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2008 Australian Senior Track Championships - CN
Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney, February 4-10, 2008
Day 7- February 10: Men Omnium, Men U19 keirin, 30km Madison, Women keirin, Women U19 7.5 km scratch
Women's Under 19 Scratch
Hosking takes first title
By Mal Sawford in Sydney
Chloe Hosking claimed her first national title with a well judged sprint to take the scratch race ahead of Phillippa Hindmarsh (Qld) and Megan Dunn (NSW), capping off in impressive effort from the young squad from the ACT. "We had a lot of team tactics going on," Hosking revealed. "There were two other girls in my team, Veronica Dudderidge and Miffy Galloway, and they were attacking throughout the race so it made it a good race for me to block for them, see if they could get away and if not be there at the end for the finish. It's my first national championship gold medal so I'm really excited; it's been a long time coming so I'm over the moon at the moment."
Dunn was the first rider to attack the field in the 30 lap race, chased by West Australian pair Melissa Hoskins and Teegan Morton 11 laps in. The third West Australian, Sarah Kent, countered once the bunch reformed but was quickly absorbed and the pace dropped off for the first time.
At 12 to go, Phillipa Hindmarsh stretched the field out again, before Galloway's strong attack. The diminutive youngster held the field off until five to go, when Dudderidge countered. New South Wales pair Megan Dunn and Lauren Kitchen combined to close down the final attack, with Kitchen leading Dunn to the line at the bell.
Dunn hit out hard, with Hindmarsh on her wheel and Hosking in third position. Hindmarsh drifted wide in turn two, and Hosking capitalized, and moved onto Dunn's hip before she powered past out of the final turn to take a narrow win ahead of Hindmarsh.
"I back my self in the sprint normally," the elated Hosking said. "But against people like Megan Dunn, Phillipa Hindmarsh and Annette Edmondson; they're incredible sprinters, incredible all round bike riders, I'm always 4th or 5th with those girls so coming out on top is good for once."
Men's under 19 Keirin
Fellows avenges last years second with win
By Paul Verkuylen in Sydney
Last year Paul Fellows was beaten into the top spot of the under 19 men's keirin by Byron Davis, which only made the young New South Welshman "more hungry to come back this year and win," which he did with a brilliant move in the final lap to take the title ahead of Victorian Ben Sanders and Peter Lewis (NSW).
"The difference in confidence comes from the skill work that I have done in the past six months," Fellows said adding that he couldn't have done it without all the help from his numerous coaches.
"I have done a lot of hard work and it has definitely paid off."
With three riders from NSW in the final, it was looking like they may team up to try and place one of their riders on the top step of the podium. But all thee riders were hungry to take the title and it soon became apparent that the NSW riders were riding their own races.
Scott Law, the third NSW rider in the final, and arguably the hot favorite for the event after winning three gold's already this week, was the quickest off the mark and jumped straight onto the wheel of the derny, followed by his team-mate Lewis and Sanders, with Fellows on his wheel.
This is how it stayed until two laps to go, when Sanders moved around the outside. As they hit the line for a lap to go, Law was obviously feeling the effects of a tough week as he was unable to react to the acceleration of Sanders. Law's team-mate Fellows however pounced right on his wheel, drawing level in the final bend before kicking one last time to cross the line with half a bikes length to spare, to take his third gold medal of the meet.
McCulloch makes it three
By Paul Verkuylen in Sydney
Karlee McCulloch became the fourth rider this national's week to win three gold medals when she took the win in the women's Keirin after Kerrie Meares, who crossed the line first, was disqualified for coming under another rider in the final two laps of the event.
"I knew my best chance of winning was riding from the front today, I knew I could just keep building the pace, I did that today. I ran out of gas a little but I got there in the end," a happy McCulloch said after the event.
With one and a half laps remaining, Meares made her move to come under Laura McCaughey, but as McCaughey was holding the sprinters line, Meares' move was deemed dangerous and therefore her disqualification ensued.
"It was a bit unfortunate. I thought I saw an opening, and I had a lot of speed when I came under Laura. Unfortunately for me she still had the sprint lane," Meares said of her move, but accepted the judges decision without a fight.
"Rules are rules and you have to ride by the rules," she said.
This left the second placed rider on the line to take the gold medal, in the process claiming her fourth medal this week.
"I really would have liked to win that off my own merits. I just ran out of gear in the front straight. Maybe next time I should try a bigger gear.
"I didn't see what happened, I heard someone yell from the crowd 'she has gone underneath.' My first thought was that it would have had to have been Kerrie because she usually tries to do that. Unfortunately it didn't work out for her this time. It usually does."
"It feels bloody good, I have to say," McCulloch said of her amazing week of racing.
"Better than last year, last year I only got a bronze and this year I got three gold's and a silver. It would have been nice to get four gold's but it didn't happen."
Junior men's Madison
NSW end a week of domination with a win
By Paul Verkuylen in Sydney
The NSW team dominated this week of racing in the junior men's class taking all bar one of the gold medals on offer, and the final event of the week for the juniors was no different as NSW took the first two places in the much anticipated Madison.
