Date: Friday, 30 November 2012
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Eddie Dawkins on his way to winning the Oceania Kilo title - credit markgunter.com.auMatt Archibald and Eddie Dawkins finished fifth and sixth respectively in the Mens Sprint after both successfully qualified for the quarter-finals earlier today at the Oceania Track Championships in Adelaide.

Archibald was the fastest Kiwi with a 10.241 flying 200, just .005 seconds faster than team mate Sam Webster, with Dawkins 7th fastest qualifier with a 10.278.

Southland's Karl Watson recorded 11.021 for 17th overall just ahead of Lee Evans' 11.034. 

Webster however was the sole Kiwi to navigate the quarters successfully. Webster defeated Archibald two-straight while Dawkins claimed first blood in his battle with New South Wales' Andrew Taylor, before dropping both the second ride and the decider.

Archibald then took out the 5th to 8th ride-off with Dawkins a close second.

Webster was eventually beaten by Matthew Glaetzer in the semifinals and squared off against Andrew Taylor of New South Wales for bronze winning two-straight.

Earlier Jeremy Presbury met a similar fate, qualifying fourth fastest in the Under 19 sprint with a 10.883 before being beaten in the quarter final two-straight by South Australia's Patrick Constable and going on to finish sixth overall.

Elsewhere the Under 19 women and both Elite Omniums began with Laura Heywood sitting seventh after a 15.609 flying lap. She had wretched luck in the Points race, crashing and then puncturing to finish 15th.

Sequoia Cooper opened with a 4th in the Elite competition after a 15.631 flying lap. She then took third behind Isabella King and a completely dominant Annette Edmondson, the Olympic bronze medalist, in the Points race to move into a tie for third overall.

Edmondson and Isabella King went 1-2 for the third successive event in the Elimination with Gemma Dudley snatching third and Cooper fourth. It means at the halfway point Edmondson and King appear to have gold and silver locked down but there is a three-way battle for bronze with Cooper and Dudley on 12 points each and 2012 Junior Worlds gold medalist Georgia Baker on 13.

In the Elite Men's Omnium, Cameron Karwowski's 13.3 second lap put him second with Pieter Bulling taking fifth after a 13.8 and Bradley Tuhi 14th after a 14.487.

In the evening races, Bulling again showed his great early-season form, taking two laps in the Omnium Points race to secure third overall and move into second spot behind South Australia's Luke Davison. Karwowski snatched six sprint points to finish 9th and Tuhi took five points on the way to 11th.  

Bulling then backed up to finish second in the Elimination, Karwowski 5th and Tuhi 11th. It means Piet holds down second place and Cam sites third in the overall standings at the halfway point and is a strong chance for a medal given the pursuiting and scratch race form he has already shown at these championships. Bulling trails trails Davison by just four points with the individual pursuit, scratch and kilo to finish preceedings on Saturday.

Nick Kergozou was also back in action, safely negotiating the Scratch Race heats with a seventh placing qualifying him for the evening final, followed by a strong performance on just one day's notice in the second NZ Team Pursuit combination.

Fellow Southlanders Josh Haggerty and Mike Culling also earned scratch race final spots and earned silver medals behind Australia as part of the U19 Men's Team Pursuit with Regan Gough and Connor Stead after setting 4:23 in qualifying.

Gough took out the scratch race gold after a great lead-out by Haggerty and his NZ team-mates. Culling finished in sixth, Kergozou 13th and Haggerty 14th.

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