Countdown to Rio: Cyclist Katie Archibald

12 August 2014 / 10:11

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been reset on the road to Rio - with the Olympics just two years away?

Katie Archibald only took up competitive cycling three years after focusing her early sporting career on swimming. But her rise has been meteoric.

She won points race bronze, behind double Olympic champion Laura Trott and Wales' Elinor Barker, in Glasgow, finished fifth in the time trial and seventh in the road race, underling her all-around skills.

And alongside Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell, she is starting to establish herself in Britain's all-conquering team pursuit quartet - winning the world title in Cali earlier this year.

But it was at the European Championships last year that the then 19-year old broke through and she only underlined that promise in Glasgow.

“We dropped an Olympic champion [Dani King] to give her a ride in the qualifying round and then dropped another Olympic champion [Joanna Rowsell] to give her a ride in the final,” said British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton.

“She broke the world record and yet no one has heard of her.”

Other stars of Glasgow 2014 looking to travel on the road to Rio

Ross Murdoch (Swimming)

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

Matthew Hudson-Smith (Athletics)

Zoe Smith (Weightlifting)

Jazz Carlin (Swimming)

Antony Fowler (Boxing)

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