Van Velthooven adds another bronze for NZ

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 00:19 06/04/2012
Simon van Velthooven
CJ FARQUARSON/Bike NZ
A BLUR: Kiwi Simon van Velthooven on his way to claiming a world championship bronze medal in the Kilo time trial.

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Simon Van Velthooven continued the New Zealand sprint team's renaissance at the 2012 track cycling world championships with a bold showing to win bronze in the men's kilo tonight.

Van Velthooven's time of 1min 00.543 seconds - the second fastest of his career - placed him in gold medal position with six riders still to contest the gruelling 4-lapper at Hisense Arena.

He was eventually overtaken by German defending champion rider Stefan Nimke (1min 00.082) and Michael D'Almeida of France (1.00.509secs).

But Frenchman Quentin Lafrague, Joachim Eilers (Germany), Francois Pervis (France) and Dutchman Teun Mulder could not match the Kiwi who claims New Zealand's first kilo medal since Harry Kent won silver at Leicester, England, in 1970.

Van Velthooven's bronze follows the team sprint bronze won by Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins yesterday - the first sprint medal at a world championships since former Australian Anthony Peden won keirin silver at Berlin in 1999.

The men's team pursuit also won bronze yesterday in the 4000-metre endurance event.

A bronze medallist in the keirin at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, Van Velthooven also lines up in his specialist event on Sunday.

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