Ballarat cyclist Shannon Malseed might yet get her hands on a Commonwealth Games gold medal from the Gold Coast.
She played a key support role in Australian teammate Chloe Hosking winning the women’s road race on Saturday.
However, other than the satisfaction of helping Hosking secure victory, all Malseed walked away with was 24th position – crossing the line three minutes, 22 seconds after euphoric scenes for the gold medallist.
"Road cycling is such a cruel sport in that respect," Hosking said.
"Absolutely six women went into winning this race today. If I didn't have the support and the strength of these women I wouldn't have won the race.
"I feel a bit selfish, obviously I'm super happy. I'm going to get all the girls' names engraved on the medal.
“We've talked about maybe rotating it every year,” she said.
Malseed helped lay the foundation for Hosking’s success, doing the bulk of the pacemaking.
Malseed worked her way to front early, making it clear the national road race champion had a major support role to play in the Australian team bid for the title.
The workload ultimately took a toll, with the 23-year-old dropping out of the lead bunch with about 5km to go.
Hosking won from New Zealand's Georgia Williams, with Danielle Rowe (Wales) third - covering the 118km in three hours, two minutes, 18 seconds.
In the meantime, former Ballarat players secured gold in basketball.
Three former Ballarat Lady Miners and Rush players were part of the Australian Opals’ women’s basketball gold medal campaign.
Alice Kunek, 27, Steph Blicavs (nee Cumming), 27, and Cayla George (nee Francis), 28, played in the 99-55 win over Scotland in the gold medal play-off on Saturday.
George scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds in 26 minutes on court.
Kunek provided five points and six points, while Blicavs scored seven points.
Lucas Walker, 33, and Nathan Sobey, 27, who also had stints as Ballarat Miners in the South East Australian Basketball League, played in the Boomers’ 87-47 gold medal win over Canada on Sunday.
Walker, who was a late call-up for the Games, shot three points in six minutes on court, while Sobey had a big all-round game with 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.
Former Miners assistant coach Andrej Lemanis coached the Boomers to the gold medal.
Javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell provided the highlight of the Commonwealth Games, which finished on Sunday, for Ballarat with a record-breaker gold medal. She set new Australian and Games records.