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Elinor Barker and Geraint Thomas named in Wales’ Commonwealth Games team

08 Jun 2022 1 minute read
Elinor Barker in action for Wales in the Women’s Cycling Road Race in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photo by Sum_of_Marc is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Elinor Barker has been selected for the Commonwealth Games three months after the birth of her son while Geraint Thomas will compete for Wales for the first time since 2014.

Barker, who won gold in the points race four years ago, announced her pregnancy last October, revealing she had been pregnant when she took silver in the team pursuit on the track in Tokyo last summer.

She gave birth to son Nico in March and will compete in the road race in Birmingham alongside sister Megan, who is also part of the team pursuit line-up.

Former Tour De France champion Thomas claimed Commonwealth gold in Glasgow eight years ago in the road race and bronze in the time trial and will compete in both events this summer.

A further 106 athletes were announced as part of the Wales team on Wednesday, adding to the 23 who had already been named.

In total, Wales will have 199 athletes competing in Birmingham across 15 sports, including a record number of para athletes.

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2 years ago

“The Commonwealth”. One of the last remnants of Empire left shoring up feudalism that needs to be unpicked. Saying that, its nice to see our sportspeople representing our country, not that pretend one we are shackled to

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