Commonwealth Games: Jack Bobridge wins gold

Gold medallists, from left,  Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea of Australia look on during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4000 metres Team Pursuit final at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during day one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images).

Gold medallists, from left, Jack Bobridge, Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea of Australia look on during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 4000 metres Team Pursuit final at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during day one of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images).

The Gawler suburb of Evanston Park is in celebration mode with next door neighbours Jack Bobridge and Miles Scotson celebrating a gold medal on day one of the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

Bobridge was a key member of the Australian team which won the men’s 4000 metre team pursuit while Scotson was the team emergency.

The Australian quartet of Jack Bobridge, 25, Luke Davison, 24, Alex Edmondson, 20, and O’Shea, 24, put on a dominant performance in front of a parochial British home crowd to defend their team pursuit gold medal.

In the 'Ashes on the Track', the reigning world champions lead for nearly the entire 16 lap race and crossed the line in a games record time of 3mins 54.851secs, almost six seconds ahead of the British team lead by Sir Bradley Wiggins (4:00.136).

It was Bobridge's second gold in the team pursuit, equalling fellow Australians Brad McGee, Kevin Nichols and Luke Roberts for most golds in the event. The South Australian rider returned to the squad after spending the year riding road races for the Dutch-based Belkin professional team. 

"To step back on the boards with just two weeks to go with these guys, it shows with Tim Decker the work they've put in since I've been out of it," said Bobridge. "So to be able to ride with these guys and win is special for me."

"It's going to take us a long way in the next few years heading into Rio. Hopefully we can keep moving forward," he added.

"We knew it was going to be a hard race, but we had to back ourselves," said Alex Edmondson. "We knew with Luke doing a good peel and that sort of thing [that] we were on them.

"To be able to come away and beat those guys, it's one step on the way to Rio. To come here, we have ticked this one off now."

Reigning world champion in the individual pursuit Edmondson and Bobridge will now focus on the Individual Pursuit which takes place on day two, overnight tonight South Australian time.

Scotson, 20, also will get the chance to prove himself in the Individual Pursuit.

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