Commonwealth Games 2022: Cycling Gold Race, Birmingham Results, Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit, Jessica Gallagher Tandem Sprint

Australia made a sensational start at the Commonwealth Games velodrome, winning gold medals on the opening day of the competition.

The Australian women’s foursome in the 4000m team pursuit blew everyone away, taking the gold medal and setting a new Commonwealth Games record at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London.

Their outstanding performance came after Jessica Gallagher won Australia’s first gold medal at the Games by winning the women’s tandem sprint B with driver Caitlin Ward.

The celebration continued into the men’s team sprint where the Australians thrashed England by over one second to take the gold medal with a new Commonwealth Games record.

The trio of Lee Hoffman, Matthew Richardson and Matthew Glatzer were on a roll and pulled off a big lead after they went head to head at the 250m mark.

Australia also took bronze in the men’s 4000m pursuit.

But the day belonged to the women’s pursuit team as they dominated New Zealand in the final and won by over five seconds.

Their time of 4:12.234 is another two seconds short of the Commonwealth record they set earlier in the day during qualifying runs.

The Aussie foursome of Georgia Baker, Maeve Plouffe, Sophie Edwards and Chloe Moran were under enormous pressure after entering the tournament as hot favorites. They responded to the pressure in a devastating way.

Their performance made Australian cycling champion Scott McGrory feel a little emotional as he commentated on the event for Channel 7.

“It was the most cohesive performance by a women’s team in Australia in several years,” he said.

“What an incredible outfit. We saw an incredible outfit. We saw an incredible performance tonight.”

He said the performance gave him goosebumps.

“These are the moments that define their careers,” he said.

“These moments will take them through the downfalls of being human, but also a complete athlete. These are incredible moments. I will look back on that and feel the same way when I won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. This brings me back to the present moment. I have goosebumps.

“This is an incredibly special event and I am very happy to see such success and cheerfulness of the young team.”

Gallagher had previously started a gold rush when she won the women’s tandem sprint B final, winning both races against Scottish Eileen McGlynn.

Australia’s first medal at the Games was a bronze medal won by Matthew Hauser in a mixed triathlon individual sprint event that resulted in an official protest.

Originally published as ‘Goosebumps’: Commonwealth Games gold rush begins in Australia