Lankan riders land in trouble

Lankan riders land in trouble

Sri Lanka's cycling team took to the open road for training at the Commonwealth Games but prompted a police response as they rode along one of Scotland's busiest motorways on Wednesday.

Four cyclists, wearing Sri Lankan team training jerseys, travelled along the M74, braving 70 mile per hour traffic and the wrath of Scottish police since bicycles are banned on motorways.They were spotted by English triathlete and Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee, who tweeted a picture of them.

Police stopped the quartet near the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton after calls from concerned motorists and informed them that they were breaking the law.

"Police attended the scene. Advice and assistance was given and the cyclists were advised to get off the road," a spokeswoman for Police Scotland said.

The incident echoed the exploits of the Kenyan team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. They rode along the M61 from Manchester to Bolton twice before being stopped by police.

Pearson may skip 100M

Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia says she’s a doubtful starter for the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Games due to hamstring problems, though she still hopes to compete in the 100-meter hurdles event.

The 100 meters is scheduled for Monday while the hurdles final will be on Aug 2, the second-to-last day of the games. Pearson told a news conference on Wednesday: “The latest I can pull out is 48 hours, and right now it is more likely I am going to. I’ve had a few discussions with my coach and we’re really at the stage where I can’t do two events.”

Pearson had been disqualified for a false start in the 100M at the 2010 Games.

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