Date: Monday, 20 February 2012
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Eddie Dawkins - Festival of Speed Night 3Cycling Southland's Eddie Dawkins completed his campaign at the UCI World Cup in London in impressive style qualifying in 13th place in the men's Sprint competition.

With 57 starters including the biggest names in the sprint game this event was always going to be one of the most hotly-contested of the Olympic Games test event.

Dawkins had to watch 33 other riders complete their flying 200s before his turn arrived and he made the wait worthwhile. His time of 10.272 but him in to fourth place at the time and comfortably qualify for the round of 16 in 13th place. 

He was beaten by big German Rob Forstemann in the next round after leading out only to be caught not far from the line.

Sir Chris Hoy rode the parochial home crowd to break the 10 second barrier for the first time on the Olympic track, qualifying fastest with a 9.932 before going on to yet another World Cup title.

New Zealand's Sam Webster finished with a 10.325 in 19th place.

Meanwhile Southland's other representative in action on the final day of competition, Natasha Hansen finished in fifth place in her Keirin heat and like other big names including Vic Pendleton (GBR) and Anna Meares (AUS) had to go through the repecharge rounds in order to make the Quarter finals.

Hansen pushed hard but narrowly missed advancing finishing her repercharge in third place (only the top two progressed) behind Meares and Tianshi Zhong. Katie Schofield had more luck finishing second in her repercharge to qualify for the quarter finals where she finished in third place behind the world record Team Sprint holders of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish of Great Britain.

The New Zealand Men's Team Pursuit took out the bronze medal with a degree of comfort, breaking the four minute mark and nearly catching Belgium to earn a podium spot.

Canterbury's Jo Kiesanowski earned herself a top ten finish in the Women's Omnium with a consistent second day. She finished seventh in the Individual Pursuit, fifth in the Scratch race and tenth in the tine trial but paid for a slow start to the competition in her opening two events.

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