Pedal power brings in two more gold for Australia

AUSTRALIA is up to 41 Gold on the Commonwealth Games medal tally as the sun sets on Day six of competition.

Gold Coast cyclist Katrin Garfoot put in a dominant performance in the women’s Individual Time Trial, completing the 25.5km Currumbin course in a blistering pace of 35:08.09.

She finished almost a minute ahead of second-placed Linda Villumsen of New Zealand (36:03.01), with Englishwoman Hayley Simmonds claiming Bronze (36:22.09).


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The German-born rider, who gave up a career in Europe to move to the Gold Coast with her husband, said her local knowledge of the course certainly helped on the day.

“I reckon I’ve ridden the course every other day since February,” Garfoot said.

“After I did so badly in Rio (2016 Olympic Games) I just wanted to come home and win here. It’s a good place to succeed.”

Garfoot’s medal presentation was the second time the crowd at Currumbin Beachfront was treated to the Australian national anthem, after Cameron Meyer also powered to gold.

After coming fourth in the points race on the Anna Meares Velodrome on Sunday 8, Meyer found redemption on the road in a time of 48:13.04.

“It was a late decision (to race) and my coach just put it to me about two weeks ago. I just thought ‘I’m on the Gold Coast anyway, why not go for the challenge?'” Meyer said.

“I didn’t know what it would be like competing today as it’s my first race back (in two and a half years).

“Last time I raced, I decided to break my collarbone, but I’m really glad I took the challenge and today was my day.”

As of 5pm on Tuesday Australia remained cemented to the top of the medal tally with a total of 109 medals: 41 GOLD, 34 SILVER and 34 BRONZE.

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