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Women’s track team sweeps up two Commonwealth Games gold medals

by Simone Giuliani

In the first night of competition at the Commonwealth Games the Australian women swept up two gold medals on the track, with the team pursuit and team sprint riders delivering clear victories against silver medallists New Zealand.

First up it was the 4,000 metre team pursuit where Australia’s Ashlee Ankudinoff, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Alex Manly lined up against the New Zealand quartet of Kirstie James, Racquel Sheath, Rushlee Buchanan and Bryony Botha to decide who would get gold.

It didn’t take long for the Australian’s to carve out a clear lead and by the time the finish line arrived the home nation had pulled back half a lap on the New Zealand team to catch them just before the line. The Australian’s delivered a new Games record with a time of 4:15.214, more than 8 seconds up on their rivals.

It wasn’t long after the Australian men secured their team pursuit world record that it was time for the women’s team sprint, another match between Australian and New Zealand. It was also another victory for Australia with a time of 32.488 for sprint pair Stephanie Morton & Kaarle McCulloch.

“That was just exhilarating and to get the Australian record, that was what we were really chasing today,” Morton said in an interview on Channel 7. “I knew as soon as we crossed the line and that crowd just erupted we had got it.”