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2005 Australian Senior Track Championships - CN
Adelaide, South Australia, February 7-12, 2005
Day 2 - February 8: U19 men 1 lap TT, Men IP, Men 1000m, Women IP, U19 women IP, LC & CP IP
Kersten claims kilo as Bates pursuits to gold
Wollongong's Ben Kersten, 23, who last night won the one lap time trial, claimed his second gold of the Australian Track Cycling Championships tonight when he posted 1:03.175 for the one kilometre time trial. Kersten was more than two seconds faster than silver medallist Joel Leonard (VIC) in 1:05.049 with Queensland's Grant Irwin third in 1:05.377.
"It would have been nice to do a 1:02 here at nationals," said Kersten. "But I've got to be realistic (because) I've only been on my road bike so next week maybe at the World Cup (Sydney Feb 18-20)."
Kersten's sights are set on the World Championships podium in Los Angeles next month where he will be Australia's main kilometre hope in the absence of three time kilometre world champion, Shane Kelly, who this year is taking a break from the event he has dominated since 1992.
"I'm definitely on for a medal, but Shane also definitely isn't finished with the kilo - he'll come back eventually," said Kersten. "Even if I do win a medal I'm still not filling his shoes, I've got to win about ten more (medals to do that)."
The women's 3km individual pursuit was the battle of the Olympians with Sydney's Kate Bates, who was fourth in Athens, taking on the Olympic road race champion, Sara Carrigan of Queensland. Carrigan who has opted this year to have a hit out on the track and is hoping to gain a start in the Australian team at the track World Championships performed well to make it to the gold medal ride off but Bates was always in control and cruised to victory in 3:37.132, almost eight seconds clear of Carrigan who finished in 3:44.845 for the silver medal.
"I have to admit most nights I have rainbows in my dreams and it's what gets me up every morning," said Bates of the coveted rainbow jersey which is awarded to cycling world champions. "Be it pursuit or points race, that's what I'm aiming for."
Bates credentials in both events are impressive and in Athens she finished sixth in the points race battling through heat exhaustion to finish the race. So far this year she has also claimed three World Cup gold medals in the pursuit, points and scratch races in the Manchester round in January.
"I came out of Athens really motivated and I think I have a big chance this year to put a footprint on international women's cycling," said Bates. "I'm aiming for the points race this year.
"The pursuit comes together the older I get and the stronger I get but the points race is a source of frustration for me because I know what I'm capable of ," she explained. "When I get to worlds (titles) I seem to choke a little bit so now is my time to turn it right."
Carrigan for her part was disappointed but determined to try again next year. "I got a little bit excited after the qualifying and gave it everything I could," said the road expert of only her third ever pursuit on the track. "I guess I should be happy, silver in my first senior track championships."
South Australian Alexis Rhodes (3:44.153) won the bronze medal ride against her team mate Amy Gillet (3:49.083).
The men's 4km individual pursuit saw 2002 junior World Champion Mark Jamieson blazed to gold catching his opponent, Olympic teams pursuit gold medallist Stephen Wooldridge (NSW) with six laps to spare.
The 20 year old Tasmanian sizzled in the qualifying with a time of 4:22.943, five seconds clear of his rivals and came out firing in the final. "Today was just something special," said Jamieson. "I never expected that time this morning and I've got great admiration for my coach, Kevin Tabotta, this is more his title than mine."
Tabotta leaves the Tasmanian Institute of Sport next week to begin his new role as Cycling Australia High Performance Manager. Jamieson took his hands of the handlebars and 'whooped' in excitement when he caught Wooldridge.
"He's no slouch, he's a class above most of the guys that I know and he really deserved to be in that final," said Jamieson who is pushing for a place in the senior endurance ranks. "This is the year for us young guys to step up and really make ourselves known and the Australian team is the best team to be in."
In the all-Victorian ride-off for bronze, Richard England was too strong for David Pell.
In the under 19 events South Australian Bianca Rogers (2:27.275) proved too strong for Amanda Spratt (NSW), 2:33.569 in the 2km pursuit with Peta Mullens of Victoria third in 2:35.152.
An action packed U19 men's scratch race saw Anthony Bennett (NSW) sprint to gold ahead of Russell Gill (SA) and Fabio Calabria (ACT) with all three medallists out in front when at a lap to go three riders hit the deck. All suffered grazes and bruising but were given the medical all clear.
The multi-disability athletes wrapped up the second night of racing in the same way they started the competition yesterday with world records.
South Australian amputee Angela Fleming wracked up her second world record in as many races when she completed the 3km individual pursuit for the LC2 classification in a time of 4:33.018. The time decimated the previous mark of 4:46.558 set by China's Rong Ji Wang in Prague in 2003.
Jane Armstrong of Western Australia followed her on the track and notched up yet another world mark, 4:42.612 for the 3km LC3 pursuit to better her own world best time of 4:45.273 set in Sydney at last year's nationals.
Triple Athens Paralympic gold medallist, Christopher Scott, (QLD), 36, claimed gold but was outside his own world record in the 3km CP Div4 individual pursuit by a fair margin. He finished with 3:38.610 but originally had a time of 3:57 before officials realised he had completed an extra lap.
Noel Sens of Victoria claimed the LC3 3km pursuit gold in 4:20.209 ahead of Glen Jarvis (4:22.611) and WA's Claire McLean rode fast enough to claim gold in the 3km LC 1 women's pursuit with her time of 4:12.947.
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