The Cyclones kicked off the track cycling program of the Delhi Commonwealth Games last night in the best possible fashion, winning three gold medals and setting three Commonwealth Games records.
Reigning World Champion Anna Meares won the first gold up for grabs at Indira Gandhi Velodrome. She was superb in the women’s 500 metre time trial posting a world class time of 33.758 seconds. Teammate Kaarle McCulloch completed an Aussie quinella with her time of 34.780 and Welsh rider Becky James claimed bronze in 35.236.
Scott Sunderland was equally impressive as he blitzed his competition in the men’s time trial to complete the kilometre race against the clock in 1:01.411. Rizal Tisin won Malaysia’s first Commonwealth Games cycling medal on the track, a silver in the time of 1:02.768. New Zealand’s Eddie Dawkins was third (1:02.777).
Jack Bobridge smashed the previous mark set by Aussie legend Brad McGee to post a Commonwealth Games record in the qualifying round of the individual pursuit. Bobridge then hung on in the final to win gold (4:17.495) ahead of Kiwi rival Jesse Sergent (4:17.893). In another trans Tasman match up for the bronze medal 19-year-old Michael Hepburn overtook Sam Bewley, with two laps to go to win Australia’s first bronze of the games.
source: Cycling Australia