Commonwealth Games 2018: Australian cyclists clinch hat-trick of golds on Day 1; men's team surpass Rio record

Brisbane: Australia went some way towards easing the pain of Rio 2016 as the Commonwealth Games hosts sealed a hat-trick of track cycling golds on Thursday, demolishing a world record along the way.

Commonwealth Games 2018: Australian cyclists clinch hat-trick of golds on Day 1; mens team surpass Rio record

Australian team is all smiles as they beat world record in 4,000m set up by Great Britain in Rio. Twitter @AusCyclingTeam

Roared on by a capacity crowd at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, the Australians romped home against England in the men's 4,000m team pursuit final in a record-breaking 3 mins 49.804 sec, beating the 3:50.265 set by Great Britain at Rio.

The Australians also triumphed in the women's team pursuit and women's team sprint — each time over New Zealand — to carry home three of the four golds up for grabs on the first day of cycling action on the track.

The men's team sprint title went to New Zealand with England again pipped into silver.

In front of the watching Camilla, wife of Britain's Prince Charles, it was a measure of redemption for the under-pressure home racers.

The Australian cycling team went to the Olympics two years ago aiming to win at least three golds, but they returned home with none and instead it was Britain who dominated.

Annette Edmondson, a member of the victorious women's 4,000m pursuit team, said, "After the setbacks in Rio... that is sport, and it has its ups and downs. Our thoughts were on this race and to get on with it and get the job done.

"We're now focused on how we can use this race to see what we can do in the future."

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Updated Date: Apr 05, 2018 17:56:28 IST

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