Worlds: Five medal haul for Australia on the track

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The ARA Australian Cycling Team has continued its momentum at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome last night winning five more medals.

Matthew Glaetzer won silver in the 1000m time trial – his ninth world championships medal since 2011, and second medal in Glasgow. And in doing so, he set two new national records in both his qualifying round and in the final.

Thomas Cornish won his first ever individual medal, joining Glaetzer on the podium with a bronze.

Georgia Baker backed up her silver in the Madison earlier in the week to win another silver in the points race, while Amanda Reid secured her third consecutive women's C2 omnium world championship crown, after finishing with silver in the C2 scratch race.

Georgia Baker
Georgia Baker was on fire last night winning silver in the points race. 

‘The old dog has still got it’: Glaetzer smashes two national records to win silver in kilo

It was a big day at the track for Matthew Glaetzer who was racing the time trial qualifier in the morning, time trial final in the evening as well as Round 1 of the keirin and he showed his legs were more than up to it.

He set a new national record in qualifying with a time of 58.572 and came back in the final even quicker setting a time of 58.526.

But it wasn’t quite quick enough to beat Dutchman Jeffrey Hoogman, with Glaetzer walking away with silver.

“I am quite happy. I wanted to replicate my first ride or go a bit quicker and I did that and super stoked with the silver,” Glaetzer said.

“It’s hard to beat the Hoog-man and Tom (Cornish) did a really good job as well and put me under pressure and I had to come out and rip it.

“Silver in the kilo to go along with silver in the team sprint makes me feel pretty content with the ride I did.

“For the couple of sprint rounds I had I felt great and I was surprised with how I could race that keirin and be so fast, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

“The old dog has still got it. I’ve been my strongest in this prep in the gym and so things are just getting better and we’re in a really good place with the men’s sprint squad – there's great depth.”

First individual medal for Cornish

Glaetzer’s men’s sprint teammate Thomas Cornish also came out firing for the kilo with a blistering pace. In qualifying he set a personal best time of 58.798, which would have been the new national record had Glaetzer not broken it just minutes earlier.

Hot on Glaetzer’s heels, Cornish went on to win bronze – his first individual world championships medal.

“I’ve won a couple in the past in the team sprint with the boys, but I think it’s special to finally get an individual one to show I'm capable of doing it on my own,” Cornish said.

“And it was a very hard day – I'm very happy.

“I was a bit surprised with the times, it was a lot quicker than what I thought but I just went out and felt good and it sort of just came so I can’t really complain.”

Reid seals third consecutive omnium title

Amanda Reid capped off a stunning world championship campaign in Glasgow with the silver in the women’s C2 scratch race, which ensured she won the rainbow jersey in C2 omnium. The gold makes it the third consecutive C2 omnium world title for Reid.

But with just a two-point lead in the omnium leading into the scratch race, Reid had to be strategic on the track.

“It was all about going in and basically sticking to the Swiss girl’s wheel and come around her when it was time to go,” Reid said.

“And I could do that, but the German was just that bit stronger and came around me – it was close.”

“It’s pretty cool and I’ve medalled in every event here in Glasgow so that’s four medals in total now.

Not a bad end to the world champs.”

For more coverage of the ARA Australian Cycling Team at the UCI Cycling World Championships, visit our Glasgow 2023 Hub. To subscribe to daily updates, click here.


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