Commonwealth Games: Australia complete Games glory with scratch one-two

Third gold medal for Cameron Meyer

Cameron Meyer celebrated a third gold medal at the Commonwealth Games today as Australia's formidable endurance riders took gold and silver in the men's 25km scratch race.

Meyer, who looked comfortable and in charge from the starting hooter, punched the air as he caught team-mate Michael Freiberg, who won silver, on the last lap. Zach Bell of Canada took third spot on the podium.

"The field here in Delhi is a little bit less than world championship level but if you look at the times and quality of rides over the last few days we've been sending a message out there for the future," Meyer said.

Australia looked odds-on to clean up going into the event, with Meyer already a gold medallist in the points race and team pursuit. England's George Atkins and Mark Peter Christian of the Isle of Man, silver and bronze medallists respectively in the points race, were seen as medal prospects but could not live with the Australians' aggression and power.

Meyer is the first Australian man to win three gold medals in Games track cycling at a single championships. Earlier in the Games, his team-mate Anna Meares matched his achievement, also winning three golds.

Australia were utterly dominant, winning 12 of the 14 events at the Indira Gandhi velodrome. The previous record was set in 2002 by Australia, who won eight gold medals at the Manchester Games.

© AFP 2010

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