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New Zealand open home Track World Cup with gold and two bronzes

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New Zealand took gold in the women's team pursuit

New Zealand took gold in the women's team pursuit (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Subway New Zealand duo Olivia Podmore and Natasha Hansen with their team sprint golds

Subway New Zealand duo Olivia Podmore and Natasha Hansen with their team sprint golds (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Japan took gold in the men's team sprint

Japan took gold in the men's team sprint (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Switzerland triumphed in the men's team pursuit

Switzerland triumphed in the men's team pursuit (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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The New Zealand women's team pursuit squad celebrate their win

The New Zealand women's team pursuit squad celebrate their win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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A close up of a New Zealand gold on home turf

A close up of a New Zealand gold on home turf (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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The Japanese men during their triumphant run in New Zealand

The Japanese men during their triumphant run in New Zealand (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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New Zealand's women's team pursuit squad out on the track

New Zealand's women's team pursuit squad out on the track (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Australian men's team pursuit squad took silver

Australian men's team pursuit squad took silver (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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The Australian women, team pursuit world champions

The Australian women, team pursuit world champions (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Australia's men take on the team sprint

Australia's men take on the team sprint (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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New Zealand celebrate after their gold in the women's team pursuit

New Zealand celebrate after their gold in the women's team pursuit (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Kirstie James (New Zealand) prepares for a team pursuit run

Kirstie James (New Zealand) prepares for a team pursuit run (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The fourth round of the UCI Track World Cup began on Friday in Cambridge, New Zealand, and saw the home nation tasting success straight off the bat. New Zealand took a gold medal in the women's team pursuit and bronze in both the men's team pursuit and team sprint.

The rest of the day's events saw golds for Subway New Zealand Track Team in the women's team sprint, for Japan in the men's team sprint, and for Switzerland in the men's team pursuit.

The event kicked off with the women's team pursuit qualifying, where New Zealand laid down a statement of intent with a 1.615-second gap over neighbours Australia in second place. They then breezed through the first round before facing off against Australia in the gold medal matchup.

It was a close run thing early on in the final, though the New Zealand quartet of Kirstie James, Holly Edmondston, Rushlee Buchanan and Bryony Botha gradually pulled away to take gold by 1.755 seconds. Canada took bronze after beating the Subway New Zealand Track Team.

The men's team pursuit saw eventual gold medallists start out slow, trailing fastest qualifiers Australia by 2.121 seconds in qualifying. They then edged past New Zealand by less than two-tenths of a second in the first round, while Australia comprehensively dispatched Canada.

The final was a back-and-forth affair, with the lead switching every 1000 metres as another set of riders faced off. Ultimately it was the Swiss quartet of Robin Froidevaux, Lukas Rüegg, Stefan Bissegger and Claudio Imhof who clinched it, turning in a storming final 1000 metres that saw their 0.246-second deficit transform into a 2.053-second victory over Australia. New Zealand took bronze, beating Russia.

In the women's team sprint, Subway New Zealand Track Team again enjoyed the best start in qualifying, with the duo of Olivia Podmore and Natasha Hansen besting Poland by 0.018 seconds. After getting past Colombia in the first round, they drew Poland in the gold medal matchup, once again edging to victory by a mere 0.022 seconds. Gazprom-RusVelo took bronze after beating Australia. 

The day's final event was the men's team sprint, won by the Japanese trio of Kazuki Amagai, Yudai Nitta and Tomohiro Fukaya after a late surge against Poland. They qualified second, some 0.326 down on a storming New Zealand effort, and then made it past Australia in the first round with a big last lap effort.

New Zealand also made it through, beating Gazprom-RusVelo, but after their quick start to the day they were fourth-fastest, meaning it was a bronze medal matchup against Trinidad and Tobago for them. They duly won, taking their country's third medal of the meet. Later on, Japan took on Poland for gold, taking it at the line by 0.496 seconds.