Luke Davidson and Aaron Donnelly teamed up for the event and dominated, taking every sprint on offer bar the last where they finished second. Even a fall while mid sling which brought the pair down along with Alex Carver wasn't enough to stop the pair from taking the title.
"Alex and Davo [Luke Davidson] hooked handlebars and then I got tangled up and went down," Donnelly said explaining the crash.
With two riders involved in the crash the NSWIS team was anxious to get back into the race, not realizing that they were both allowed five laps out.
"We knew that we got five laps out, but I thought that we had to have a rider in the race and we were both out of it, so I didn't know what was going on. Gary [NSW coach] just told me to calm down and once we got back in the race it was back to normal," Davidson said.
From the gun, the heat was on, with the West Australian team of Luke Durbridge and Lewis Fulcher taking it to the rest of the field with an attack in the first lap.
By the time the field came around for the first sprint, it was all back together as Davidson was slung in by Donnelly, taking off to win the first sprint by two bike lengths from the second NSW team in the event, Law and Carver.
From then on, Davidson was unstoppable in the sprints for NSWIS, taking each subsequent sprint by a number of bike lengths to stamp their authority on the event.
Going into the final sprint, Davidson and Donnelly were assured the win, but Carver and Law needed to stay ahead of the ACT team of Michael Meisel-Dennis and Thomas Palmer, and with an attack by Law and Davidson coupled with a poor sling going into the final lap by the ACT team, NSW were assured of the first two medals in the event, with Law taking the final sprint from Davidson.
"Aaron just had to position me well in lead up to every sprint. We just had to watch and make sure we had the laps all set out," Davidson explained.
"We had to be very careful with a couple of the riders, the Victorian and NSW teams swinging in with a lap to go. About three quarters of the way through we got a lap on most of the field which really helped. It took all the pressure off," he said.
O'Shea leaves it to last
By Mal Sawford in Sydney
Glenn O'Shea (Victoria) came from behind in the final round of the omnium to overhaul early leader Duane Johansen (Western Australia) and snatch the gold medal. Robert Lyte finished with the bronze medal after recovering from his slow opening flying 200 metre time. "There were good riders ahead of me and I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to catch Duane, but I managed to snatch it at the end" said the relieved winner.
Going into the omnium it was expected that O'Shea, the 2007 world junior omnium champion, would face a tough battle from Victorian team mate Leigh Howard. Howard was actually the Australian selector's preferred choice for the event in Mexico, but opted to sit out the omnium given his heavy workload which included the pursuit, team's pursuit and Madison.
Howard took round one, finishing second behind Johansen - the only rider to break the 11 second barrier - with O'Shea a close third, but Howard's title bid came to an inglorious end after the scratch race.
Johansen won his second straight round, chasing down a solo attack launched by Lyte with three laps remaining. As the bunch wound up to sprint for third, a pile up in the back straight on the final lap claimed Howard, Richard Lang (NSW), Stephen Rosendell (Tasmania) and Steven George (Queensland). Douglas Repacholi (WA) emerged unscathed to cross the line third, with O'Shea - already the victim of a hard fall early in the championships - bouncing off first Lang, then the track fence, and losing a pedal but remaining upright to cross the line fourth.
Howard was ruled at fault for the collision and disqualified, and with Lang, George and Rosendell sustaining minor injuries but unable to continue the event, only six riders lined up for the individual pursuit round.
Lyte was a commanding winner of the 3000 metre race, finishing nearly two seconds clear of O'Shea. Johansen managed only fourth behind Repacholi, but remained three points clear of O'Shea in the race lead.
O'Shea dominated the fourth round point's race, winning three sprints and lapping the small bunch before the final sprint, but it was his mastery of the final sprint that was arguably more impressive. Johansen held a two point buffer over Lyte in the battle for second, and when Lyte surged ahead, O'Shea allowed the gap to open. Johansen frantically tried to reel in Lyte, but O'Shea judged his own sprint perfectly to ensure he finished second behind Lyte, relegating Johansen to third on the line and, more importantly third for the race. "I knew I had to make up as many points as Duane as I could. About four laps out I was trying to either lead Robbie out and try and get second myself, or I was hoping Rob was going to lead out and I was going to back Duane off for as long as I could before I had to go, and the way it turned out Rob went and I managed to get second and it all worked out good."
With the world champion only a single point behind Johansen in the overall standings, he had only to record a faster kilo to take the championship. Fittingly, the pair faced off in the final heat of the kilometre time trial. Johansen got off to the quicker start, and led after the first lap, but O'Shea powered home to stop the clock in 1.05.438, to win the round and the gold medal. "I was a little bit surprised," O'Shea admitted. "It was a PB. I wanted it so bad so I guess that made the difference." Johansen's time was within a tenth of a second of Lyte's, and enough to secure him the silver medal, his best result at senior level. "I was hoping to start well in the 200, I told Daryl [Benson] I'd go sub 11 - and I went 10.999! Then I had good luck in the scratch race, and just got through in the pursuit. I got worked over a bit in the points race, then in the kilo I tried my hardest and almost did a personal best. I really, really wanted it but Glenn was too good."