Commonwealth Games: New Zealand cyclists impress, Lewis Clareburt surprises in the pool

Commonwealth Games: New Zealand cyclists impress,  Lewis Clareburt surprises in the pool
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Cyclist Natasha Hansen has won a second silver at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, beaten 2-0 by defending women's sprint champion Stephanie Morton.

The Australian won the first race in the best-of-three series by a slim .089 seconds, then blitzed to victory by 1.286 in the second to wrap up gold.

Hansen and Emma Cumming won silver on Thursday in the team sprint, beaten by Morton and Kaarle McCulloch.

Earlier on Friday, Dylan Kennett won bronze in the 4000m individual pursuit, besting Australian Jordan Kerby by over four seconds at the Anna Meares Velodrome, clocking four minutes 18.3737.

He had earlier lowered his personal best by five seconds in qualifying, setting a new Commonwealth record in the process.

His 4:13.414 bettered Australian Jack Bobridge's 4:14.845 set at the 2010 New Delhi Games.

However, the 23-year-old Kiwi's mark was bettered by two others: Englishman Charlie Tanfield (4:11.455) and Scotland's John Archibald (4:13.068), who rode off for gold.

And team sprint gold medallist Eddie Dawkins came through a frantic finish in the keirin to claim bronze.

New Zealand's track cycling tally now stands at six: one gold, three silver and two bronze, with two days of competition remaining.

New Zealand also earned its first medal in the pool at the Games, with Lewis Clareburt earning bronze in the men's 400m individual medley.

Clareburt and compatriot Bradlee Ashby led the charge in the final and, while the latter fell away to finish fifth, Clarebutt came in third with four minutes 14.42 seconds.

Australian Clyde Lewis won with a time of 4:13.12.

The New Zealand men's 4x 100m freestyle team finished fourth in the final, with Australia claiming a dominate gold, followed by England and Scotland.