Commonwealth Games: Australia dominates on opening day on the track

Australia reigned supreme on the opening day of the track at the Commonwealth Games. They brought home two golds, a silver and three bronzes, and set a new Games record along the way.

Anna Meares kicked off proceedings for the team from down under, taking gold in the 500 metre time trial. It would also prove to be the nation’s first gold of the entire games. She was untouchable as she completed her two laps 33.434, over half a second faster than her teammate Stephanie Morton. It is Meares’ third consecutive title in the event.

Meares was still talking to the press when Australia’s team pursuit squad took to the track, and she took a break from the post-race press hop to watch them demolish the English over 4000 metres and earn the second gold.

Photo: AFP

The Australians had qualified fastest that morning and went into the match-up as clear favourites, despite four-time Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins joining the squad.

By the end of the first lap, the Aussies had built up a lead of almost a second. There was no going back from there and it only increased as the laps ticked down. There was a moment of hope for the English when Australia lost a man just over the half-way point. The gap came down by a couple of tenths but shot back up as Australia hit their stride and England also went down to three men. Australia soon had England in their sights and the catch was a real possibility. England managed to fend off the charging men in gold and green, but only just. The Australians finish more than five seconds ahead their opponents.

Photo: Joby Sessions

The team sprint gave the southern hemisphere another shot at gold with a strong looking New Zealand taking on an England side that is still in development. Kian Emadi joined Olympic champions Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes in the final medal race of the evening. Like Australia in the pursuit, New Zealand took the advantage after the first lap and never looked back. When the Kiwis crossed the finish line they had taken half a second out of the English.

Photo: Joby Sessions

Home nation Scotland finally stepped on the podium when they took silver in the women's Para-Sport Sprint B2 Tandem. Three time Paralympics champion Aileen McGlynn and her partner Louise Haston went up against Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott of England in the final. The English team were strong and dominated proceedings, and only needed two races to take gold. Australia wrapped up another medal, taking bronze with Brandie O’Connor and Breanna Hargrave.

In the morning session, Matthew Glaetzer set down a big marker in the opening rounds of the individual sprint. The Australian was last to go and didn’t disappoint when he smashed the time of New Zealand’s Edward Dawkins and set a new Games record of 9.779 seconds.

Jason Kenny (England) had a bad start to his Commonwealth Games campaign. The Olympic champion finished 10th in the qualifying rounds and was pitted against Dawkins, who went onto beat him, in the opening round. Kenny was forced to fight it out in the repechage, but came through comfortably.

Full Results

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Men's Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathew Glaetzer (Australia)0:00:09.779
2Ed Dawkins (New Zeland)0:00:09.818
3Sam Webster (New Zeland)0:00:09.933
4Peter Lewis (Australia)0:00:09.975
5Mathew Archibald (New Zeland)0:00:10.055
6Philip Hindes (England)0:00:10.108
7Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)0:00:10.158
8Lewis Oliva (Wales)0:00:10.171
9Njisane Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)0:00:10.188
10Callum Skinner (Scotland)0:00:10.198
11Jason Kenny (England)0:00:10.206
12Mathew Crampton (England)0:00:10.213
13M.E. Md Yunos (Malaysia)0:00:10.257
14J. Paul (Scotland)0:00:10.308
15Hugo Barrette (Canada)0:00:10.316
16B. Esterhuizen (South Africa)0:00:10.317
17Vincent De Haitre (Canada)0:00:10.411
18C. Pritchard (Scotland)0:00:10.412
19Joe Veloce (Canada)0:00:10.428
20M.R. Tisin (Malaysia)0:00:10.575
21Q. Alexander (Trinidad and Tobago)0:00:10.774
22A. Nagi (India)0:00:11.114
23A.Singh (India)0:00:11.193
24J. Mounter (Barbados)0:00:11.243
25A. Baby (India)0:00:11.885
26J. Amoako-Ackah (Ghana)0:00:12.678
27I. Refat (Bangladesh)0:00:14.156
28T. Islam (Bangladesh)0:00:14.199
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Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3New Zealand0:04:00.501
4Canada (Bell/Caves/Pelletier-Roy/Veal)0:04:14.481
5South Africa0:04:18.194
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Men's Team Pursuit Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia (Bobridge/Davison/Edmonson/O'Shea)0:03:54.851
2England (Burke/Clancy/Tennant/Wiggins)0:04:00.136
3New Zealand (Archbold/Bulling/Kennett/Ryan)Row 2 - Cell 2
OVLCanada (Bell/Caves/Pelletier-Roy/Veal)Row 3 - Cell 2
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Women B Tandem Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1S. Thornhill (England)0:00:11.277
2A. Mcglynn (Scotland)0:00:11.419
3B. O'Connor (Australia)0:00:11.623
4F. Johnson (Australia)0:00:11.695
5R. Henry (Wales)0:00:11.917
6L. Cluxton (Scotland)0:00:11.929
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Men Team Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:43.254
4Canada (Barrette/Veloce/de Haitre)0:00:45.302
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Women's 500m TT
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Meares A (Australia)0:00:33.430
2Morton S (Australia)0:00:34.070
3Varnish J (England)0:00:34.260
4Mckenzie S (New Zealand)0:00:34.440
5Mustapa F (Malaysia)0:00:34.660
6Khan D (England)0:00:35.420
7Williamson V (England)0:00:35.460
8Richardson E (Scotland)0:00:36.140
9Davis J (Scotland)0:00:36.170
10Deborah (India)0:00:36.610
11Mahitha Mohan (India)0:00:38.860
12Palmer D (Jamaica)0:00:39.040
13Vargheese K (India)0:00:39.380
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Men's Team Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:43.181


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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.

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