Published: 5 April 2018
Images by: JSH PIX
Team Scotland clinches Gold as the Cycling competition gets underway at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.
Neil Fachie, Gold medallist at the 2012 London Paralympic Games and silver medallist at Rio 2016, paired with new pilot Matt Rotherham to took Team Scotland's first Gold medal in the Men's B&VI Time Trial and delivered another Games record of 1:00.065.
Having flown into the pre-Games Cycling preparation camp in Sydney Via the World Para-Cycling Championships in Rio, where they delivered a stunning double gold medal winner performance, the pair were tipped to deliver.
Fachie said, “Winning at a home Games was really immense and I’m just delighted to have had the opportunity to come and defend it here and to actually do it. We had to bring our A game today but we got it done and I’m so, so happy with that. We got to see the Triathlon earlier, where we picked up our first medal. We were cheering that on back in the village, so that was great motivation.”
Earlier in the day Team Scotland’s women’s pair Louise Haston and Aileen McGlynn posted an excellent personal best time of 11.153s in the 200m qualifying lap for their B&VI Sprint.
Despite producing a brilliant result they were ultimately out-paced by their Australian and English opponents, the latter registering a World Record of 10.609 in the process.
With just three entrants in the contest, Haston and McGlynn didn’t get the opportunity to put their tactics on the track in the Sprint because the three-way qualifier went to a straight gold medal shoot-out for the sole medal on offer.
Team Scotland’s Olympic medallists Katie Archibald and Callum Skinner are among the six cyclists taking to the track tomorrow. Archibald will make the first Scottish appearance at 13:26hrs (04:26hrs UK time) in the Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit qualifying round, before the men enter the fray.
Endurance riders John Archibald, Kyle Gordon and Mark Stewart are next into the velodrome from 15:25hrs (06:25am UK time), as they begin the qualification process for the Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit. The evening session will see sprinters Jack Carlin and Callum Skinner join the action from 19:00hrs (10:02 UK time) as the heats for the Men’s Keirin get underway.