26/03/2011 - New Zealand added a silver medal to yesterday's tally with Ali Shanks claiming second spot in the Individual Pursuit at the World Track Championships in the Netherlands this morning.
Shanks qualified second fastest behind world record-holder Sarah Hammer and led the American at every split except the last two - Hammer roaring home to pip the Kiwi by 0.3 seconds. Jamie Nielsen continued her impressive recent form, losing in the ride for bronze to Sereikaite from Lithuania.
Cycling Southland's Tom Scully featured prominently early in the Men's Points Race but after earning points in four of the first eight sprints (including a win and two seconds) he wasn't able to keep the engine going and withdrew from the race after dropping a lap on the main field.
Shane Archbold also has put himself in medal contention in the Men's Omnium to sit in fourth spot at the half-way point. Novie opened promisingly with a fourth in the Flying Lap before finishing a disappointing 16th in the Points Race. He bounced back to take fourth in the Elimination to sit just six points from the top of the standings with three events tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow our own Eddie Dawkins is back in action in the Men's Keirin where he is joined by Simon van Velthooven. He has, however, drawn a tough heat which includes the silver and bronze medalists from the Men's Sprint, Great Britain's Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny.
Along with Dawkins, van Velthooven and Archbold, day four also features Jo Kiesanowski in the Women's Omnium.
Approximate times for Saturday night/Sunday morning (NZ Time) follow:
22:00 Mens Keirin First Round (Eddie Dawkins & Simon van Velthooven)
22:30 Mens Omnium Individual Pursuit (Shane Archbold)
23:50 Mens Keirin First Round Repecharge
00:20 Womens Omnium Flying Lap (Jo Kiesanowski)
02:10 Womens Omnium Points Race
02:50 Mens Keirin Second Round
03:10 Mens Omnium Scratch Race
03:45 Womens Omnium Elimination
04:10 Mens Keirin Final
04:40 Mens Omnium Time Trial
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Link to live streaming video here