27 Mar 2010

Another medal for NZ cycling team

3:48 pm on 27 March 2010

The New Zealand's men's team pursuit claimed the bronze medal at the World Track Cycling Championships in Copenhagen.

It's New Zealand's third medal at the championships, matching their best ever haul achieved last year in Poland, and also the pursuit team's bronze at the Beijing Olympics and in last year's world championships.

The combination of Jesse Sergent, Sam Bewley, Peter Latham and Wes Gough overcame a mechanical problem for Sergent three laps from the finish to beat off hosts Denmark for the bronze.

Australia upset defending world champions Great Britain to win the final, holding on in a frantic finish to prevail by 15/100ths of a second.

21-year-old Eddie Dawkins impressed in finishing fifth in the kilometre time trial, beating his own New Zealand record time in the process and taking a significant jump from his 10th last year.

Also team pursuit medallist Rushlee Buchanan finished 15th in the bunch in

the 15km women's scratch race.

Tomorrow, Dawkins, Sam Webster and Mitchell contest the men's sprints, Tom Scully and Marc Ryan in the Madison and Gemma Dudley in the women's omnium, which consists of the 200m time trial, scratch race, pursuit, points race and 500m time trial.