Australia, NZ dominate cycling

July 26, 2014 - 1:08:54 am
The men’s 4000m individual pursuit bronze medalist, New Zealand’s Marc Ryan, men’s sprint semi-final gold and bronze medalists, Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins, pose with their national flag, yesterday.

GLASGOW: Oceanic powerhouses Australia and New Zealand added to their already impressive Commonwealth Games cycling medal hauls with another dominant day on the track yesterday.

Australia’s Jack Bobridge claimed his second gold of the Games as he retained his men’s 4000m individual pursuit title to add to the team pursuit gold he won on Thursday.

“It was a fantastic honour to come back to the track guys and try and defend my two titles from Delhi and I am over the moon to be able to do it,” said Bobridge, who only had two weeks of training on the track before the Games.

“To walk away with two golds again is amazing.”

The world record holder finished nearly five seconds ahead of team-mate and world champion Alex Edmonson in the final.

“It was awesome to race him. He’s like a brother to me now and we are going to be together right through to Rio (2016 Olympics) and hopefully beyond,” Bobridge said of his compatriot.

New Zealand claimed bronze as veteran Marc Ryan powered home ahead of Owain Doull from Wales.

There was more success for the Kiwis as Sam Webster won a thrilling men’s sprint final against England’s Jason Kenny.

Webster, who defeated team-mate Marc Ryan in the semi-final, claimed first blood with a runaway victory in the first heat before Kenny levelled following a photo finish in the second.

However, the 23-year-old, who claimed bronze medal in Delhi, powered home to victory in the decisive third heat to collect his second gold of the Games following New Zealand’s win in the team sprint on Thursday.

“After yesterday I was really happy with how I came into the individual sprint. I felt like I was dominant but conservative,” Webster said.

Scotland won its first track cycling gold medal as world champion Neil Fachie and pilot Craig MacLean won the para-sport 1000m time trial tandem.