Points race gold for Scully, four more medals


Tom Scully, right, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze medals in the final of the 40km points race.
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Tom Scully, right, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze medals in the final of the 40km points race.
Tom Scully, left, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze medals in the final of the 40km points race.
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Tom Scully, left, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze medals in the final of the 40km points race.
Matt Archibald celebrates taking the bronze in the final of the men's 1000m time trial.
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Matt Archibald celebrates taking the bronze in the final of the men's 1000m time trial.
Kiwi Mark Spooner cleans during competition in the men's 69kg Group A final.
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Kiwi Mark Spooner cleans during competition in the men's 69kg Group A final.
Tim Slyfield on his way to beating India's Sahil Pathanian, a man 12 years his junior by ippon, to claim a bronze medal.
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Tim Slyfield on his way to beating India's Sahil Pathanian, a man 12 years his junior by ippon, to claim a bronze medal.
Tom Scully delivered New Zealand its third gold medal at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, winning the men's 40km points race.
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Tom Scully delivered New Zealand its third gold medal at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, winning the men's 40km points race.
New Zealander Leroy Hindley fights Bangladesh's Mohammad Al Amin in a men's 64kg light welterweight bout.
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New Zealander Leroy Hindley fights Bangladesh's Mohammad Al Amin in a men's 64kg light welterweight bout.
Tom Scully takes off on a solo break during his victory in the men's 40km points race.
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Tom Scully takes off on a solo break during his victory in the men's 40km points race.
Black lycra suit-clad New Zealand sevens fans at Ibrox Stadium.
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Black lycra suit-clad New Zealand sevens fans at Ibrox Stadium.
Black Sticks striker Nick Haig takes a drag-flick shot at goal.
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Black Sticks striker Nick Haig takes a drag-flick shot at goal.
Jason Koster on his way to winning a bronze medal with a hard-fought win over long-time rival Duke Didier of Australia.
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Jason Koster on his way to winning a bronze medal with a hard-fought win over long-time rival Duke Didier of Australia.
Ryan Sissons makes a costly error, over-shooting the New Zealand bike rack during the final leg over the mixed team triathlon.
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Ryan Sissons makes a costly error, over-shooting the New Zealand bike rack during the final leg over the mixed team triathlon.
The field loops the velodrome during a men's 40km points race heat.
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The field loops the velodrome during a men's 40km points race heat.
Silver Ferns defender Casey Kopua gives her Scotland opponent nowhere to pass.
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Silver Ferns defender Casey Kopua gives her Scotland opponent nowhere to pass.
A Black Sticks fan shows off her New Zealand spirit.
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A Black Sticks fan shows off her New Zealand spirit.
Jason Koster of New Zealand (blue) competes against Duke Didier of Australia in the men's under-100kg bronze medal bout.
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Jason Koster of New Zealand (blue) competes against Duke Didier of Australia in the men's under-100kg bronze medal bout.
Sherwin Stowers, who had a double against Scotland, looks to make a back-flick pass.
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Sherwin Stowers, who had a double against Scotland, looks to make a back-flick pass.
Stephanie McKenzie powers around the velodrome during the women's sprint qualifying.
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Stephanie McKenzie powers around the velodrome during the women's sprint qualifying.
Shea McAleese appeals to the umpire after being knocked to the turf.
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Shea McAleese appeals to the umpire after being knocked to the turf.
Ryan Sissons emerges from the water during the last leg of the mixed team triathlon race.
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Ryan Sissons emerges from the water during the last leg of the mixed team triathlon race.
Kiwi Joelle King reaches forward for a backhand shot during her women's quarterfinal against Madeline Perry of Northern Ireland.
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Kiwi Joelle King reaches forward for a backhand shot during her women's quarterfinal against Madeline Perry of Northern Ireland.
Phil Burrows takes a penalty corner during the Black Sticks rout of Trinidad and Tobago.
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Phil Burrows takes a penalty corner during the Black Sticks rout of Trinidad and Tobago.
Tom Scully (centre) in action during the men's 40km points race heats, with team-mate Shane Archbold ahead of him.
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Tom Scully (centre) in action during the men's 40km points race heats, with team-mate Shane Archbold ahead of him.
Nicky Samuels makes her way up the finish chute on the third leg of the mixed team triathlon race.
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Nicky Samuels makes her way up the finish chute on the third leg of the mixed team triathlon race.
Andrea Hewitt makes the transition from bike to run during the first leg.
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Andrea Hewitt makes the transition from bike to run during the first leg.
Jo Edwards in action during a women's singles qualifying match at the Kelvingrove club in Glasgow.
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Jo Edwards in action during a women's singles qualifying match at the Kelvingrove club in Glasgow.
Samantha Lucie-Smith and Emma Robinson watch as New Zealand qualify second-fastest for the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.
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Samantha Lucie-Smith and Emma Robinson watch as New Zealand qualify second-fastest for the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.
Andrea Hewitt waits for the mixed team triathlon to get underway.
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Andrea Hewitt waits for the mixed team triathlon to get underway.

