Date: Saturday, 05 March 2022

One national record and numerous championship records tumbled on the second day of the Masters Track National Championships on Friday at the SIT ZeroFees Velodrome at ILT Stadium Southland.

Day two saw competition take place in the time trial, Keirin, and scratch races, and again featured some very exciting and closely contested races.

The morning’s session featured the time trials and Keirin qualifiers, with the highlight being a new national record for Antony Brown (Waikato) in the masters men 4 500m time trial, as he stormed to a time of 34.893.

It was a successful session for Southland as well, with Ruth Whelan taking gold in the masters women 3 500m time trial, setting a new championship record of 37.549 in the process, just .014 seconds shy of her own national record. There were also gold medals for Nicola Stevens in the masters women 4 time trial, and Neil Familton in the masters men 6 time trial. Nichole Saunders claimed silver in the masters women 1 time trial, and Sonya Barton bronze in the masters women 4 time trial.

The evening session featured the Keirin finals and scratch races, and there was further success for Whelan as she took the gold in the masters women category 2 Keirin, with Stevens taking silver. Saunders also took a silver medal in the masters women category 1 Keirin.

Stevens added to her medal tally with a silver in the masters women category 2 scratch race, with Saunders taking bronze in the category 1 scratch race. Brendon McLeod took Southland’s final medal of the evening, claiming silver in the masters men category 1 scratch race.

Racing will conclude on Saturday with the match sprints, an even making its debut for masters this year, as well as the elimination races and points races.

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