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2009 Australian Senior Track Championships - CN
Super-Drome, Adelaide, Australia, February 3-8, 2009
Day 5 - February 7: Men: Keirin, U19 Team sprint, U19 Points race, Scratch race; Women: U19 Keirin, Scratch race; Para: Sprint
Gold number three for 'Powerhouse Perkins'
Victoria's Shane Perkins collected gold medal number three with a decisive win tonight in the men's keirin at the Australian Track Cycling Championships at Adelaide's Super-drome.
Perkins, who had already claimed the sprint and team sprint wins, overhauled West Australian Scott Sunderland on the line to clinch his third win with his Victorian teammate Joel Leonard crossing for third place.
"I know how fast I can go over 200m and if I get to that point – and usually you don't in a keirin – I will go when the bike comes off but in that one the pace was a little slower so it enabled me to control the pace a bit more and go when I wanted to go," said Perkins. "I am very happy with how I am training and where my head is at.
"I have a new family now and I am very thankful for that," said Perkins who is engaged to former cyclist Kristine Bayley who gave birth to their son late last year. "This is all part of the lead in to the Worlds (Championships) and good confidence out of here knowing I can produce the times."
Sunderland was pleased with his performance conceding Perkins was just too fast this week.
"I am happy with my ride, just couldn't get Perko on the line, but everything went well for me," said Sunderland, who has not ridden a keirin at all this season and will line up for the kilometre time trial final on Sunday morning. "I was sort of a little nervous but luckily enough I found my way out of it [boxed in with a lap to go] and I had a run at Perko in the last 100 metres, but unfortunately couldn't get there.
Meantime Leonard was just happy to be able to start the race after suffering several nose bleeds during the course of the day, the last just minutes before he lined up for his qualifying round which he won to move straight into the final.
"[In the final] I wanted to get on the fastest wheel [Perkins], I thought if I could hold Scott [Sunderland] in there and jump on Shane [Perkins], I was in with a chance, but I had a big gear on and just couldn't push it there," said Leonard who also had to avoid crashing when Andrew Taylor punctured on the final bend.
"Taylor came underneath me and punctured and that forced me to move up and it got a bit hairy there towards the end, but that's how it goes," said Leonard.
O'Shea gets scratch race
In the men's 15km scratch race Bendigo's Glenn O'Shea backed up from his outstanding points race win on Friday night to add the scratch race title to his collection. O'Shea, South Australian Jack Bobridge and New South Wales' Richard Lang launched an early attack ten laps into the 60 lap race and the trio lapped the field just before the halfway mark. That put the trio in the box seat to contest the medals.
Scratch race rules dictate that lapped riders stay in the race and the entire field sprints at the finish with riders a lap up being awarded the medals based on the order they cross the line. It can sometimes be a difficult task but in this instance the first three across the line were O'Shea, Bobridge and Lang, in that order.
O'Shea's teammates Kyle Marwood and Leigh Howard hit the front with four to go to keep the pace up and provide a lead out train for O'Shea who pounced 200 metres from the with Bobridge hot on his tail but unable to get past O'Shea who hurtled across the line.
"It was really good, it was pretty tough racing in the break away, Jack was really cranking, but at the end I managed to come away with it," said O'Shea. "We didn't go in with a plan, but I started it [breakaway] at the right time in a hard section, and Jack came with me and we managed to get the lap and went on with it.
"I won the points [race] last night so I knew I was going to be watched, but there were so many good riders in this race you can never really be watched completely."
Bobridge admits his points and scratch racing skills are a little rusty but he enjoyed the duel with O'Shea.
"We took a lap nice and early, it was a good battle, but I knew that if I wasn't in front of him with a lap to go it was all over," said Bobridge. "I had a bit bigger gear on than Glenn and I missed the jump unfortunately as his kick and acceleration is a lot more than mine.
"I am still happy with second, I just got two seconds in the two bunch races that I haven't ridden for ages, since last Nationals, so at least I know that I have something on the points bars if I have to."
Armstrong beats Goss in women's scratch race
Sydney's Skye-Lee Armstrong upstaged Tasmania's Belinda Goss to reclaim the women's 10km scratch race title in a final surge for the line. It was a reverse of the placings from the points race where Goss reigned supreme and a well earned victory for the NSW women who combined well as a team to set Armstrong up for the win. Armstrong's teammate Elizabeth Georgouras came home in third place.
"Unfortunately I didn't get to defend the title last year [injured] , but I am happy to come out this year and take it back," said Armstrong who was the 2007 scratch race champion. "We have had some hard training of late and I am just so happy to back it up with some great racing.
"My plan was to go with five to go and just be careful not get get caught on anyone's hips," said Armstrong. "I made sure I kept an eye on Belinda Goss as she is very good at boxing people in and I didn't want to get caught up in that."
"All credit to Skye tonight, she rode strong and she was better in the sprint," said Goss. "I am happy with where I am at the moment, we have been training pretty hard and it's coming towards my goal event which is the Worlds (Championships), but my main focus for the week was the points race and I got that so I am happy."
