• Matt Glaetzer celebrates a games record time after he competes and wins the Men's 1000m Time Trial. (Getty Images AsiaPac)Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
Matthew Glaetzer turned disappointment into gold with a Commonwealth Games record-breaking kilo time trial. Amy Cure and Stephanie Morton also scorched up the track on the final night of competition in the velodrome.
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9 Apr 2018 - 8:43 AM  UPDATED 9 Apr 2018 - 10:45 AM

The last rider out of the blocks, Glaetzer rode as if he owed Australia for botching the men's sprint just 24 hours earlier, knowing he needed to beat New Zealander Edward Dawkins's time of 59.928. 

Glaetzer powered out a 59.340, the fastest ever kilo at sea level. 

"It was big today, after a shocking day yesterday," Glaetzer said. "I had to regroup, sometimes things don't go the way you plan them. This is really good to come back and prove to yourself that you can do it, get one up for Australia, because I owed them one for yesterday, so I am over the moon.”

The sprint powerhouse finished the games with a gold in the keirin and TT, and bronze in the team sprint. 

"A ride that was ripped straight out of the textbook"

Tasmanian Amy Cure continued Australia's blitz in the Anna Meares Velodrome, finishing off a perfect team plan in the women's 10km scratch race. 

Ashlee Ankudinoff and Annette Edmonson buried themselves in the final few laps of the forty lap race to deliver Cure ahead of Scottish duo Katie Archibald and Neah Evans. 

Like Glaetzer, Cure too had to turn from disappointment after her seventh place in yesterday's 25km points race. 

"It was amazing," Cure said. "I was a bit disappointed yesterday but I came out with a different mindset.

"The girls backed me and gave me the perfect ride. I can't thank the girls enough. We went with a plan and executed it perfectly."

It was Cure's second gold of the games after the women's 4000m team pursuit. 

A sprint queen in her own right 

Stephanie Morton proved yet again she's not just Anna Meares' heir but a sprint star in her own right after snagging victory in the keirin, her third gold at these games. Kaarle McCulloch bagged silver. 

"Probably equal (best performance)," said Morton. "I wanted to win the sprint, team sprint and the keirin. 500 I just wanted to ride a pb. I rode out of my skin to get close to Kaarle.

"I literally ticked every box I wanted to coming into these champs, I'm just so happy.

“There has been a lot of work behind the scenes but we have such a great squad. We've got no prima donnas or people that are hard work and that environment is flourishing on the track,

“We get behind each other and that internal pressure is working wonders – everyone has come out and been really dominant."

Australia finished the Comm Games track cycling with 19 medals; 10 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze.

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