England para-cyclist Sophie Unwin fined after protesting determination to not award her a bronze medal
England para-cyclist Sophie Unwin fined after protesting determination to not award her a Commonwealth Video games bronze medal… regardless of ending third with solely gold and silver awarded on account of 4 opponents in her occasion
- England’s Sophie Unwin completed third within the tandem B dash on Friday and initially appeared on official outcomes as a bronze medal winner
- Organisers later advised Unwin that on account of their being solely 4 opponents she wouldn’t obtain a bronze medal for her efforts
- The 28-year-old staged a protest in opposition to the choice, standing behind the rostrum in the course of the medal ceremony with an England flag
- Each Unwin, and pilot Georgia Holt, have been fined 200 Swiss francs every by the biking authorities physique for his or her protest
England para-cyclist Sophie Unwin has been fined for protesting in opposition to the choice to not award her a Commonwealth Video games bronze medal.
The 28-year-old completed third in Friday’s tandem B dash after beating Scotland’s Libby Clegg in what was known as the bronze medal race.
Nevertheless, Unwin was left in tears when she was later advised she wouldn’t obtain a gong as a result of there have been solely 4 entries in her occasion and guidelines state solely gold and silver can be issued in such circumstances.
Sophie Unwin (proper) and Georgia Holt have been fined after posing with borrowed medals
Unwin gained a bronze and a silver medal on the 2020 Paralympic Video games in Tokyo
Throughout the medal ceremony, Unwin and her pilot Georgia Holt staged a protest by holding up an England flag behind the rostrum earlier than being requested to maneuver by safety.
They later climbed on the rostrum to pose for pictures sporting bronze medals borrowed from team-mates Laura Kenny and Josie Knight, who had gained them within the girls’s group pursuit.
Regardless of the confusion being brought on by a blunder from organisers, Unwin, Holt and England’s biking group supervisor Keith Reynolds had been every fined 200 Swiss francs on Saturday.
Biking’s world governing physique, the UCI, said the punishment was for ‘failure to respect the directions of the organiser’.
Crew England are understood to have complained to the Commonwealth Video games Federation and need the medal determination overturned.