Commonwealth Games: Crazy bet with Australian coach sees Eddie Dawkins win time trial silver

  • 09/04/2018

If you're going to lose, it might as well be to a phenomenon.

That was the attitude of Kiwi track cyclist Eddie Dawkins after he was outgunned by Australian powerhouse Matt Glaetzer in the Commonwealth Games men's 1000m time trial, earning a silver medal and his third gong of the 2018 event.     

Dawkins started his velodrome run furiously and only grew faster, rounding out the kilometre in a Games-record time of 59.928 seconds.               

He sat first in the standings by a considerable margin until the last-up run of Glaetzer, who duly set a fresh Games-record time of 59.340 seconds and collected gold.          

Scot Callum Skinner was a considerable distance behind Dawkins in third, while Kiwis Zac Williams and Dylan Kennett came fourth and seventh respectively.             

The silver adds to Dawkins' gold medal in the men's team sprint alongside Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster, and his bronze in the men's keirin.        

Yet the 28-year-old Southlander wasn't too disheartened, saying Glaetzer had a point to prove after being upset in Saturday's men's sprint round of 16.      

"He came out today with all the fury he could muster and the only way to be happy with a silver medal is to be beaten by a record, so hats off to him," Dawkins said.            

"There's only four of us that've ever gone under the minute at sea level and a slew that've gone under at altitude but, with the tracks and the way they are, it's not a dime a dozen."

A men's team sprint specialist, Dawkins said he'd barely practised for a 1000m-long race - and hadn't been involved in a race that long for a number of years.

In fact, he'd only participated in the time trial on a dare.               

"Nick Flyger, the head of the Aussie programme, came up to me at the Oceania championships and said, I dare you to do the (kilometre) at the Commonwealths," Dawkins said.

"I was like, alright, I'll do that.    

"I didn't do any training for it, just did my regular stuff."         

Natasha Hansen.
Natasha Hansen. Photo credit: Photosport

Elsewhere, Natasha Hansen - who has won silvers in the women's sprint and the women's team sprint at the 2018 Games - picked up her third Games medal with a bronze in the women's keirin, 0.133 seconds behind winner Stephanie Morton.

Australian Morton picked up gold, with compatriot Kaarle McCulloch second.    

Kiwi Campbell Stewart, meanwhile, earned silver in the helter-skelter men's 40km points race, scoring 69 points but finishing well behind Mark Stewart.       

Scotsman Stewart dominated the latter sprints to finish up with 81 points.          

As a result, New Zealand finish up their Games track cycling tilt with 12 medals - two golds for Sam Webster and the men's team sprint, six silvers and four bronze.               

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