NZ gold rush in Glasgow

2:46 pm on 29 July 2014

New Zealand's added three gold, a silver and two more bronze medals to its tally at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday.

New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe kisses her gold medal.

New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe kisses her gold medal. Photo: REUTERS

The Timaru cyclist Shane Archbold rode to gold in the men's 20-kilometre scratch race to give New Zealand its fourth gold medal at the velodrome, continuing a strong games for the track cycling programme.

Archbold, who was influential in setting up Tom Scully's gold medal ride in the points race, was rewarded with his first Commonwealth medal as he held off the challenge of the Australian Glenn O'Shea who got silver. Canada's Remi Pelletier was third.

That was followed by a silver medal for Sam Webster in the keirin, his third medal of the games.

New Zealand's second gold medal of the morning came at the Kelvingrove lawn bowls centre, where Jo Edwards won in the women's singles final, taking down England's Natalie Melmore 21-15 in the 24th end.

Its Edwards' second gold, following her win in Manchester in 2002.

The paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe won gold in the women's 100 breaststroke SB9 final to claim New Zealand's first medal in the pool in Glasgow.

Earlier, the women's fours lawn bowls team of Val Smith, Amy McIlroy, Selina Goddard and Mandy Boyd has defeated Scotland 21-15 to win the bronze medal .

That was followed by New Zealand's first medal in athletics as Zane Robertson picked up a bronze in the 5000.

Robertson finished in a time of 13:16.52, behind two Kenyans, with Caleb Ndiku (13:12.07) taking the gold from his compatriot Isiah Koech (13:14.06).

The Timaru shot-putter Tom Walsh made a big statement in men's qualifying throwing a Commonwealth Games record of 21.24 metres with his first and only throw, sealing automatic qualification.