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Gold, gold, gold for record-breaking Aussie cyclists

06 April 2018

"It was a huge honour to stand on the podium and be New Zealand's first medal of the games".

The team won three of four gold medals on offer and medalled in both para-cycling events to take the early upper hand in cycling's "Ashes on wheels".

The 17-year-old Titmus, who was attempting to win three individual golds at the Games, began conservatively but stormed home in the final lap, only to be out-touched by Canada's Taylor Ruck by just 0.04.

"It overwhelms me having my parents and sisters and all my family here, it's something really special and I definitely shed a tear".

Horton added a Commonwealth gold to his Olympic title, easily winning the 400 in 3:43.76, about 1.5 seconds ahead of Australian teammate Jack McLoughlin.

"I thought of every scenario to try and continue diving till at least the end of this season however the risks highly out weighed the options of continuing to dive and sadly had to make the heart breaking decision to stop diving".

Australian team diving manager Michael Hetherington said that he suspected Kovchenko was still in shock at her sudden forced retirement.

Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times
Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

"We just set out to go as fast as we could and I knew the home crowd could get us home, we were wanting a quick time and we got it", she said.

"I love you all and I wish you all the best next week I'll be cheering you all on".

Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch then put the icing on top by overpowering New Zealand to win the women's team sprint.

BC-COM-CYC-World Record, 104Australia wins men's team pursuit gold in world-record timeEds: APNewsNow. "Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal".

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

"I think change is always going to cause some criticism, but I think he's the sort of guy who's happy to take the blame, whether it's his fault or not and that's what a true leader does".

Para-cyclist Brad Henderson won bronze in the men's tandem 1000m time trial while Jessica Gallagher was outgunned by England's Sophie Thornhill in the tandem sprint final after the pair had traded world records in qualifying earlier in the day.

Gold, gold, gold for record-breaking Aussie cyclists