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2008 Australian Senior Track Championships - CN
Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney, February 4-10, 2008
Day 3 - February 6: Women, Women U19 500m TT, points race, Men U19 sprint, LC & CP pursuit
Goss dominates points race
Tasmania's Belinda Goss claimed her second straight points race title and Sydney's Kaarle McCulloch won the 500m time trial in tonights finals action at the Australian Track Cycling Championships being staged at Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome.
24-year-old Goss was the clear favourite for the gold medal in the 25km, 100 lap points race, and she signalled her form early on taking out the first two sprints for maximum points.
"It's always good to come and win it back, particularly as it was a great race," said Goss. "All the girls were having a really good go at it and it was great to get the win against them."
The 24-year-old believes that her busy summer schedule, which has included trips to two UCI World Cup events in addition to Victoria's Bay Cycling Classic, put her in good form for her nationals assault.
"It's all been going well and I have had a good lead in," said Goss who secured medals in the scratch race in both the Sydney and Beijing rounds of the World Cup and was fourth in the points race in Beijing. "Although there's been lots of travelling for me lately, I have been making sure that I have been getting good recovery and it's all paid off."
Goss had her work cut out for her, with Victorian Tess Downing, Tuesday's individual pursuit winner, Josephine Tomic and local Skye Lee Armstrong all mounting strong challenges. But with Goss winning two sprints and placing in another three out of nine total, her 28 points were already unsurmountable with ten laps to go by Downing at 21 points. Downing had secured the silver, but the battle for bronze was hard fought as Tomic launched herself off the front in a bid to overhaul Armstrong's tally.
Armstrong reacted with a furious push to the line ahead of Tomic on the final sprint, but in her desperation to reach Tomic she rode off the track and was stripped of her final sprint points by officials. That moved Tomic into third with 15 points.
McCulloch inherits 500m crown
"I am happy with the win, but I was a bit disappointed with the time as it was just off my PB of 34.84," said McCulloch. "I worked a bigger gear tonight and it seemed to work alright, though I died a bit in the last lap, but now I know I have something to work on."
The absence due to injury of Anna Meares, and the reigning World and Olympic Champion's focus on racing the sprint in Beijing puts McCulloch in the picture for the upcoming World Championships in Manchester (March 26-30).
"I certainly have big steps to follow in Anna's footsteps and hope that I do well in the world championships for Australia," said McCulloch who is hopeful of being selected for the team. "The time trial is my strong point and long term that's what I will be concentrating on.
"I would really like to win a world title and it might come back in 2012 (Olympic Games) so I will keep focussing on it and also look to be strong across all four (sprint) events."
2002 Commonwealth Games champion Kerrie Meares (35.478) won silver with West Australian Josephine Butler taking bronze in 37.326.
Kelly out, Niblett advances in men's sprint
Victorian Mark French sent an ominous warning to his opponents when he set an Australian Championship record of 10.099 in the flying 200m qualifying round before disposing of his rivals in the first round and quarter finals to secure a semifinal berth against fellow Victorian Jason Niblett..
Niblett's progress to the semi finals came at the expense of four time Olympian, Shane Kelly. A quarter final match up saw the pair dead heat in their second ride of the best of three races. The re-run went Niblett's way in a nailbiter, forcing the pair to a deciding fourth heat where Niblett again prevailed on the line.
In the other semi-final Olympic Champion Ryan Bayley wlll come up against Victorian Shane Perkins after both won through the quarter finals in straight heats.
Dunn continues to ascend in points race
The euphoric rise of 16-year-old New South Wales cyclist Megan Dunn has continued with a dominant display in the women's U19 20km points race. Fresh from being crowned the youngest ever winner of the Jayco Bay Cycling Series last month, Dunn's consistency during the race proved the difference with the young cyclist winning five sprints and gaining points in the other three.
Dunn's gold medal tally of 32 points was almost double that of West Australian silver medallist Sarah Kent's 17, while Canberra's Chloe Hosking recovered from a mid-race crash to take bronze with 14 points.
"I just concentrated on being consistent tonight, as you don't want to go your hardest when you have 30 or 40 laps to go," said a seemingly indefatigable Dunn. "I really wanted it tonight and I guess when you set your mind to something you can achieve anything."
