Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Olympic silver medallist Ellesse Andrews joins women's pursuit as injury replacement for Ally Wollaston

Sprint cyclist Ellesse Andrews will join New Zealand's women's team pursuit at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, as an injury replacement for Ally Wollaston.

Wollaston, 21, was on Tuesday ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after suffering a fractured wrist while riding in the Tour de France Femme.

As a result, Wollaston has been replaced by 22-year-old Andrews, joining the trio of Bryony Botha, Michaela Drummond and Emily Shearman in the four-strong women's pursuit team.

Andrews competed in pursuit at junior level for New Zealand, and won an individual gold and team silver at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Montichiari, Italy. 

In 2019, Andrews also won bronze as part of the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup, held in Hong Kong.

But Andrews' focus has since shifted from pursuit to sprinting, and won silver in the women's keirin at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

The women's team pursuit begin their Commonwealth Games campaign on Friday night (NZ time) with qualifying, with a potential final to be held on Saturday morning. 

Andrews will also compete in the sprint, starting on Saturday night (NZ time) with finals to be held early on Sunday morning.

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