Anna Meares edges closer to record sixth Commonwealth gold

Five-time Games champion progresses to sprint semis - England's Jess Varnish also qualifies for final four - Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean on track to claim second gold in as many days in tandem sprint - Numerous home nation riders qualify for points race final

Anna Meares is on course to become the most decorated Australian cyclist in Games history after she progressed to the sprint semi-finals in Glasgow this morning.

Aiming for her sixth Commonwealth gold, Meares finished second fastest in qualifying behind compatriot Stephanie Morton. The defending champion then knocked-out Scotland’s Jenny Davis in the quarters. Victory would move Meares on to six golds, one ahead of Bradley McGee.

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Standing in her way in the semis is Jess Varnish. The English rider finished third in qualifying at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, and progressed to the final four at the expense of team-mate Victoria Williamson. Morton knocked out the third English rider in the competition, Danni Khan two-nil, with Malaysia’s Fatehah Mustapa completing the semi-final line-up.

Tandem pair Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean, who won Scotland’s first cycling gold of the Games in yesterday’s para-sport 1km time trial , are on course to double their tally in the sprint.

They qualified second fastest this morning with a time of 10.214, and progressed to the final after seeing off Welsh pair Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams. They will face Australian duo Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett, who they beat to gold in the kilo.

Scotts Mark Stewart, Evan Oliphant and Alistair Rutherford, Welsh riders Jon Mould, Owain Doull and Sam Harrison, England’s Andy Tennant, Northern Ireland’s Martyn Irvine and Isle Of Man trio Peter Kennaugh, Mark Christian and Joe Kelly all made it through to the points race final later this evening.

Tom Scully (New Zealand) and Mould tied in the first qualifying heat, Kennaugh the second. 

Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow: day three, morning session
Women’s sprint qualifying
1. Stephanie Morton (Aus) 10.984
2. Anna Meares (Aus) 11.171
3. Jess Varnish (Eng) 11.279
4. Stephanie McKenzie (Nzl) 11.336
5. Fatehah Mustapa (Mas) 11.433

Women’s sprint quarter finals
Stephanie Morton (Aus) beat Danni Khan (Eng) 2-0
Anna Meares (Aus) beat Jenny Davis (Sco) 2-0
Jess Varnish (Eng) beat Victoria Williamson (Eng) 2-0
Fatehah Mustapa (Mas) beat Stephanie McKenzie (Nz) 2-0

Men’s para-sport tandem sprint qualifying
1. Kieran Modra w/Jason Niblett (Aus) 10.050
2. Neil Fachie w/Craig MacLean (Sco) 10.213
3. Matthew Ellis w/Ieuan Williams (Wal) 10.409
4. Paul Kennedy w/Thomas Clarke (Aus) 10.593
5. James Brown w/Dave Readle (Nir) 11.406

Men’s para-sport tandem sprint semi-finals
Kieran Modra w/Jason Niblett (Aus) beat Paul Kennedy w/Thomas Clarke (Aus) 2-0
Neil Fachie w/Craig MacLean (Sco) beat Matthew Ellis w/Ieuan Williams (Wal)

Men’s 40km points race qualifying – heat one
1. Tom Scully (Nzl) 28pts
2. Jon Mould (Wal) 28pts
3. Shane Archbold (Nzl) 20pts
4. Remi Pelletier (Can) 11pts
5. Darren Matthews (Bar) 6pts

Men’s 40km points race qualifying – heat two
1. Peter Kennaugh (IOM) 29pts
2. Mark Christian (IOM) 28pts
3. Jack Bobridge (Aus) 28pts
4. Aaron Gate (Nzl) 23pts
5. Zach Bell (Can) 20pts

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Images from the second day of action at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. Photos by Andy Jones

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