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ILT Velodrome, Invercargill, New Zealand, November 14-17, 2007

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Race 4 - November 17:

Final night produces records in heated action

Ben Sanders (Australia) wins the under 19 Keirin
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The final night of track racing of the Oceania Championships on Invercargill's ILT Velodrome produced more top racing.

Three New Zealanders took on nine Australians in the semi-finals of the Elite Men's Keirin. In the first semi Olympic Champion Ryan Bayley (Australia) lead out from Justin Grace (New Zealand) and Andy Williams (Auckland) and powered away from the front to win from Shane Kelly and Shane Perkins. In the second semi Simon Van Velthooven (West Coast) was forced to the back and could not come around the five Australians, winner was Scott Sunderland from Alex Bird and Daniel Ellis.

Former U19 World Champion Mark French displayed a brilliant burst of speed to record 10.534" for the last 200m in the ride off for seventh to 12th.

In the final Bayley rode from fifth at the two to go with former World Kilo Champion Shane Kelly riding powerfully from the front, the last two laps became a drag race with the field trying to get round Kelly, but he was too fast and strong and won by half-length or 0.045" from Bayley and Perkins. Kelly's last 200m was covered in 10.494".

In the U19 Men's Keirin Sam Webster (New Zealand) took on five Australians, and got up to second at the bell but could not stop an Australian clean sweep with Ben Sanders winning from Paul Fellows and Scott Law. This brought Sanders gold medal haul to three for the week after winning the 1000m TT and Sprint earlier.

Chloe Hosking (Australia) took on New Zealand U19 World Champs representative, local rider Cathy Jordan in the U19 Women's 2000m Pursuit. 0.4" down after the first lap, Jordon took over to move 0.7" ahead at half distance. Hosking fought back strongly to take the lead on the last lap and win with a time of 2.36.223 to Jordan's 2.36.573.

New Zealand's top female pursuiter over the last two years caught Dale Tye (Southland) with 1000m to go to take the Gold Medal, Mid-South Canterbury's Josie Giddens took the bronze.

New Zealand
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The first record to fall for the night came in the Elite women's 500m time trial when Australia's Kaarle McCulloch recorded 34.840" to beat the track record, second was New Zealand's Jos Rastrick with 36.256".

The New Zealand U19 Men's Team Sprint team of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Steele and Sam Webster recorded 48.765" to upset the favoured Australian team by 0.155". This was a significant improvement on the New Zealand teams qualifying time of 49.680" and beat the previous track record of 49.197".

The crack Australian team of Daniel Ellis, Ryan Bayley and Shane Kelly lowered their qualifying round time by nearly half a second to record 44.522" defeating the best New Zealand team, the Canterbury combination of Adam Stewart, Matthew Fox and Elijah May. The Australian team's time is a new track record and slightly faster than the time that took them to fifth place in the 2007 World Championships in Mallorca.

The New Zealand U19 Pursuit team including two local riders produced the result the local crowd wanted. Starting quicker they built up a lead of 2.5", this was reduced slightly by the Australians but stretched again to 1.5" by the finish. The New Zealand team of Jason Christie, Tom Scully, Chad Adair and Simon Honour recorded 4.25.669 and the Australian team 4.27.298.

Cameron Meyer (Australia)
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The Australian team reversed the placings in the Elite Men's team pursuit. After starting slightly quicker they let the New Zealand team of Sam Bewley, Tim Gudsell, Jesse Sergent and Westley Gough out to a 0.2" lead, then lifted the pace to take the lead at half distance and go on to a three-second win. Mark Jamieson, Cameron Meyer, Travis Meyer and Phillip Thaux recorded a world class 4:05.610 and the New Zealand team recorded 4:08.890, lowering their New Zealand record from the afternoon session by over four seconds.

Annette Edmonson and Chloe Hosking took an Australian quinella in the U19 Women's 7.5-kilometre scratch race with Emma Petersen (Waikato) third.

The 20-kilometre U19 Men's Points race saw numerous attacks but none lasted too long. A group of five, Jason Christie and Chad Adair (New Zealand) and Alex Carver, Jamie Crass and Matthew Meisel-Dennis (Australia) got away after the first sprint but were brought back after the next sprint. With 56 laps to go Tom Scully (New Zealand) and Scott Law (Australia) tried their hand but were quickly brought back. Crass attacked again to take the points with 50 laps to go and move into the points lead. The pace stayed high for the remainder of the race with no significant breaks and Crass and Peter Johnstone (Australia) shared the points and were tied on 21 points each with one sprint to go. Therefore, it came down to the last sprint which Johnstone took to take the win with 26 points to Crass' 24. Scully was the best New Zealander, third with 13 points.

