Australia dominate cycling track with 6 golds
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Rising cycling star Megan Dunn lived up to her promise when she edged a thrilling finale to win the women's 25km points race at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old Australian champion gave her country their fourth track cycling gold medal from four finals, finishing ahead of Lauren Ellis of New Zealand with Tara Alice Whitten of Canada winning the bronze.
Dunn, already a top track cyclist in her first year of senior racing and a multiple junior world champion, started the event as one of the favourites and showed why as she demonstrated formidable grit to edge out Ellis at the death, wrapping up gold in the last of 10 sprints.
Ellis swapped sprint victories with Dunn throughout the middle section of the race and beat her rival into second place in the ninth, closing the gap to two points to set up a nailbiting finish.
But Dunn cruised home in the final sprint, beating Ellis into third to take gold by five points.
Whitten worked hard to keep up with leading two, winning the second and eight sprints but fell away towards the end of the race and in the end seemed happy to take third, nine points behind the leader.
Malaysia's Ng punctuates Australian domination
Malaysia's Josiah Ng broke Australia's grip on the cycling gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, winning a dramatic keirin final Wednesday that actually cost his country a medal.
Australia won the first three golds on day two of the competition, lifting the tally at the track to six, before Ng's controversial win.
Another Malaysian, Azizul Hasni Awang, crossed the line first but was later relegated to last place for aggressive racing.
Ng was promoted from second-place. The silver went to England's David Daniell and bronze to New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven.
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