Gold, gold, gold for record-breaking Aussie cyclists

07 April, 2018, 01:05 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Australia went some way towards easing the pain of Rio 2016 as the Commonwealth Games hosts sealed a hat-trick of track cycling golds on Thursday, demolishing a world record along the way. Kelland O'Brien joined Leigh Howard, Alex Porter and Sam Welsford to beat England for the title and lower the previous record of 3:50.265 which Britain set at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

On Thursday, Canada finished second, almost four seconds behind.

South African Henri Schoeman won the event by a healthy eight seconds, with another Australian, Matt Hauser, just missing out on bronze to Scotland's Marc Austin.

"It's nice to have a medal but I want gold - and with all the training I've done, I want to earn it". "I did have that swim-off this morning which I'm very grateful to have that opportunity for a second chance.and then to come out with a world record, I have no words for it".

"I think that was really incredible".


Thomas Hamer also won the men's S14 200m freestyle in world record time, while compatriot Eleanor Robinson won the women's S7 50m butterfly in the para-swimming events to ensure England finished the day top of the table. "Everyone knows how much of a competitor I am and how much I love running for my country and my team-mates".

"I probably feel more emotion here than in Rio because the whole crowd is cheering for you", Horton said. "Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal".

It was only a slightly less fruitful night for the Aussies in the pool, where they won two golds including a new world mark in the 4x100m women's freestyle relay.

Wilmott, beaten by Miley in the 2014 Glasgow final, fought back tenaciously in the final freestyle leg to pip the Scot by 0.26secs with Australia's Blair Evans third.

According to stuff.co.nz, the bike failed a pre-race inspection by UCI commissaires ahead of the team's qualifying run, with adjustments made by team mechanics not doing enough for it to pass a post-race inspection after the team of Regan Gough, Nicholas Kergozou, Campbell Stewart, and Tom Sexton had set the third fastest time.

"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time", Willmott said.

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