SA cyclists win gold in record breaking time
Day 1 of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games went off with a bang at the Lee Valley VeloPark with the Australians claiming gold in the Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit and a Games record!
SASI graduates Maeve Plouffe, Sophie Edwards and Chloe Moran, and South Australian based Georgia Baker put in outstanding performances, qualifying with a record-breaking time of 4:14.605, only to smash their own record with a Commonwealth Games all-time-best of 4:12.234.
The South Australian squad convincingly beat second-placed New Zealand by a whopping 5.750 seconds.
Competing at her second Commonwealth Games, Baker praised the efforts of her teammates on their Games debut.
"This is our first big multi-sport championship together, we've got some experience on the team, but we also have some new legs and I think the hunger is really showing,” Baker said.
"We haven't been together very much so to come out and break the Games record in qualifying and then smash it again in the final is pretty special."
Having worked closely with Plouffe, Edwards and Moran over the years, SASI Sprint Cycling Coach James Glasspool was ecstatic to see the team succeed in Birmingham.
“It was so impressive to see Sophie, Chloe and Maeve join Georgia for the Team Pursuit rides,” Glasspool said.
“All three girls were discovered through SASI Talent Search.
“It shows how integral the talent identification program is to our institute and hopefully it has inspired a few more potential athletes to get involved.”
Catch all the cycling action at the Commonwealth Games from Friday 29 July - Tuesday 2 August.