NEW DELHI – Australia won the battle of the track cycling superpowers with a lap to spare when they smashed their own Commonwealth record to take gold in the men’s 4000m team pursuit on Thursday.
Australia, who have taken all but one of the 11 golds on offer so far, coasted past New Zealand in a time of 3min 05.476sec at the Indira Gandhi velodrome.
The team of Jack Bobridge, Cameron Meyer, Michael Hepburn and Dale Parker had a psychological edge going into the final after setting a new record in qualifying.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to win alongside your best mates,” said Bobridge. “Australia have shown in every sport at this Games that we are picking up, especially in cycling and swimming, towards the London 2012 Olympics.
“In cycling we got knocked about a bit in Beijing so we have made some changes since then which are helping put us back where we belong.”
The team of Bobridge, Cameron Meyer, Michael Hepburn and Dale Parker had a psychological edge going into the final after setting a new record in qualifying.
Bobridge, 21, and Meyer, 22, had already won the individual golds in the pursuit and points races on Wednesday, with Bobridge setting a Games record in qualifying.
Hepburn, the bronze medalist in that race, came into Thursday’s team final having produced the world’s second-fastest 4000m ride of all time at this year’s national championships.
Michael Freiberg, who had been announced in Australia’s starting line-up before he was replaced by Meyer, will also get a gold medal as he took part in qualifying.
In the bronze medal race, Northern Ireland were far too strong for an inexperienced India team, cruising to a win after catching their rivals mid-way through the race.