LONDON — Olympic cycling champion Laura Kenny repeated her glory at the Lee Valley Velo Park track in London by winning the women’s 10km scratch race at the Commonwealth Games on Monday.
On the same track ten years ago, Kenny won two Olympic gold medals in cycling before winning three more at the next two Games.
The 30-year-old, who suffered a miscarriage last year and an ectopic pregnancy this year, overcame a lack of motivation and a crisis of confidence to win the first cycling gold medal of the England at the Commonwealth Games.
“Yesterday I thought was going to be my last bike race,” Kenny said. “Everything I didn’t like. Even before the start, I didn’t know if I could do it. (But) I arrived this morning in a completely different state of mind, thinking: ‘Of course you can do it. .'”
Australian Matthew Glaetzer defended his 1000m time trial title in a time of 59.505 seconds. The 29-year-old already won a gold medal in the team sprint last Friday.
More Australians scored victories in the pool on Monday as Emma McKeon took the women’s 50m butterfly title in 25.90 seconds and Kyle Chalmers clinched the men’s 100m freestyle title in 47.51 seconds.
Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown of Australia led the women’s 200m backstroke final with a Commonwealth Games record time of 2:05.60 and Australia also won the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay in 7:04.96.
Also, Singapore won its first gold medal at this year’s Games with a 3-0 victory over Malaysia in women’s team table tennis.
In judo, Canada’s Christa Deguchi defeated England’s Acelya Toprak in the gold medal match in the under 57 kg category. But Christa Deguchi’s younger sister Kelly Deguchi was beaten by Australia’s Tinka Easton in the women’s -52kg final.