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Rowsell: Win was special

England's Joanna Rowsell hailed the Commonwealth Games as "the biggest event of the summer" after powering to individual pursuit gold in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Rowsell produced a classy performance over 3,000 metres, setting a new Games record of three minutes 29.038 seconds in qualification and easing to victory by nearly four seconds in the final.

Victory never appeared to be in doubt for the reigning world champion, remarkable considering the strength of the field.

Rowsell's fellow Olympic team pursuit champions Laura Trott and Dani King failed to even make the medal races, as did their Team GB colleague Elinor Barker, riding for Wales.

Rowsell's biggest challenge came from Australia, with Annette Edmondson and Amy Cure joining her on the podium, the latter edging Scotland's Katie Archibald for bronze.

For Rowsell it was the the perfect result in a discipline that does not appear on the Olympic programme.

"The Commonwealth Games only comes around every four years so for me this is something special," said Rowsell.

"This is the biggest event of the summer for me. We had the worlds in February which was a big goal, then I had a break and after March it's been about this.

"I'm really glad I've peaked at the right time, I'm a bit of a master of it, I always seem to do it on the right day each year."

Jason Kenny came close to collecting England's second gold of the day, and third on the track.

Despite only qualifying for the quarter-finals via repechage, a hangover from a terrible qualifying run on Thursday, he enjoyed some wonderful duels in the last eight and last four to guarantee a silver medal.

But that was what he had to settle for as New Zealand's Sam Webster took a 2-1 win in their best-of-three head to head.

"It was a tough day, not a lot of rest between rides, but we had some really good racing out there," he said.

"I wasn't feeling great after the semi-final, pretty lethargic, and Sam took advantage of that. He steamrollered me in the first ride, that was a novice thing to let happen, but we got back up and proved I had the legs to beat him.

"There's always disappointment when you get silver but I'm just happy to be in the mix, right at the sharp end with the best in the world."

There was also a first Scottish gold medal in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome as para-cyclist Neil Fachie and pilot Craig MacLean won the 1,000m B2 tandem time-trial.

The pair were roared to victory by the home crowd, Fachie unfurling a Saltire on the lap of honour as Hoy clapped his approval from a television gantry.

MacLean joked: "It's nice to do it in a velodrome named after some old bloke who used to ride a bike."

Fachie, whose parents and sister were in the crowd cheering him on, said: "That feels quite special, the crowd here is just absolutely stunning. We couldn't afford to not win it for this crowd."