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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 March 2006, 10:06 GMT
Gold for Scotland in team sprint
The Scottish team sprint cycling trio
The Scots trio set a new Games record in qualifying
Scotland won their first Commonwealth cycling gold medal in the team sprint, beating close rivals England by a wheel-length in a thrilling final.

The Scottish team of Olympic champion Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean and Ross Edgar posted a time of 44.282 seconds - just 0.027secs ahead of England.

Mark Cavendish, 20, won a first ever track cycling gold for the Isle of Man in the men's scratch race.

England's Emma Jones won bronze in the women's 3000m pursuit.

It was terrific achievement for Jones, who is still recovering from a hit and run accident which left her with spinal injures.

To step up there tonight and do it for Scotland, particularly against England, was very special
Chris Hoy

Australian pair Katie Mactier and Katherin Bates took gold and silver.

Scotland's James McCallum took the bronze behind Cavendish and Australian Ashley Hutchinson in the scratch race - the last event of the Games in the Melbourne velodrome.

Cavendish was delighted to have broken his nation's long gold medal drought in cycling.

"At the end of the day it's bike racing and as long as I'm doing it I'm happy," he said. "It's 20 years since we last won a gold."

The Manx rider dedicated his win to 14-year-old James Berry, who died after being hit by a tyre which fell off a trailer when the two were training with the Isle of Man team last year.

Scotland's team sprint triumph meant Edgar completed a set of Commonwealth medals, adding gold to the silver he won in the individual sprint and the bronze in the keirin.

"I'm really happy, so happy I can't express," he told the BBC. "It's the best thing ever. It's been hard work. We have been training in Perth, we did a solid stint and it paid off."

Hoy made up for his disappointing bronze in the men's individual kilometre time trial.

"It's been a hard 48 hours getting over the kilo but we knew we had the potential to do it," Hoy said.

"To step up there tonight and do it for Scotland, particularly against England - it was a very special night."

MacLean added: "It was a bit of a gamble not doing the sprint and the kilo. I was starting to get that mental block about major championships but hopefully I've got that monkey off my back now."

England's sprint trio Matt Crampton, Jamie Staff and Jason Queally, clocked 44.309 secs to take silver - one better than the bronze they won four years ago.

Australia beat New Zealand in the race-off for the bronze medal.





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