Kiesanowski 11th midway through omnium

OFF THE PACE: New Zealand cyclist Jo Kiesanowski is 11th midway through the omnium event at the London Olympics.
OFF THE PACE: New Zealand cyclist Jo Kiesanowski is 11th midway through the omnium event at the London Olympics.

New Zealand cyclist Jo Kiesanowski is 11th at the halfway stage of the women’s omnium at the Olympic velodrome in London today.

Kiesanowski finished a disappointing 16th in the flying lap, and seventh in both the points race and the elimination race.

She racked up 30 points by the end of the first day, 13 points off the bronze medal position held by Australian Annette Edmondson. Great Britain’s Laura Trott and the United States’ Sarah Hammer are joint leaders on 12 points.

The New Zealander made a sluggish start, riding 14.924sec which was outside her personal best and ranked her third-last of the 18 riders. She rode solidly in the points race and gained 20 bonus points for lapping the field, although several of her rivals did too.

Then in the elimination, in which the last-placed rider drops off every two laps, she was 11th to be eliminated.

The only New Zealander in action at the velodrome today, Kiesanowski will try to improve on her seventh at the world championships in April when she contests the individual pursuit, the scratch and the time trial tomorrow.

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