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New Zealand take 4000m team pursuit bronze

31 July 2002

England and Australia will battle it out for the gold medal on Thursday evening.

England's 4000m team pursuit

England's pursuit team in action at Manchester 2002

With only five teams competing in the men’s 4000m team pursuit on Wednesday, 31 July the third placed team were guaranteed an automatic bronze medal with the two fastest nations progressing to the final.

After a scratch Scotland side could only muster 5:06.133 and Wales posted 4:25.029, the third-seeded New Zealand quartet of Hayden Roulston, Lee Vertongen, Matthew Randall and Greg Henderson set a new Commonwealth Games record of 4:07.824.

This mark was subsequently bettered by England (4:05.003) and finally Australia (4:04.034), but was enough to give the kiwis their third consecutive Commonwealth bronze in the team pursuit event.

Greg Henderson of New Zealand said: “We’re pretty disappointed to be honest with you. We got bronze in ’94, we got bronze in ’98, then we trained our butts off and got bronze in 2002."

"We’re pretty much amateurs in a professional world. We’re all self-funded but you don’t like making excuses."

"We came up against two very professional teams and we’re getting closer and closer, but it’s disappointing in the end that we didn’t get close enough to beat them."

“You don’t come here for bronze medals. You don’t give it four years of your life training to come third again. Everyone’s here for that one colour, gold.”

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