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Fry and Gaze win Oceania eliminator titles

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Men's eliminator podium: Nick Morgan, Samuel Gaze and Tristan Ward

Men's eliminator podium: Nick Morgan, Samuel Gaze and Tristan Ward
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Harriet Beaven

Harriet Beaven
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In the men's eliminator final, Nick Morgan leads Tristan Ward, Samuel Gaze and Ben Bradley

In the men's eliminator final, Nick Morgan leads Tristan Ward, Samuel Gaze and Ben Bradley
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Men's small eliminator final

Men's small eliminator final
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Rowena Fry leads Holly Harris after Emily Parkes crashed

Rowena Fry leads Holly Harris after Emily Parkes crashed
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Emily Parkes leads in the final. She would crash on the next corner, then drop to fourth and move back up to third.

Emily Parkes leads in the final. She would crash on the next corner, then drop to fourth and move back up to third.
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Rowena Fry and Holly Harris in the semi-final

Rowena Fry and Holly Harris in the semi-final
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Harriet Beaven in her semi-final heat

Harriet Beaven in her semi-final heat
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Emily Parkes in her semi-final heat

Emily Parkes in her semi-final heat
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Emily Parkes got the fastest women's seed

Emily Parkes got the fastest women's seed
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Rowena Fry at the end of her seeding run

Rowena Fry at the end of her seeding run
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Ben Bradley starts his seeding run

Ben Bradley starts his seeding run
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Women's eliminator podium: Holly Harris, Rowena Fry and Emily Parkes

Women's eliminator podium: Holly Harris, Rowena Fry and Emily Parkes
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The racers on the final approach to the finish

The racers on the final approach to the finish
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Nick Morgan leads Samuel Gaze in the semi-final

Nick Morgan leads Samuel Gaze in the semi-final
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Riders spectate between heats

Riders spectate between heats
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Harriet Beaven in one of the women's heats

Harriet Beaven in one of the women's heats
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Men's open heat

Men's open heat
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Ben Forbes finishes up

Ben Forbes finishes up
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Adrian Retief starts his seeding run

Adrian Retief starts his seeding run
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Men's open eliminator heats

Men's open eliminator heats
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Rowena Fry and Samuel Gaze won the Oceania eliminator championships in Australia on Easter Sunday.

Women

Tasmania's Rowena Fry claimed a home state victory, the Launceston-born competitor taking the Oceania championship title in the open women's cross country eliminator in Glenorchy.

The win was an Easter delight for Fry, who placed second in Saturday's cross country behind Olympian Karen Hanlen (New Zealand).

"I haven't had a win in a long time, I'm really happy to come away with an Oceania eliminator title," said Fry, who last year podiumed in the format in a World Cup.

Fry clinched the victory from under 19 riders Holly Harris and Emily Parkes.

Parkes seeded fastest and led from the gun in the final, before falling on a rough corner allowing Fry to capitalise.

"Em Parkes has been starting really well which is really impressive and again she was super quick off the line," Fry said.

"We came into one of the corners and it is quite gravelly and she slid out on it and I narrowly avoided being taken out too - I managed to get around her and re-start and Holly was on my wheel by then but I managed to pull away which was great," Fry said.

Men

In the men's race, New Zealand's Samuel Gaze made it two-from-two winning the eliminator after he was victorious in Saturday's under 19's cross country.

Gaze came from behind to notch steal the win from Australia's Nicholas Morgan and Tristan Ward.

"I am pretty surprised and chuffed at the same time," Gaze said. "It's great to come from winning yesterday in the cross country to winning an elite title, it's awesome."

Under 19 Australian National champion Ben Bradley snapped his chain during the race, causing him to crash and allowing Gaze to make his way through the field.

"Off the gun, I slipped and didn't get my pedal in until halfway down the straight, but I still managed to get into third place early in the race.

"It was hard to keep myself calm while everything was going on. I was about to attack when the other two riders made a mistake so I thought I better go now and I managed to hold them off until the finish which was good.

"Ben Bradley was the highest ranked U19 rider in the world last year - it's quite a good boost for me heading into the European season," Gaze said.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Samuel Gaze
2Nicholas Morgan
3Tristan Ward
4Ben Bradley
5Dan DeGroot
6Ben Forbes
7Chris Hamilton
8Adrian Retief

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Rowena Fry
2Holly Harris
3Emily Parkes
4Anna Kallonen
5Harriet Beaven
6Edwina Hughes

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