Australia gobble up cycling medals
01 August 2002
Australia picked up a further four medals, two of them gold, on Wednesday in a world-class evening session.
Brad McGee (AUS) completely dominated the Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit Final against England’s Bradley Wiggins. The Australian smashed the Commonwealth Games record with a time of 4min 16.359sec to win his third consecutive Games gold.
It was master against pupil and Wiggins had no answer as McGee overtook him with five laps to go. The Australian carried on and in a virtuoso performance raced alone against the clock as the silver medallist Wiggins cheered him on.
England’s Paul Manning took bronze, beating Australian Luke Roberts in a see-saw battle that saw Manning hold on at the end to record a time of 4:21.813.
It was an Australian clean sweep in the Men’s Sprint final with a dramatic final lap in the third of the best-of-three matches as 20-year-old Ryan Bayley snatched it right on the line with a time of 10.659sec from veteran Sean Eadie.
Eeadie, 33, who had previously been on the podium seven times without winning a major championships, had to settle for another silver to match the one he picked up in Kuala Lumpur four years ago. Australia has now won this event for the past nine Games.
Eadie won the first match after a cat-and-mouse couple of laps, in a time of 10.605sec, and looked to have the advantage in the seconds. But a late surge from Bayley saw the youngster take it in 10.423 with a fantastic photo-finish up the home straight.
The decider saw Eadie appear in command, but Bayley gritted his teeth and the pair crossed the line together with Bayley’s front wheel just raised in the air. The two riders did a further circuit waiting for the outcome and neither seemed convinced that he’d won. In the end, Bayley’s arms were aloft as a major title yet again eluded Eadie. .
Bronze medal went to the third Australian, Jobie Dajka, who left the home crowd disappointed by beating English debutant Jamie Staff in two straight matches. This was the second Australian cycling 1-2-3 of the Games.
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