Hollingsworth, Etoundi sent home

Written By komlim puldel on Kamis, 31 Juli 2014 | 20.01

Athletics Australia head coach Eric Hollingsworth will be sent home from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after being stood down following his public outburst with Sally Pearson.

The two protagonists: the soon to be departing Eric Hollingsworth and hurdling champion Sally Pearson. Source: GoldCoastBulletin

WELCOME to our live coverage of Day 8 of the Commonwealth Games.

Stay with us for updates throughout the morning's actions. All times are in AEST.

It's been a horror day so far for Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti, who has sent athletics coach Eric Hollingsworth home for his attack on Sally Pearson and he's also had to revoke weightlifter Francois Etoundi's accreditation for allegedly fighting in the athletes' village.

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9.00pm — BRONZE TO GARFOOT IN WOMEN'S ROAD TIME TRIAL

Katrin Garfoot peddles away to take third place in the women's road time trial in Glasgow. Source: Getty Images

GERMAN-born Katrin Garfoot who only became an Australian citizen last October is now a bronzed Aussie after a stunning ride to claim third place in the women's road time trial in Glasgow, writes Jon Ralph.

Garfoot, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the sport, was 16th of 32 starters to roll down the start ramp and when she finished the 29.6km course with the fastest time of 43mins 13 secs, faced a nervous wait for the rest of the field.

When they arrived only two had gone faster — New Zealand silver medallist from Delhi Linda Villumsen (42:25) who swapped that for gold in Glasgow and English former world champion Emma Pooley (42:31).

"It's unbelievable, I'm very excited and had tears running out of my eyes before because it means a lot my first Commonwealth Games doing that for Australia," Garfoot said.

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7.00pm — DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR MONEGHETTI WITH ETOUNDI CENSURED

Francois Etoundi on his way to winning bronze in the men's weightlifting 77kg class. Source: AFP

AUSTRALIAN weightlifting bronze medallist Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation and evicted from the athletes' village for an altercation with a Welsh athlete, writes Todd Balym.

Australian team chef de mission Steve Moneghetti announced last night that the Commonwealth Games Federation demanded Etoundi's accreditation be revoked and the 29-year-old will be sent home in disgrace after he faces Glasgow Sheriffs Court on Thursday.

Etoundi is alleged to have left a Welsh athlete with a broken nose after a fight in the early hours of Wednesday morning with police making an arrest at 6am.

Moneghetti said it would be "speculation" to assume alcohol was a factor in the incident, adding there was "no alcohol in the residence of the village" where the fight occurred.

The Australian team boss had previously opened the Games refusing to issue a blanket ban on drinking for team members despite issues of misbehaviour in Delhi four years ago where an athlete threw a washing machine out a window.

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6.30pm — HOLLINGSWORTH SENT HOME IN DISGRACE

Sally Pearson and Eric Hollingsworth in happier days, at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. Source: Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN chef de mission Steve Moneghetti confirmed Hollingworth's accreditation had been "revoked" for a breach of contract and he would be leaving Glasgow in the coming hours, writes Scott Gullan.

"We spoke to the section manager from athletics to decide on an appropriate sanction and as a result of that Athletics Australia withdrew Eric's nomination as head coach of the athletics section and this led to us revoking his accreditation," he said.

Athletics Australia acted quickly on Wednesday after Hollingsworth had launched an extraordinary attack on Pearson saying she was a "bad example" to the rest of the Australian team.

AA president David Grace immediately suspended Hollingsworth until a full review could be conducted after Glasgow although there is no way his contract, which ends in October, will be renewed.

The final nail in the coach's coffin came when he ignored management demands not to comment on his feud with the Olympic champion.

Eric Hollingsworth in a media scrum at Glasgow airport as he prepares to leave the country. Source: News Corp Australia

Eric Hollingsworth doesn't even get any peace while checking in for his flight. Source: News Corp Australia

The airport's security section and the departure gates beyond offer the only sanctuary. Source: News Corp Australia

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