Comm Games cyclists in tears after 'unfair' podium debacle: 'Shambles'

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Cyclists Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt (pictured left and right) photobomb the podium ceremony at the Commonwealth Games.
Para-cyclist Sophie Unwin, piloted by Georgia Holt, (pictured in the background) was in tears after the duo had their bronze medals taken away before the podium celebration due to a bizarre Commonwealth Games rule. (Images: Getty Images/Twitter)

British Para-cyclist Sophie Unwin was left in tears after she had her bronze medal taken away and was refused a podium moment after a bizarre rule at the Commonwealth Games.

Unwin, piloted by Georgia Holt, defeated Scotland's former Paralympic runner Libby Clegg, piloted by Jenny Holl, in the indoor cycling event with the leaderboard showing a bronze medal for the British star.

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The 28-year-old was overwhelmed after winning the medal and was expecting to enjoy her hard earned moment on the podium for Commonwealth glory.

However, in a cruel rule, the bronze medal was not to be awarded because of the number of competitors in the event.

Five teams were expected to take part in the event, but a withdrawal left four chasing the medals.

Due to a bizarre rule, only gold and silver medals were to be awarded due to the number of participants.

However, this was not communicated to the competitors with the board showing Unwin had won bronze and the Commonwealth Games website also relaying the result.

Unwin and Holt were asked to cut-short their post-race interviews for the podium ceremony.

They were to join Aussie gold medal winner Jessica Gallagher and Scotland's silver medallist Aileen McGlynn for the ceremony.

Unwin and Holt photobomb podium ceremony

But, in a horrible twist, Unwin emerged crying after she was told she wouldn't be awarded a medal.

Not to be deterred, when the medal ceremony was taking place, Unwin and Holt photobombed the podium.

But they were quickly told to move on.

The duo later appeared on the podium with what was reported to be borrowed medals so they could enjoy their well deserved moment.

The bizarre circumstances had many outraged at how the proceedings had unfolded for Unwin and Holt.

PA Sport reporter Ian Parker admitted there was 'plenty of confusion' within the arena on what was unfolding in front of them.

Team England has asked the Commonwealth Games Federation on clarification on why the medal ceremony unfolded the way it did and and argued the decision goes against the goal of greater inclusion and in the Games.

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