Indian cyclists E David Beckham and Esow Alben were knocked out in the first round of the men’s keirin event at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK on Saturday.
The top two cyclists in each heat of the first round went through to the second round while the other riders headed to the repechage heats, where the winner of each heat progressed to the second round.
David Beckham finished fourth in heat 2 of the first round while Esow Alben finished sixth in heat 4 at the Lee Valley Velopark.
In the repechages, David Beckham and Esow Alben both came second in heat 3 and heat 4, respectively. Both cyclists were barely a second behind the heat winner but it was not enough to go through to the second round.
Earlier in the day, India’s Mayuri Lute and Triyasha Paul were eliminated in the women’s sprint qualifying after finishing 20th and 23rd, respectively. Only the top 16 cyclists went through to the round of 16 in the category at Birmingham 2022.
Meenakshi, meanwhile, bowed out in qualifying for the women’s 3000m individual pursuit, finishing 15th, 29 seconds behind topper Bryony Botha of New Zealand, who clocked a CWG record time of 3:19.836s.
In the men’s 4000m individual pursuit, Vishvajeet Singh and Dinesh Kumar finished 18th and 19th in qualifying and Kiwi qualifying topper Aaron Gate cycled in a CWG record time of 4:07.129s.
In the individual pursuit events, the top two qualified for the gold medal race while the third and fourth-placed cyclists raced for the bronze medal.
L Ronaldo Singh, E David Beckham and Esow Alben will compete in the men’s sprint qualifying while other Indians will also be in action in cycling at CWG 2022 on Sunday.