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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games

Manchester, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002

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August 1 - Men's 4000m Team Pursuit, National Cycling Centre

Triple glory for Australia

By Gerry McManus, Cyclingnews correspondent in Manchester

Aussies in front
Photo: © Dave Clark
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In a eagerly awaited show-down on the Manchester track, the Australia team pursuiters took the Gold medal, Commonwealth record and world record in the national cycling stadium in Manchester. Australia had already thrown down the gauntlet by setting a new Games record for the 4,000m event of 4:04.034 on the previous evening and continued the trend by completing the first kilometre in 1:03 on record setting pace again.

The Australian changes were smooth and they instantly built up a small lead over England.

After the second kilometre, they were on course for a world record and the crowd got behind the Australians. The quartet of Mark Renshaw, Graeme Brown, Peter Dawson and Luke Roberts flew into the record books with the world record tome of 3:59.583.

The experienced England team came in with a respectable time of 4:02.665 to take the silver medal.

Mark Renshaw was delighted with the team's performance: "We were joking with the idea of going for four seconds faster and taking the world record. We'd ridden a 4:03 earlier this year in the World Cup with minimal preparation, so now we've put in two or three weeks solid track time, it was always on the cards."

Although there were only five teams including New Zealand in the event, the close matches, world and commonwealth records showed that the three are certainly in the top five world pursuiting nations.


Photos by Gerry McManus

Photos supplied by D.J. Clark



1 Australia                          4.04.034 (59.007 km/h)
 Graeme Brown
 Peter Dawson
 Mark Renshaw
 Stephen Wooldridge
2 England                            4.05.003
 Steve Cummings
 Paul Manning
 Chris Newton
 Bryan Steel

3 New Zealand                        4.07.824
 Hayden Roulston
 Lee Vertongen
 Matthew Randall
 Greg Henderson

4 Wales                              4.25.029
 Paul Sheppard
 Joby Ingram-Dodd
 Will Wright
 Huw Pritchard
5 Scotland                           5.06.133
 Russell Anderson
 Ross Muir
 Richard Chapman
 James Mccallum


1 Australia           1.03.461  2.01.671  3.00.615  3.59.583 (60.102 km/h)*WR
 Graeme Brown                                  
 Peter Dawson
 Mark Renshaw
 Luke Roberts

2 England             1.04.554  2.03.074  3.02.625  4.02.665 (59.338 km/h)
 Paul Manning                                  
 Chris Newton
 Bradley Wiggins
 Bryan Steel

Final rankings

1 Australia                          3.59.583
2 England                            4.02.665
3 New Zealand                        4.07.824
4 Wales                              4.25.029
5 Scotland                           5.06.133