Tandem pair Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean made it two gold medals in as many days when they emerged victorious in an enthralling para-sport tandem sprint.
The Scottish duo beat Australia’s Keiran Modra and Jason Niblett – who also finished second in yesterday’s kilo – but they had to come from behind in what were arguably the best races in the velodrome thus far at the Games after losing heat one.
Their victory prompted the loudest noise of the Games thus far inside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
“I have no idea how we found what we did in the end – it probably came down to the crowd. Without that, I don’t think we would have won,” said Fachie who took silver in the discipline at London 2012.
“The morning session was a struggle for us. We were so fatigued from yesterday. Qualifying didn’t go that well, and we knew that the Aussies were flying. They’re a talented tandem pair.”
Peter Kennaugh took Isle of Man’s first medal of the Games in a controversial points race. Kennaugh finished 14 points behind Kiwi winner Tom Scully, but had his two “team-mates” Mark Christian and Joe Kelly disqualified for collusion. However Scully appeared to benefit from having the support of his countrymen Aaron Gate (who finished third) and Shane Archbold during the race.
“It could have been a different race had it have been every man for themselves. But that’s the way it is. I was annoyed after the race but the emotions have calmed down now,” said Kennaugh.
“Some of the stuff the Kiwis were doing, and they [the officials] weren’t saying anything…One of the Kiwis, coming down the straight had his arm out blocking Joe Kelly. What was that about? There was no etiquette there. We’re all professionals, everybody should respect each other but I was disappointed in the way Shane Archbold rode.
“I think the commissaires get too cut up in it all and just like to get power-obsessed sometimes and get their flags out.”
Anna Meares remains on course for her second gold of the Games, after she beat England’s Jess Varnish in the semi finals two-nil. Standing in her way tomorrow afternoon will be compatriot Stephanie Morton; Varnish goes for bronze against Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia).
The fifth-placed ride resulted in the first in-competition crash of the Games, as Scotland’s Jenny Davis fell heavily in turn one. Victoria Williamson (England) won the restarted race, with Davis taking eighth.
Annette Edmondson became only the second Commonwealth scratch champion, as she lead an Australian one-two. Edmondson, who finished second in yesterday’s individual pursuit, finished ahead of Amy Cure. Welsh rider Elinor Barker earned bronze after an impressive ride, just ahead of Dani King (England) and Katie Archibald (Scotland).
“I think it was one of the gutsiest rides I’ve ever done,” said Barker. “It was quite twitchy in the bunch, everybody was clearly nervous. I had a crash or win mentality by the end of it.
“It was almost perfect – if there had been another 20 metres of track it would have been perfect. It was so close that I didn’t actually realise that I had got a medal. With two laps to go I wasn’t in a good position, I thought that was it, I wouldn’t get anywhere near the front.”
Defending kilo champion Scott Sunderland (Australia) broke his own Games record from Dehli four years ago to take back-to-back titles.
Sunderland went faster than Kiwi Simon van Velthooven with a perfectly-measured ride. Ed Clancy (England) came fourth, team-mate Kian Emadi fifth.
Australian riders have won medals in all but two events on the track so far, and lead the medal table.
Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow: day three, afternoon session
Women’s sprint semi finals
Stephanie Morton (Aus) beat Fatehah Mustapa (Mas) 2-0
Anna Meares (Aus) beat Jess Varnish (Eng) 2-0
Men’s para-sport tandem sprint final
1. Neil Fachie w/Craig MacLean (Sco) beat Kieran Modra w/Jason Niblett (Aus) 2-1
3. Paul Kennedy w/Thomas Clarke (Aus) beat Matthew Ellis w/Ieuan Williams (Wal) 2-0
Men’s 40km points race final
1. Tom Scully (NZL) 98pts
2. Peter Kennaugh (IOM) 84pts
3. Aaron Gate (NZL) 82pts
4. Owain Doull (Wal) 75pts
5. Zach Bell (Can) 45pts
Women’s 10km scratch race final
1. Annette Edmondson (Aus)
2. Amy Cure (Aus)
3. Elinor Barker (Wal)
4. Dani King (Eng)
5. Katie Archibald (Sco)
Men’s 1km Time Trial
1. Scott Sunderland (Aus) 1-00.675 GR
2. Simon van Velthooven (Nzl) 1-01.060
3. Matthew Archibald (Nzl) 1-01.162
4. Ed Clancy (Eng) 1-01.439
5. Kian Emadi (Eng) 1-01.641