Podmore wins time trial gold

Olivia Podmore. Photo: Getty Images
Olivia Podmore. Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand sprinter Olivia Podmore provided a reminder of her pedigree with victory in the elite women's 500m time trial last night on the second night of the Oceania track cycling championships at Invercargill's SIT Zero Fees Velodrome.

But Australian stars Amy Cure and Sam Welsford claimed major honours in the four-discipline events.

Cure was a class above to win the women's omnium, while current scratch and team pursuit world champion Welsford held off a stern challenge from omnium world champion, Kiwi Campbell Steward, in the men's event.

On Wednesday night, the New Zealand men's sprint team

of Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins produced an Oceania championship record winning time of 42.508sec to win gold.

Southlander Dawkins was elated with the result.

"To ride the fastest time we've ever done, it's pretty unreal. Everything clicked, and clicked twice. We rode really close to our PB in the first round and to be able to back it up bodes well for the future," Dawkins said.

Australia's world champions Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton broke their own championship record in winning the elite women's team sprint over New Zealand pair Podmore and Ellesse Andrews.

New Zealand won the junior and elite women's team pursuit titles.


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