The final event the Elite Men's 15-kilometre Scratch race was full of action from the start. A group of four riders Shane Archbold and Darren Shea (Mid-South Canterbury), Hayen Roulston (New Zealand) and Glenn O'Shea (Australia) made the first serious break and lapped the bunch with 41 laps to go. Realising the danger Greg Henderson (New Zealand) took off before the bunch was caught to avoid being lapped, but an Australian chase brought him back. With 35 laps to go Roulston, Archbold lost contact with the strung out bunch, then Shea did also. All three lost their lap leaving O'Shea alone one lap in the lead. Constant attacks for the rest of the race reduced the bunch to 12 riders, and Henderson proved the quickest winning the final sprint to take the silver medal.


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Images by Barry Harcourt/www.southlandtimes.co.nz


Morning session

Junior 19 Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
1 Aus J Men Team Sprnt                         0.49.38
 Paul Fellows (Australia)                             
 Peter Johnstone (Australia)                          
 Ben Sanders (Australia)                              
2 Nzl J Men Team Sprnt                         0.49.68
 Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)                         
 Sam Steel (New Zealand)                              
 Sam Webster (New Zealand)                            
3 Nsw J Men Team Sprnt                                
 Scott Law (Australia)                                
 Alex Carver (Australia)                              
 Peter Lewis (Australia)                              
Elite Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
1 Aus1 Em Team Sprint                          0.44.94
 Ryan Bayley (Australia)                              
 Daniel Ellis (Australia)                             
 Shane Kelly (Australia)                              
2 Aus3 Em Team Sprint                          0.45.31
 Mark French (Australia)                              
 Scott Sunderland (Australia)                         
 Ben Kersten (Australia)                              
3 Aus2 Em Team Sprint                                 
 Shane Perkins (Australia)                            
 Jason Niblett (Australia)                            
 Joel Leonard (Australia)                             
4 Can Em Team Sprint                                  
 Adam Stewart (New Zealand)                           
 Matthew Fox (New Zealand)                            
 Elijah May (New Zealand)                             
5 Nzl Em Team Sprint                                  
 Justin Grace (New Zealand)                           
 Nathan Seddon (New Zealand)                          
 Eddie Dawkins (New Zealand)                          
6 Akl Em Team Sprint                           0.47.93
 Neil Campbell (New Zealand)                          
 Damian Wiseman (New Zealand)                         
 Andy Williams (New Zealand)                          
7 Wcn Em Team Sprint                           0.49.20
 Pete Murray (New Zealand)                            
 Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)                   
 Dayle Cheatley (New Zealand)                         
Junior 19 Women's 2000M Individual Pursuit
1 Chloe Hosking (Australia)                    2.36.60
2 Cathy Jordan (New Zealand)                   2.37.50
3 Gemma Dudley (New Zealand)                   2.39.00
4 Emma Petersen (New Zealand)                  2.39.50
5 Sequoia Cooper (New Zealand)                 2.39.90
6 Ashleigh James (New Zealand)                 2.40.10
7 Veronica Dudderidge (Australia)              2.42.10
8 Sarah Martin (New Zealand)                   2.44.70
9 Jhordaine Charlton (New Zealand)             2.52.30
Elite Women's 3000M Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1 Alison Shanks (New Zealand)                  3.42.70
2 Dale Tye (New Zealand)                       3.50.70
3 Josie Giddens (New Zealand)                  3.56.50
4 Monique Hanley (Australia)                   3.59.70
5 Kathryn Jones (New Zealand)                  4.06.90
Junior 19 Mens Keirin
Heat 1
1 Sam Webster (New Zealand)                           
2 Paul Fellows (Australia)                            
3 Peter Lewis (Australia)                             
4 Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)                        
Heat 2
1 Scott Law (Australia)                               
2 Ben Sanders (Australia)                             
3 Oliver Harding-Sheath (New Zealand)                 
4 Lachlan Ritchie (Australia)                         
5 Markus Hirner (New Zealand)                         
Elite Mens Keirin Qualifying
Heat 1
1 Ryan Bayley (Australia)                             
2 Daniel Ellis (Australia)                            
3 Joel Leonard (Australia)                            
4 Ian Densie (New Zealand)                            
5 Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)                  
6 Neil Campbell (New Zealand)                         
Heat 2
1 Mark French (Australia)                             
2 Shane Kelly (Australia)                             
3 Alex Bird (Australia)                               
4 Andy Williams (New Zealand)                         
5 Jason Niblett (Australia)                           
6 Jonathan Lewis (New Zealand)                        
7 Nathan Seddon (New Zealand)                         
Heat 3
1 Shane Perkins (Australia)                           
2 Ben Kersten (Australia)                             
