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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games
Manchester, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002
August 2 - Men's Team Sprint, National Cycling Centre
Almost another world record for Australia
By Gerry McManus, Cyclingnews correspondent in Manchester
It was inevitable and fitting that the team that took the 1-2-3 in the sprint competition should take the gold medal in the Olympic sprint competition in the Commonwealth Games. However it wasn't a foregone conclusion after they posted a poorer than expected qualifying time in the morning.
After a false start with the blocks failing to hold Sean Eadie (Australia), the final got off to a flying start and it was Australia with a massive lead of half a second after the first lap.
When Jamie Staff (Eng) swung off for Andy Slater (Eng) to pull back the deficit and Jobie Dajka on the front for Australia, the lead shrunk to a catchable 0.287 and it was down to the Olympic kilo champion Jason Queally (Eng) to provide super-human effort.
But sprint champion Ryan Bayley (Aus) held on for another Aussie gold.
England took the silver and a great ride for Scotland saw them beat New Zealand to the bronze.
As the teams rode the traditional lap of honour, Jamie Staff proved a crowd pleaser by riding on his BMX bike, pulling wheelies and skids to the delight of both the crowd and the media. Staff is a relative newcomer to the track having spent a number of years in America riding the pro BMX circuit.
The bearded Australian lead out man Sean Eadie was happy with the team's evening performance
"I came out here to win the sprint but Ryan (Bayley) won that, just," he quipped amusingly: "But the three of us always knew that we had come here to win the team sprint."
"We had a bad ride this morning as a team and we weren't at our best."
"At the end of a hard competition like the Commonwealth games, to get so close to the (French) world record makes us very happy."
Photos supplied by D.J. Clark
Qualification 1 England 45.192 (59.742 km/h) Jason Queally Andy Slater Jamie Staff 2 Australia 45.571 Jobie Dajka Sean Eadie Ryan Bayley 3 Scotland 46.149 Ross Edgar Chris Hoy 4 New Zealand 46.998 Justin Grace Anthony Peden Nathan Seddon 5 Canada 47.023 Jim Fisher Steen Madsen Lars Madsen 6 Malaysia 47.874 Fairoz Izni Abdul Ghani Josiah Ng Onn Lam Ghaffuan Ghazali 7 South Africa 48.297 Dean Edwards Jean-Pierre Van Zyl Shawn Lynch 8 Trinidad & Tobago 48.971 Azikiwe Kellar Clinton Grant Michael Phillips 9 Jamaica 52.748 Horace Mcfarlane Ricardo Lynch Christian Tavares-Finson 10 Bahamas 57.965 Barron Musgrove Jonathan Massie Johnny Hoyte Finals For Gold and Silver 1 Australia Sean Eadie Jobie Dajka Ryan Bayley 2 England Andy Slater Jason Queally Jamie Staff For Bronze 3 Scotland 44.934 (60.087 km/h) Craig Maclean Ross Edgar Chris Hoy 4 New Zealand 45.926 Justin Grace Anthony Peden Nathan Seddon