Women's Team Pursuit

Womens Team Pursuit - Qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:04:14.483
Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand
Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand
Bryony Botha (NZl) New Zealand
Kirstie James (NZl) New Zealand
2Australia 0:04:16.098
Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia
Annette Edmondson (Aus) Australia
Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Australia
Alexandra Manly (Aus) Australia
3Canada 0:04:17.548
Allison Beveridge (Can) Canada
Jasmin Duehring (Can) Canada
Annie Foreman-mackey (Can) Canada
Georgia Simmerling (Can) Canada
4Subway New Zealand Track Team 0:04:18.993
Emily Shearman (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Racquel Sheath (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Nicole Shields (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Ally Wollaston (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
5United States 0:04:21.234
Jennifer Valente (USA) United States Of America
Kendall Ryan (USA) United States Of America
Emma White (USA) United States Of America
Lily Williams (USA) United States Of America
6Poland 0:04:31.237
Nikol Plosaj (Pol) Poland
Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Poland
Lucja Pietrzak (Pol) Poland
Wiktoria Pikulik (Pol) Poland
7Republic of Korea 0:04:31.351
Suji Jang (Kor) Korea
Hyunji Kim (Kor) Korea
Jumi Lee (Kor) Korea
Ahreum Na (Kor) Korea
8Japan 0:04:32.569
Kie Furuyama (Jpn) Japan
Nao Suzuki (Jpn) Japan
Minami Uwano (Jpn) Japan
Miho Yoshikawa (Jpn) Japan

Womens Team Pursuit - Round 1, heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Poland 0:04:24.613
Daria Pikulik (Pol) Poland
Nikol Plosaj (Pol) Poland
Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Poland
Lucja Pietrzak (Pol) Poland
Wiktoria Pikulik (Pol) Poland
2Republic of Korea 0:04:27.537
Suji Jang (Kor) Korea
Hyunkyung Kang (Kor) Korea
Jumi Lee (Kor) Korea
Ahreum Na (Kor) Korea
Hyunji Kim (Kor) Korea

Womens Team Pursuit - Round 1, heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
DNFJapan
Kie Furuyama (Jpn) Japan
Yumi Kajihara (Jpn) Japan
Minami Uwano (Jpn) Japan
Miho Yoshikawa (Jpn) Japan
Nao Suzuki (Jpn) Japan
DNFUnited States
Christina Birch (USA) United States Of America
Jennifer Valente (USA) United States Of America
Emma White (USA) United States Of America
Lily Williams (USA) United States Of America
Kendall Ryan (USA) United States Of America

Womens Team Pursuit - Round 1, heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia 0:04:14.295
Annette Edmondson (Aus) Australia
Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Australia
Alexandra Manly (Aus) Australia
Maeve Plouffe (Aus) Australia
Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia
2Canada 0:04:16.769
Allison Beveridge (Can) Canada
Jasmin Duehring (Can) Canada
Annie Foreman-mackey (Can) Canada
Georgia Simmerling (Can) Canada

Womens Team Pursuit - Round 1, heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:04:15.695
Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand
Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand
Bryony Botha (NZl) New Zealand
Jaime Nielsen (NZl) New Zealand
Kirstie James (NZl) New Zealand
2Subway New Zealand Track Team 0:04:22.327
Emily Shearman (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Racquel Sheath (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Nicole Shields (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Ally Wollaston (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team

Womens Team Pursuit - Final for gold
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:04:10.705
Rushlee Buchanan (NZl) New Zealand
Holly Edmondston (NZl) New Zealand
Bryony Botha (NZl) New Zealand
Kirstie James (NZl) New Zealand
Jaime Nielsen (NZl) New Zealand
2Australia 0:04:12.460
Georgia Baker (Aus) Australia
Annette Edmondson (Aus) Australia
Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus) Australia
Maeve Plouffe (Aus) Australia
Alexandra Manly (Aus) Australia

