Reigning world individual pursuit champion Joanna Rowsell showed her class as she broke an eight-year-old Games record to finish fastest in qualifying at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome this morning.
Rowsell (England) rode a 3-29.038, which is also believed to be her personal best, and will face Australia’s Annette Edmondson for gold.
World team pursuit champion Katie Archibald set a new Scottish record as she finished fourth in qualifying with a time of 3-33.526. She will race another Australia, Amy Cure, in the bronze medal ride.
Jason Kenny impressed as he beat Australian Matthew Glaetzer two-nil to progress to the men’s sprint semi-finals.
The reigning Olympic champion in the discipline qualified nearly half a second behind Glaetzer yesterday, but attacked him early on in their first match sprint, then timed his charge late to pip him on the line in the second.
Kenny, 26, will face another Australian, Peter Lewis in the semis. Matt Crampton (England) lost out to Kiwi Ed Dawkins by the same scoreline and goes into the fifth to eighth-place race. Dawkins will ride against his compatriot Sam Webster.
There were no big surprises in the men’s individual pursuit qualifying, as reigning Commonwealth champion Jack Bobridge topped the leaderboard.
The Australian, who took gold in yesterday’s team pursuit, posted a 4-19.211, 1.5 seconds ahead of the current world champion and countryman Alex Edmondson. (Alex is the brother of Annette, who is in the women’s final).
Welshman Owain Doull impressed as he finished third, and will ride against Kiwi Marc Ryan for bronze. Andy Tennant (Eng) finished fifth; Scotland’s Mark Stewart set a new national record with his time of 4-32.279.
Finals for all events take place in the day’s second session, which begins at 4.01pm.
Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow: day two, morning session
Men’s team sprint quarter finals
Jason Kenny (Eng) beat Matthew Glaetzer (Aus) 2-0
Ed Dawkins (Nzl) beat Matthew Crampton (Eng) 2-0
Sam Webster (Nzl) beat Azizulhansi Awang (Mas) 2-0
Peter Lewis (Aus) beat Matthew Archibald (Nzl) 2-0
Women’s individual pursuit qualifying
1. Joanna Rowsell (Eng) 3-29.038
2. Annette Edmondson (Aus) 3-30.728
3. Amy Cure (Aus) 3-31.543
4. Katie Archibald (Sco) 3-33.526
5. Jaime Nielsen (Nzl) 3-34.342
Men’s individual pursuit qualifying
1. Jack Bobridge (Aus) 4-19.211
2. Alex Edmondson (Aus) 4-20.853
3. Owain Doull (Wal) 4-21.369
4. Marc Ryan (Nzl) 4-22.511
5. Andy Tennant (Eng) 4-23.211