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Records tumble at the velodrome


Though no medals were at stake, records fell during the morning session at the National Cycling Centre.

Luke Roberts

Luke Roberts broke the 4,000m Commonwealth record

Sean Eadie (AUS), the top seed, set a new Commonwealth Games record of 10.145s over 200m to secure first place in the Menís Sprint Qualification.

The 33-year-old was the third man to break the record during the session.

Ryan Bayley (AUS) had set the benchmark with a time of 10.195s, but the next rider on track, Englandís Jamie Staff - a bronze medallist in the 1km Time Trial on Tuesday - completed the course in a British record 10.146s.

All three later qualified comfortably for the second round. Indeed, all twelve head-to-head first round races were won by the seeded riders.

In the Menís 4000m Individual Pursuit Qualification, eight riders posted times faster than the previous Commonwealth Games record, confirming the speed potential of the Manchester track.

Brad McGeeís (AUS) mark of 4:30.594 was bettered first by Kieran Page (ENG), 4:29.662, and then smashed by Hayden Godfrey (NZL), 4:25.898.

The new Commonwealth Games record-holder however is Luke Roberts (AUS) who completed the 4km course in 4:19.967.

Fresh from a stage victory in the Tour de France, McGee had an opportunity to reclaim the record he set four years ago on a concrete track in Kuala Lumpur in the final pairing but the reigning champion was only able to finish second fastest with a time of 4:21.230.

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