Carver takes U19 gold in points race
New South Wales also claimed gold in the men's U19 25km points race with Alex Carver claiming early points and surviving several attacks to win the final sprint home and amass a tally of 20 points finishing four clear of his teammate Aaron Donnelly (16points) with Queensland's Jordan Kerby third on 13 points.
"It was a good win for me tonight and I owe so much of this to my coaches and staff," said Carver who also won the U19 men's scratch race. "To win a gold was an ultimate dream and coming in here I had some good form, but I couldn't ever imagine that I could win two gold."
Victoria's Maddison Hammond added a third gold medal to his tally when he teamed with Nathan Corrigan-Martella and Aaron Box to defeat New South Wales (Jamie Green, Mitchell Bullen and Brendan Cole) in the men's U19 team sprint final. Corrigan-Martella bolted out of the start gate to put half a second into Green, with Box maintaining the advantage over Bullen in the second lap. Hammond denied NSW a chance to comeback outpacing Cole in the final lap to give Victoria a time of 47.771sec to NSW 49.113sec.
"My legs weren't as good in the final as they were in qualifying, but I still felt pretty good coming through the last bend," said Hammond who has already won the sprint and keirin this week. "This (winning three gold) is just an unbelievable experience, I will remember this for the rest of my life."
The bronze medal was awarded to West Australia (Jonathan Bathe, Jonathan Dunlop and Benjamin Wibberley) who did not have to ride off for third place after pre-race favourites South Australia suffered a mishap in qualifying. 2008 Junior BMX World Champion, Sam Willoughby got the team out of the gate cleanly followed by James Glasspool and Matthew Glaetzer but on the bend into the home straight for the first time Glaetzer crashed ending the team's hopes of making it through to the final.
Hoskins overjoyed in women's U19 keirin
West Australian junior Melissa Hoskins was overjoyed with her win in the U19 women's keirin which comes a night after she teamed with elite riders Josephine Tomic and Sarah Kent to set an Australian record in the team pursuit. Hoskins overpowered the event and hometown favourite Annette Edmondson to claim the gold medal.
Edmondson, who has already claimed two titles this week in the sprint and scratch race, attacked with two and a half laps to go but she couldn't hold off the fast finishing Hoskins.
"Last night put me on a real high and I was excited to be part of a new record and tonight was just about coming out and doing my best," said Hoskins. "My preference in events is the omnium as I can ride long distances, but enjoy sprinting as it is a bit of a release.
"Netti [Edmondson] is so strong compared to me, so I laid off and took a run at her and I just got her on the line."
Hoskins ended Edmondson's run of gold medals which included four gold medals at last month's Australian Youth Olympic Festival. But the 17 year old who was a silver and bronze medallist at last year's Junior World Championships was happy with her silver medal performance in front of an enthusiastic group of school friends who had her name emblazoned across their torsos.
"I tried to keep my lead and it meant going out a bit early for me and I didn't have the legs on the final straight when Mel (Hoskins) came over the top," said Edmondson. "I am still happy to win silver and even happier to do it in front of all my school mates who came down and supported me tonight."
Para cyclists sprint it out
In the Para-cycling events, visually impaired cyclist Benjamin Macfie and pilot Todd Dawson won gold in the tandem sprint. They set the fastest time in qualifying (11.070sec) and in the final defeated West Australia's Samuel Hardin and pilot Jonathon Dunlop in straight heats.
"Todd and I haven't been long together and we've had limited training in Brisbane but we are rapt to do the times we have done in the 200m and the 'kilo'," said Macfie. "It is a really great place to start and we are just going to build from here."
"Very happy with the time, although it is disappointing to be so close to breaking the eleven second mark, but still not too bad from probably the two fattest guys at the Australian champs," said Dawson laughing.
