Criglington sets sights on Manchester gold

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 28/02/2013
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GOING FOR GOLD: Erin Criglington is aiming for the podium in Manchester this year - and she wants the gold medal.

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Southland 41-year-old Erin Criglington has drawn herself a box she would like to tick in October this year.

The masters track cyclist wants to stand on the podium at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Manchester.

When she spoke with The Southland Times last night she didn't muck around saying where on the podium she would like to be standing, she made it clear she had gold on her mind.

"I've got my goals, I'd like to get on the podium and get a gold medal and a rainbow jersey, that's the aim.

"We went when they were in Sydney in 2009 and we did both the World Masters Games and then the following week it was the UCI Track World Champs.

"I managed to get a bronze and three fourths, it was that close. There's some unfinished business," the mother of two said.

During the first two days of the New Zealand Age-Group Championships, in Invercargill this week she indicated the goal wasn't a far-fetched one. In short she has been on fire.

She started on Tuesday night by winning the 500m time trial Masters 1 category in record time.

Just over 12 hours later she backed that up by breaking another New Zealand record yesterday morning, this time in the 2000m individual pursuit.

In qualifying she took nearly 1sec off her previous best performance in clocking 2min 35.085sec.

That meant she went on to ride in the final last night, taking on Tamara Ross, where she produced yet another outstanding ride to comfortable win gold and take more time off the national record with a blistering 2:32.14.

To put her effort in context Criglington was just three seconds away from the world best time of 2:28.727 in her age group, set by Australian Michelle Crawford in 2010.

Criglington admitted it had been a good couple of days and records were on her mind.

"I was wanting to do a personal best and as long as I did[that] it was going to be a national record."

On top of Criglington's gold Jerard Stock also won gold for Southland in the men's masters 2 category 10km points race

Kain Bowles added to his gold in the boys' under-15 500m time trial on Tuesday night with a silver medal in the 5km points race.

Sisters Kylea Gough and Nicola Stevens had the unique situation to race each for bronze in the women's masters 1 2000m individual pursuit. But it was who Gough who grabbed the bragging rights.

In the women's 2 2000m individual pursuit it was a Southland quinella with Sam Kopae beating Jacqui Dearlove in the final to claim the gold.

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