Australia Dominates Night 2 At Oceania Track Championships

Australia claimed six gold of the eight on offer on night two of the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide with Steph Morton?s win over Anna Meares in the women?s keirin final a highlight of the night?s schedule. Annette EDMONDSON, Daniel Fitter and Danielle McKinnirey, won their respective individual pursuits, Cameron Scott (NSW) took out the junior men?s time trial and Tahlay Christie (WA) won the junior women?s keirin. New Zealand?s Campbell Stewart claimed the under 19 men?s omnium before backing it up in the scratch race to close out the night. The 2015 Oceania Track Championships will be held at the Adelaide Super-Drome from October 8 ? 11. The action packed schedule, that headlines Australia’s #TrackTober, features 140 Elite and Under 19 athletes will compete in 34 events across four days. LIVE Results here.

Day Two Recap

Women?s Keirin A strong field lined up for the major final of the night, the elite women?s keirin final including two-time world champion Anna Meares and reigning national champion Stephanie Morton, plus rising stats Caitlin Ward (VIC), Rikki Belder (QLD) and Catherine Culvenor (ACT). In a great final, Morton held off a late challenge from Meares to take the gold medal with Belder rounding out the podium. ?I knew I had Mearsey on my wheel so I was making sure I watching her because if you let an Olympic champion get away there?s no coming back from that,? said Morton after edging Meares for gold. Meares praised the quality of the field in the final. ?I knew Steph would be my biggest competition, and I thought I had an opportunity early on, but I missed that window. ?It opens and closes really quickly and then it became a bit of a dogfight right to the line and I missed it by a few inches.? I?m actually really happy with that, I?ve been feeling a lot better than I have all year. ?It?s nice to be back racing,? Meares added. Meares will have an opportunity to get one back on Morton on Saturday in the women?s sprint, which promises to be one of the most exciting events of the week. West Australia’s Tahlay Christie continued the Australian string of gold medals after winning gold in the under 19 women?s keirin. Courtney Field (VIC) won the race, but was relegated to the silver medal by the Commissaires for not having held her line during the last 200m of the race. Emma Cumming (NZ) took bronze. Individual pursuits The first big final of the night was an all South Australian battle in the under 19 individual pursuit between Danielle McKinnirey and Chloe Moran. McKinnirey established an early two second advantage, with the fast start proving to be the difference as Chloe Moran was edged by just 0.19 seconds as McKinnirey claimed gold in 2mins 29.711secs. In the bronze medal final, Nicola Macdonald (2:31.988) beat Tori Saunders (2:33.549secs). Hometown hero Annette EDMONDSON took out the elite women?s pursuit in 3mins 35.359 secs ahead of Canberra?s Rebecca Wiasak (3:36.534). Jaime Nielsen (NZ) won bronze (3:39.663). The men?s pursuit was a close affair as Queensland?s Daniel Fitter finding a little extra in the evening session to clock 4mins 22.745secs to take gold over fastest qualifier, South Australian Callum Scotson (4:23.204). ?I focussed on keeping the pace down in the middle of the race and just really putting the pressure on Callum the whole way through and just really bringing it home in the last kilometre,? Fitter said. ?I?m really happy with that time, I improved by about four seconds, it was away and above what I set out as a goal.? New Zealander Westley Gough won the bronze medal in 4mins 28.873 seconds ahead of compatriot Marc Ryan (4:29.515). Omnium The second round of the elite men?s omnium saw West Australian Sam Welsford take maximum points in the individual pursuit after clocking 4mins 24.679 secs to finish ahead of NSW?s Scott Law (4:28.587) and South Australia?s Alexander Porter (4:30.875). Meanwhile, in the under 19 men?s omnium Campbell Stewart (NZ) took gold on 222 points despite crashing the final round, the points race. Comfortably in first place, Stewart fell along with eventual silver medallist West Australian Alex Rendell (192 points) but both managed to recover to claim podium spots. Victorian Ryan Schilt rounded out the medallist with 185 points. Other events New South Welshman Cameron Scott won the junior men’s time trial, crossing the line in 1mins 05.650secs, with Elliot STACEY (1:06.705) and New Zealand?s Bradly KNIPE (1:07.050). To close out the night, Stewart won gold in the under 19 men?s scratch race, starting his sprint from a long way back to come past Australians Rohan Wight and Thomas McFarlane and beat them by more than a bike length. Text via Cycling Australia Media Release

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