Date: Saturday, 14 January 2012
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Natasha Hansen breaks her national 200m sprint record

Cycling Southland's four representatives at the UCI World Cup in Beijing all distinguished themselves overnight.

Natasha Hansen making her UCI world cup debut teamed with Otago's Katie Schofield to finish eighth in the Women's Team Sprint recording 34.236 - two tenths of a second faster than the NZ record the pair set at November's Oceania Championships.

Hansen roared home in 14.877 to record the fourth fastest second lap of the competition. It was an impressive display and the pair will now be hopeful that it is enough to earn them selection for the London leg of the World Cup circuit.

Then one hour later Southland's Matt Archibald and Eddie Dawkins joined Simon van Velthooven to qualify third in the Men's Team Sprint with 44.748. The threesome backed up in the ride for bronze with a 44.827 to pip surprise packet Venezuela for a medal by just 0.087 seconds.

Hansen then backed up in the Women's 500m Time Trial with a fifth place finish. She recorded 35.278, again marked by a strong finish with the fastest second lap of the competition.

And later the the session Cam Karwowski capped a brilliant night for the southerners in the Men's Team Pursuit bronze medal ride along with Westley Gough, Peter Latham and Myron Simpson. The foursome lead Great Britain at every split to record 4:03.758 to take the bronze by over three seconds.

Racing continues today with Dawkins back in action in the Men's Keirin and Hansen in the Women's Sprint.


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