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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games

Manchester, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002

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July 31 - Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit, National Cycling Centre

McGee in the record books

By Gerry McManus, Cyclingnews correspondent in Manchester

Australia's Brad McGee went further into the Commonwealth games record books by taking his third consecutive gold medal in the 4,000m individual pursuit.

In the final ride-off, he faced his FDJeux.com teammate Bradley Wiggins (Eng) on the track in Manchester. From the outset, despite finishing the gruelling Tour De France at the weekend, he showed that he still had a great turn of speed and led from the first lap. At 2,000m he had over two seconds in hand and had Wiggins in his sights after 3,000m.

McGee punched the air as he realised he was winning the gold and with the crowd realising that they were perhaps watching another record falling, they generously cheered him on past his tiring opponent.

The Australian put the hammer down again to finish in a new CWG record time of 4:16.358, one of the fastest of all time.

In the earlier ride-off for the third podium spot, England's Paul Manning beat Luke Roberts (Australia) to take the bronze. The 27-year-old is the current British champion for the event and is a local lad from nearby Stockport in Cheshire.



Heat 1

1 Hudson Mathieu (Seychelles)               4.58.148 (48.297 km/h)
2 Dilsher Ali (Pakistan)                    DNF

Heat 2

1 Kieran Page (England)                     4.29.662 (53.398 km/h)
2 Michael Hutchinson (Northern Ireland)     4.34.890 (52.383 km/h)

Heat 3

1 Heath Blackgrove (New Zealand)            4.35.468 (52.272 km/h)
2 Russell Anderson (Scotland)               4.40.645 (51.307 km/h)

Heat 4

1 Hayden Godfrey (New Zealand)              4.25.898 (54.154 km/h)
2 Michael Pooley (Scotland)                 4.33.150 (52.714 km/h)

Heat 5

1 Luke Roberts (Australia)                  4.19.967 (55.389 km/h)
2 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)             4.27.567 (53.816 km/h)

Heat 6

1 Bradley Wiggins (England)                 4.22.574 (54.838 km/h)
2 Peter Dawson (Australia)                  4.26.825 (53.967 km/h)

Heat 7

1 Brad McGee (Australia)                    4.21.230 (55.123 km/h)
2 Paul Manning (England)                    4.24.077 (54.529 km/h)

Qualified riders

1 Luke Roberts (Australia)
2 Brad McGee (Australia) 
3 Bradley Wiggins (England)
4 Paul Manning (England) 
5 Hayden Godfrey (New Zealand)
6 Peter Dawson (Australia)
7 Kieran Page (England) 
8 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)


Heat 1

1 Paul Manning (England)               4.21.184 (55.13 km/h)
2 Hayden Godfrey (New Zealand)         4.32.974

Heat 2

1 Bradley Wiggins (England)            4.19.168 (55.562 km/h)
2 Peter Dawson (Australia)             4.27.539

Heat 3

1 Brad Mcgee (Australia)               4.18.194 (55.771 km/h)
2 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)        4.28.878

Heat 4

1 Luke Roberts (Australia)             4.20.086 (55.364 km/h)
2 Kieran Page (England)                4.38.771


For Gold and Silver

1 Bradley McGee (Australia)            4.16.358 (56.171 km/h)
2 Bradley Wiggins (England)             Caught

For Bronze

3 Paul Manning (England)               4.21.813 (55.001 km/h)
4 Luke Roberts (Australia)             4.24.470