Womens Team Pursuit - Final for bronze
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Canada 0:04:18.169
Allison Beveridge (Can) Canada
Jasmin Duehring (Can) Canada
Annie Foreman-mackey (Can) Canada
Georgia Simmerling (Can) Canada
4Subway New Zealand Track Team 0:04:20.066
Emily Shearman (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Racquel Sheath (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Nicole Shields (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team
Ally Wollaston (NZl) Subway New Zealand Track Team

Women's Team Sprint

Womens Team Sprint - Qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:00:33.154
Olivia Podmore (NZl) New Zealand
Natasha Hansen (NZl) New Zealand
2Poland 0:00:33.172
Marlena Karwacka (Pol) Poland
Urszula Los (Pol) Poland
3Australia 0:00:33.325
Caitlin Ward (Aus) Australia
Stephanie Morton (Aus) Australia
4Gazprom - Rusvelo 0:00:33.417
Ekaterina Rogovaya (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
Daria Shmeleva (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
5China 0:00:33.629
Junhong Lin (Chn) People's Republic of China
Linyin Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China
6Mexico 0:00:33.646
Jessica Salazar Valles (Mex) Mexico
Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez (Mex) Mexico
7Ukraine 0:00:33.689
Olena Starikova (Ukr) Ukraine
Liubov Basova (Ukr) Ukraine
8Colombia 0:00:33.815
Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Col) Colombia
Martha Bayona Pineda (Col) Colombia
9Spain 0:00:33.825
Tania Calvo Barbero (Spa) Spain
Helena Casas Roige (Spa) Spain
10Republic of Korea 0:00:34.149
Soohyun Kim (Kor) Korea
Hyejin Lee (Kor) Korea

Womens Team Sprint - First round, heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gazprom - Rusvelo 0:00:32.929
Ekaterina Rogovaya (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
Daria Shmeleva (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
2China 0:00:33.406
Feifei Chen (Chn) People's Republic of China
Linyin Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China
Junhong Lin (Chn) People's Republic of China

Womens Team Sprint - First round, heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia 0:00:33.106
Stephanie Morton (Aus) Australia
Caitlin Ward (Aus) Australia
2Mexico 0:00:33.412
Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez (Mex) Mexico
Jessica Salazar Valles (Mex) Mexico

Womens Team Sprint - First round, heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Poland 0:00:32.791
Marlena Karwacka (Pol) Poland
Urszula Los (Pol) Poland
2Ukraine 0:00:33.570
Liubov Basova (Ukr) Ukraine
Olena Starikova (Ukr) Ukraine

Womens Team Sprint - First round, heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:00:32.794
Natasha Hansen (NZl) New Zealand
Olivia Podmore (NZl) New Zealand
2Colombia 0:00:33.832
Martha Bayona Pineda (Col) Colombia
Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Col) Colombia

Womens Team Sprint - Final for gold
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:00:32.877
Natasha Hansen (NZl) New Zealand
Olivia Podmore (NZl) New Zealand
2Poland 0:00:33.899
Marlena Karwacka (Pol) Poland
Urszula Los (Pol) Poland

Womens Team Sprint - Final for bronze
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Gazprom - Rusvelo 0:00:33.032
Ekaterina Rogovaya (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
Daria Shmeleva (Rus) Gazprom - Rusvelo
4Australia 0:00:33.473
Stephanie Morton (Aus) Australia
Caitlin Ward (Aus) Australia

