James takes bronze in Delhi

Australia dominate opening day on the track

By Jonathan Turner.   Last Updated: 06/10/10 11:53am

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Becky James: Bronze medal

Becky James: Bronze medal

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Becky James clinched a bronze for Wales as Australia dominated the opening day of track cycling at the Commonwealth Games.

Making her Games debut, the 18-year-old from Abergavenny clocked 35.236 seconds in the women's 500metres time-trial to finish third as Australia's Anna Meares successfully defended her title.

Meares won the two-lap event in a Games record of 33.758secs, while another Australian, Kaarle McCulloch, took the silver medal with a time of 34.780.

James said: "I can't even explain how happy I am - I'm absolutely over the moon. To get a bronze medal in my first Commonwealth Games is unbelievable

"I wasn't even sure if I was going to get a medal or not. The Aussie girls are always so strong and to be honest I didn't expect to beat them."

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Scott Sunderland made it two gold medals from two events for Australia when he won the men's 1000m time trial.

Sunderland set a new Games record when he clocked one minute 1.411 seconds at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.

And the clean sweep for Australia on the opening day on the track came when Jack Bobridge grabbed gold in a thrilling men's 4000m individual pursuit final.

Bobridge, who set a Games record of 4:14.845 in qualifying which was the fourth fastest time in history, was pushed all the way in the final by New Zealand's Jesse Sergent.

Sergent was closing all the time but eventually missed out on gold by 0.338 seconds.

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