After having success at National and Commonwealth level, Scott Sunderland claimed a stunning victory at the 2012 World Track Championships alongside Matthew Glaetzer and Shane Perkins in the Team Sprint as they knocked off the French by one thousandth of a second.
Making his Olympic debut at the London 2012 Games, Sunderland and teammates Glaetzer and Perkins qualified third fastest (43.377 seconds) in the team sprint. They then defeated China in the first round with their time of 43.261 seconds ranking them fourth and setting up a bronze medal showdown with Germany. In the medal race the Aussies kept pace with the German team for most of the race but eventually went down by 0.146 seconds. They finished the competition in a time of 43.355 seconds.