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Tommy Banks keeps an eye on his opponent at Meadowbank Velodrome in Edinburgh during the 1970 Commonwealth Games.
Another rad vintage racing photo from Robert’s Flickr.
Ross Edgar’s brilliant crash during the Men’s Keirin last week at the Commonwealth Games. Look at that tuck and roll! Amazing to watch in slow motion how this guy’s sharp reflexes probably saved him from breaking a collar bone at about 45 mph.
Needless to say the Aussies completely stole the show, taking 12 of the 14 Gold medals offered for track cycling events. Definitely look out for these guys at the 2012 Olympics. Read more at Bike Radar.
Australia continues to horde all the Gold medals, winning every track cycling event today. Megan Dunn won the Women’s Scratch Race. The team of Jack Bobridge, Cam Meyer, Michael Hepburn and Dale Parker won the Team Pursuit. Shane Perkins won the Men’s Sprint while Anna Meares earned her 3rd Gold in the Women’s Sprint.
That’s 10 Gold medals for Australia out of the 11 events contested so far. See today’s full results on Canadian Cyclist.
Commonwealth Games coverage of the last few sprints in the Women’s 25km Points Race. What a close race!
Australians again dominated the track cycling events winning 3 of the 4 Gold medals awarded today. Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch took the Women’s Team Sprint Gold with a new Commonwealth Games record time. Cam Meyer destroyed the Men’s Points Race by lapping the field THREE TIMES. Megan Dunn (as seen in the video) grabbed the Women’s Points win just in the final sprint.
The only thing stopping Australia from an all-gold medal sweep was the Malaysian duo of Josiah Ng and Azizulhasni Awang in the dramatic Men’s Keirin race. Not only did British National Champion Ross Edgar crash out, but Azizul Awang — who crossed the finish line first — was disqualified, defaulting the Gold medal to the next one to cross the line, Josiah Ng. I’ll keep an eye out for that video.
Podium results (and a nifty medal table) are being posted on Cycling Weekly.
The track cycling events at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi began today. Australia is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, winning all three gold medals from today’s events. Jack Brobridge won in the Individual Pursuit, Anna Meares had the fastest 500m time and Scott Sunderland [picture from Bike Radar] won the Kilo with a time of 1:01.411, breaking the Commonwealth Games record previously held by Chris Hoy.
The track cycling events continue through to Friday. See full results on Canadian Cyclist.
With all the trouble brewing in New Delhi around the 2010 Commonwealth Games, it seems like there’s some ancient gypsy curse at play here. With most athletes scheduled to arrive in the next couple days and competition scheduled to start in about 11 days, already there are already a slew of dramatic problems:
» Horrible living conditions for the athletes.
» Outbreaks of dengue fever.
» Worst monsoons in twenty years.
» Allegations of corrupt event organizers.
» Threats of terrorism.
It all seems like the first half hour of some epic disaster movie. The concerns have apparently gotten so bad that a few countries are considering withdrawing from the Games unless the situation improves. Apparently, the organizers are being given 48 hours to figure shit out or a bunch of the main competing countries will leave the competition.
Of course nobody wants that to happen. Hopefully despite all the chaos, things will come together and we can all enjoy a great 2010 Commonwealth Games. Good luck, India!
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