3 Justin Grace (New Zealand)                          
4 Matthew Fox (New Zealand)                           
5 Scott Sunderland (Australia)                        
6 Damian Wiseman (New Zealand)                        
Elite Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
1 Aus Team Pursuit                             4.12.60
 Mark Jamieson (Australia)                            
 Cameron Meyer (Australia)                            
 Travis Meyer (Australia)                             
 Phillip Thuaux (Australia)                           
2 Nzl Team Pursuit                             4.13.00
 Tim Gudsell (New Zealand)                            
 Sam Bewley (New Zealand)                             
 Westley Gough (New Zealand)                          
 Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)                          
3 Msc Team Pursuit                             4.15.50
 Shane Archbold (New Zealand)                         
 Marc Ryan (New Zealand)                              
 Jason Allen (New Zealand)                            
 Darren Shea (New Zealand)                            
Junior 19 Men's Keirin Repecharge
1 Peter Lewis (Australia)                             
2 Lachlan Ritchie (Australia)                         
3 Oliver Harding-Sheath (New Zealand)                 
4 Markus Hirner (New Zealand)                         
5 Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)                        
Elite Men's Keirin Repecharge
Heat 1
1 Jason Niblett (Australia)                           
2 Scott Sunderland (Australia)                        
3 Andy Williams (New Zealand)                         
4 Neil Campbell (New Zealand)                         
5 Matthew Fox (New Zealand)                           
Dsq Joel Leonard (Australia)                          
Dnf Nathan Seddon (New Zealand)                       
Heat 2
1 Ian Densie (New Zealand)                            
2 Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)                  
3 Alex Bird (Australia)                               
4 Jonathan Lewis (New Zealand)                        
5 Justin Grace (New Zealand)                          
6 Damian Wiseman (New Zealand)                        
Evening session
Elite Mens Keirin Semifinal 1
1 Ryan Bayley (Australia)            10.568 (68.130 km/h)
2 Shane Kelly (Australia)                       
3 Shane Perkins (Australia)                     
3 Shane Perkins (Australia)                     
4 Andy Williams (New Zealand)                   
5 Jason Niblett (Australia)                     
6 Justin Grace (New Zealand)                    
Elite Mens Keirin Semifinal 2
1 Scott Sunderland (Australia)       10.880 (66.174 km/h)
2 Alex Bird (Australia)                         
3 Daniel Ellis (Australia)                      
4 Ben Kersten (Australia)                       
5 Mark French (Australia)                       
6 Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)            
Junior U19 Keirin Final
1 Ben Sanders (Australia)            13.575 (53.039 km/h)
2 Paul Fellows (Australia)                      
3 Scott Law (Australia)                         
4 Sam Webster (New Zealand)                     
5 Peter Lewis (Australia)                       
6 Lachlan Ritchie (Australia)                   
Elite Men Keirin Final
1 Shane Kelly (Australia)            10.494 (68.605 km/h)
2 Ryan Bayley (Australia)                       
3 Shane Perkins (Australia)                     
4 Alex Bird (Australia)                         
5 Scott Sunderland (Australia)                  
6 Daniel Ellis (Australia)                      
Elite Mens Keirin 7-12
1 Mark French (Australia)            10.534 (68.346 km/h)
2 Jason Niblett (Australia)                     
3 Andy Williams (New Zealand)                   
4 Ben Kersten (Australia)                       
5 Justin Grace (New Zealand)                    
DNS Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)          
Junior U19 Women Individual Pursuit Final 2000m 3-4
1 Emma Petersen (New Zealand)                    2.36.223
2 Gemma Dudley (New Zealand)                     2.36.573
Junior U19 Women Individual Pursuit Final 2000m
1 Chloe Hosking (Australia)                      2.33.980
2 Cathy Jordan (New Zealand)                     2.34.549
Elite Women Individual Pursuit Final 3000m 3-4
1 Josie Giddens (New Zealand)                    3.55.580
2 Monique Hanley (Australia)                     3.59.963
Junior U19 Mens Team Sprint Final
1 New Zealand                                      48.765
 Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)                   
 Sam Steel (New Zealand)                        
 Sam Webster (New Zealand)                      
2 Australia                                        48.920
 Paul Fellows (Australia)                       
 Peter Johnstone (Australia)                    
 Ben Sanders (Australia)                        
Elite Mens Team Sprint Final 3-4
1 Australia 3                                      45.095
 Mark French (Australia)                        
 Scott Sunderland (Australia)                   
 Ben Kersten (Australia)                        

2 Australia 2                                      45.849
 Shane Perkins (Australia)                      
 Jason Niblett (Australia)                      
 Joel Leonard (Australia)                       
Elite Mens Team Sprint Final
1 Australia 1                                      44.522
 Ryan Bayley (Australia)                        
 Daniel Ellis (Australia)                       
 Shane Kelly (Australia)                        

