Commonwealth Games: New Zealand's Sam Webster and Sophie Pascoe cruise to gold

Track cyclist Sam Webster has won his second gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games after beating Scotland's Jack Carlin in the individual sprint final on Saturday (NZT).

Webster, 26, already had a gold to his name, after helping the New Zealand sprint team to victory on opening night on the Gold Coast.

He won the first race with a time of 10.123 seconds, making his move early and downing Carlin by just under half a second, and then held on for dear life in the second race to cross 0.005 seconds ahead.

The win means he repeats his double success from Glasgow four years ago.

In qualifying, the Kiwi was well down the rankings, finishing 12th fastest of the 16 to progress. But he easily eliminated Englishman Philip Hindes in the 1/8 finals and then swept another Englishman, Ryan Owens, in the quarter-finals.

In the semi, he outfoxed Malaysian Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom in their first race and was way too strong for him the second to progress to the gold/silver ride-off.

Emma Cumming took out the bronze medal in the Women's 500m time trial final.

The 20-year-old beat out fellow Kiwi Natasha Hansen at at time of 34.230, edging her for the third place finish by .008 of a second.

Australian pair Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton took our the gold and silver medals.

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe cruised to gold in the para 200m individual medaly, with her nearest rivals well off the pace.

The 25-year-old led from the start and stormed home in a time of 2 minutes and 27.72 seconds at the Optus Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

She was favourite for the event after winning gold and setting a world record of 2:24.90 at the same event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Meanwhile, Daniel Hunter booked his spot in the men's 100m freestyle final on Sunday, after qualifying as the eighth fastest in the two semi-finals.

For another defending champion, though, Day Three of the Gold Coast Games ended in disaster, when 85kg weighlifter Richie Patterson failed all three attempts at his opening snatch of 140kg and was eliminated from the competition.

Patterson, 34, won the gold medal four years ago and a silver in the same division at Delhi 2010. He announced his retirement after his early exit.

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