Perkins Completes The Gold Medal Sweep For Australia

NEW DELHI – Australian bad boy Shane Perkins took gold in the track sprint at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, a day after being disqualified from the keirin event.

Perkins, 23, shrugged off Wednesday’s controversy and the bad publicity he received after a rude hand gesture to officials, when he outlasted teammate Scott Sunderland in the second ride at the Indira Gandhi velodrome.

The race helped Australia to a clean sweep of four golds on the third day of competition, with his teammates winning the women’s sprint and scratch races as well as the men’s team pursuit.

Sunderland, who picked up his own gold on Tuesday, setting a new Commonwealth Games record in the men’s 1000m time-trial, started strongly in both rides, but was unable to live with his teammate’s devastating power, losing ground over the last few yards in both rides.

Sam Webster of New Zealand edged out compatriot Edwar Dawkins to take the bronze.

On Wednesday Perkins became the second Australian athlete in as many days to flip the finger at Commonwealth Games officials, joining disgruntled wrestler Hassene Fkiri.

He will be disciplined by Cycling Australia for an angry two-fingered salute at officials, who cited him for dangerous riding in the semi-final of the keirin and disqualified him from the gold medal ride-off.