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Three gold medals collected on the first day in Invercargill
Ten time world champion and dual Olympic gold medallist Anna Meares added another medal to her collection as she won the 500m time trial on a busy day at the Oceania track championships. Australia won three gold medals on day one with Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton victorious in the women's team sprint and Rohan Wight who added a third gold by winning the under 19 individual pursuit.
Meares's winning time of 33.500 seconds was less than half a second off her own world record. She beat home New Zealand's Katie Schofield who took silver."I was really pleased with that. It's the first time I have ridden that since the worlds in 2012. Tonight I was focusing on the processes for a strong 500, and to ride 33.500 in not perhaps ideal conditions, I am really pleased with," said Meares.
Meares is eying off another Olympics in 2016 and gold in Invercargill is the first step to further success.
"It's a long road but definitely tonight was a step forward. I am hoping that with each race I will get a little bit better. I have a long time to work towards those goals. I was the first person to ride 33 seconds and I want to be the first woman to ride 32."
In the women's team sprint London Olympic team sprint bronze medallists McCulloch and Morton won by one tenth of a second in a time of 34.210 seconds.New Zealand's Katie Schofield and Stephanie McKenzie were second and rounding out the podium was another Australian pair in Catherine Culvenor and Taylah Jennings.
In the men's team sprint Matt Archibald, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins became the first New Zealand team to go under the 44 second barrier at home when they clocked 43.765 seconds in qualifying.
They were challenged in the final by the Australian trio of Olympians Dan Ellis, Shane Perkins and Matthew Glaetzer but held them off as their time of 43.885 seconds was just over four one-hundredths ahead of the Australians. Rounding out the podium was another Australian...
Penultimate day of UCI Oceania Track Cycling Championships
The talking point on day three of the meet was the men's keiran final with Australian Matthew Glaetzer awarded the win after initially being relegated in favour of New Zealand's Eddie Dawkins. Glaetzer was relegated for riding in the blue lane at the bottom of the track but on review by the chief judge, New Zealand’s Jeremy Presbury was ruled to have forced Glaetzer into the no-go blue lane and the Australian was reinstated as the winner.
Adding drama to the final had been the decision by officials to stop the race after three laps. Australian Jacob Schmid was disqualified for pushing up and impeding New Zealand sprinter Matt Archibald.
When the race was re-run it was Dawkins and Australian Emerson Harwood exchanging the lead before Dawkins surged ahead in the final lap only to pipped to the post by a fast finishing Glaetzer.
"It was a very hectic race. For the last lap and a half it was pretty much survival for me," said Glaetzer.
"I kept the gas on when I was down on the duckboards and just hanging on and I had the legs to come around in the end. I was fairly confident I got the win but then there was the pause before I knew if I got relegated or not, so a bit of drama."
Runner-up Dawkins was pleased with his performance and not undeterred by the final decision. "The race was good, a bit messy and the infringements changed the course of the race quite a bit," he said.
"The Aussies love going long and love putting the hurt on early and it makes for an interesting race for the riders and the spectators. That’s what we want and that’s what they got."
There were three events in the omnium for both the men and women with the 200m flying lap, points race and elimination sprint.
In the flying lap New Zealand's Dylan Kennett became just the second rider to go under the 13 second barrier easily taking the gold medal ahead of New Zealand’s London Olympian Shane Archbold....
16 riders to contest second round in Aguascalientes
Australia’s track cyclists began the 2013-2014 UCI Track World Cup season in November with five medals in Manchester, England courtesy of Shane Perkins (sprint, 3rd), Luke Davison (omnium, 3rd), Rebecca Wiasak (individual pursuit, 2nd) and both men‘s (2nd place) and women's (3rd place) team pursuit quartets.
The busy start to the season continued last week with a haul of seventeen gold medals at the 2014 Oceania Championships in New Zealand, with Anna Meares, Matthew Glaetzer, Stephanie Morton and Luke Davison all claiming titles.
Next up for Australia is round two of the UCI Track World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico, taking place December 5-7.
After suffering a virus which forced him to withdraw from the Oceania Championships, Shane Perkins is fit and ready for racing on the high-altitude velodrome at Aguascalientes, Mexico.