2 Canada                                           46.845
 Adam Stewart (Canada)                          
 Matthew Fox (Canada)                           
 Elijah May (Canada)                            
Junior U19 Womens 500m Tt Final
1 Annette Edmonson (Australia)                     36.112
2 Claire Routledge (New Zealand)                   38.645
3 Ashleigh James (New Zealand)                     39.541
4 Jessica Holder (New Zealand)                     40.909
5 Veronica Dudderidge (Australia)                  41.189
6 Melissa Campbell (New Zealand)                   41.828
7 Jennifer Wilson (New Zealand)                    42.555
Elite Womens 500m TT Final
1 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)                     34.840
2 Jos Rastrick (New Zealand)                       36.256
3 Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)                     36.407
4 Juliet Earle (New Zealand)                       37.178
5 Katie Schofield (New Zealand)                    38.083
6 Davina Summers (Australia)                       39.543
7 Olivia Mclaren (New Zealand)                     42.101
Junior U19 Mens Team Pursuit
1 New Zealand                                    4.25.669
 Jason Christie (New Zealand)                   
 Tom Scully (New Zealand)                       
 Chad Adair (New Zealand)                       
 Simon Honour (New Zealand)                     
2 Australia                                      4.27.298
 Jamie Crass (Australia)                        
 Peter Johnstone (Australia)                    
 Matthew Meisel-dennis (Australia)              
 Aaron Donnelly (Australia)                     
Elite Mens Team Pursuit Final
1 Australia                                      4.05.610
 Mark Jamieson (Australia)                      
 Cameron Meyer (Australia)                      
 Travis Meyer (Australia)                       
 Phillip Thuaux (Australia)                     
2 New Zealand                                    4.08.890
 Tim Gudsell (New Zealand)                      
 Sam Bewley (New Zealand)                       
 Westley Gough (New Zealand)                    
 Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)                    
Junior U19 Women Scratch Final
1 Annette Edmonson (Australia)    10.11.078 (44.184 km/h)
2 Chloe Hosking (Australia)                     
3 Emma Petersen (New Zealand)                   
4 Ashleigh James (New Zealand)                  
5 Gemma Dudley (New Zealand)                    
6 Sequoia Cooper (New Zealand)                  
7 Jennifer Wilson (New Zealand)                 
8 Veronica Dudderidge (Australia)               
9 Jessica Holder (New Zealand)                  
10 Cathy Jordan (New Zealand)                   
11 Claire Routledge (New Zealand)               
DNF Sarah Martin (New Zealand)                  
Junior U19 Mens 20k Points
1 Peter Johnstone (Australia)                          26
2 Jamie Crass (Australia)                              24
3 Tom Scully (New Zealand)                             13
4 Alex Carver (Australia)                               6
5 Simon Honour (New Zealand)                            1
6 Aaron Donnelly (Australia)                            1
One lap behind
7 Matthew Meisel-dennis (Australia)                   -13
DNF Scott Law (Australia)                             -20
DNF Chad Adair (New Zealand)                          -15
DNF Jason Christie (New Zealand)                        1
DNF Wade Mangham (New Zealand)                        -20
DNF Markus Hirner (New Zealand)                         0
DNF Sam Steel (New Zealand)                             4
DNS Laurence Van Schie (Australia)              
DNS Patrick Williamson (New Zealand)            
DNS Sam Lindsay (New Zealand)                   
DNS Tim Tomlinson (New Zealand)                 
Elite Mens 15k Scratch Final
1 Glenn O'shea (Australia)                      
2 Greg Henderson (New Zealand)                  
3 Cameron Meyer (Australia)                     
4 Jason Allen (New Zealand)                     
5 Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)                   
6 Travis Meyer (Australia)                      
7 Logan Hutchings (New Zealand)                 
DNF Sean Finning (Australia)                    
DNF Joel Leonard (Australia)                    
DNF Westley Gough (New Zealand)                 
DNF Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)               
DNF Zane Alexander (New Zealand)                
DNF Jono Hailstone (New Zealand)                
DNF Andrew Weatherley (New Zealand)             
DNF Shem Rodger (New Zealand)                   
DNF Simon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)          
DNF Aaron Anderson (New Zealand)                
DNF Jonathan Lewis (Canada)                     
DNF Marc Prutton (Canada)                       
DNF James Fairweather (New Zealand)             
DNF Shane Archbold (New Zealand)                
DNF Marc Ryan (New Zealand)                     
DNF Darren Shea (New Zealand)                   
DNF Anthony Chapman (New Zealand)