Aussie cycling team smash world record

Paola Ditto
Aprile 5, 2018

Australia's 4×100-meter women's freestyle relay team has done it again, breaking its own world record on the opening night of the swim program at the Commonwealth Games.

Wales lost out to England in the women's team sprint bronze medal race.

England also had to settle for silver in the men's team sprint as New Zealand won in 42.877 seconds.

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".

That decision was made by Simon Jones, Cycling Australia's new high-performance chief who made the Gold Coast a priority as a dress-rehearsal for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Australia slowly overpowered the English riders and flew home in three minutes 49.804 seconds - shaving almost half a second off the 3:50.265 record which Great Britain set in Rio two years ago.

"I think that is what we have done".

Showing the quality of the victory, the English team contained three of the riders that set the world record for Great Britain at the Rio Games.

Howard said the team had already started thinking of their battle with Great Britain in Tokyo.

Morton and McCulloch set a Games record, usurping the time set by McCulloch and Anna Meares in winning gold at Delhi 2010, the last time the event was held at the Games.

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