Invercargill sprinter Jeremy Presbury has a chance of a medal when he contests the semifinals at the junior world track championships in Scotland this morning.
Presbury, just turned 18, qualified 11th fastest in 10.641sec before beating Belarusian Artsiom Zaitsau in the first round and second qualifier Maximilian Dornbach, of Germany, in the second round.
He impressed with two tight finishes to fend off Russia's Alekzey Lysenko in the quarterfinals and takes on another Russian, Vladislav Fedin, in the best-of-three semifinal at Glasgow.
Team-mate Zac Williams, of Auckland, who qualified eighth-fastest, in 10.665sec, also impressed with an opening-round win over Colombia's Juan Gutierrez and Germany's Jan May in the second round.
He forced Lithuania's Svajunas Jonauskas to a deciding third ride in the quarterfinals, but could not roll over the top of his opponent on the line.
Earlier, Blenheim's Callum Saunders, who qualified 20th, lost out in the first round to May.
Meanwhile, Hawke's Bay rider Regan Gough produced a huge second day to climb to fifth place in the men's omnium.
Tenth after the first three events on Saturday, Gough was competitive yesterday, finishing fourth on points of the 31 riders for the second day at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
He finished fourth in the individual pursuit in 3min 28.475sec to move up to seventh, third in the scratch race to climb to sixth and eighth in the 1000m time trial for his final fifth placing.
"I had a big personal best in the flying lap on the first day and then just had a terrible points race. I was a few metres off big points on one sprint and was caught 10 metres from the line in another," Gough said.
"If I had scored top points in both of these, then it would have been a different story.
"I had no chance of a medal after yesterday. Our coach Ross Machejefski sat me down after it and we refocused. I guess there was a bit of anger there today because I had to prove to everyone that I should be there and I should be competitive. I am really pleased with today. I gave it absolutely everything. I was really strong today so that is something, I guess. But for that awful points race, I would have been contesting for a medal."
Gough has no time to reflect because he returns to the track with Alexandra's Liam Aitcheson for the madison today.
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