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Cycling: Two more medals at cycling champs

Simon van Velthooven. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Simon van Velthooven. Photo / Mark Mitchell

New Zealand has secured two more medals at the world track cycling championships in Cali, Colombia.

Tom Scully has earned silver in the points race and Simon van Velthooven has taken bronze in the kilo time trial.

Scully's medal is the first by a New Zealand male in the discipline at a world championships. Karen Holliday (gold, 1990) and Sarah Ulmer (bronze, 1999) have previously medalled as Kiwi women. Scully finished on 66 points, four behind local winner Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas.

Earlier van Velthooven completed the 1000m in 1m 00.518seconds, edging fourth place by 0.015s.

The London Olympic keirin bronze medallist was 1.133s behind French gold medallist Francois Pervis. German rider Joachim Eilers was second.

Van Velthooven took silver in the event last year and bronze in 2012.

He was disqualified in the second round of his favoured keirin event yesterday for fractionally passing the back wheel of the derny bike which paces the riders.

New Zealand now have five medals at the championships after the gold won by Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins in the team sprint and bronzes to the team pursuit and Marc Ryan in the individual pursuit.

- Herald on Sunday

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