Men's Team Pursuit

Mens Team Pursuit - Qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia 0:03:50.903
Sam Welsford (Aus) Australia
Leigh Howard (Aus) Australia
Kelland o'Brien (Aus) Australia
Alexander Porter (Aus) Australia
2New Zealand 0:03:51.715
Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand
Dylan Kennett (NZl) New Zealand
Jordan Kerby (NZl) New Zealand
Nicholas Kergozou (NZl) New Zealand
3Switzerland 0:03:53.024
Robin Froidevaux (Swi) Switzerland
Claudio Imhof (Swi) Switzerland
Stefan Bissegger (Swi) Switzerland
Mauro Schmid (Swi) Switzerland
4Canada 0:03:54.990
Michael Foley (Can) Canada
Derek Gee (Can) Canada
Vincent de Haitre (Can) Canada
Jay Lamoureux (Can) Canada
5Italy 0:03:57.866
Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Italy
Francesco Lamon (Ita) Italy
Davide Plebani (Ita) Italy
Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Italy
6Japan 0:03:59.802
Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Japan
Ryo Chikatani (Jpn) Japan
Shunsuke Imamura (Jpn) Japan
Keitaro Sawada (Jpn) Japan
7Russian Federation 0:03:59.907
Nikita Bersenev (Rus) Russian Federation
Lev Gonov (Rus) Russian Federation
Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Russian Federation
Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Russian Federation
8Southern Spars Track Team 0:04:00.666
George Jackson (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Hugo Jones (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Joshua Scott (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Kiaan Watts (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
9Republic of Korea 0:04:10.234
Jaeyeon Im (Kor) Korea
Okcheol Kim (Kor) Korea
Sanghoon Park (Kor) Korea
Dongin Shin (Kor) Korea

Mens Team Pursuit - First round, heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Russian Federation 0:03:53.403
Nikita Bersenev (Rus) Russian Federation
Lev Gonov (Rus) Russian Federation
Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Russian Federation
Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Russian Federation
2Japan 0:03:56.287
Kazushige Kuboki (Jpn) Japan
Ryo Chikatani (Jpn) Japan
Shunsuke Imamura (Jpn) Japan
Keitaro Sawada (Jpn) Japan

Mens Team Pursuit - First round, heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Italy 0:03:55.857
Francesco Lamon (Ita) Italy
Jonathan Milan (Ita) Italy
Davide Plebani (Ita) Italy
Michele Scartezzini (Ita) Italy
Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Italy
2Southern Spars Track Team 0:03:57.864
George Jackson (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Hugo Jones (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Joshua Scott (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Kiaan Watts (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team

Mens Team Pursuit - First round, heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Switzerland 0:03:49.982
Robin Froidevaux (Swi) Switzerland
Claudio Imhof (Swi) Switzerland
Stefan Bissegger (Swi) Switzerland
Lukas Ruegg (Swi) Switzerland
Mauro Schmid (Swi) Switzerland
2New Zealand 0:03:50.163
Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand
Regan Gough (NZl) New Zealand
Dylan Kennett (NZl) New Zealand
Jordan Kerby (NZl) New Zealand
Nicholas Kergozou (NZl) New Zealand

Mens Team Pursuit - First round, heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia 0:03:50.273
Sam Welsford (Aus) Australia
Kelland o'Brien (Aus) Australia
Alexander Porter (Aus) Australia
Cameron Scott (Aus) Australia
Leigh Howard (Aus) Australia
2Canada 0:03:54.459
Michael Foley (Can) Canada
Derek Gee (Can) Canada
Adam Jamieson (Can) Canada
Jay Lamoureux (Can) Canada
Vincent de Haitre (Can) Canada

Mens Team Pursuit - Final for gold
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Switzerland 0:03:50.359
Robin Froidevaux (Swi) Switzerland
Claudio Imhof (Swi) Switzerland
Stefan Bissegger (Swi) Switzerland
Lukas Ruegg (Swi) Switzerland
Mauro Schmid (Swi) Switzerland
2Australia 0:03:52.412
Sam Welsford (Aus) Australia
Leigh Howard (Aus) Australia
Alexander Porter (Aus) Australia
Cameron Scott (Aus) Australia
Kelland o'Brien (Aus) Australia

Mens Team Pursuit - Final for bronze
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3New Zealand 0:03:50.712
Aaron Gate (NZl) New Zealand
Regan Gough (NZl) New Zealand
Dylan Kennett (NZl) New Zealand
Jordan Kerby (NZl) New Zealand
Nicholas Kergozou (NZl) New Zealand
4Russian Federation 0:03:55.195
Nikita Bersenev (Rus) Russian Federation
Lev Gonov (Rus) Russian Federation
Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Russian Federation
Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Russian Federation

