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Perkins crowned Australian keirin champion

Victoria's Shane Perkins made it two from two with his gold medal ride in the men's keirin on the final day of competition at the Cycling Australia Track National Championships in Sydney.

Perkins took out the final in a time of 10.544 from fellow Victorian Jason Niblett, New South Wales' Andrew Taylor and the ACT's Alex Bird.

2010 winner, Western Australia's Scott Sunderland was a surprise non-starter in the final having failed to make his way through from the repechage. Also missing was Daniel Ellis who withdrew from the championships earlier in the week having crashed in sprint qualifying and injuring his left shoulder. Even without his two biggest rivals, Perkins praised the quality of the field for the final.

"The level that we've got here this year is absolutely unbelievable," he said. "It's probably the best we've ever had.

"With Sean Eadie's group of NSW guys going 10.2 to beat some of the AIS guys obviously they had a bit of a different preparation coming in here because they've got the world championships; Matt Glaetzer 10.1 - but it's an awesome display from all the states. It was virtually a world championship final out there. All the guys are really fast as you saw in the heats – Alex Bird 10.5, Mitch Bullen 10.4 they're going from a long way out so it makes for some very tough racing once you get your head into it."

Given his opposition, 2010 world championship silver medallist Perkins was forced to put his foot down with three laps to go to escape the bunch and from there, never looked back.

"I guess I was lucky to have a teammate [Niblett] following me to give it a bit of distance and they nearly got me at the end there but with the NSW train going, took the initiative and lucky I had the legs to hold them off," he explained.

"Once I saw Pete Lewis come across and he wasn't committed to go he just wanted to get in the train I just thought it's time to go here and get out in front of them and make them work for it."

Perkins, having also taken gold in the men's sprint earlier in the week came into the national titles following a tough five week training block and has been quite astounded, although pleased with his performances.

"I'm pretty ecstatic and surprised in a way that I've got the form I have," he said. "Six weeks til the world titles I've still got a bit of work to do that's a great starting point to work from."

Nine year-old record falls in men's under 19 team sprint

The Victorian team of Luke Parker, Jaron Gardiner and Jacob Schmid kept their eyes on the prize in the under 19 team sprint. The trio set a time of 46.941 in qualifying against Western Australia (48.531) which was just two tenths of a second outside the All Comer's record set by the French at the junior world championships in Melbourne in 2002.

In the gold medal ride-off against the New South Wales team of Timothy McMillan, Mathew Ryan and Ben Young (48.118) the time kept tumbling with the Victorian's stopping the clock at 46.457 to topple the record they had come so close to in qualifying.

Jaron Gardiner said he was impressed with his team's effort which bettered that of a French outfit which included Francois Pervis, Mickael Murat and Gregory Bauge.

"How we rode how we improved out times it's amazing," he explained. "I was expecting it [the time] to go down a little bit but to see it come down to that I was stoked."

Under 19 Champion of Champions Jennings does it again

Queensland's Taylah Jennings added to her adding to her gold medals in the omnium and scratch with a win in the women's under 19 keirin final in a time of 12.096.

Jennings held off Victoria's Imogen Jelbart and South Australia's Rikki Belder and said her performances exceeded her expectations.
"I was really hoping for a medal but I didn't expect gold," she said unassumingly. "I thought maybe one or two medals but this is really exciting."

Jennings will go home with a medal tally of three gold, two silvers medals from the kilo and points race, plus a bronze in the pursuit – all in her first year in the under 19's division.

"I've only ever got silvers and bronze at national titles so this really exciting," she beamed. "This is awesome."

The 17 year-old has been dubbed ‘mini Meares' by her local Rockhampton press and Jennings who is coached by Anna Meares former coach Kenrick (Reggie) Tucker, hopes that she can one day have "the drive" to be like the 27-time national champion.

"She's an idol, she's really cool and such a good role model – especially because she's from Queensland," she said.

In the women's 10km scratch race South Australia's Annette Edmondson took out the gold medal in a time of 13:15:471 beating Ireland's Shannon McCurley and Tasmania's Amy Cure, who claimed the bronze.

In the Para sprint finals, the combination of Felicity Johnson and pilot Stephanie Morton was good for Victoria Dilley and Amanda O'Connor in the women's event. The South Australian pair of Johnson and Morton had posted a time an earlier time of 11.786 in qualifying – one tenth off the world record set at the 2004 Paralympics by Australians Lindy Hou and Janelle Lindsay.

In the men's event, Beijing Paralmpic gold medallist Kieran Modra and his pilot David Short representing South Australia took gold in a time of 11.922 to edge out the Western Australian pair of Thanh Tu and Chris Pratley.

Finally in the men's under 19 madison, New South Wales' Caleb Ewan made it two gold medals in two days when he paired up with Jackson Law (22 points) to win the title from South Australia's Alexander Edmondson and George Tansley (18 points) , while Western Australia's Mitchell Benson and Nicholas Graham-Dawson (15 points) won bronze.

