Cycling: NZ pick up two more medals

New Zealand added two further medals to their junior track world cycling championships tally tonight, but a world champion's rainbow jersey still eludes the team with one day remaining in Invercargill.

Waimate's Dylan Kennett earned his third silver medal of the championships in the 3000m individual pursuit after losing out to outstanding Swiss rider and top qualifier Tom Bohli in the gold medal ride-off.

Earlier today, Kennett smashed the New Zealand junior men's record in qualifying, posting a time of 3:16.467. The previous record was held by Te Awamutu's Hayden McCormick who also competed in the individual pursuit at Stadium Southland Velodrome, finishing in sixth place.

The Swiss rider pushed the pace early in the final, ad at one stage was ahead by nearly three seconds before Kennett started to wear him down. The lead was back to 0.8s with a lap remaining but the Kiwi ran out of gas and real estate.

Auckland's Racquel Sheath secured her second medal of the championships with a in the women's six-leg omnium, following her silver in the team pursuit earlier in the meet.

"I'm pretty stoked. It's really rewarding to think that I'm now the third best in the world," she said.

Consistency was the key for the 17-year-old as she finished within the top six placings in every omnium event, to earn a spot on the podium.

"You have to be really consistent and it's so hard to get every race right. My timed events aren't exactly my strong point but I tried my best and managed personal bests in every one except the flying lap."

The seemingly unbeatable Australian, Taylah Jennings dominated all six omnium disciplines to claim gold in consecutive years. The 18-year-old Queenslander has now won 12 from 12 events in the women's omnium over the past two junior world track championships to establish herself as a rider of considerable promise.

- APNZ

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