Commonwealth Games: Meyer cruises to gold in points race

Another gold for Australia

World champion Cameron Meyer wrapped up another stellar day for Australia in Commonwealth Games track cycling Wednesday when he claimed gold in the men's 40km points race.

Meyer, 22, was the firm favourite going into the race and lived up to his billing as racked up the points with consistent cycling and four sprint wins to finish on a massive 89 points.

George Atkins of England took silver with a total of 52 while Mark Peter Christian of the Isle of Man sneaked past Welshman Sam Harrison in the last few feet to take the bronze on 37 points despite notching the exactly same total as his rival.

Australia finished the day with three of the four golds on offer, adding to Tuesday's haul of three golds in three events at the Indira Gandhi velodrome on Tuesday.

"I'm very happy. I've ticked off my main objective off the list and it's great to come here and win a gold medal," said Meyer, who has scratch races and a team sprint to complete before the closing ceremony on next Thursday.

Meyer attributed Australia's success to "great team spirit" in the locker room after his country's much publicised anxieties about Delhi's chaotic build-up to the Games abated and the team committed itself to turning up.

Gold in Delhi caps quite a year for Meyer, who came first in the madison, points race and team pursuit in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships following a disappointing fourth place in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"I was so close in Beijing," he said. "I'm going into London 2012 thinking I will be ready."

Silver medallist Atkins said he was "extremely proud".

"I came here expecting maybe a top five," he said. "It all came together and I had really good legs. I have got to the point where I need and want to be the world champion."

Christian managed to get to equal points with Harrison after coming second in a sprint with nine laps to go, setting up a thrilling scuffle for bronze.

"Sam Harrison was really pushing me to the end and I knew I just had to get my wheel in front," he said.

Christian said he always believed Meyer would "walk away" with the gold.

© AFP 2010

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