Date: Sunday, 20 January 2013
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Jeremy Presbury after two gold medals in SydneySouthlander Jeremy Presbury has capped an incredible campaign at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney with a second gold medal.

After earlier claiming gold in the Men's Keirin and silver in the Team Sprint, Presbury started his final event of the competition with the fourth-fastest qualifying time, a 10.736 behind three Australians.

He was then able to beat Malaysia's Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom in the Round of Eight before defeating 2012 Junior Worlds team mate Zac Williams of Auckland two straight in the quarter-final and the morning's fastest qualifier, Australian Patrick Constable two-straight to win through to the gold medal ride against Australian Jai Angsuthasawit.

Presbury kept his unblemished record intact with two strong rides to claim a second gold medal.

Jeremy Presbury's three Youth Olympic Festival medalsWriting on Facebook, Jeremy had this to say, "Today I won my second race at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival!!! So happy to come away with golds in the keiren and sprints and a silver in the team sprint. Being on top of the podium with the national anthem playing is definitely the coolest thing I've ever experienced. Thanks to everyone that's been supporting me over that past few days, much appreciated!! Also a huge thanks to everyone that helped me to get on top of the podium twice, you know who you are!"

Alexandra's Liam Aitcheson also played his role in a medal on the final day, providing the perfect lead-out for team mate Callum Saunders who claimed silver in the Men's scratch race.

Earlier in the competition, Presbury qualified for the keirin final by winning both his repechage and semifinal in commanding fashion. He and team mate Saunders then controlled the final setting up a kiwi one-two.

On the opening night of competition, Jeremy combined with Saunders and Quinn Karwowski to claim silver in the Team Sprint. The trio qualified for the gold medal ride in 47.104, 0.503 seconds behind Australia but brought that margin down to just 0.149 in the final, missing the podium's top step by the narrowest of margins.

The performance will surely guarantee Presbury a return appearance at the 2013 UCI Juniors World track Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and augers well for his medal chances after earning a highly commendable fourth-placing at the 2012 Worlds in his hometown.

 

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