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Track World Cup Round 2 - CDM

Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney, Australia, May 10 - 12, 2002

Day 2 (morning session): Eadie sets the pace in sprint qualifying

Australian Sean Eadie has posted the fastest time in qualifying for the sprint in the Sydney round of the UCI World Cup at the Dunc Gray Velodrome today.

Eadie, who last night took the gold medal in the keirin, rode a time of 10.416 to take the number one spot ahead of reigning world sprint champion, Arnaud Tournant, who covered the 200m qualifying distance in 10.424.

New Zealander Anthony Peden was third fastest in 10.507 with reigning world keirin champion, Australian Ryan Bayley, rounding out the top four in a time of 10.600.

In the womenís event 1996 Olympic sprint silver medallist, Michelle Ferris, continued the Australian charge qualifying fastest for the sprint rounds with a time of 11.684. American Tanya Lindenmuth will be seeded second with 11.850. Canadian Lori Ann Muenzer was third fastest in 11.882 and 2001 World Titles sprint silver medallist, Tammy Thomas rode 11.889, the fourth fastest time.

The sprint competition will continue tonight with finals being contested tomorrow. Tonightís racing will also include the finals of the menís and womenís scratch races, the womenís 500m time trial.

The battle for gold in the 4km teams pursuit will see traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand face off in the a pre Comonwealth Games showdown. The New Zealand team of Hayden Roulston, Greg Henderson, Matthew Randall and Lee Vertongen was fastest in qualifying in the morning session, with a time of 4.13.962, ahead of Australia's team of Peter Dawson, Stephen Wooldridge, Rod McGee and Mark Renshaw, who recorded 4.14.474 for the 4km.

Sixteen countries are contesting the World Cup round. They are: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, and the USA.

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