Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Silver! Cyclists earn first Games medal for NZ

Silver! Cyclists earn first Games medal for NZ

The Australian quartet of Shayna Jack, Emma McKeon and sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell were roared home by a fervent crowd to clock three minutes, 30.05 seconds and break their own record of 3:30.65 set at the Rio Olympics.

"I reminded her that at the Commonwealth Games selection trials in November a year ago she fought four times in three days to win through to the final so she's already done her hard yards", Evans said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. quoted protester Wayne Wharton saying "We are calling on the Commonwealth heads of every nation that has come here to demand (Prime Minister) Malcolm Turnbull to initiate a truth commission".

Horton was the first Australian champion in the race, seen as one of the premier titles on the programme, since retired swimming great Ian Thorpe at Manchester in 2002.

Fittingly, Thorpe presented Horton with his gold medal at the podium presentation. "It was a good race with James - he's always out quick", Horton said.

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Jack was given the nod to swim the lead-off leg and it was not lost on the 19-year-old, after completing a lap of honour with her more senior teammates in front of a frenzied crowd in Southport, that she may have missed the opportunity to be a part of swimming history.

"That didn't happen so much in Rio".

Aborigines, whose cultures stretch back tens of thousands of years before the British arrived, make up about three percent of Australia's population of 25 million.

Earlier, the Australian women's team pursuit set a new Games record on their way to the first women's team pursuit medal at a Commonwealth Games.

"I've been second nearly every single time", Wilmott said.

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"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time", Willmott said. "I thought that was going to stand for a long time ... just a bit gobsmacked really".

Miley was 0.03secs ahead heading into the final leg but Wilmott finished strongly for the gold medal.

Under a mostly clear night sky at the open-air stadium, Ruck held off a fast-charging Ariarne Titmus of Australia in the 200-meter freestyle.

Emerging star Titmus and McKeon were then pipped in the 200m freestyle final by Canada's Ruck.

Australia went some way towards easing the pain of Rio 2016 as the Commonwealth Games hosts sealed a hat-trick of track cycling golds on Thursday, demolishing a world record along the way.

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