Illegal bike setup sees New Zealand disqualified from Commonwealth Games team pursuit

Jo Caldwell
April 7, 2018

"I probably feel more emotion here than in Rio because the whole crowd is cheering for you", Horton said.

The New Zealand team of of Rushlee Buchanan, Racquel Sheath, Bryony Botha and Kirstie James had to settle for a distant second, while Canada earlier dispatched England to claim bronze.

"I think there is something to be said for home-crowd advantage, we've never had that before, and now we can see what it does for us". "I could hear them roaring as I was coming down the last 25m". "When we set the world record (at Rio) it was a really quick time and we weren't expecting to get near it tonight".

The home quartet crossed almost six seconds ahead of their English challengers, striking a blow in the battle dubbed by "the Ashes on wheels" by local media, a reference to the two nations' fierce cricket rivalry.

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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the XXI Commonwealth Games being held in Gold Coast, Queensland.

Rising star Ariarne Titmus was pipped in a thrilling dual with Canada's Taylor Ruck (1:54.81) in the 200m freestyle final.

Australia went some way towards easing the pain of Rio 2016 as the Commonwealth Games hosts sealed a hat-trick of track cycling golds on Thursday, demolishing a world record along the way.

Moments later, Australia had its second gold, with the women's 4,000m pursuit team scoring a convincing win over New Zealand in the final. David McKeon of Australia and compatriot Mack Horton react.

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"It was beyond my wildest dreams", she said. "I was like, "omigosh", and then I looked up at the board and I saw that I'd won". Horton recorded a time of 3:43.76, with McLoughlin following in 3:45.21. Wilmott's effort was then backed up by Thomas Hamer and Eleanor Robinson in the S14 200m freestyle and S7 50m butterfly respectively, before James Wilby stormed home over the last 50 to capture the men's 200m breaststroke.

In the opening race of the night, Willmott ended Scotland's Hannah Miley's two-Games reign as 400-meter individual medley champion by taking gold in a time of 4:34.90.

"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time".

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