Fellows emerges in U19 sprint ranks
In the U19 men's sprint final Paul Fellows rose to the top of an outstanding crop of NSW juniors to claim the victory in straight heats over fastest qualifier Scott Law.
"To win a national title, this is just unbelievable," said Fellows. "To get over riders such as Ben Sanders and Scott Law, I am just stoked."
Victorian Ben Sanders spoiled a possible NSW trifecta defeating Peter Lewis for the bronze medal.
Edmondson sets a record 500
"I didn't know I was so close to the world record and I was just hoping to break 36, so yeah I am pretty happy," said Dunn.
Queenslander Philippa Hindmarsh took the silver medal in 36.916 with another South Australian, Stephanie Morton, securing third place (36.943).
Gallagher adds to tally in AWD pursuit
In the AWD (athletes with a disability) events contested today Victoria's Michael Gallagher claimed his third straight Australian crown in the LC1 3km individual pursuit. But with the Beijing Paralympics less than eight months away, the current World Champion and world record holder was disappointed with his time of 4.49.510, twelve seconds outside his world record best.
"I have been doing a lot of road kilometres and have had good road form across the latter half of 2007 and I just didn't have my track legs here today," said Gallagher. "I will have to head back to the track for some hard training between now and September."
Canberra's Michael Milton successfully defended his LC3 3km individual pursuit title with his ride of 4.13.955, Victorian Michael Eaddy posted a time 4.24.430 for gold in the LC4 3km pursuit and in the CPDiv4 event World Record holder Chris Scott from Queensland (3.38.751) defeated Tasmanian Trent Deacon (3.44.294) to hold onto his pursuit crown. Jayme Paris rode a gold medal time in the women's CPDiv3 3km pursuit (4.58.573) while in the LC3 women's 3km pursuit New Zealand's Paula Tesoriero proved too strong for Canberra's Jane Armstrong. New Zealand picked up another gold through Fiona Southorn in the LC1 women's 3km pursuit with West Australian Claire McLean taking home the silver medal.
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Men 200m sprint qualification 1 Mark French (VIC) 10.099 (71.29 km/h) 2 Shane Perkins (VIC) 10.255 3 Ryan Bayley (WA) 10.281 4 Jason Niblett (VIC) 10.345 5 Shane Kelly (VIC) 10.357 6 Daniel Ellis (ACT) 10.567 7 Alex Bird (ACT) 10.609 8 Byron Davis (QLD) 10.771 9 Andrew Taylor (NSW) 10.812 10 Jason Holloway (WA) 10.863 11 Duane Johansen (WA) 10.975 12 Gary Ryan (ACT) 11.137 13 David Miller (SA) 11.362 Joel Leonard (VIC) 10.497 (riding out of competition) M U19 sprint quarterfinals 1 Scott Law (NSW) 11.285/11.401 Stephen Hall (WA) 2 Ben Sanders (VIC) 11.561/12.243 Aaron Box (VIC) 3 Paul Fellows (NSW) 11.374/11.479 Toby Dite (VIC) 4 Peter Lewis (NSW) 10.262/11.363 Ivan Cook (QLD) W U19 500m time trial final 1 Annette Edmondson (SA) 0.35.101 (51.28 km/h) 2 Philippa Hindmarsh (QLD) 0.36.916 3 Stephanie Morton (SA) 0.36.943 4 Teegan Morton (WA) 0.37.478 5 Naomi Pinto (VIC) 0.37.849 6 Sinead Cosgrove (NSW) 0.38.090 7 Caitlin Todd (ACT) 0.38.730 