Cyclist van Velthooven takes silver
Palmerston North cyclist Simon van Velthooven this morning won a silver medal at the world track championships in Belarus.
Van Velthooven, a bronze medallist in the keirin at last year's London Olympics, was runner-up in the 1000m time trial in 1min 00.8sec, just behind Frenchman and former junior world champion Francois Pervis (1:00.2).
Van Velthooven said he "put it all out there".
"I knew I was on a good time but it didn't feel sensational," Van Velthooven said.
"The person who beat me today rode a sensational time which was a sea level world record I think. To come out after seeing that was a little bit daunting. I knew it could be beaten but unfortunately I couldn't beat it today.
"I put it all out there. I am still really happy with a silver medal. Francois has been doing the kilo for 10 years now and it's taken him that long to win the world title. There's still plenty of future for me in it," said the 24-year-old.
Van Velthooven said he believed the kilo time trial should make a return to the Olympic schedule.
"The kilo is an event that ties in all the other Olympic events. The team sprint and the keirin are still my main focus but the kilo is a very gladiatorial event and I love doing it.
"It is a huge reward for how much training you put in and is so gladiatorial and that's why I think it should still be an Olympic event."
Van Velthooven has still to run his specialist event, the keirin.