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04 Apr 2012

World Champion!

Australia caused a huge upset by beating France to the men’s team sprint gold, the host nation’s first world title in the event since 1996.  Click here to see the race.

The Australian team of Shane Perkins, Scott Sunderland and former pole vaulter Matthew Glaetzer edged ahead of France with Glaetzer making the slightest of gains against Michael D’Almeida on the final lap to clock a time of 43.266, a win by just 0.001.

Perkins celebrated by doing several laps of the track with his son, Aidan.

“All of us cut a tenth [of a second] off our time from qualifying!”he said.

“Then Matty [Glaetzer] with his last lap brought it home for us. It’s fantastic. It just worked really well as a team.

“I’ve definitely got to be happy with that. Especially the home crowd, a lot of pressure, home championships – and with the kind of week I’ve had,” Perkins added, having been clipped by a car while training on the road last Sunday.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

More to come!