Australia has dominated the first night of Commonwealth Games track cycling action at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane bagging three gold medals and a world record.
The first gold of the night came in the Women’s 4000 metre Team Pursuit with Australia’s Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Alexandra Manly beating the New Zealand team in a new Commonwealth Games Record time of 4:15.214.
Canada took out the bronze medal.
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Ankudinoff says it’s a huge thrill to win at the velodrome.
“It means everything to win gold. It couldn’t be better in front of the home crowd,” she said.
Manly says it’s extra special doing it all on home soil.
“The celebrations have started. And it was so special having my family in the crowd,” Manly said.
The men then followed up the success of the women also taking out gold, beating England and clocking a new world record of 3:49.804.
The team of Alex Porter, Sam Welsford, Leigh Howard and Kelland O’Brien led the English from start to finish.
Our final gold of the night came in the Women’s Team Sprint with Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton beating home the team from New Zealand in new Commonwealth Games record time of 32.488.
Australia also took home bronze in the Men’s Team Pursuit, Brad Henderson also picked up bronze in the Men’s B&VI 1000 metres, while Jessica Gallagher picked up bronze in the Women’s B&VI Sprint.
Triple gold + double bronze to Australian Cycling Team on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Stunning…