Looser misses out on road race medal

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Vera Looser Namibia’s elite female cyclist missed out on a medal on Sunday morning after finishing fourth in the women’s road race cycling, held in the town of Warwick.

The Namibian cyclist finished fourth with a time of two hours, 44 minutes and 46 seconds (02:44:46) which saw 24 women going for a sprint after 160 kilometres of riding through the streets of Warwick.

Australia’s Georgia Baker won gold in the women’s road race while Scotland’s Neah Evans, won the silver and Australia’s Sarah Roy took the podium’s bottom place winning a bronze. All the 24 women out of the 56 who went for the sprint clocked 02:44:46.

In an interview with Nampa after the race Looser said she was looking forward to being on the podium but her legs couldn’t allow her to give more in the sprint.

“The course suited me very well and I gave it my all today. It’s tough luck that I did not make it on the podium probably it’s a sign for me to still come back again for these games,” she said.

She added that her fourth-place finish is a combination of several years of hard work and she hopes it’s an inspiration for upcoming women cyclists in Namibia.

“This is my third Commonwealth Games and I would like to tell every Namibian who has dreams of representing their country to never give up as I had to compete at several international games which helped in improving my performance,” Looser said.

The Namibia rider also added that she is now going back to change her tyres from thin to thick tyres so she can compete in the Swiss Epic as this Commonwealth Games event was her road race for this year and she was happy to end it on the high.

Another Namibian female cyclist who also competed in the road event was Anri Krugel who found the going tough in her maiden road race at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games as she formed part of the 13 women who did not finish the race because they were lapped.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency