Regan Gough wins gold at junior world champs

Last updated 11:39 11/08/2014

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Waipukurau cyclist Regan Gough claimed a gold medal on the third day of the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Korea overnight.

Gough won the 25km points race at the Gwang Myeong Speedrome, to go with his bronze in the team pursuit and silver in the individual pursuit.

The Hawke's Bay man showed patience early on before taking his chance to lap the field.

From then on he took his chances, and won two of the final three sprints to claim victory.

"Regan rode brilliantly," said BikeNZ head coach Ross Machejefski.

"His execution was superb. His legs were smashed but we knew they would come right during the race.

"We can expect big things from this guy who is as impressive on the bike as he is off it. Regan is a blue-chip prospect."

Gough finished on 42 points to head off early leader Nikolai Ilichev from Russia on 38 points and Edgar Stepanyan from Armenia on 32.

He becomes the first New Zealand male to win a points race title at the juniors world championship and the first Kiwi to win a gold medal since the exploits of current world and Commonwealth Games sprint champions Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell (with Cam Karwowski) in 2009.

Auckland's Bryony Botha had to settle for fourth place in the 2000m individual pursuit, after qualifying third fastest, while Canterbury's Olivia Podmore lost at in the quarterfinals of the women's sprint.

Both girls are still young, and will be strong medal chances come next year's Junior World Championships.

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