The pair initially protested by trying to pose behind the podium during the ceremony while draped in the England flag, but were on board by security officials. They then borrowed bronze medals from England teammates Laura Kenny and Josie Knight – who had just finished third in the women’s team pursuit – and posed for photographs on the podium.
Cycling’s world governing body the UCI said the 200 Swiss francs fine, which was also issued to England’s cycling team manager Keith Reynolds, was for “failure to respect the instructions of the commissaire/organiser”. It is understood Team England is discussing the chain of events with the Commonwealth Games Federation and want the medal decision overturned.
It is also understood the issue was an agenda item at a CGF Board meeting yesterday [Sat].
A CGF spokesperson said: “In the small number of cases where there are fewer than five entries in a Commonwealth Games event, the CGF applies a medal allocation policy to maintain the integrity of competition.”
Unfortunately, while the athletes in the women’s tandem B sprint event were informed of this before the race, the scoreboard and results sheet incorrectly indicated that it was a bronze medal race. We apologise to the athletes involved for the inadvertent distress this has caused. “