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Thursday, 1 August, 2002, 20:57 GMT 21:57 UK

Double joy for Brown

By Clive Lindsay
BBC Sport Online in Manchester

Graeme Brown completed a remarkable double by taking gold in the men's 20km scratch race final at the Commonwealth Games.

The 22-year-old Australian had already played his part in recording a new world record as his four-man team won the 4000m team pursuit.

"This has to be the best day of my life"
Graeme Brown

But, only an hour later, Brown was on the track again as 25 racers bunched across the Velodrome for the 84-lap race.

He eventually led home Welshman Huw Pritchard, England's Tony Gibb and New Zealander Lee Vertongen after a four-lap sprint between the four leading riders.

Brown said: "I was at the Olympics in Sydney, my home town.

"But to come out and break a world record and win two gold medals, this has to be the best day of my life."

The quartet had broken clear midway through the race and quickly returned to the bunch one lap ahead.

"Initially, I did not feel too good and we were just trying to cruise," said Brown.

Decisive break

"But when the move was made, we took the lap fairly easily."

Team tactics made sure no riders from another country were able to close the gap.

And when the judges decided it should be down to a sprint shoot-out, scratch-race expert Gibb took an early lead.

But Brown showed his class to overtake the Englishman on the final lap and claim gold, with Gibb being content with bronze.

Pritchard, who started the decisive break, finished second for the first Welsh cycling medal at a Commonwealth Games since 1970.


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