Australian cyclists excel at Commonwealth Games

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica and double Olympic champion at the 100 and 200 meters puts up his hands after a journalist asked a question at a press conference on the main press centre at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, July, 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Alasatir Grant)
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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Australian track cyclists won two more events to turn the Commonwealth Games gold medal race into a two-country competition on Saturday, after only three days.

Ahead of the evening swim program, where six finals were scheduled, England led Australia by three on gold medals — 16 to 13 — with Scotland sitting on nine, and Canada seven.

In the women's scratch race, Annette Edmondson, who has Scottish heritage, took gold and fellow Australian Amy Cure the silver. Scott Sunderland broke his own Commonwealth Games record in winning the men's time trial for the second games in a row.

"It was certainly difficult coming into the last lap, I started to get really light-headed," Sunderland said. "It took me a lap to realize I had won."

Anna Meares set herself up for a record sixth Commonwealth gold when she won her sprint semifinal. She'll face fellow Australian Stephanie Morton in Sunday's final.

Among other highlights:

THE BOLT ARRIVES: Usain Bolt, the world record holder and double Olympic sprint champion, held a packed news conference. He's running in Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay team over the final two days of athletics next Friday and Saturday. He said his left foot injury, which prevented him from qualifying in the individual sprints, was holding up well in training.

Bolt fielded a number of strange requests, ranging from being asked if he would wear a kilt to journalists seeking a "selfie" — along with his opinion on the Scottish separation referendum in September, and the Gaza conflict. He made no direct response to either of the political questions.

SEVENS STARS: New Zealand extended its Commonwealth Games winning streak in rugby sevens to 27 matches with a 17-14 win over Scotland at Ibrox Stadium. New Zealand led 17-0 with five minutes remaining before the home side pulled close with two late tries and with two New Zealanders sent off.

With an earlier win over Canada, New Zealand qualified for Sunday's medal round. More than 185,000 sevens tickets have been sold, including a sellout on Sunday. New Zealand has won all four previous Commonwealth golds.

ENGAND WINS TEAM TRIATHLON: England continued its domination of Commonwealth Games triathlon when it won the mixed teams relay, with South Africa second, and Australia taking bronze. Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson, who won the individual races on Thursday, were part of the four-person England team.

EQUALS RECORD: Veteran shooter Michael Gault of England equaled the Commonwealth Games record for podium finishes when he took bronze in the 10-meter air pistol. The 60-year-old grandfather won his 18th medal, level with another shooter, Australian Phillip Adams, who has retired. Gault could win his 19th medal in the 50-meter event on Monday. "I don't really mind sharing it with some old Australian," Gault said, smiling.

LOOKING AHEAD: The athletics competition begins on Sunday with the marathons and 5,000-meter final, and continues through to Aug. 2. Next Wednesday, New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams, who is unbeaten in her last eight major championships — Olympics, world titles and the Commonwealth Games — will make her first appearance in Glasgow. The last time she finished in second place at any major event was the 2005 world championships.

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