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Commonwealth Games: Scots cyclists have to settle for the bronze in men's team sprint drama.

CHRIS HOY'S attempt to win a second cycling gold for Scotland were thwarted by a split second in Manchester last night.

But the Edinburgh star, who sparked Scotland's medal rush by grabbing the individual men's sprint title, helped us pick up a bronze in the men's team sprint.

Hoy, Craig McLean, Ross Edgar and reserve Marco Librizzi were forced to settle for a bronze play-off victory over New Zealand after just missing out on a place in the final.

They finished third in an eight-team semi, just behind England and Australia, but recovered from that disappointment to beat the Kiwis comfortably by almost a second.

The Scots raced round the Velodrome at more than 60kph and greeted their medal- winning performance with delight.

Hoy said: "You can't complain, considering three out of the four of us have been on the deck in the past couple of days. We were up against two world class teams so we did well to get a medal."

McLean, who was replaced in the first round by Librizzi after a thigh injury in a crash earlier this week, said: "It's always nice to win something for Scotland - I knew we'd get a medal of some description. But I'd have gone better without my crash."

Edgar, the youngest member of the team at just 19, added: "I was not expecting to ride as well as I did. I'm dead chuffed. It's great to do it as early as I have done."

England went on to win the team final but their top rider Jason Queally admitted he was relieved to have squeezed past the Scots into the final by 0.284 of a second.

He said: "The Scots produced a time that was a second quicker than they managed in the previous round and the fastest of the day before the Aussies went. The pressure was on because of that."

Scotland might just have made it to the final had McLean been fully fit. His place was taken in the first round by Librizzi, who performed well and did enough to ensure comfortable qualification for the semi- final, where McLean took over.

Their time of 44.994 sec looked like booking a place in the final but England and the Aussies squeezed past them.

They were heavy favourites to beat New Zealand in the bronze play-off and took the race by the scruff of the neck from the start.

Hoy, McLean and Edgar were 0.7 seconds up after two laps and 0.992 seconds ahead at the end of the race, sparking celebrations among the kilt-wearing backroom team and the hundreds of Scots in the audience.
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Date:Aug 3, 2002
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