won silver in the mixed doubles squash after being defeated by Australia's Rachael Grinham and David Palmer 11-8 11-10 in the gold-medal match at Scotstoun.

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