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Cycling preview - 28 July


The time trials move off the road and on to the track for the second day of the Cycling competition, with the menís 1km and the womenís 500m events.

Jason Queally

Jason Queally

The 250m indoor track at the National Cycling Centre is reputedly the fastest in the world at sea level and it is expected that every Commonwealth record will tumble during the Games.

England and Scotland are predicted to share the medals in the menís competition with Manchesterís own Olympic champion Jason Queally starting as the no 1 seed and gold medal favourite.

But before Queally upgrades his Kuala Lumpur silver to Manchester gold, he will have to beat the times of his English team-mate Jamie Staff and Scotlandís Chris Hoy, the other favoured entries in the 16-man line-up.

Staff is a multiple BMX champion turned sprint star who set the fourth fastest British time ever in only his second major event earlier this year. Hoy is a sprint Olympic silver medallist from the Sydney Games.

Kuala Lumpur gold medallist Shane Kelly (AUS) will not defend his title.

The womenís competition, with just seven entries, could be a tri-nation battle between top seed, Canadaís Lori-Ann Muenzer, no 2 Kerrie Meares (AUS) and New Zealandís Fiona Carswell.

Muenzer is no stranger to the Manchester Velodrome, having won a sprint silver in the 2000 World Championship there to add to her bronze in the same event at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Kerrie Meares was a creditable fifth in the 500m Time Trial at the 2001 World Championships in Antwerp, but as well as the competition from Muenzer, she will have to contend with her sister Anna Meares in Sundayís event.

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