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Fachie and MacLean claim second gold in track cycling

Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean have won gold for Scotland in the men's sprint B2 tandem.

Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean raised the roof of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the second time in as many days, winning their second gold medal with a thrilling final ride in the men's sprint B2 tandem.

Visually impaired para-cyclist Fachie and his vastly experienced pilot MacLean, a silver medallist alongside Hoy in the team sprint at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, came from 1-0 behind in their best-of-three final against Australia's Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett to win 2-1.

It follows their storming success in the 1,000m time-trial, with both victories roared on by a capacity crowd and celebrated by Fachie unfurling a Saltire to deafening acclaim.

The home favourites looked to have run out of gas after two days of intense competition when their Australia rivals - opponents in the world championships finals as well as Friday's TT - powered to victory in the opening race.

Matching flags popped up around the stands as the decibel count reached new levels. Having taken it all in, 42-year-old MacLean wondered aloud whether his old friend Hoy might not have been regretting his decision to retire before a home Games.

"This is something I never thought would happen in my career, certainly," he said. "I'm sure Chris is enjoying his retirement. I bet he is half wishing he was on the boards here performing in front of the home nation. He taught me everything he knows.

"This crowd getting behind you definitely gives you something extra, no doubt about that.

"It's such a special occasion and to have a Scottish suit on as well, it's not often you get to do that." Fachie picked up the theme, crediting the fans for dragging him over the line when he was ready to drop.

"We'd pretty much settled for silver after the first race, but things worked out perfectly," he said. "The crowd was phenomenal on that final ride - they helped the pain disappear. "If we didn't do it here in front of this crowd, we'd always have regretted it.

"I have no idea how we found what we did at the end."

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