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Track Cycling recap: Records smashed

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9 Apr 2018

The only record not broken at the Anna Meares velodrome during GC2018 was the record set by Anna Meares herself in the 500m time trial at the Glasgow 2014 games.

Commonwealth Games records were set or broken in every other track cycling competition.

Australia topped the medal tally, but Scotland also left the Anna Meares Velodrome happy after doubling their medal haul from Glasgow 2014.

The hosts secured 19 medals (10 gold, three silver, and six bronze) to the delight of daily sell-out crowds at the new venue, whil Scotland were the next most successful with 10 medals (four gold, four silver, and two bronze).

England won nine medals (three gold, two silver, four bronze) and New Zealand collected 12 overall (two gold, six silver and four bronze). Wales (one gold, three silver) and Canada (two bronze) rounded out the medals.

Five world records fell at GC2018, four of them in Para cycling. Scotland’s Neil Fachie broke his own world records in the men's B&VI sprint and men's B&VI 1000m time trial. England’s Sophie Thornhill also broke her own world records in the two corresponding women's events

Neil Fachie of Scotland and pilot Matt Rotherham set the world record in the Men's B&VI Sprint Qualifying during Cycling.
Neil Fachie of Scotland and pilot Matt Rotherham set the world record in the Men's B&VI Sprint Qualifying during Cycling. Photo Getty.

Australia's men's 4000m team pursuit cyclists, Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O'Brien and Alex Porter broke the world record in the gold medal race against England.

Men's 4000m Team Pursuit Final during the Track Cycling. Australia celebrates.
Australia's 4000m team pursuit celebrate their world record. Photo: Getty.

The women's time trial is now the only event where the Glasgow 2014 record still stands, and is held by Anna Meares.

Stephanie Morton made history on several fronts. She became the first woman to defend a Commonwealth Games individual sprint title, and the first Australian woman to win individual sprint gold medals at two Commonwealth Games (Glasgow 2014 and GC2018).

Stephanie Morton of Australia and Natasha Hansen of New Zealand compete in the Women's Sprint Gold final.
Stephanie Morton of Australia defeats Natasha Hansen of New Zealand compete in the Women's Sprint Gold final. Photo: Getty.

The gold she won in the women's sprint was Australia's 100th gold medal at a Commonwealth Games across all cycling disciplines. Morton ended the Games with three gold medals and one silver.

In the men's individual sprint, New Zealand’s Sam Webster also defended his title, becoming only the second man to do so (the other was Australia's Ryan Bailey, who won the men's sprint at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006).

Sam Webster of New Zealand celebrates winning gold in the Men's Sprint Gold Final.
Sam Webster of New Zealand celebrates winning gold in the Men's Sprint Gold Final. Photo: Getty.

Morton and Webster both defending their individual sprint titles was the first time this had happened across the men's and women's events at a Commonwealth Games.

Scottish siblings Katie and John Archibald  also enjoyed a successful Games.

Katie won gold in the women's 3000m individual pursuit and silver in the women's 25km points race. Her brother John, who only made the switch from road to track cycling in late 2017, won silver in the men's 4000m individual pursuit.

Katie Archibald of Scotland celebrates winning gold in the Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit Gold Final.
Katie Archibald of Scotland celebrates winning gold in the Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit Gold Final. Photo: Getty.

Malaysia’s Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom created the headline of the event by knocking world champion Matt Glaetzer out of the men's sprint in the quarterfinals, then beating Lewis Olivia to reach the semifinals. He eventually lost to Jacob Schmid in the bronze medal race.

Apart from his premature exit from the men's sprint, Glaetzer had a successful GC2018, winning gold in an exciting men's keirin final and gold in the men's 1000m time trial, breaking the Commonwealth Games record in the process.

Matt Glaetzer of Australia celebrates a games record time after he competes and wins the Men's 1000m Time Trial track cycling.
Matt Glaetzer of Australia celebrates a games record time after he competes and wins the Men's 1000m Time Trial track cycling. Photo: Getty.