Tom Scully's ride to the Commonwealth Games points race gold medal this morning looked so well worked that it could have almost been preordained.

The Southland cyclist took three laps on the field and won six of the 16 sprints - including a massive coup de grace in the final lap - to finish comfortably ahead on points from Isle of Man rider Peter Kennaugh and his New Zealand teammate Aaron Gate.

Together with Shane Archbold, the three riders in black skinsuits took an early stranglehold on the 160 lap race and then refused to relax their grip until it had coughed up the endurance squad's first gold medal in Glasgow.

TEAMWORK: Tom Scully, right, celebrates winning the men's 40km points race, with team-mate Aaron Gate, who took bronze.
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TEAMWORK: Tom Scully, right, celebrates winning the men's 40km points race, with team-mate Aaron Gate, who took bronze.

''It feels pretty bloody good. It was awesome out there, we had three guys that could have won the race tonight and those other two are good mates off the bike, as well as on the bike,'' Scully said.

''To have them racing along beside me is pretty special because we just know what each other is going to do, know how each other is going to react. I think it showed out there tonight and the support I had from them was awesome.''

The gold medal continues a miraculous comeback for Scully, a teenage prodigy on the boards before suffering what was initially feared could be a career-ending leg injury during a race crash in Ireland three years ago.

THAT'S GOLD: Tom Scully, left, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze in the final of the 40km points race in Glasgow.
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THAT'S GOLD: Tom Scully, left, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze in the final of the 40km points race in Glasgow.

Since then Scully's cycling career has focussed largely on the road, but encouraged by those close to him in the sport he decided to have another whack on the track.

That decision to hit the boards again saw him ride to a silver medal in the points race at the world championships in Cali in February.

''I had some good friends down home in Invercargill talk me into it again this summer, just to give it a crack off the back of the Southland tour. I had some good form and buildup for the World Cup season, got a few opportunities and rode the worlds this year and I'm pretty thankful for my team in the UK, Madison Genesis, for releasing me to come and race the Commonwealth Games.

TOP HOPE: Tom Scully (centre) in action during the men's 40km points race heats, with team-mate Shane Archbold ahead of him.
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TOP HOPE: Tom Scully (centre) in action during the men's 40km points race heats, with team-mate Shane Archbold ahead of him.

"Not all the road teams in Europe would understand what the Commonwealth Games are. I can't thank them enough for the support and I'll be back to them in 10 days' time.''

If there's something Scully doesn't lack for, it's support.

A Facebook page set up in his honour has been receiving messages from his 31 cousins, he has had mentoring from Tour de France rider and track great Greg Henderson this year and he gave a shoutout to the 'Invercargill Massive' back in his home city as well as his family in Cromwell.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Tom Scully won his heat of the men's 40km points race and will be joined by fellow Kiwis Aaron Gate and Shane Archbold in the final.
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ON THE RIGHT TRACK: Tom Scully won his heat of the men's 40km points race and will be joined by fellow Kiwis Aaron Gate and Shane Archbold in the final.

Scully will be back in action tomorrow morning (NZ time) for qualifying in the 20km scratch race with Archbold and Dylan Kennett, an event New Zealand will have hopes of winning another medal in.

In other track action, Simon van Velthooven and Matt Archibald won silver and bronze respectively in the final of the 1000m time trial.

TO THE POINT: Tom Scully delivered New Zealand its third gold medal at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, winning the men's 40km points race, with team-mate Aaron Gate taking bronze.
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TO THE POINT: Tom Scully delivered New Zealand its third gold medal at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, winning the men's 40km points race, with team-mate Aaron Gate taking bronze.

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