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Triple dose of silver lining for Kiwis
Aug 23rd, 12. There were no rainbow rings, but plenty of silver lining for the Kiwis on the opening day of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Invercargill.
Both Kiwi men's and women's pursuit teams as well as the women's team sprint earned silver medals in last night's session, which proved super fast with four world records set.
Men's Team Pursuit
In the first gold medal ride was the Kiwi men's pursuit team of Dylan Kennett from Waimate, Alexandra's Liam Aitcheson, Hayden McCormick from Te Awamutu and Canterbury's Hamish Schreurs.
The Kiwis were the fastest qualifiers but were edged out by Australia in the gold medal ride by two seconds, to finish in a time of 4:08:124.
Cummings was a part of the 2011 World Championship team which won in Moscow but said winning the second time around tasted sweeter.
"Last year we set the world record but I had so much more satisfaction this year because we were on the back foot and were the underdogs coming up against NZ in their home town and we managed to lead the whole way," the 18-year-old said.
Women's Team Sprint
Records fell in the women's sprint team final as Paige Paterson from Auckland and Victoria Steel from Canterbury grabbed silver in a New Zealand record breaking time of 35:255.
They finished second to Russia, who clocked a new world record time of 34:155.
Daria Shmeleva and Lidia Pluzhnikova broke the world record in qualifying and lowered it again in the final.
Women's Team Pursuit
The third of the Kiwi medals came from the women's pursuit team of Cassie Cameron from Wanganui, Otago's Alysha Keith and Racquel Sheath from Auckland who were spurred on by a vocal Invercargill crowd on their way to a silver medal.
Georgia Baker, who along with Australian teammates Taylah Jennings and Kelsey Robson clocked a world record and came away with the rainbow jersey for the second year running, said she was 'over the moon'.
Men's Team Sprint
Russia took out the men's team sprint gold in the final event of the night after Australia were relegated. Officials notified the Australians of the relegation moments before they were to be presented with the medals, saying the team had 'initiated the change outside of the designated window'.
Australian team manager Rik Fulcher said the boys were 'very disappointed' but have taken confidence in their world record qualifying time and will now focus on their next events.
"They're in good form and there's still four days of racing to go. Tomorrow they will have to start again," Fulcher said.
Mexico took bronze ahead of the New Zealand team of Tom Beadle and Jeremy Presbury from Southland, and Auckland's Zac Williams in 4th place.
Day 1 finals results
Men's 4000m team pursuit, gold medal ride: Australia 4:06.277, 1; New Zealand 4:08.124, 2. Bronze medal: Russia 3; Ukraine 4, caught.
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