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Fantastic night at the Manchester velodrome


A rapt crowd sees thrills and spills as the medals get decided.

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The final night of track cycling action was brimmed with drama and excitement as New Zealand romped to double gold medal success and Australia collected their fifteenth track medal of the Games, but had one of their double gold medallists disqualified.

The menís points race was the first final of the evening, but it was marred by controversy when Australiaís Graeme Brown was disqualified for a move that ultimately brought three riders down.

Brown, who on Thursday won gold in both the 20km scratch race and team pursuit, was in fourth place with 74 laps of the 30km race to go when he was deemed to have forced a pack of riders high. Mark Kelly of the Isle of Man had nowhere to go and slammed into the barrier on the north bank, sliding down the track.

Brown's Australian team-mate Peter Dawson and Welsh rider Will Wright hit Kelly and shortly after the race was stopped.

Wright walked away from the accident badly shaken and retired. Kelly was lent a bike by the Welsh team and was able to complete the race.

Dawson was able to rejoin the race within the five permitted laps.

The race re-started from the same point and Greg Henderson resumed control, earning maximum points in four of the next five sprints. He collected a total of 35 points to win New Zealandís first cycling gold medal of the Games.

Aussie Mark Renshaw finished eight points behind with 27 to take silver ahead of Englandís Chris Newton who scored consistently win bronze.

Next, Sarah Ulmer of New Zealand retained her 3000m individual pursuit title, bettering the Commonwealth record she set in qualifying on Friday morning. Ulmer's s win stopped Katherine Bates of Australia winning a third cycling gold medal at these Games.

Bates momentarily looked like she would bag gold number three after a see-saw battle for the lead. By the 2000m mark, Ulmer had asserted her authority to bag New Zealandís second cycling gold medal of the evening in 3:32.467, another new Commonwealth Games record.

The third final of the evening pitted Englandís Jason Qually and Jamie Staff, silver and bronze medallists from the menís 1km time trial, plus Andy Slater, against the three men who scooped gold, silver and bronze for Australia in the menís sprint Ė Sean Eadie, Ryan Bayley and Jobie Dejka.

The English had recorded the fastest time in qualifying but both sides rode inside this time in the second round with the Australians marginally quicker. In the final the Australians were once again too strong, capping a fantastic week on the track, by taking gold in 44.506, just two tenths of a second faster than England.

Scotlandís trio of Chris Hoy, Ross Edgar and Craig Maclean overcame New Zealand to take the bronze with a time of 44.934.

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