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Aussies grab gold on track as SASI stars shine

Aussies grab gold on track as SASI stars shine

A scintillating performance by the Australian men's and women' pursuit cycling teams stole the show on the opening night of Commonwealth Games competition at the Anna Meares Velodrome

THREE gold medals, two bronze medals and a world record sent out a warning to other nations that the Australian cycling team was back in the big time.

Eager to hit back after indifferent results at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a reinvigorated men's and women's pursuit teams stole the show on day one.

SASI graduate Alex Porter teamed with Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford and Kelland O'Brien to overpower England in the men's pursuit final to record a new world record time of 3:49.804 - breaking the previous record of 3:50.265 set by the United Kingdom at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The effort was even more meritorious as three of the UK riders who won in Rio competed at the Commonwealth Games.

Earlier in the program Australia's dominant women's pursuit team, consisting of  SASI graduates Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly and Ashlee Akudinoff and Amy Cure, turned on the heat to set a new Commonwealth Games record of 4:15.214, smashing New Zealand after overtaking it in the last lap of the final.

To complete the Aussie gold rush, another SASI graduate Stephanie Morton paired with Kaarle McCulloch to beat New Zealand in the team sprint final.

The pair finished in 32.488 to account for the NZ duo by more than half a second.

SASI graduate Pat Constable was a part of the men's bronze medal team which had to battle a starting mishap in the semi-final.

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Men's Pursuit Team

Photo credit: The men's pursuit team broke the world record claiming gold. (AAP: Dan Peled)