Grantham’s Rod basks in Wiggins’ Olympic golden glory

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WITHAM Wheelers life member Rod Ellingworth can bask in the reflected glory of history-making Olympian Bradley Wiggins who won the men’s time trial in style on Wednesday.

Rod is on the Great Britain endurance coaching team that helped Wiggins to his fourth career Olympic gold on Wednesday afternoon, making him the most decorated Olympian Briton in history with seven medals.

Wiggins powered his way to victory in London, finishing in 50min 39.54sec, 42 seconds ahead of Germany’s Tony Martin. GB team-mate Chris Froome won bronze.

The link between Grantham’s Rod and Wiggins goes back to when he was coaching the GB track team. Wiggins has since transferred to road riding for Team Sky with whom Rod is also a performance coach.

The Olympic success came after Wiggins’ historic Tour de France victory last Sunday.

Prior to the Olympic time trial, Rod had remarked that Wiggins was still in “race-perfect condition”, despite the rigours of the three-week Tour.

But Rod this week also had to endure the Olympic road race disappointment of Mark Cavendish, to whom he is coach and personal mentor. Rod has since criticised the other countries’ teams who did little to assist Team GB in trying to chase down the winning breakaway.

l Twenty-year-old Fulbeck swimmer Sophie Allen was devastated after she only finished 21st in the women’s 200m individual medley.

Going into her debut Olympic Games invigorated from winning a European Championships silver medal, Sophie was disappointed to only record 2min 14.72sec for the multi-discipline event.

Following her race, 20-year-old Sophie posted her feelings on the online social networking service Twitter. She said: “Gutted to have not made the semi final tonight, but it was my first senior meet so hopefully the future will bring better things for me.

“Support has been amazing. It’s great to still have people behind me even after a disappointing performance. Will do you all proud next time.”

l Former Grantham archer Simon Terry also had a disappointing Olympics.

Thirty-eight-year-old Simon suffered a 7-1 defeat to 15-year-old Moldovian Dan Olaru to exit the individual competition at the last 16 stage on Wednesday. Simon had earlier defeated Japan’s Yu Ishizu 7-1.

Simon said: “It was a difficult one for the second match. I hadn’t moved my sights at all from the first match and I did exactly the same. I just got off to a poor start and the shots seemed to spray everywhere.”

Simon and his Team GB archery team-mates crashed out of the team competition after they were defeated by the Ukraine on Saturday.