Commonwealth Games: Aussies tally up track gold

Anna Meares, Cameron Meyer, Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn, Dale Parker, Megan Dunn and Shane Perkins all pick up Gold for Australia at the Dehli Commonwealth games on the third day of track racing.

World and Olympic Champion Anna Meares has completed a Commonwealth Games hat trick, winning the women’s sprint event last night to add to her 500m time trial and team sprint gold medals. Meares was too strong for Welsh teenager Becky James, taking the win in two straight heats. Kaarle McCulloch and Emily Rosemond faced off for the bronze medal but in the first heat McCulloch received her second warning of the competition and was disqualified handing Rosemond the medal.

Points race champion Cameron Meyer and individual pursuit gold medalist Jack Bobridge teamed up with Michael Hepburn and Dale Parker to win the 4km teams pursuit. New Zealand matched the Australians early pace but couldn’t maintain it and cracked at the halfway mark of the gold medal ride. On the bell lap the Australians overtook the Kiwis for the win and rode on to post a Commonwealth Games record time of 3:55.421. Northern Ireland easily disposed of India to win the bronze medal.

Nineteen-year-old Megan Dunn found herself on the top of the podium for the second time in as many days, winning the women’s scratch race. Adding to the gold medal she bagged in the women’s points race, Dunn sprinted solo across the line to win the race ahead of New Zealand’s Joanne Kiesanowski and England’s Anna Blyth. Fellow Australian Belinda Goss finished fifth, whilst Ashlee Ankudinoff did not finish.

After his relegation in the keirin, Shane Perkins redeemed himself to win the men’s sprint, his first gold medal of the Games. Perkins downed fellow Aussie and newly crowned time trial champion Scott Sunderland in straigtht heats. The bronze medal final was an all New Zealand affair with Sam Webster defeating Eddie Dawkins.

The Australians have won 10 of the 11 events so far contested.


Source: Cycling Australia



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