Cyclist Aaron Gate has sprinted into history at the Commonwealth Games with a performance worthy of being remembered forever.
Gate has become the first New Zealander to win four gold medals at one Games, and he did so with a ride both astonishing yet believable.
The only New Zealander in a leading group of 15 that escaped with over 100 kilometres to go in cycling’s men’s road race, Gate spent an inordinate amount of energy chasing moves from other riders, most notably the dangerous English trio, who launched attack after attack in order to break up the group.
Ben Turner, Sam Watson and Fred Wright all tried their luck, but each time Gate was alert to the danger, either closing down their attack or joining them on the front and trying to push on.
It was an absurd amount of energy to expend, especially with the Englishmen rotating their surges. Turner, Watson, Wright, Turner, Watson, Wright. The attacks kept coming, only to be met by Gate, Gate and more Gate. Aaron Gate celebrates winning the sprint to claim his fourth gold medal. Photo / Getty He was relentless to the extent it seemed certain he would pay for his efforts as the race reached its conclusion, and suffer just as much as everyone else in the front group.
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