Australia's clean sweep in team pursuit

Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times
Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

07 April, 2018

"When we set the world record (at Rio) it was a really quick time and we weren't expecting to get near it tonight".

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Gold medalists Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly of Australia celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's 4000m Team Pursuit Gold Final during the Cycling on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Anna Meares Velodrome on April 5, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

The New Zealand's men's team pursuit have been disqualified from their ride-off for bronze at the Commonwealth Games tonight.

Wales were promoted into New Zealand's place; a big blow for the team of Regan Gough, Campbell Stewart, Nick Kergozou, Tom Sexton and Jared Gray.

"It's nice to have a medal but I want gold - and with all the training I've done, I want to earn it".

"We're now focused on how we can use this race to see what we can do in the future".

The 21-year-old Victorian's freshly minted Commonwealth medal follows his 400m freestyle gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But they said the win was also about their two teammates Georgia Baker and Rebecca Wiasak who missed out on a ride and were instead cheering from the sidelines.

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The girls deliver huge ride but come up just short against Australia.

"It was beyond my wildest dreams", Cate Campbell said.

"It's the first time I think I've heard the crowd while I'm swimming", she added. Australia's McKeon, who won the race in Glasgow four years ago, finished third.

Morton meanwhile has always been hailed the future queen of the track and at 27 has well and truly arrived as Meares watched on from the stands in the track named in her honour.

Australia were dominant in the final securing a new Commonwealth Games record time of four minutes and 15.214 seconds, nearly lapping New Zealand in their last lap.

"We went out there and gave it our best and super stoked to be on the podium".

The World No. 10 Indian team, chasing its first CWG medal after the 2006 Melbourne Games silver, trailed the first 30 minutes of the match, scored a couple of goals in the third period to draw level before conceding one in the dying minutes of the match to end up on the losing side against their World No. 26 rivals.

McCulloch said the pair had great chemistry on the track and their record was proof.

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