Full Results

Para Women Tandem 200 Sprint Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Felicity Johnson (Aus) SA0:00:11.786
Stephanie Morton (Aus) SA
2Victoria Dilley (Aus) WA0:00:12.548
Amanda O'connor (Aus) WA

Para Women Tandem Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Felicity Johnson (Aus) SA0:00:12.590
Stephanie Morton (Aus) SA
2Victoria Dilley (Aus) WA
Amanda O'connor (Aus) WA

Para Men Tandem 200m Sprint Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kieran Modra (Aus) SA0:00:11.021
David Short (Aus) SA
2Chris Pratley (Aus) WA0:00:12.070
Thanh Tu (Aus) WA
3Joshua Clark (Aus) WA0:00:12.672
Jeremy Mcclure (Aus) WA

Para Men Tandem Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kieran Modra (Aus) SA0:00:11.922
David Short (Aus) SA
2Chris Pratley (Aus) WA
Thanh Tu (Aus) WA
3Joshua Clark (Aus) WA
Jeremy Mcclure (Aus) WA

Men U19 Team Sprint Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaron Gardiner (Aus) VIC0:00:46.941
Luke Parker (Aus) VIC
Jacob Schmid (Aus) VIC
2Timothy Mcmillan (Aus) NSW0:00:48.272
Mathew Ryan (Aus) NSW
Ben Young (Aus) NSW
3Jack Ward (Aus) WA0:00:48.531
Luke Zaccaria (Aus) WA
Mitchell Benson (Aus) WA
4Edward Coad (Aus) SA0:00:50.100
Ben Fergusson (Aus) SA
Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) SA

Men U19 Team Sprint Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jaron Gardiner (Aus) VIC0:00:46.457
Luke Parker (Aus) VIC
Jacob Schmid (Aus) VIC
2Timothy Mcmillan (Aus) NSW0:00:48.118
Mathew Ryan (Aus) NSW
Ben Young (Aus) NSW
3Jack Ward (Aus) WA0:00:48.178
Luke Zaccaria (Aus) WA
Mitchell Benson (Aus) WA
4Edward Coad (Aus) SA0:00:49.135
Ben Fergusson (Aus) SA
Robert-Jon Mccarthy (Aus) SA

Elite Men Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Bird (Aus) ACT0:00:10.595
2Jason Niblett (Aus) VIC
3Paul Fellows (Aus) ACT
4Nathan Corrigan-Martella (Aus) SA
5Alexander Trumble (Aus) WA
6Jonathan Bathe (Aus) WA

Elite Men Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mitchell Bullen (Aus) NSW0:00:10.489
2Peter Lewis (Aus) NSW
3Scott Sunderland (Aus) WA
4Matthew Glaetzer (Aus) SA
5Gary Ryan (Aus) ACT

Elite Men Keirin 7 - 12 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
7Scott Sunderland (Aus) WA0:00:10.826
8Matthew Glaetzer (Aus) SA
9Paul Fellows (Aus) ACT
10Gary Ryan (Aus) ACT
11Alexander Trumble (Aus) WA
DNSNathan Corrigan-Martella (Aus) SA

Elite Men Keirin Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Perkins (Aus) VIC0:00:10.544
2Jason Niblett (Aus) VIC
3Andrew Taylor (Aus) NSW
4Alex Bird (Aus) ACT
5Mitchell Bullen (Aus) NSW
6Peter Lewis (Aus) NSW

Women U19 Keirin Round 1 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylah Jennings (Aus) QLD0:00:12.196
2Madison Law (Aus) NSW
3Adele Sylvester (Aus) VIC
4Micaela Hogan (Aus) NSW

Women U19 Keirin Round 1 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Imogen Jelbart (Aus) VIC0:00:12.725
2Allee Proud (Aus) WA
3Rikki Belder (Aus) SA
4Imogen Hines (Aus) NSW
5Caitlin Ward (Aus) VIC

Women U19 Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Madison Law (Aus) NSW0:00:13.018
2Rikki Belder (Aus) SA
3Imogen Hines (Aus) NSW

Women U19 Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adele Sylvester (Aus) VIC0:00:12.892
2Allee Proud (Aus) WA
3Caitlin Ward (Aus) VIC
DNFMicaela Hogan (Aus) NSW

Women U19 Keirin Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylah Jennings (Aus) QLD0:00:12.096
2Imogen Jelbart (Aus) VIC
3Rikki Belder (Aus) SA
4Adele Sylvester (Aus) VIC
5Madison Law (Aus) NSW
6Allee Proud (Aus) WA

Elite Women 10km Scratch Race Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annette Edmondson (Aus) SA0:13:15.000
2Shannon Mccurley (Irl) IRL
3Amy Cure (Aus) TAS
4Isabella King (Aus) WA
5Josephine Tomic (Aus) WA
6Melissa Hoskins (Aus) WA
7Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) NSW
8Emma Lawson (Aus) TAS
9Elizabeth Georgouras (Aus) SA
10Sinead Noonan (Aus) SA

Men U19 30km Madison Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caleb Ewan (Aus) NSW22pts
Jackson Law (Aus) NSW
2Alexander Edmondson (Aus) SA18pts
George Tansley (Aus) SA
3Mitchell Benson (Aus) WA15pts
Nicholas Graham-Dawson (Aus) WA
4 (-1 lap)Jack Beckinsale (Aus) NSW7pts
Tirian Mcmanus (Aus) NSW
5 (-2 laps)Phillip Mundy (Aus) SA
Miles Scotson (Aus) SA
DNFBrendan Hill (Aus) QLD
Jordan Toyne (Aus) QLD
DNFJack Cummings (Aus) VIC
Alexander Morgan (Aus) VIC
DNFTrent Derecourt (Aus) WA
Bradley Linfield (Aus) WA

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As a sports journalist and producer since 1997, Jane has covered Olympic and Commonwealth Games, rugby league, motorsport, cricket, surfing, triathlon, rugby union, and golf for print, radio, television and online. However her enduring passion has been cycling.


Jane is a former Australian Editor of Cyclingnews from 2011 to 2013 and continues to freelance within the cycling industry.


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