Points race gold for Scully, four more medals

01:26, Jul 27 2014
Tom Scully
Tom Scully (centre) in action during the men's 40km points race heats, with team-mate Shane Archbold ahead of him.
Sherwin Stowers
Sherwin Stowers, who had a double against Scotland, looks to make a back-flick pass.
Jo Edwards
Jo Edwards in action during a women's singles qualifying match at the Kelvingrove club in Glasgow.
Samantha Lucie-Smith, Emma Robinson
Samantha Lucie-Smith and Emma Robinson watch as New Zealand qualify second-fastest for the women's 4x200m freestyle relay.
Joelle King
Kiwi Joelle King reaches forward for a backhand shot during her women's quarterfinal against Madeline Perry of Northern Ireland.
Nicky Samuels
Nicky Samuels makes her way up the finish chute on the third leg of the mixed team triathlon race.
Ryan Sissons
Ryan Sissons makes a costly error, over-shooting the New Zealand bike rack during the final leg over the mixed team triathlon.
Ryan Sissons
Ryan Sissons emerges from the water during the last leg of the mixed team triathlon race.
Andrea Hewitt
Andrea Hewitt makes the transition from bike to run during the first leg.
Andrea Hewitt
Andrea Hewitt waits for the mixed team triathlon to get underway.
Stephanie McKenzie
Stephanie McKenzie powers around the velodrome during the women's sprint qualifying.
Men's points race
The field loops the velodrome during a men's 40km points race heat.
Phil Burrows
Phil Burrows takes a penalty corner during the Black Sticks rout of Trinidad and Tobago.
Shea Macaleese
Shea McAleese appeals to the umpire after being knocked to the turf.
Nick Haig
Black Sticks striker Nick Haig takes a drag-flick shot at goal.
Black Sticks fan
A Black Sticks fan shows off her New Zealand spirit.
NZ sevens fans
Black lycra suit-clad New Zealand sevens fans at Ibrox Stadium.
Casey Kopua
Silver Ferns defender Casey Kopua gives her Scotland opponent nowhere to pass.
Tom Scully
Tom Scully delivered New Zealand its third gold medal at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome, winning the men's 40km points race.
Tom Scully
Tom Scully takes off on a solo break during his victory in the men's 40km points race.
Jason Koster
Jason Koster of New Zealand (blue) competes against Duke Didier of Australia in the men's under-100kg bronze medal bout.
Tim Slyfield gallery
Tim Slyfield on his way to beating India's Sahil Pathanian, a man 12 years his junior by ippon, to claim a bronze medal.
Jason Koster
Jason Koster on his way to winning a bronze medal with a hard-fought win over long-time rival Duke Didier of Australia.
Matt Archibald
Matt Archibald celebrates taking the bronze in the final of the men's 1000m time trial.
Tom Scully
Tom Scully, right, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze medals in the final of the 40km points race.
Tom Scully
Tom Scully, left, and Aaron Gate celebrate gold and bronze medals in the final of the 40km points race.
Mark Spooner
Kiwi Mark Spooner cleans during competition in the men's 69kg Group A final.
Leroy Hindley
New Zealander Leroy Hindley fights Bangladesh's Mohammad Al Amin in a men's 64kg light welterweight bout.

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.

Tom Scully
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.

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Tom Scully
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.

Tom Scully
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.

Tom Scully
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.

Tom Scully
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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