Date: Thursday, 29 November 2012
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Southland's Stephanie McKenzie backed up her medal-winning deeds from last night to claim a second championship bronze medal in the Women's Keirin tonight at the Oceania Track Cycling Champs in Adelaide.

McKenzie successfully qualified to ride the final, safely finishing in the top half of her semifinal after breezing through her 1st round ride. Fellow Southlander Natasha Hansen wasn't so lucky getting chopped and then blocked in her semifinals and missing out on the opportunity to defend her 2012 Oceania title. She finished strongly to take out the B final for seventh overall.

Elsewhere tonight the three Southlanders contesting the U19 omnium were all prominent throughout the final two rounds, the scratch race and kilo.

Josh Haggerty finished in 7th place in the scratch and recorded 1:06 in the Kilo to finish as the highest placed Kiwi in fifth overall. Mike Culling placed 10th in the scratch and recorded 1:07 in the kilo while Nick Kergozou took 11th in the scratch and a 1:08 kilo.

Earlier in this afternoon's qualifying Laura Heywood recorded the fastest time by a New Zealander with an impressive 2:32.823 to finish 9th in the U19 women's individual pursuit - a full 6 seconds faster than her silver medal-winning ride at the Age Group Nationals earlier this year.

Aimee Burns rode strongly to record 3:54.864 for 6th in the Elite Women's IP (8 seconds faster than her Elite Nationals time) while Brad Tuhi recorded 4:40.768 in the Men's IP to shave 5 seconds off his Elite nationals ride in February.

Josh Haggerty recorded the fifth fastest Omnium Individual Pursuit (and fastest NZ time) with 3:28.421, six seconds quicker than his 2012 Nationals omnium IP while Culling and Kergozou both acquitted themselves well over their first 3000m Individual Pursuit. 


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