New Zealand sprint cyclists produced promising form in their preparations for next month’s Commonwealth Games with Southland gun sprinter Eddie Dawkins beating team mate Sam Webster in the UCI Sprint Cup final at Trexlertown in Pennsylvania where the sprint squad are training.
Webster earlier broke the 18 year track record clocking 10.336 seconds for the flying 200m qualifying at the outdoor velodrome, made somewhat slower by rain before the evening racing.
His record did not last long with Dawkins lowering this to 10.301 in his qualifying effort in front of American announcer Marty Northstein, the former Sydney Olympic Kilo gold medallist and world champion who set the record which had stood since 1996.
Webster accounted for Trinidad’s Njisane Phillips, fourth in the London Olympic sprint, in the quarterfinal and Canadian Hugo Barrette, fourth at this year’s world championships, in the semifinal.
Meanwhile Dawkins beat Canadian sprint record holder Joseph Veloce in the quarterfinal and American champion Matthew Baranoski in the semifinal.
The big Southlander then edged out Webster in two-straight rides in the final, winning the second ride in an impressive 10.7s.
Team mate Matt Archibald finished ninth.
The squad remain in Pennsylvania until the end of the month before joining the rest of the cycling team for the final Commonwealth Games preparations at the indoor velodrome in Bordeaux.