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Great Ayton's Charlie Tanfield takes Commonwealth gold

Great Ayton's Charlie Tanfield after winning gold. Credit: PA Images

England's Charlie Tanfield, from Great Ayton, beat Scotland's John Archibald to win gold in the men's individual pursuit at the Commonwealth Games today.

Tanfield, an amateur looking to break into Great Britain's elite programme, won in a time of four minutes 15.952 seconds, beating Archibald by 0.704 seconds over the 4,000m distance.

Earlier both riders had broken the Commonwealth Games record in a blistering qualifying session which saw five riders go under the previous mark, with Tanfield lowering the bar to 4:11.455.

The 21-year-old admitted he had surprised himself by breaking the Commonwealth

record in qualifying, particularly as many riders that went before him got some aero assistance by catching weaker opponents in their heats.

It's absolutely epic, I couldn't have asked for any more.

I knew I was in a good place after qualifying. Towards the end I almost

thought I'd messed it up but I managed to hang on so I'm ecstatic.

– Charlie Tanfield

The 21-year-old admitted he had surprised himself by breaking the Commonwealth record in qualifying, particularly as many riders that went before him got some aero assistance by catching weaker opponents in their heats.

I saw all my main rivals got catches in their qualifiers and that helps a lot, maybe a second and a half. I knew coming into it I wouldn't get a catch so I was just going to have to go full gas. That was the outcome, so I was so happy with it.

It all depends on the conditions, it's so hard to estimate what splits you want to do to hold on to the finish. In qualifying I definitely got it right but in the final I almost paid the price for a bit of a juicy start. But I managed to get to the end and get the gold and that's the main thing.

– Charlie Tanfield

This was Tanfield second medal at the games; he was part of the England squad which took silver at yesterday's team pursuit.