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Commonwealth Games: Australia finish top in track cycling

Australia finished top of the medal table in Commonwealth Games track cycling as they claimed another two golds on the final day of competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Sunday (July 27).

GLASGOW: Australia finished top of the medal table in Commonwealth Games track cycling as they claimed another two golds on the final day of competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Sunday (July 27).

Stephanie Morton took home the gold for Australia in the women's sprint after seeing off compatriot and reigning champion Anna Meares in the best of three final.

Matthew Glaetzer then claimed gold in the men's keirin to seal a successful track campaign for Australia who won 20 of the medals on offer including seven golds.

Sam Webster took silver for New Zealand while Malaysia's Azizul Awang won the bronze.

It was a good day for England as well with Laura Trott winning the 25km points race and Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott taking gold in the women's para-sport 1000m tandem time trial.

New Zealand, who were without a gold for 12 years on the track, finished with a fourth win as Shane Archbold claimed the 20km scratch race.

Australian track legend Meares was unable to successively defend her women's Commonwealth Sprint title after team-mate Morton pipped her on the line to take the first heat before sealing victory with a second heat win.

It was a reversal of the 500m time trial final when Morton had to settle for silver behind Meares, who has now joined New Zealand's Gary Anderson as the most decorated track cyclist at the Commonwealth Games and surpassed Kathy Watt's Australian women's cycling record of seven Commonwealth Games medals.

Jess Varnish won bronze with a controversial two heat win over Malaysia's Fatehah Mustapa.

Mustapa looked to have won the first heat but was later relegated after track officials adjudged her not to have held her line going into the final sprint. Varnish then won the second heat by a comfortable margin to claim third place.

Trott reclaimed the women's 25km points race for England following a closely contested race.

Australia had claimed the four previous versions of the event but Trott held on to become the first English winner since Yvonne McGregor at Victoria in 1994.

The Olympic gold medallist and Elinor Barker had traded top spot throughout the race and it was the Welsh rider who had a one-point advantage going into the final sprint.

However, in a dramatic dash to the line Trott managed to make her way in front of Barker to cross the line just behind Scotland's Katie Archibald.

It meant Trott and Barker finished on the same number of points with her superior position in the final sprint handing a first Commonwealth gold to the English rider.

Archibald's final sprint win meant the Scot pipped current world champion Amy Cure of Australia to the bronze.

New Zealand won their fourth gold at the track when Archbold won the men's 20km scratch race ahead of Australia's Glenn O'Shea.

Archbold's Kiwi team-mate Thomas Scully provided Archbold with a great lead-out train and Archbold used his fresher legs to hold off the challenge of O'Shea in the endurance race.

Remi Pelletier claimed the bronze medal for Canada ahead of the Isle of Man's Mark Christian. Northern Ireland's Martyn Irvine, a silver medallist in the world championships in Colombia earlier this year, was unable to keep up with the leading pack.

Thornhill and pilot Scott claimed their second gold of the Games as they added the women's para-sport 1000m tandem time trial to go with the sprint title they claimed on Thursday.

In a repeat of Thursday's sprint final Aileen McGlynn of Scotland and pilot Louise Haston claimed silver while Australia's Brandie O'Connor and Breanna Hargrave collected the bronze.

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