Men's Team Sprint

Mens Team Sprint - Qualifying
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand 0:00:43.038
Ethan Mitchell (NZl) New Zealand
Sam Webster (NZl) New Zealand
Edward Dawkins (NZl) New Zealand
2Japan 0:00:43.364
Kazuki Amagai (Jpn) Japan
Yudai Nitta (Jpn) Japan
Tomohiro Fukaya (Jpn) Japan
3Poland 0:00:43.443
Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland
Mateusz Rudyk (Pol) Poland
Patryk Rajkowski (Pol) Poland
4Russian Federation 0:00:43.613
Alexander Sharapov (Rus) Russian Federation
Denis Dmitriev (Rus) Russian Federation
Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus) Russian Federation
5Trinidad and Tobago 0:00:43.852
Keron Bramble (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
Njisane Phillip (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
Nicholas Paul (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
6Southern Spars Track Team 0:00:43.911
Bradly Knipe (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Samuel Dakin (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Jordan Castle (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
7Australia 0:00:43.958
Matthew Richardson (Aus) Australia
Nathan Hart (Aus) Australia
Thomas Cornish (Aus) Australia
8Gazprom - Rusvelo 0:00:44.234
Shane Alan Perkins (Rus) Russian Federation
Nikita Shurshin (Rus) Russian Federation
Ivan Gladyshev (Rus) Russian Federation
9China 0:00:44.252
Shuai Guo (Chn) People's Republic of China
Yu Zhou (Chn) People's Republic of China
Miao Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China
10Kazakhstan 0:00:45.473
Sergey Ponomaryov (Kaz) Kazakhstan
Pavel Vorzhev (Kaz) Kazakhstan
Andrey Chugay (Kaz) Kazakhstan
11India 0:00:45.881
Rojit Singh Yangley (Ind) India
Esow Esow (Ind) India
Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam (Ind) India

Mens Team Sprint - First round, heat 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trinidad and Tobago
Keron Bramble (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
Nicholas Paul (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
Njisane Phillip (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
2Russian Federation
Denis Dmitriev (Rus) Russian Federation
Alexander Sharapov (Rus) Russian Federation
Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus) Russian Federation

Mens Team Sprint - First round, heat 2
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Poland
Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland
Krzysztof Maksel (Pol) Poland
Mateusz Rudyk (Pol) Poland
Patryk Rajkowski (Pol) Poland
2Southern Spars Track Team
Jordan Castle (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Samuel Dakin (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team
Bradly Knipe (NZl) Southern Spars Track Team

Mens Team Sprint - First round, heat 3
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Japan
Kazuki Amagai (Jpn) Japan
Tomohiro Fukaya (Jpn) Japan
Yudai Nitta (Jpn) Japan
2Australia
Thomas Cornish (Aus) Australia
Nathan Hart (Aus) Australia
Matthew Richardson (Aus) Australia

Mens Team Sprint - First round, heat 4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand
Edward Dawkins (NZl) New Zealand
Ethan Mitchell (NZl) New Zealand
Sam Webster (NZl) New Zealand
2Gazprom - Rusvelo
Ivan Gladyshev (Rus) Russian Federation
Shane Alan Perkins (Rus) Russian Federation
Nikita Shurshin (Rus) Russian Federation

Mens Team Sprint - Final for Gold
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Japan 0:00:42.790
Kazuki Amagai (Jpn) Japan
Tomohiro Fukaya (Jpn) Japan
Yudai Nitta (Jpn) Japan
2Poland 0:00:43.286
Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland
Patryk Rajkowski (Pol) Poland
Mateusz Rudyk (Pol) Poland
Krzysztof Maksel (Pol) Poland

Mens Team Sprint - Final for Bronze
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3New Zealand 0:00:43.367
Edward Dawkins (NZl) New Zealand
Ethan Mitchell (NZl) New Zealand
Sam Webster (NZl) New Zealand
4Trinidad and Tobago 0:00:43.552
Keron Bramble (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
Nicholas Paul (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago
Njisane Phillip (TTO) Trinidad & Tabago

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