NEW DELHI – Australia continued to cut a swathe through the competition at the Commonwealth Games Thursday with teenager Megan Dunn picking up her second gold medal in as many days in the 10km scratch race.
Australia now have seven from a possible eight track cycling titles and look unstoppable with three more golds up for grabs on Thursday.
Dunn, 19, who won the women’s 25km points race on Wednesday, bided her time behind her teammate Ashlee Ankudinoff before hitting the front with less than ten laps to go and obliterating the field.
“I wasn’t keen for it to come down to a sprint finish – I saw a chance to go for it,” she said. “In a scratch race you can have 20 different race plans at the start.
“It is such an unpredictable type of race that I did not expect to win and I wondered whether I would have the legs after yesterday.”
Veteran New Zealand rider Joanne Kiesanowski, 31, took silver with England’s Anna Blyth, 22, winning bronze.
“It was really awesome,” Kiesanowski said. “There was a rush in front. I tried my best but unfortunately the Aussies won the race.”
Blyth said she was “really, really happy” with her race, adding: “As soon as I heard the bell I went for it and overtook the Kiwi.”
Ankudinoff, a member of the winning Team Pursuit team at the UCI Track World Championships in Denmark, had been hotly-tipped to pick up a medal.
She looked good setting the pace at the front of the pack but pulled out with a quarter of the race to go.
Scotland’s Kate Cullen, a bronze medalist in the points race in Melbourne 2006, could only manage eighth while Tara Alice Whitten of Canada, a 25km points race bronze medalist on Wednesday, finished 14th over the shorter distance.
Belinda Goss, 26, Australia, reigning national 25km points race champion, and third in the scratch race at the 2010 world championships, was pushed out in the final laps to end the race fifth behind Wales’s Alex Greenfield.