Australia sets new men's team pursuit world record at Commonwealth Games

Quartet beat England in final, Canada take bronze

Australia dominated the opening day of Commonwealth Games competition on the track at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, winning three gold medals and a bronze. The first day consisted of the team events; the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit, for both men and women. Games or World records were set in every event.

The Australian team had skipped the recent world championships, deciding to focus on the Games, and it clearly paid off. In the women's Team Pursuit, the Australian team of Alexandra Manly, Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure, qualified first and then set a new Games record of 4:15.214 in the medal final, catching the New Zealand team on the finish line. Canada beat England for bronze.

"It was amazing, so good to win but it's not just us four girls who ride the bike, it's Georgia Baker, Rebecca Wiasak who made the journey over here and didn't get a ride but have been pushing us at training every day to perform. We owe it to them as much as we won there and to all the people who help us," said Cure.

The Australian men's Team Pursuit squad went one better; breaking the world record set by Great Britain at the Rio Olympics. The Australian team of Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O'Brien and Alex Porter recorded a time of 3:49.804, the first ever sub-3:50 time. Canada took bronze ahead of Wales, after New Zealand had been disqualified for riding the qualifying round with handlebars that did not meet regulations.

"This is a dream come true," said Welsford. "We've had our eye on the medal for such a long time, and to go under 3.50 - for that to happen is unreal. I'm over the moon with excitement. We're in our home country. That is what dreams are made of. This is what we strive for every day."

The Australian team took their third title in the women's Team Sprint, with Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton setting a Games record of 32.488 seconds. New Zealand won silver, with England taking bronze.

McCulloch said, "Really, really pumped with that tonight. Commonwealth Games champions. That time tonight would have won us the world champs. We're certainly looking strong as we head towards Tokyo (2020 Olympic Games)."

The final title of the day went to New Zealand in the men's Team Sprint, with the team of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins setting a Games record in qualifying and then beating England in the gold medal final. Australia won the bronze medal ahead of Canada.

"We had a disappointing Worlds," admitted Mitchell, "we concentrated more on individual events rather than as a team. We did not gel. After the Worlds, we focused on technical things. The win here was special."

Kelland O’Brien, Leigh Howard, Alex Porter and Sam Welsford were nearly half a second faster than the record time set by Great Britain at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and are the first to dip below the 3:50 mark.

