Meares and McCulloch Takes Gold At Commonwealth Games

NEW DELHI – Australia underlined their domination of cycling at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, comfortably taking their fifth gold in the women’s track sprint team race.

The Australian team of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch powered around the Indira Gandhi velodrome in 33.811sec, more than two seconds ahead of silver medalists Scotland.

Canada won the bronze medal with a similarly convincing win over India.

The Australians, tipped before the tournament to sweep all before them in New Delhi, had taken three golds from three finals on the opening day of cycling on Tuesday.

Meares, one of the opening day winners, bettered her own mark to set a new Games record and defend the 500m Time Trial title and claim her fifth Commonwealth medal. McCulloch was second in that race.

Both were too quick for the Scots duo of Jenny Davis and Monique Sullivan, taking the race at a canter.

Canada, whose team included Tara Alice Whitten, who had just picked up bronze in in the 100-lap points race, were easy winners in the bronze medal ride-off, beating India by more than a second in a time of 37.094.