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New Zealand National Track Cycling Championships - IM

Invercragill, New Zealand, March 13-17, 2007

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Race 1 - March 13: Morning session,

Records tumble as 2007 championships open

Four national records were set in this morning's qualifying rounds on day one of the 2007 Lion Foundation National track Cycling Championships in Invercragill, New Zealand.

While the temperature was bitterly cold outside, inside the temperature was heating up by the minute.

Canterbury's Fiona Carswell broke the first national record in the elite women's sprint, beating her old record of 11.990, set in Wanganui in 2002, with a time of 11.734.

Nathan Seddon was the fastest qualifier in the mens elite sprint with a blistering time of 10.468 to beat Anthony Peden's formed national record time of 10.547. Seddon was just outside his personal best time he set in Moscow recently, but this was by far his quickest time set in New Zealand.

In the junior women's individual pursuit South Canterbury's Lauren Ellis beat her previous national record time to set up a final against Southland's Cathy Jordan, and in the junior under 19 men, 16 year Jason Christie from Ashburton took six seconds of the national record set by Matt Randell in 1996 as he qualified fastest for the evenings U19 men's final. Christie was one of four riders to beat the previous national record, which illustrates not only how fast this track is, but how talented the crop of junior riders in New Zealand is.


Elite men's sprints

1 Nathan Seddon                           10.468

Elite women's sprints

1 Fiona Carswell                          11.734

Junior women's individual pursuit

1 Lauren Ellis