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Two more World Championship silvers for NZ
Aug 24th, 12. The New Zealand team added two more silver medals to their tally on the second night of the UCI Junior Track World Championships thanks to Dylan Kennett and Sophie Williamson.
Kilometre Time Trial - NZ silverAustralian Zachary Shaw produced a huge personal best to clock 1:02.303 and the gold medal in the men's kilometre time trial with NZ's Dylan Kennett taking silver, Jakub Vyvoda of Czechoslovakia in bronze.
"I am speechless. I have trained really hard for this and to come out on top is incredible. This has been a dream," said Shaw.
Kennett, a medallist in the omnium at the world championships in Moscow last year, set a national record of 1:02.957 to grab the early lead until Shaw's great ride with Vyvoda 3rd.
"I'm really happy with my effort but obviously gutted not to take it out. I thought the time I'd set would take it out, I think most of us did, but typical of an Aussie, he [Zachary Shaw] pulled out a huge performance and got the win," said Kennett.
"I was aiming for sub 1:03 time and a New Zealand record is definitely something great to take away, but I take the attitude of winning's everything."
The packed house at Stadium Southland Velodrome was absolutely deafening as they stood and roared for the 17-year-old Kiwi's entire time trial effort.
"The crowd was such a big boost. In those last few laps when you've got absolutely nothing left to give, the crowd just gives you that much more," he said.
Women's Points race - NZ silver
In the 80 lap women's points race, 18-year-old Kiwi Sophie Williamson fought a good battle with four-time world champion Taylah Jennings (Australia) to secure New Zealand's fifth silver medal of the championships.
"Taylah played it to her strengths by waiting for the sprints. I tried to make it a harder race by attacking but nobody else seemed to want to help me. They all seemed pretty happy to let Taylah roll in on the sprints, but I tried my hardest and couldn't do any more," said Williamson.
Williamson offered a series of gutsy attacks on the field of 11 riders, but was closely marshalled by the Australian at every turn and despite not winning an interval sprint, was in the points at all eight check points.
Jennings dominated, winning seven of eight sprints to take gold, Williamson silver and Amy Roberts of Great Britain earned the bronze.
"That was great. I was really happy with that ride tonight. To win a fourth rainbow jersey is special. My mum joked that we are running out of space on the walls," Jennings said.
The points race gold adds to the omnium and team pursuit honours Jennings won last year and the world record win in the team pursuit last night.
“It’s pretty hard to compare them, it’s a really awesome feeling winning a team medal and especially breaking the WR (world record) with those girls - it’s really good to share that moment but an individual world title is just so rewarding."
Men's Scratch race
A brave attack on the opening lap led to victory for Belarus rider Anton Muzychkin in the men's scratch race.
The Belarusian proved the strongest in the final sprint to win the gold medal with Parra Arias finishing with the silver and Gaineyev the bronze – all securing the first medals for their respective countries at the championships to date.
"I'm very far away from our home and I'm very happy to be a winner here," said Muzychkin. "It's an incredible feeling for me. It was a very tight race, very dangerous. I'm very lucky because I was in front of the group."
A flurry of attacks from Kiwi Hamish Schreurs went largely unrewarded as he missed the breakaway and faded to bunch finish in ninth place.
The men's omnium is led by Colombia's Ferando Gaviria Rendon after three events on five points from Australian Tirian McManus on 13. The Colombian got back into the elimination race after a crash to finish second and extend his lead.
Canterbury's Tayla Harrison is sitting in eighth place.
Women's SprintAuckland's Paige Paterson advanced through to the semifinals of the women's sprint after beating fellow Kiwi and roommate Kate Dunlevey from Southland 2-0 in the best of three quarter final.
"They've raced so much against each other in training that they both knew each other's traits, which made for some really good racing. They're best of mates so the competition was pretty fierce but afterwards there was no malice at all," said women's sprint coach John Rastrick.
"Paige is in the form of her life at the moment. She's in great knick, both mentally and physically."
Paterson will go head to head with Caitlin Ward (Australia) tonight for a place in the gold medal race. Jennifer Valente (USA) and Daria Shmeleva (Russia) will compete in the other semifinal.
Dunlevey finished the championships in 6th place, followed by her Cantabrian teammate Victoria Steel in 7th.
Day 2 results
Men's scratch race (10km): Anton Muzychkin (BLR) 1, Jordan Parra Arias (COL) 2, Robert Gaineyev (KAZ) 3.
Women's sprint quarterfinal 1: Paige Paterson (NZL) bt Kate Dunlevey (NZL) 2-0, Jennifer Valente (USA) bt Lidia Pluzhnikova (RUS) 2-0, Daria Scheleva (RUS) bt Elis Ligtlee (NED) 2-0, Caitlin Ward (AUS) bt Victoria Steel (NZL) 2-0.
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