The New Zealand cycling team continues to impress at this year’s Commonwealth Games with three more medals guaranteed on day two of competition thanks to record-breaking performances on Saturday night.

After picking up four medals on the opening day of competition, the cycling team returned to the Lee Valley VeloPark in London for individual competitions and the endurance riders dominated.

Aaron Gate and Tom Sexton will race for a rare all-kiwi gold medal in the men’s individual pursuit after both setting scorching times in qualifying.

Sexton was first and set a new Commonwealth Games record with a time of 4:08.689 before Gate came on and blitzed 1.560 to enter qualifying first. Conor Leahy finished third and will face England’s Charlie Tanfield for bronze after the Australian finished just 0.334 seconds behind Sexton.

that means New Zealand are guaranteed gold and silver on Sunday morning with Gate and Sexton deciding who gets what.

Earlier, Bryony Botha guaranteed another medal for New Zealand with her effort in the women’s individual pursuit, booking a place in the gold medal chase as the top qualifier with a Commonwealth Games record time of 3:19.836 – a whopping 2.159s faster than her opponent for the final, Australia’s Maeve Plouffe.

It continues a superb run of late for Botha who recently broke the New Zealand record three times as well as the Oceania record.

If Botha were to win on Sunday morning, it would also add another chapter to New Zealand’s stacked history in the event with Alison Shanks. [2010]Sarah Ulmer [2002 and 1998] and Madonna Harris [1990] all previous winners for Aotearoa. Ulmer also won a silver medal in 1994.

Ellesse Andrews, Olivia King and Rebecca Petch – who won team sprint gold together – also raced on Saturday night and after all qualifying in the individual sprint first, Andrews was the only one to advance to the quarters finals after the round of -16.

Andrews had to work hard to earn her spot in the semis after losing the first race of her best-of-three quarter-final to Canadian Lauriane Genest. The 22-year-old came back to win the next two races, clinching her ticket to the semi-finals and with it a chance to go for at least bronze.

New Zealand also have a chance of winning another men’s keirin cycling medal with Sam Dakin, Callum Saunders and Sam Webster all entered.


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