Australia's women’s team pursuit soared to a dominant gold medal performance against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand to win the first ever Commonwealth Games women's team pursuit gold medal.
Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly rocketed to a new Games record time of 4 minutes 15.214 seconds in the final to defeat the Kiwis by nearly 10 seconds, actually catching their rivals inside the sixteenth and final lap.
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It was amazing, so good to win but it's not just us four girls who ride the bike, it's Georgia Baker, Rebecca Wiasak who made the journey over here and didn't get a ride but have been pushing us at training every day to perform. We owe it to them as much as we won there and to all the people who help us.
To win a gold medal is really cool and there's nothing quite like doing it in front of a home crowd
Unfortunately sport has its ups and downs and that (Rio) was not what we wanted after all that build up but we had to look at this as a new opportunity and focused on what we could control - and that was going fast.
We just set out to go as fast as we could and I knew the home crowd could get us home, we were wanting a quick time and we got it.
I couldn't have asked for three better teammates who were riding with me but also Bec Wiasak and Georgia Baker who pushed us all the way and are a part of it as much as we are.
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