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6th and 7th Kiwi medals at Jnr Track Worlds
25th Aug, 12. New Zealand brought its medal tally to seven as the women led the way for the locals on Day 3 of the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Invercargill.
Women's scratch race - NZ silver
Alexandra's Sophie Williamson bagged her second silver medal in as many days.
Just 24 hours after a gutsy performance in the points race, Williamson was edged out in a three-way photo finish in the scratch race by Jennifer Valente (USA) and Georgia Baker (Australia).
Unfortunately for the American though, the officials disqualified her for not holding her line in the final turn, handing Williamson another silver medal.
Throughout the race it was the Kiwi who was the aggressor, but she was unable to break the field.
"I knew there was a few fast girls in there so I thought if I could take the sprint out of their legs by attacking a few times it could give me a better chance at the end," said Williamson.
Women's sprint - NZ bronzeRussian sprinter Daria Shmeleva lived up to her nickname, the "Pocket Rocket", when she won the gold medal in the women's sprint final.
Shmeleva won the gold medal in two straight rides in the best of three race final over Australian Caitlin Ward.
The Russian, who is the world record holder over the 500m time trial, rode down Ward in the first final and dominated the second to claim the gold.
"I rode more than 120 per cent because I could not do more than I did to win," said the Russian. "For this event I have been training since the last Junior Worlds after I got my first gold medal in team sprint from last year."
New Zealand's Paige Paterson took out the bronze medal in two rides over American Jennifer Valente, who was earlier relegated after crossing the line first in the final of the women's scratch race.
"You always come into an event like this unsure of how the other riders from around the world have been going so for me to get a personal best and another medal, I'm really happy," Paterson said.
"The crowd was amazing. Normally in races you sort of zone out because you're so focussed but tonight I was in the zone and still hearing the crowd so it was really cool."
The 18-year-old, who collected a silver medal in the team sprint with Cantabrian Victoria Steel earlier in the week, beat Jennifer Valente (USA) 2-0 in the best-of-three bronze medal rides to secure a spot on the podium.
Fernando Gaviria Rendon recovered from two crashes on the first night to dominate the men's omnium. The Colombian had a practice start tonight to see if he was able to manage with his bumps and bruises after two heavy falls.
The 18-year-old did more than that, finishing third in the individual pursuit, fourth in the scratch race and third in the 1000m time trial.
He finished with 15 points, well clear of Jon Dibben (Great Britain), who edged out Australia's Tirian McManus by one point for the silver medal after winning the final time trial.
"I am very happy to have a first place in the Junior World Championships," Gaviria Rendon said. "In the beginning I didn't really expect [the win] but would like to thank my coach."
Gaviria Rendon came to the championships with plenty of credentials as the junior road, time trial, team pursuit and scratch race national champion.
Dibben had a strong second night winning the pursuit and kilo, with Japan's Takuya Takashi winning the scratch race.
NZ's Tayla Harrison from Canterbury finished outside the medals in seventh place. His best two finishes in the multi-event competition came via fourth placings in both the individual pursuit and the flying lap.
At the halfway point of the women’s six-leg omnium, Auckland’s Racquel Sheath sits in fourth place following an impressive second place in the points race. Australian Taylah Jennings holds a significant lead overall having won all three events to date.
Results day 3
Men's sprint qualifiers: Jacob Schmid (AUS) 10.447, 1; Santiago Ramirez Morales (COL) 10.526, 2; Jakub Vyvoda (CZE) 10.540, 3; Zachary Shaw (AUS) 10.564, 4; Zac Williams (NZL) 10.588, 5; Alexander Sharapov (RUS) 10.615, 6; Emerson Harwood (AUS) 10.628, 7; Tom Beadle (NZL) 10.694, 8; Joakim Albert (CAN) 10.694, 9; Matthew Rotherham (GBR) 10.712, 10; Vladislav Fedin (RUS) 10.739, 11; David Sojka (CZE) 10.764, 12; Jeremy Presbury (NZL) 10.787, 13; Emmanuel Mejia (MEX) 10.793, 14; Eric Johnstone (CAN) 10.934, 15; Conor Klupar (USA) 10.962, 16; Alexey Lysenko (RUS) 10.965, 17; Oliver Valensuela (MEX) 10.992, 18; Kaleb Kock (USA) 11.014, 19; Artsiom Zaitsau (BLR) 11.017, 20; Renzo Amoroso (ARG) 11.020, 21; Vladislav Novik (BLR) 11.072, 22; Ryosuke Saeki (JPN) 11.088, 23; Malek McCrone (MAS) 11.111, 24.
Round 1: Schmid bt McCrone, Ramirez Morales bt Saeki, Vyvoda vt Novik, Shaw bt Amoroso, Williams bt Zaitsau, Sharapov bt Koch, Harwood bt Valenzuela, Beadle bt Lysenko, Albert bt Klupar, Rotherham bt Johnstone, Fedin bt Mejia, Sojka bt Presbury.
Wowen's sprint, semifinals: Caitlin Ward (AUS) bt Paige Paterson (NZL) 2-0, Daria Shmeleva (RUS) bt Jennifer Valente (USA) 2-0.
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