Commonwealth Games: Australia win men's team sprint gold medal

New Zealand take silver, Malaysia bronze

Australia kept up their devastating assault on the track cycling medals at this year's Commonwealth Games with a new Games record in the men's team sprint to take their 11th gold of the tournament.

The win came despite lead sprinter Daniel Ellis being bedridden with the notorious "Delhi belly" stomach virus just two days before the final. 

Ellis recovered to gift the Australians a perfect start as he and team-mates Jason Niblett and Scott Sunderland powered around the Indira Gandhi velodrome in 43.772sec, ahead of rivals New Zealand in 44.239sec.

"Dan went off perfectly for us, starting as quickly as he was running to the toilet the other day," Niblett joked. "The gold medal is the icing on the cake. The morale here is insane. Everyone seems to be getting a PB (personal best) or a gold."

Niblett came into the team after star rider Shane Perkins pulled out of the event. Perkins was the second Australian athlete on Wednesday to flip the finger at Commonwealth Games officials, joining disgruntled wrestler Hassene Fkiri.

The 23-year-old will be disciplined by Cycling Australia for the angry two-fingered salute at officials, who cited him for dangerous riding and disqualified him from the gold medal ride-off in the kieren event.

Australian media reported that Perkins had dropped himself from the squad as punishment for his outburst. Malaysia won the bronze medal in the team sprint ahead of Scotland.

© AFP 2010

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