Full Results

Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:03:52.041 
 Leigh Howard  
 Sam Welsford  
 Jordan Kerby  
 Alex Porter  
2England0:03:55.399 
 Kian Emadi  
 Ethan Hayter  
 Oliver Wood  
 Charlie Tanfield  
3Canada0:04:00.109 
 Jay Lamoureux  
 Adam Jamieson  
 Derek Gee  
 Michael Foley  
4Wales0:04:01.489 
 Samuel Harrison  
 Rhys Britton  
 Joe Holt  
 Ethan Vernon  
5South Africa0:04:11.711 
 Steven Van Heerden  
 David Maree  
 Nolan Hoffmann  
 Gert Fouche  
6Malaysia0:04:13.033 
 Eiman Firdaus Mohd Zamri  
 Muhammad Danie Al Edy Suhaidee  
 Irwandie Lakasek  
 Muhamad Afiq Huznie Othman  
DSQNew Zealand  
 Regan Gough  
 Nicholas Kergozou  
 Campbell Stewart  
 Tom Sexton  
Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:04:17.218 
 Alexandra Manly  
 Annette Edmondson  
 Ashlee Ankudinoff  
 Amy Cure  
2New Zealand0:04:22.331 
 Kirstie James  
 Rushlee Buchanan  
 Racquel Sheath  
 Bryony Botha  
3Canada0:04:22.484 
 Allison Beveridge  
 Annie Foreman-Mackey  
 Ariane Bonhomme  
 Stephanie Roorda  
4England0:04:24.519 
 Emily Nelson  
 Rebecca Raybould  
 Eleanor Dickinson  
 Emily Kay  
5Wales0:04:24.825 
 Jessica Roberts  
 Manon Lloyd  
 Megan Barker  
 Ciara Horne  
6South Africa0:04:51.224 
 Charlene Du Preez  
 Ilze Bole  
 Adelia Neethling  
 Elfriede Wolfaardt  
7India0:05:05.668 
 Amritha Reghunath  
 Monorama Devi Tongbram  
 Sonali Mayanglambam  
 Deborah Deborah  
Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:42.822 
 Ethan Mitchell  
 Edward Dawkins  
 Sam Webster  
2England0:00:43.516 
 Ryan Owens  
 Joseph Truman  
 Philip Hindes  
3Australia0:00:44.205 
 Nathan Hart  
 Matt Glaetzer  
 Patrick Constable  
4Canada0:00:44.346 
 Patrice St-Louis Pivin  
 Stefan Ritter  
 Hugo Barrette  
5Malaysia0:00:44.760 
 Muhammad Khairil Nizam Rasol  
 Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom  
 Muhammad Fadhil Mohd Zonis  
6Trinidad And Tobago0:00:45.386 
 Njisane Phillip  
 Kwesi Browne  
 Nicholas Paul  
7India0:00:46.174 
 Sanuraj Sanandaraj  
 Sahil Kumar  
 Ranjit Singh  
8Seychelles0:00:53.214 
 Christopher Gerry  
 Stephen Belle  
 Jeff Esparon  
Women's Team Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:00:32.578 
 Kaarle Mcculloch  
 Stephanie Morton  
2New Zealand0:00:33.321 
 Emma Cumming  
 Natasha Hansen  
3England0:00:33.739 
 Lauren Bate  
 Katy Marchant  
4Wales0:00:34.413 
 Rachel James  
 Eleanor Coster  
5Malaysia0:00:34.826 
 Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan  
 Fatehah Mustapa  
6India0:00:35.309 
 Aleena Reji  
 Deborah Deborah  
DSQCanada  
 Amelia Walsh  
 Lauriane Genest  
Men's Team Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:03:49.804 
 Leigh Howard  
 Sam Welsford  
 Kelland O'brien  
 Alex Porter  
2England0:03:55.310 
 Kian Emadi  
 Ethan Hayter  
 Oliver Wood  
 Charlie Tanfield  
3Canada0:04:00.440 
 Jay Lamoureux  
 Aidan Caves  
 Derek Gee  
 Michael Foley  
4Wales0:04:01.362 
 Samuel Harrison  
 Rhys Britton  
 Joe Holt  
 Ethan Vernon  
Women's Team Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:04:15.214 
 Alexandra Manly  
 Annette Edmondson  
 Ashlee Ankudinoff  
 Amy Cure  
2New Zealand  
 Kirstie James  
 Rushlee Buchanan  
 Racquel Sheath  
 Bryony Botha  
3Canada0:04:21.493 
 Allison Beveridge  
 Annie Foreman-Mackey  
 Ariane Bonhomme  
 Stephanie Roorda  
4England0:04:24.499 
 Emily Nelson  
 Rebecca Raybould  
 Eleanor Dickinson  
 Emily Kay  
Men's Team Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:42.877 
 Ethan Mitchell  
 Sam Webster  
 Edward Dawkins  
2England0:00:43.547 
 Ryan Owens  
 Joseph Truman  
 Philip Hindes  
3Australia0:00:43.645 
 Nathan Hart  
 Jacob Schmid  
 Patrick Constable  
4Canada0:00:44.943 
 Patrice St-Louis Pivin  
 Stefan Ritter  
 Hugo Barrette  
Women's Team Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:00:32.488 
 Kaarle Mcculloch  
 Stephanie Morton  
2New Zealand0:00:33.115 
 Natasha Hansen  
 Emma Cumming  
3England0:00:33.893 
 Lauren Bate  
 Katy Marchant  
4Wales0:00:34.415 
 Rachel James  
 Eleanor Coster  

 

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