Australia rule the track on day three

Australia had another bumper day on the track with a whole host of medals to bring them up to 15 in three days, six more than any other nation.

Annette Edmondson added gold to her silver individual pursuit medal, as she led home an Australian 1-2 in the women’s 10-kilometre scratch race. Her teammate Amy Cure took the silver, in addition to the bronze she claimed on the opening day.

It was a cagey affair from the start, with few riders willing to show their hand. Canada took control early on, setting a pace that made it difficult for anyone to make a break and try to take a lap. The pace was too much for some, who found themselves floundering in the closing laps.

In the end, it was Australia who asserted their control on the front of the pack, putting themselves into perfect position for the final sprint. Nobody could touch Edmondson as she claimed victory, with Cure and Elinor Barker (Wales) rounding out the medal positions. England missed out on a medal, with Dani King finishing in fourth while Laura Trott failed to feature as she battles with a kidney infection.

Continuing the Australian dominance of the games, Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton set up an all Australian final in the sprint. Both took commanding victories in the semi final, forgoing the need for a third and decisive sprint. Jess Varnish (England) and Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia) will fight it out for the bronze medal.

Meares was expected to dominate the event that she won at the Olympic Games in London, but it was Morton who set the fastest time in qualifying. Morton is also an Olympic medallist, after piloting Felicity Johnson in the one kilometre time trial. She finished second to Meares in the 500-metre time trial, but will be hoping to reverse the order in the final on Sunday evening.

Australia were the inform team yet again in the kilometre time trial. Scott Sunderland knocked almost a second off the Games record that he set in Deli four years ago, to set a time of 1.00.675 and take victory. Bronze medallist in the world championships, Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand) claimed silver with his teammate Matthew Archibald rounding out the podium.

There was a touch of controversy in the men’s points race as two of the Isle of Man’s riders were disqualified for collusion during the race. New Zealand’s Tom Scully and Aaron Gate took away gold and bronze with the Isle of Man’s Peter Kennaugh found himself in a Kiwi sandwich, taking the silver medal.

It was an attacking race from the gun with Glenn O’Shea (Australia) taking a number of riders with him after the first sprint. A flurry of moves followed and there was soon nine men up front. The group worked together and quickly gained a lap. As things progressed, it became clear it would be a fight between the Isle of Man and New Zealand for the medals. The two nations traded laps, with both teams showing signs of collusion. However, it was the Manx that were on the receiving end of the commissaires red flags, leaving Kennaugh to go it alone.

In the end, New Zealand were too strong for the lone rider with Scully finishing on 98 points, 14 points ahead of Kennaugh.

Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean took home Scotland’s second medal of the track programme, with victory in the men’s sprint B tandem. The pair faced off against Australia’s Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett, after beating the Welsh team in the semi-final.

Modra and Niblett drew first blood in race one, going early and forcing Scotland to try and go the long way around. The tactic worked, as Australia edged out Fachie and MacLean, despite a last surge from Scotland. Australia tried a similar approach in the second race, but Scotland were wise to it and had the legs to come past them in the finishing straight and forcing it to a decider. The roof was nearly taken off the building as Fachie and MacLean stormed past Modra and Niblett in the deciding round. The pair lapped up the adulation as they were serenaded by a rendition of I’m gonna be (500 miles) by the Proclaimers on their victory lap.

Full Results

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Men's Para-Sport Sprint B2 Tandem
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Neil Fachie & Craig Maclean (Scotland))0:00:10.874
2Kieran Modra & Jason Niblett (Australia)0:00:00.213
3Paul Kennedy & Thomas Clarke (Australia)0:00:00.409
4Matthew Ellis & Leauan Willians (Wales)0:00:00.593
Row 4 - Cell 0 Row 4 - Cell 1 Row 4 - Cell 2
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Men's 1000m Time Trial Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Sunderland (Australia)0:01:00.657
2Simon van Velthooven (New Zealand)0:01:01.060
3Matthew Archibald (New Zealand)0:01:01.162
4Ed Clancy (England)0:01:01.439
5Kian Emadi (England)0:01:01.641
6Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa)0:01:02.414
7Vincent de Haitre (Canada)0:01:03.317
8Bruce Croall (Scotland)0:01:03.356
9Steven Burke (England)0:01:03.449
10Quincy Alexander (Trinidad and Tobago)0:01:03.679
11Josiah NG (Malaysia)0:01:04.309
12Mohd Tisin (Malaysia)0:01:04.747
13Amrit Singh (India)0:01:06.903
14Amarjit Nagi (India)0:01:08.117
15Jesse Kelly (Barbados)0:01:10.545
16Alan Baby (India)0:01:10.579
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Men's 40km Points Race Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas Scully (New Zealand)98pts
2Peter Kennaugh (Isle Of Man)84Row 1 - Cell 3
3Aaron Gate (New Zealand)82Row 2 - Cell 3
4Owain Doull (Wales)75Row 3 - Cell 3
5Zachary Bell (Canada)45Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jack Bobridge (Australia)42Row 5 - Cell 3
7Glenn O'Shea (Australia)30Row 6 - Cell 3
8Darren Matthews (Barbados)22Row 7 - Cell 3
9Shane Archbold (New Zealand)14Row 8 - Cell 3
10Evan Oliphant (Scotland)-20Row 9 - Cell 3
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Women's 10km Scratch Race
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Annette Edmondson (Australia)
2Amy Cure (Australia)
3Elinor Barker (Wales)
4Dani King (England)
5Katie Archibald (Scotland)
6Jupha Somnet (Malaysia)
7Katie Curtis (Wales)
8Eilleen Roe (Scotland)
9Lauren Ellis (New Zealand)
10Jasmin Glaesser (Canada)
11Laura Trott (England)
12Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand)
13Amy Roberts (Wales)
14Lydia Boylan (Northern Ireland)
15Melissa Hoskins (Australia)
16Steph Roorda (Canada)
17Charline Joiner (Scotland)
18Laura Brown (Canada)
19Joanna Rowsell (England)
20Georgia Williams (New Zealand)


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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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