"Thankfully I am feeling quite fresh now after seven or eight days off, and I think it was a good decision, although I didn't like it, to pull myself from Oceanias," said Perkins, who will line up in the team sprint and keirin in Mexico.
"I have had some great training sessions over the past couple of days and finishing up ahead of flying out on Sunday.
"I haven't raced there myself, but I have heard so many things about how fast the [Aguascalientes] track is and I am sure we will be seeing some really quick times in the 200," continued Perkins. "I am really looking forward to riding the keirin on a super fast track as it will make for interesting tactics."
Similarly, London Olympian Amy Cure - who has been training in Mexico for the past three weeks ahead of the World Cup along with women’s endurance squad members Isabella King, Melissa Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Rebecca Wiasak - is looking forward to her debut on the track.
"Our training days have been pretty full on here training...
56.303 at World Cup sees Frenchman smash Tournant's 2001 mark
François Pervis smashed Arnaud Tournant’s 12-year-old world record in the 1 kilometre time trial when he clocked a time of 56.303 seconds in the Track World Cup at Aguascalientes, Mexico on Sunday.
The Frenchman was one of five riders in the event to dip below Tournant’s mark of 58.875, which he set at an altitude of 3,600m in La Paz, Bolivia in October 2001. For his part, Pervis availed of the 1,880m altitude of the Aguascalientes track to make the most of his current good form and set a new landmark time.
Pervis had already showcased his condition by breaking the world record in the flying 200 metres on Friday, and he was in imperious form in the kilometre on Saturday evening, averaging some 63.939kph to beat Maximilian Levy (Germany) into second place by over 1.5 seconds.
Levy broke Tournant’s old mark by finishing second in 57.949, while Joachim Eilers (57.980), Eric Engler (58.369) and Hugo Haak (58.446) also all managed to break the former record but were unable to get close to Pervis.
Pervis had travelled to Mexico nurturing hopes of a record-breaking ride, as he told Ouest France before his departure. “I won’t have many chances like this in my life, I’m very strong at the moment. Everything is in place, now is the time,” Pervis said. “And if I needed a sign, Aguascalientes is where I rode my first World Cup race, ten years ago.”
The kilometre record was not the only one to fall during the final day of the World Cup, as Kristina Vogel (Germany) set a new flying 200m world record in qualifying for the women’s sprint. Vogel set a new mark of 10.384 seconds just moments after Anna Meares (Australia) had dipped below her 2012 record of 10.782 by clocking 10.487.
Meares established a new record in the 500 metre time trial on Friday, when she set a time of 32.836 and became the first woman to break the 33-second barrier in the event....
American builds for world title defense
Sarah Hammer (United States) won the gold medal in the women's omnium at the second UCI Track World Cup of the season in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Hammer, the reigning world champion and 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist in the discipline, finished with 19 points, seven points better than 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist Laura Trott (Great Britain), who had won the omnium at the first Track World Cup in Manchester in early November. Belgium's Jolien D'Hoore placed third with 27 points.
"It's always an honor to race with the rainbow stripes, so you want to go out there and showcase the jersey as best as possible," said Hammer. "My personality is that I always like to win no matter what and it's even more prestigious when you have the rainbow jersey on."
On Friday, Hammer opened with a victory in the flying lap and followed that up with a third-place finish in the points race and a fourth-place finish in the elimination race to take a three-point lead in the omnium standings over Trott.
On Saturday, Hammer left no doubt she was in top form, winning the individual pursuit and scratch race to open up an 11-point advantage in the standings over D'Hoore entering the final event. Hammer clinched the victory with a ninth-place finish in the 500m time trial.
Hammer didn't contest the opening Track World Cup in Manchester and was pleased with her result in Aguascalientes, with an eye forward for her world title defense in Cali, Colombia in early March, 2014.
"It was definitely a rough summer, getting my plate taken out of my collarbone and then three weeks later cracking it again in training. I've been around for...
22-year-old says award tops off best year of her career
Becky James, who won two gold and two bronze medals at the UCI Track World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, at the beginning of the year, has been named Sunday Times and Sky Sports Young Sportswoman of the Year.
