Aussies finish on top as track cycling ends

July 28, 2014 - 1:52:02 am
Australia’s Morton celebrates her gold medal with compatriot and silver medal winner Meares in the women’s sprint finals cycling race in Glasgow, yesterday.

GLASGOW: Australia finished top of the medal table in Commonwealth Games track cycling as they claimed another two golds on the final day of competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome yesterday.

Stephanie Morton took home the gold for Australia in the women’s sprint after seeing off compatriot and reigning champion Anna Meares in the best of three final.

Matthew Glaetzer then claimed gold in the men’s keirin to seal a successful track campaign for Australia who won 20 of the medals on offer including seven golds. 

Sam Webster took silver for New Zealand while Malaysia’s Azizul Awang won the bronze.

It was a good day for England as well with Laura Trott winning the 25km points race and Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott taking gold in the women’s para-sport 1000m tandem time trial.

New Zealand, who were without a gold for 12 years on the track, finished with a fourth win as Shane Archbold claimed the 20km scratch race.

Jess Varnish won bronze with a controversial two heat win over Malaysia’s Fatehah Mustapa. Mustapa looked to have won the first heat but was later relegated after track officials adjudged her not to have held her line going into the final sprint. 

The Olympic gold medallist and Elinor Barker had traded top spot throughout the race and it was the Welsh rider who had a one-point advantage going into the final sprint.

New Zealand won their fourth gold at the track when Archbold won the men’s 20km scratch race ahead of Australia’s Glenn O’Shea.

Archbold’s Kiwi team-mate Thomas Scully provided Archbold with a great lead-out train and Archbold used his fresher legs to hold off the challenge of O’Shea in the endurance race.

Northern Ireland’s Martyn Irvine, a silver medallist in the world championships was unable to keep up with the leading pack.

Thornhill and pilot Scott claimed their second gold of the Games as they added the women’s para-sport 1000m tandem time trial to go with the sprint title they claimed on Thursday.

In a repeat of Thursday’s sprint final Aileen McGlynn of Scotland and pilot Louise Haston claimed silver while Australia’s Brandie O’Connor and Breanna Hargrave collected the bronze.

AFP

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