Commonwealth Games: Megan Dunn wins women's points race

Lauren Ellis second

Rising track star Megan Dunn lived up to her promise when she edged a thrilling finale to win the women's 25km points race at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Australian champion gave her country their fourth track cycling gold medal from four finals, finishing ahead of Lauren Ellis of New Zealand with Tara Alice Whitten of Canada winning the bronze.

Dunn, already a top track cyclist in her first year of senior racing and a multiple junior world champion, started the event as one of the favourites and showed why as she demonstrated formidable grit to edge out Ellis at the death, wrapping up gold in the last of 10 sprints.

Ellis swapped sprint victories with Dunn throughout the middle section of the race and beat her rival into second place in the ninth, closing the gap to two points to set up a nailbiting finish.

But Dunn cruised home in the final sprint, beating Ellis into third to take gold by five points.

Whitten worked hard to keep up with leading two, winning the second and eight sprints but fell away towards the end of the race and in the end seemed happy to take third, nine points behind the leader.

© AFP 2010

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