8 Laine Hammond (VIC) 0.38.970 9 Veronica Dudderidge (ACT) 0.40.200 DNS Carly McCoombe (VIC) Men sprint round 1 1 Mark French (VIC) 11.038 Gary Ryan (ACT) 2 Shane Perkins (VIC) 11.245 Duane Johansen (WA) 3 Ryan Bayley (WA) 11.585 Jason Holloway (WA) 4 Jason Niblett (VIC) 10.834 Andrew Taylor (NSW) 5 Shane Kelly (VIC) 10.857 Byron Davis (QLD) 6 Daniel Ellis (ACT) 11.009 Alex Bird (ACT) M U19 sprint 5th - 8th 5 Stephen Hall (WA) 6 Ivan Cook (QLD) 7 Aaron Box (VIC) 8 Toby Dite (VIC) Men sprint round 1 repechage Heat 1 Alex Bird (ACT) 11.280 Gary Ryan (ACT) Andrew Taylor (NSW) Heat 2 Jason Holloway (WA) 11.137 Byron Davis (QLD) Duane Johansen (WA) CP3 Women 3000m individual pursuit final 1 Jayme Paris (NSW) 4.58.573 (36.17 km/h) LC3 Women 3000m individual pursuit final Gold & Silver Medals 1 Paula Tesoriero (NZL) 4.24.252 (40.87 km/h) 2 Jane Armstrong (ACT) 4.34.646 LC1 Women 3000m individual pursuit final Gold & Silver Medals 1 Fiona Southorn (NZL) 4.04.053 (44.25 km/h) 2 Claire McLean (WA) 4.08.499 CP4 Men 3000m individual pursuit final Gold & Silver Medals 1 Christopher Scott (QLD) 3.38.751 (49.37 km/h) 2 Trent Deacon (TAS) 3.44.294 LC4 Men 3000m individual pursuit final Gold Medal 1 Michael Eaddy (VIC) 4.24.430 (40.84 km/h) LC3 Men 3000m individual pursuit final Gold & Silver Medals 1 Michael Milton (ACT) 4.13.955 (42.53 km/h) 2 Wayne Beckett (NZL) 4.19.269 LC1 Men 4000m individual pursuit final Gold & Silver Medals 1 Michael Gallagher (VIC) 4.49.510 (49.74 km/h) 2 Waine Harding (NZL) 5.41.160 M19 Sprint Semi Finals 1 Scott Law (NSW) 2 Peter Lewis (NSW) 1 Paul Fellows (NSW) 2 Ben Sanders (VIC) Women 500m Time Trial Final 1 Kaarle Mcculloch (NSW) 0.34.939 2 Kerrie Meares (QLD) 0.35.478 3 Josephine Butler (WA) 0.37.326 4 Laura Mccaughey (TAS) 0.37.393 5 Esther Pugh-Uren (VIC) 0.38.186 Men Sprint Quarter Finals 1 Mark French (VIC) 10.972 11.044 2 Jason Holloway (WA) 1 Shane Perkins (VIC) 10.978 10.789 2 Alex Bird (ACT) 1 Ryan Bayley (WA) 11.006 10.98 2 Daniel Ellis (ACT) 1 Jason Niblett (VIC) 11.796 11.637 2 Shane Kelly (VIC) 11.344 Men U19 - sprint final Gold & Silver Medals 1 Paul Fellows (NSW) 11.341 11.231 2 Scott Law (NSW) Bronze Medal 1 Ben Sanders (VIC) 11.287 11.617 2 Peter Lewis (NSW) Men Sprint 5th - 8th 5 Daniel Ellis (ACT) 11.102 6 Alex Bird (ACT) 7 Jason Holloway (WA) Shane Kelly (VIC) Women U19 - 20km points race final 1 Megan Dunn (NSW) 32 pts 2 Sarah Kent (WA) 17 3 Chloe Hosking (ACT) 14 4 Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) 13 5 Kendelle Hodges (VIC) 5 6 Melissa Hoskins (WA) 2 7 Myfanwy Galloway (ACT) 8 Alana Haansbergen (SA) 9 Sophie Ootes (SA) 10 Lauren Kitchen (NSW) 11 Veronica Dudderidge (ACT) 12 Jessica Sedunary (SA) -19 DNF Carly Mccoombe (VIC) 8 DNF Laine Hammond (VIC) 1 Women - 25km points race final 1 Belinda Goss (TAS) 28 pts 2 Tess Downing (VIC) 21 3 Josephine Tomic (WA) 15 4 Skye-Lee Armstrong (NSW) 14 5 Laura Mccaughey (TAS) 11 6 Kirsty Broun (QLD) 7 7 Jessie Maclean (ACT) 6 8 Rebecca Barwick (ACT) 5 9 Helen Kelly (VIC) 1 10 Davina Summers (WA) 1 11 Aimee Alsbury (SA) 1 12 Narelle Hards (ACT) 13 Jessica Berry (VIC)