CWG 2014: Edmondson, Sunderland keep Aussies on right track

Glasgow: Australia took their Commonwealth Games cycling medal tally to 15 after another dominant session on Saturday in which they won golds in the women`s 10km scratch and men`s 1km time trials.

Annette Edmondson won the women`s scratch race while Scott Sunderland landed the men`s 1km time trial with an inspired ride racing last.

For Edmondson, who beat compatriot Amy Cure and Wales` Elinor Barker into second and third respectively, it represents the exact replica of her brother Alex`s medal tally.

The 22-year-old, who was silver medallist in the individual pursuit, has matched Alex`s tally of team gold and individual pursuit silver.

"Finally I`ve matched Alex," Annette, who takes part in the 25km points race on Sunday said.

"I`ve never come home with the gold, it`s always been silver or bronze, so it really means a lot to me."

"I`ve matched him now, we have both have one of each. We press on because we both have one more tomorrow and we`ll see who brings home the most medals."

Edmondson paid tribute to the work of team-mates Cure and Melissa Hoskins in her victory.

"You`ve got to work as a team and I seriously back those girls," she said.

"I couldn`t have done it without them. Amy and Mel helped me out a lot, it was a team effort. We wanted all the medals but at the end we didn`t want to hold off.

"I didn`t know we had all done so well until I looked on the board and had seen the replay. The aim was to get first and to do anything else was a bonus."

The pressure was certainly on Sunderland as the defending champion from Delhi and Simon van Velthooven from New Zealand went last in the time trials.

But the Australian delivered in one minute 0.675 seconds to claim victory with Van Velthooven claiming second in 1:01.060, ahead of his countryman Matthew Archibald who finished on 1:01.162.

"It took me a lap to realise I had won," said Sunderland. "I could half see the numbers and I was scanning up and down. The time I rode was spectacular, I felt.

"It was difficult coming in as the reigning champion. I had really good form and training.

"It was certainly difficult coming into the last lap. I started to get really light-headed. The crowd were really cheering me on but I didn`t know what my time was."

Australia are also guaranteed another gold medal after Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton won their semi-finals in the women`s sprint races with 2-0 victories over Jess Varnish of England and Fatehah Mustapha of Malaysia respectively.

But Australian duo Jason Niblett and Kieran Modra missed out in the men`s Para Sprint B tandem as Scotland`s Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean claimed a second gold in the cycling of the Games for a patient home crowd with a 2-1 victory.

It was New Zealand who shone in the men`s 40km points race with Thomas Scully claiming gold with 98 and Aaron Gate bronze with 82.

Peter Kennaugh claimed Isle of Man`s first medal of the Games, finishing second with 84.

It was a fitting victory for Scully who missed the Commonwealth Games in 2010 due to a crash at the Tour of Ireland.

"It`s been a long four years since the crash I had, but this year has been really good," he said.

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