Golds in the keirin and sprint and bronze in the 500m time trial and team sprint at the championships in Minsk meant the 22-year-old became the first British cyclist to win four medals at a single world championship.
James, unable to attend the ceremony as she was competing in round two of the UCI Track World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico, said: "I’m so gutted I can’t be there in person. It's just incredible to receive the award and it rounds off the best year of my career so far and I'm proud to see the long, hard hours of training have paid off.
"There's so many people that I owe thanks to, but in particular I'd like to thank my coaches and all the support staff at British Cycling who have helped me over the years, and also my family and friends for their constant support. I'm looking forward to building on what I've achieved so far, and hopefully 2014 will be another great year."
Shane Sutton, Team Sky performance advisor, said: "This year we saw the emergence of Becky James. To win two senior titles – I mean that's as high as it gets. It's a phenomenal achievement. She has a big future ahead of her – and I think she can surpass anything that we have seen to date."
Other contenders for the Young Sportswoman award included Dina Asher-Smith (Athletics), Charley Hull (Golf) and Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Athletics)
The Sportswoman of the Year award was awarded to Christine Ohuruogu (Athletics).
Team Belkin aims for podium in strong field
Theo Bos and Graeme Brown will make a return to the track in the 2014 Rotterdam Six-Day, from 2 to 7 January. "I am looking forward to it," Theo Bos said. "Graeme is a rider with lots of experience on the track." The Dutch/Australian pair will meet strong competition on the Rotterdam track. "A podium place is our ambition but we really want to ride for the overall victory," Bos stated.
Both Belkin riders have an impressive palmares when it comes to track cycling. Theo Bos holds three sprint world titles and took the gold on the kilometre in Los Angeles in 2005. He won the Olympic silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens. Graeme Brown won two gold medals in Athens: in the team pursuit and in the Madison with Stuart O'Grady.
Bos and Brown will meet strong competition in Rotterdam. Last year's winners Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra return to defend their crown. Keisse already won in Zürich this year with Sylvan Dillier while Rotterdam will be Terpstra's first Six-Day of the season.
The reigning world champions Madison Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky are also on the startlist as well as the other riders of this year's podium: Wim Stroetinga who pairs with Orica-Greenedge's Jens Mouris [after Peter Schep ended his career this year] and the Dutch duo Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler.
The Belgian pair Kenny de Ketele/Jasper de Buyst should be considered favorites too. De Buyst recently won the Ghent Six with Leif Lampater while De Ketele won Amsterdam with Gijs van Hoecke.
The starting field in Rotterdam also features Danish duo Michael Mørkøv/Alex Rasmussen, the Swiss pair Tristan Marguet and Franco Marvulli, Garmin-Sharp's Raymond Kreder and Leif...
Australian coming off success at Mexico World Cup
Luke Davison (Synergy-Baku) is aiming for a debut national crown at the 2013 Omnium National Championships in Melbourne which begin on Thursday. The 23-year-old Davison won the omnium and assisted Australia to the team pursuit gold medal at the UCI Track World Cup in Mexico last week. He also posted two personal best times in both the flying lap and individual pursuit rounds of the omnium.
"My recent results have certainly given me a lot of confidence leading into nationals but it will take my best performance to win as the field is very strong," said Davison. "I'm sure I'll be a marked man to a certain degree but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Davison also took bronze in the omnium at the opening round of the Track World Cup Series in Manchester.
Challenging Davison for the title will be reigning team pursuit world champions Alex Edmondson and Alex Morgan, as well as 2012 team sprint world champion Scott Sunderland who continues his switch to the endurance ranks and 2011 omnium national champion Scott Law. "I feel like I'm in really good shape heading into nationals and it would be fantastic to take home the jersey," Davison said.
"Australia has produced some great omnium riders in recent years so it would be a huge honour to be the national champion."
Edmondson may be a rival in the omnium but will partner Davison in the Madison National Championships, which will feature as part of the Melbourne Cup on Wheels Carnival on Saturday evening.
"I've got a huge amount of respect for Alex and will be watching him very closely in the omnium. We're good mates though and even though neither of us will give an inch, the moment it's over we'll forget about it and combine well in the madison," said Davison.
Davison is looking to recapture the form on the...