Australia win another cycling gold

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Wales' Becky James was beaten into silver in the women's sprint as Australia won yet another track cycling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi today.

After seeing off the challenge of Australia's Kaarle McCulloch 2-0 in the semi-final, double world junior champion James suffered a 2-0 best-of-three loss to multiple world, Olympic and Commonwealth medallist Anna Meares, also of Australia.



Both finishes were incredibly tight with Meares just crossing the line first to claim her third medal of the Games.



James had finished behind Meares and McCulloch to pick up bronze in the women's 500metres time-trial on Tuesday, but today the 18-year-old from Abergavenny went one better to collect her second medal of the Games.

James' silver was the highlight for the Home Nations on another day when Australia dominated in the velodrome at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

Australia's Megan Dunn won the women's 10-kilometre (40-lap) scratch race, with New Zealand's Joanne Kiesanowski picking up silver and England's Anna Blyth taking bronze.



Wales' Alex Greenfield was fourth and Hannah Rich sixth, with Katie Cullen (Scotland) eighth, Laura Trott (England) ninth, Lucy Martin (England) 11th, Heather Wilson (Northern Ireland) 13th and Eileen Roe (Scotland) 16th.



There was a first medal of the Games for Northern Ireland in the men's team pursuit.



The quartet of Sean Downey, Martyn Irvine, Philip Lavery and David McCann saw off the challenge of India to take the bronze as Australia claimed gold ahead of New Zealand.



It was Australia's eighth gold from nine events at the velodrome, with yesterday's men's keirin the only title missing as Malaysia's Josiah Ng triumphed.



Australia claimed another gold as Shane Perkins won the men's sprint competition ahead of compatriot Scott Sunderland with New Zealand's Sam Webster taking the bronze.



Perkins defeated Scotland's Ross Edgar in the quarter-final, while S0underland, the one-kilometre time-trial champion, accounted for David Daniell at the same stage of the competition.





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