Date: Saturday, 04 August 2012
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Eddie Dawkins - 2012 National Sprint ChampionEddie Dawkins makes his return to the Olympic Velodrome tonight as the third day of Track Cycling gets underway at the earlier start time of 9pm NZ time.

After featuring in the Men's Team Sprint on Friday morning, Dawkins will fly the NZ flag in the Men's Sprint with qualifying starting tonight's programme at 9pm.

Tonight also marks the start of Shane Archbold's Omnium campaign along with the final rounds of the Women's Team Pursuit.

The following New Zealanders are in action on the third day:

Men's Sprint

21:00 - Qualifying - Eddie Dawkins (Rider 10 of 17)

22:01 - 1/16 Finals

03:00 - 1/16 Final Repechage

3:35 - 1/8 Finals

4:34 - 1/8 Final Repecahges

05:20 - Race for 9th to 12th

For Olympic Games the following qualification process applies for the Sprint Programme:

18 starters qualify as usual with a Flying 200.

1/16 Finals has nine two-up sprints with 1 v 18, 2 v 17, etc

The winners progress to the 1/8 finals the losers drop in to one of three three-up repechages. The winner of these three races then fill the last three places (along with the nine 1/16 winners) in the six 1/8 Finals.

The six 1/8 winners move directly through to the Quarter finals with the six losers again dropping in to two three-up repecharges with the two repecaharge winners filling the final two quarter final spots. The four riders who don't win, drop in to a four-up race for 9th to 12th.

From the quarter final stage the two-up match sprints are contested over three races with the quarter final winners moving on to the semifinals and the losers dropping in to the ride for 5th to 8th.

The semifinal winners ride for gold and silver while the losers ride off for bronze.

Men's Omnium

21:30 - Flying Lap 250m Time Trial - Shane Archbold (Rider 16 of 18)

03:54 - 30km Points Race

05:25 - Elimination

Women's Team Pursuit

03:11 - First Round - Lauren Ellis, Jaime Nielsen & Alison Shanks (Heat 2 of 4)

04:42 - Finals

New Zealand rides the First Round as the fifth-fastest qualifier. As a consequence they cannot qualify to ride for gold, but still have the chance to ride for bronze. USA ride Australia and Great Britain ride Canada with the two winners progressing in to the gold medal ride. Once those two winners are removed the fastest two teams from the remaining six First Round teams will ride for bronze.

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