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Commonwealth Games 2014 – Track, Day Two

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Commonwealth Games 2014Highlight of the day at the Commonwealth Games 2014 velodrome was without doubt the gold medal won by Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean in the Para B2 Tandem Kilo Time Trial.

Going off last and fastest at every check, the pair were carried along by the enormous, ear-splitting roar from the full-capacity crowd, with lots of Scots but also a fair percentage of other nations too all voicing their support for the effort and spectacle.

The track always throws up drama and great competition, and today we saw great Pursuit wins for England (Joanna Rowsell) and Australia (Jack Bobridge), and exciting Sprint finals with New Zealand’s Sam Webster claiming gold over Jason Kenny (England), with Kiwi Ed Dawkins winning the bronze from Peter Lewis (Australia).

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Craig MacLean and Neil Fachie face the questions in the Mixed Zone. Photo©Martin Williamson
Commonwealth Games 2014
Elinor Barker (Wales) during her pursuit qualifier. Photo©Martin Williamson
Commonwealth Games 2014
Evan Oliphant (Scotland) (l) relaxes. Photo©Martin Williamson
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Jane (r) and her Games “Flash Quotes” team of young reporters did a sterling job. Photo©Martin Williamson
Cavan Pawson
Cavan Pawson, Photo Manager for the cycling events and experienced photographer, was a huge help to VeloVeritas. Photo©Martin Williamson

Women’s Individual Pursuit

Reigning World Pursuit Champion England’s Joanna Rowsell took on Anette Edmonson (Australia) in the final after the two qualified first and second in the morning session, Rowsell setting a new Games Record in her qualifying heat with her ride of 3:29.038.

Edmonson started very quickly in the final and for the first three laps it looked like she would give Rowsell a run for her money, but once Rowsell was into her stride she quickly rode the gap down and by half distance was in command and moving to catch sight of Edmonson on the straights, finishing just shy of four seconds up on the Australian.

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Joanna Rowsell (England). Photo©Martin Williamson
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Amy Cure (Australia). Photo©Martin Williamson

Scotland’s Katie Archibald qualified fourth behind Amy Cure of Australia, and in the ride off for the bronze medal was two seconds slower to end up off the podium the looking forward to the next bunch race.

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Katie Archibald (Scotland). Photo©Martin Williamson
Commonwealth Games 2014
Laura Trott (England) didn’t exude happiness at the velodrome. Photo©Martin Williamson

Photo Gallery: Women’s Individual Pursuit