Commonwealth Games: Eddie Dawkins delighted with keirin bronze

  • 07/04/2018

Sprinter Eddie Dawkins was almost as rapt with his Commonwealth Games keirin bronze medal as he was with his team sprint gold.        

The big Southlander brought the New Zealand track cycling medal tally to six after two days at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane, hanging on for third behind Australian Matthew Glaetzer and Welshman Lewis Oliva in a blanket finish.      

Despite Glaetzer's reputation and form, Dawkins had no hesitation in taking on the reigning sprint world champion in a bid for keirin glory.

Ahead at the start of the second lap, Dawkins says he was soon put in his place by Glaetzer.      

"I saw clear air, and maybe got a little bit ahead of myself, and gunned it. Glaetzer took it on himself to chase me down, and made me look like a novice.              

"I won't be doing that again."    

As an added bonus, Dawkins was also able to get one back over sprint teammate Sam Webster, who finished fifth in the six-man final.    

It was a turnaround from four years when the 26-year-old Webster had snatched silver in the keirin at the 2014 Glasgow Games, while Dawkins had finished sixth.           

"It's always good having the boys up there mixing it," Dawkins said.        

"Sometimes it's your day, and sometimes it's not. Last time it was his day and I picked up tail-end Charlie. This time he got boxed in.            

"That's just keirin racing."            

Dawkins will have the chance for another crack at Galetzer on Saturday in the men's individual sprint, and is under no illusion about the task ahead.

"He's just impossible to pass on his home track and in front of his home fans - it's a very tough task.       

"Matt Glaetzer is the best sprinter in the world right now. He's the benchmark for everybody to measure themselves against, and he makes this race incredibly tough."           

NZN