Date: Sunday, 05 August 2012
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Eddie Dawkins finished his debut Olympic campaign this morning, failing to qualify for the 1/8 finals in the Men's Sprint.

Dawkins recorded 10.201 to qualify in ninth position before being beaten by both Nijsana Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago in the 1/16 Round and Hersony Canelon of Venezuela in the 1/16 Repechage.

Jason Kenny broke the Olympic record in qualifying with a 9.713 with the Briton, France's Gregory Bauge and Australia's Shane Perkins all dipping under the 10 second barrier.

The big guns had little trouble qualifying for the Quarter finals which will be held overnight Sunday where Kenny will face Aziz Awang (Malaysia), Bauge against German Robert Forstemann (who qualified via the repechages), Perkins takes on Jimmy Watkins (USA) and Eddie's nemesis Nijsane Phillip will square off against Denis Dmitriev (Russia).

Shane Archbold made an excellent start in the Men's Omnium, recording the second fastest time in the Flying Lap 250m Time Trial with a 13.112 with Great Britain's Edward Clancy recording 12.556. He again struggled to feature in the Points Race finishing in 15th and 6th in the Elimination. At the half way point in the Omnium Archbold sits on 23 points in seventh place, nine points off a medal.

The New Zealand Women's Team Pursuiters hit back strongly to record a personal best of 3:18.514. However it wasn't enough to qualify for bronze with Great Britain setting a new world record of 3:14.682 in their defeat of Canada and USA finishing over the top of Australia to qualify for the gold medal ride. Laura Trott, Laura King and Joanna Rowsell then lowered the world mark for a sixth consecutive time to take gold over the US in 3:14.051 while Canada snuck in front of Australia by less than two tenths of a second to snare the final medal.

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