Date: Monday, 28 July 2014
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Rhino and Matt medals 2014It's been a case of deja vu all over again in Glasgow today.

The cyclists and judoka have again proudly flown the Kiwi flag on the third day of the Commonwealth Games, landing another four and two medals respectively.

Between them, the two sports have won all 14 of New Zealand's medals during the first three days, with cycling claiming nine and judo five.

At the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, the New Zealand endurance riders added a gold medal to the two won by the sprinters earlier in the week, with Tom Scully taking out the 40km points race.

Aaron Gate and Shane Archbold provided superb support during the 160 lap race, with Gate rewarded with a bronze medal.

New Zealand's sprinters were also back on the podium with Simon van Velthooven winning silver and Matt Archibald bronze in the 1000m time trial.

Archibald broke the Games record previously held by Australian Scott Sunderland and then faced an anxious wait for the remaining three heats.

In the final heat, Sunderland produced an outstanding ride over the final laps to reclaim his Games record and the gold medal he won in Delhi four years ago, with van Velthooven also bettering Archibald's mark but having to settle for silver.

Stephanie McKenzie finished sixth in the women's sprint after qualifying fourth fastest in a personal best time of 11.336sec for the flying 200m.

She was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Malaysian rider Fateha Mustapa in two rides and came back to claim sixth place overall in the ride off for minor placings.

New Zealand riders were prominent throughout the women's 10km scratch race but the finish was dominated by an Australian one-two, with Lauren Ellis finishing ninth, Rushlee Buchanan 12th and Georgia Williams 20th.

Photo and article courtesy The Southland Times

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