Date: Monday, 01 August 2022

There was yet more gold for New Zealand's track cyclists on day three of the Commonwealth Games, with Corbin Strong winning the men's scratch race.

This was Strong's first event of the Commonwealth Games, and having spent the past two days watching his team mates step onto the podium seemed to motivate Strong to make the most of the opportunity as he raced aggressively right from the gun. After a failed attempt early in the race to break away with Mark Stewart (representing Scotland, but considered an honorary Southlander), Strong managed to get into another move, this time with John Archibald (Scotland) and William Roberts (Wales) with the trio working together well to build a significant lead over the main bunch. Back in the bunch, their team mates were doing a good job of riding interference, while the pace started to tell on some of the other competitors, leaving riders spread all over the track.

Strong, Archibald, and Roberts caught up to the main bunch with some nine laps to go, and Strong soon found the wheel of team mate Campbell Stewart, who put in a massive effort around the outside of the bunch to drag Strong to the front. In a chaotic sprint for the line, Strong managed to cross in front of Archibald and Roberts to take the gold medal and kick off his Commonwealth Games campaign in the best way possible.

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