Muenzer amongst record breakers at velodrome
Canadian Lori-Ann Muenzer was one of four record breakers in a thrilling morning's cycling.
Muenzer snatches the record from compatriot Tanya Dubnicoff
Records tumbled at the National Cycling Centre in the morning session on Wednesday 31 July confirming the trackís reputation as one of the fastest in the world.
The first Commonwealth Games record to go was in the womenís sprint 200m. Canadian Lori-Ann Muenzer broke compatriot Tanya Dubnicoffís previous mark with a time of 11.452.
Muenzer, who took bronze in the womenís 500m time trial earlier in the week, will be hoping to go two better in the sprint final.
Only seven of the nine scheduled starters took to the track in this quarterfinal giving Muenzer an automatic bye to the semi-final. Here, the biggest dangers to Muenzer will come from Denise Hampson (11.814) of Wales and the Australian sisters Kerrie and Anna Meares (11.581 and 11.957).
Only five teams competed in the menís 4000m team pursuit, but the Games record was still broken three times.
After a scratch Scotland side could only muster 5:06.133 and Wales posted 4:25.029, third-seeded New Zealand quartet of Hayden Roulston, Lee Vertongen, Matthew Randall and Greg Henderson set a new Commonwealth Games record with a time of 4:07.824.
Englandís Steve Cummings, Paul Manning, Chris Newton and Bryan Steel subsequently bettered the mark (4:05.003) but top seeds Australia; Graeme Brown, Peter Dawson, Mark Renshaw and Stephen Wooldridge went even quicker, posting 4:04.034.
The small field in the team pursuit means that Australia and England will contest the final while New Zealandís third place is enough to guarantee them the bronze medal without having to ride again.
Wooldridge said: "I really believe we can win. We have a young team. A lot of hard work is just starting to pay off now."
The only man that lies between Australia and a ninth consecutive Commonwealth Games menís sprint title is Englandís Jamie Staff. The former BMX World Champion coped well against his more experienced compatriot Andy Slater, progressing to the semi-finals by winning their best-of-three sprint-off two-nil.
Australians, Sean Eadie and Ryan Bayley also won their quarterfinals without dropping a race but the third member of the Australian team Jobie Dajka made it through in more dubious circumstances.
Dajka lost his first race by narrow margin against Barry Forde of Barbados in the second of their head-to-heads. But Forde was adjudged to have ridden upwards with the intention of forcing Dajka off his line and the race was awarded to the Australian.
In the deciding sprint, Dajka lead from the front to secure a place in the semi-finals and set up a potential clean sweep.
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