Commonwealth Games track cycling powerhouses Australia and New Zealand got off to flying starts on day one of Glasgow 2014 competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
The field was trimmed from 28 to eight on day one. Four riders, the fastest of whom was Matthew GLAETZER (AUS), broke the Commonwealth Games record in qualifying. Teammate Peter LEWIS (AUS) and Kiwis Sam WEBSTER (NZL), Edward DAWKINS (NZL) and Matthew ARCHIBALD (NZL) also posted a strong time. Reigning Olympic champion Jason KENNY (ENG) needed the repechage to qualify for the quarter-finals. Riding resumes on Friday.
Women's para sport sprint B2 tandem
In para cycling's debut Commonwealth Games event, world champion Sophie THORNHILL (ENG) continued her reign on the track with a gold medal win over local Aileen McGLYNN (SCO). The bronze medal heat was an Australian affair, with Brandie O'CONNOR (AUS) defeating compatriot Felicity JOHNSON (AUS) 2-0. Laura CLUXTON (SCO) chased down Rhiannon HENRY (WAL) to win the fifth place in a photo finish.
Women's 500m time trial
Anna MEARES (AUS) won the event for the third consecutive time, giving her seven Games medals, five of which are gold. She is the first track cyclist to win a medal at four different Commonwealth Games. The gold also brings her into a tie with Bradley McGEE (AUS) for the most Games track cycling top prizes. MEARES had to overcome strong performances from silver medallist Stephanie MORTON (AUS) and Jess VARNISH (ENG) to take the top spot.
Men's 4000m team pursuit
Bradley WIGGINS' (ENG) dream of a golden Commonwealth Games return was dashed by an overwhelming Australian performance. The defending Commonwealth and world champions lost rider Luke DAVISON with about seven laps still to go. But instead of slowing down, they continued to build their lead. New Zealand, who came apart in qualifying, finished third after catching Canada with seven laps to go in the bronze medal race.
Men's team sprint
Favourites New Zealand backed up their gold medal from the 2014 World Championships in Cali, Colombia, with a comprehensive win over England in the final. WEBSTER, DAWKINS and Ethan MITCHELL (NZL) set a new Commonwealth Games record and avenged their second-place finish from Delhi 2010. Australia, the defending Games champions in the event, settled for bronze after defeating Canada.
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