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Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games
Manchester, England, July 27 - August 3, 2002
August 1 - Men's 4000m Team Pursuit, National Cycling Centre
Triple glory for Australia
By Gerry McManus, Cyclingnews correspondent in Manchester
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
Qualification 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 Final 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