Roulston creates NZ cycling history
Ashburton's Hayden Roulston rode into New Zealand cycling immortality at the Laoshan Velodrome when he became the the first Kiwi to win two track cycling medals at one Olympics.
Roulston added a bronze with the team pursuit late Monday night to the individual silver he claimed as part of New Zealand's Super Saturday to become just the 18th Kiwi to grab two Olympic medals, and the eighth to win multiple medals at the same Games.
And an ecstatic Roulston vowed that he might not yet be done, with the madison still to come on Tuesday.
"It's not finished yet," grinned the 27-year-old who will ride with Greg Henderson in the madison. "It means something for sure.
"I didn't come to try and break records in that respect but to walk away with two medals so far I'm absolutely ecstatic, eh."
The team pursuiters proved there is life after Super Saturday at these Olympics when they rode a superb 3:57 to shade the Australian quartet by over a second in a race that was tight most of the way. Their bronze took the Kiwi medal tally at the Games to six.
The New Zealand quartet of Sam Bewley, Hayden Roulston, Marc Ryan and Jesse Sergent defeated a solid Australian lineup with a concentrated display of riding, and later rued the fact that they may well have gone one better.
In a thrilling contest that was neck and neck through the first 2000m, the Kiwis were able to step on the gas over the second half of the race.
They'd edged out to 0.6sec in front with 1000m to go and had the margin up around the 1sec mark with just a couple of laps remaining. They eventually crossed the line with nearly 1.3s up their sleeve (3:57.776 against 3:59.006) to give New Zealand it's third bronze medal of the Games.
Valerie Vili and the Evers-Swindell twins have won New Zealand's two golds, and rowers Mahe Drysdale and pair George Bridgewater and Nathan Twaddle were the other bronze medal winners.
After the crack Great Britain side claimed a comfortable gold medal against Denmark in a world record time of 3:53.314 (beating their own mark set a night earlier by nearly two seconds), Roulston was rueing the fact that it wasn't his team out in the showpiece contest of the night.