Matthew Glaetzer was the sole source of Australian success at the Manchester Track World Cup with a world record and gold medal in the time trial and silver in the sprint.
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14 Nov - 9:33 AM  UPDATED 14 Nov - 9:40 AM

Continuing its newly implemented "bang for the buck" high-performance strategy between Olympic editions, Australia was represented in London by two riders, Glaetzer and Stephanie Morton, who crashed out in the final of the Keirin.

Glaetzer's success in Manchester sees Australia finish the opening two World Cups of the 2017-18 season with seven medals including three gold. Glaetzer in the sprint in Poland and time trial in Manchester along with Callum Scotson (SA/Port Adelaide CC) and Cameron Meyer (WA/Midland CC) in the Madison in Poland.

The South Australian took the 1km time trial gold in the fastest ever sea level time of 59.970 seconds in the qualifying and in the final held the fourth fastest time after 250 metres before again timing his effort to perfection climbing up the rankings each lap to hit the line in 1min 0.081secs to claim gold by over a second on Eric Engler (Track Team Brandenburg-1:01.085) and Callum Skinner (100%Me-1:01.161).

"I came away from these World Cups with much greater success than I expected so it's a great start to the season and hopefully the success will continue," Glaetzer said.

"That ride even felt incredible throughout. That time was something I was hoping to achieve in around a year's time so to get it today was amazing. Having riders like Sir Chris Hoy and Shane Kelly writing the history for the kilo, I'm really glad I can put my fingerprint on the event also."

In sprint qualifying, Glaetzer set a time of 9.674 seconds, just three tenths from the top of the standings to qualify third fastest, with the top four bypassing the 1/16 finals to move directly in the 1/8 finals.

He was too strong for Pavel Yakushevskiy (Russia) before dispatching Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine) in the quarterfinals to set up a rematch of last weekend's gold medal ride against Mateusz Rudyk (Poland) in the semifinal.

A photo finish was required to split to two in the first ride with the Polish rider taking the win by two-thousandths of a second. Glaetzer's hopes of back to back gold medals were dashed in the second ride with Rudyk again edging out a narrow victory.

Glaetzer took bronze after Matthijs Buchli (Beat Cycling Club) was forced to withdraw following a crash in the semifinal.

Less than 20 minutes after his gold medal winning ride in the time trial Glaetzer returned to the track chasing a second in the keirin. In a high-speed final, Glaetzer sprinted to fourth narrowly missing a third medal of the weekend with a late charge to the line.