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Images by John Veage
Men 15km scratch race final 1 Glenn O'Shea (VIC) 17.29 2 Jack Bobridge (SA) 4 Richard Lang (NSW) 4 Leigh Howard (VIC) 5 Adrian Hanson (TAS) 6 Sean Boyle (SA) 7 Luke Davison (NSW) 8 Ben Grenda (TAS) 9 Thomas Palmer (ACT) 10 Travis Meyer (WA) 11 Thomas Robinson (TAS) 12 Dale Scarfe (NSW) DNF Kyle Marwood (VIC) DNF Joshua Clarke (WA) DNF Michael Freiberg (WA) DNF James Carney (USA) Men keirin round 1 Heat 1 1 Joel Leonard (VIC) 0.11.520 2 Alex Bird (ACT) 3 Paul Fellows (NSW) 4 Benjamin Cheney (SA) DNF Jay Callaghan (QLD) Heat 2 1 Daniel Ellis (ACT) 0.11.346 2 Peter Lewis (NSW) 3 Jason Niblett (VIC) 4 Byron Davis (QLD) 5 David Miller (SA) 6 Joshua Clarke (WA) Heat 3 1 Shane Perkins (VIC) 0.10.965 2 Scott Sunderland (WA) 3 Michael Robinson (QLD) 4 Andrew Taylor (NSW) 5 Michael Wellman (SA) Men keirin round 2 Heat 1 1 Shane Perkins (VIC) 0.11.390 2 Andrew Taylor (NSW) 3 Joel Leonard (VIC) 4 Jason Niblett (VIC) 5 Benjamin Cheney (SA) 6 Peter Lewis (NSW) Heat 2 1 Scott Sunderland (WA) 0.11.164 2 Paul Fellows (NSW) 3 Byron Davis (QLD) 4 Alex Bird (ACT) 5 Michael Robinson (QLD) 6 Daniel Ellis (ACT) Men keirin final 1 Shane Perkins (VIC) 0.10.555 2 Scott Sunderland (WA) 3 Joel Leonard (VIC) 4 Byron Davis (QLD) 5 Andrew Taylor (NSW) 6 Paul Fellows (NSW) Men 200m tandem sprint qualification 1 Queensland 0.11.070 Benjamin Macfie Todd Dawson 2 West Australia Samuel Harding 0.11.720 Jonathon Dunlop Men 200m tandem sprint final For gold 1 Queensland 0.12.661 Benjamin Macfie Todd Dawson 2 West Australia Sameuel Harding Jonathon Dunlop Men U19 team sprint qualification 1 Victoria 0.48.094 Aaron Box Nathan Corrigan-Martella Maddison Hammond 2 New South Wales 0.49.274 Mitchell Bullen Brendan J Cole Jamie Green 3 West Australia 0.49.314 Jonathan Bathe Jonathan Dunlop Benjamin Wibberley DNF South Australia Matthew Glaetzer James Glasspool Sam Willoughby Men U19 team sprint final   For gold 1 Victoria Aaron Box 0.47.771 Nathan Corrigan-Martella Maddison Hammond 2 New South Wales Mitchell Bullen 0.49.113 Brendan J Cole Jamie Green For bronze 3 West Australia Jonathan Bathe Jonathan Dunlop Benjamin Wibberley Men U19 25km points race final 1 Alex Carver (NSW) 20 pts 2 Aaron Donnelly (NSW) 16 3 Jordan Kerby (QLD) 13 4 Thomas Richards (QLD) 12 5 Dale Parker (SA) 11 6 Michael Hepburn (QLD) 11 7 Peter Loft (TAS) 9 8 Samuel Spokes (NSW) 6 9 Jordan Van Der Togt (WA) 1 10 Matthew Benson (SA) 11 Brent Nelson (VIC) 12 Edward Bissaker (ACT) -20 13 Damien Howson (SA) -20 14 Samuel Brett (TAS) -20 DNF Luke Durbridge (WA) 7 DNF Luke Ockerby (TAS) 1 DNF Matthew Vermunt (NZL) DNF Patrick Drapac (VIC) -17 DNF Oliver Le Grice (VIC) -40 DNF Jonathan Dunlop (WA) -40 Women 10km scratch race final 1 Skye-Lee Armstrong (NSW) 13.01 2 Belinda Goss (TAS) 3 Elizabeth Georgouras (NSW) 4 Laura McCaughey (TAS) 5 Malindi Maclean (NZL) 6 Jessie Maclean (ACT) 7 Nikki Butterfield (QLD) 8 Davina Summers (WA) 9 Sarah Kent (WA) 10 Nicole Whitburn (VIC) 11 Helen Kelly (VIC) 12 Sophie Ootes (SA) 13 Chloe McConville (VIC) 14 Rebecca Halliday (WA) 15 Rebecca Barwick (ACT) 16 Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) 17 Aimee Alsbury (SA) 18 Rebecca Werner (SA) DNS Apryl Eppinger (PHI) Women 200 tandem sprint qualification 1 South Australia 0.11.810 Felicity Johnson Katie Parker Women U19 keirin round 1 Heat 1 1 Harriet Kossmann (TAS) 0.12.790 2 Annette Edmondson (SA) 3 Holly Williams (WA) 4 Melzy Feltham (VIC) 5 Catherine Culvenor (ACT) Heat 2 1 Naomi Pinto (VIC) 0.13.619 2 Caitlin Todd (ACT) 3 Amy Cure (TAS) 4 Hayley Grant (QLD) 5 Teegan Morton (WA) Heat 3 1 Sinead Cosgrove (NSW) 0.13.115 2 Melissa Hoskins (WA) 3 Rebecca Stevenson (QLD) 4 Shannon McCurley (VIC) 5 Sarah Cure (TAS) Women U19 keirin round 2 Heat 1 1 Shannon McCurley (VIC) 0.13.169 2 Amy Cure (TAS) 3 Caitlin Todd (ACT) 4 Sinead Cosgrove (NSW) 5 Melzy Feltham (VIC) 6 Harriet Kossmann (TAS) Heat 2 1 Annette Edmondson (SA) 0.13.181 2 Melissa Hoskins (WA) 3 Rebecca Stevenson (QLD) 4 Naomi Pinto (VIC) 5 Hayley Grant (QLD) 6 Holly Williams (WA) Women U19 keirin final 1 Melissa Hoskins (WA) 0.12.550 2 Annette Edmondson (SA) 3 Rebecca Stevenson (QLD) 4 Shannon McCurley (VIC) 5 Caitlin Todd (ACT) 6 Amy Cure (TAS)