Dylan Kennett wins silver in individual pursuit

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 21:26 25/08/2012

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Waimate's Dylan Kennett has won his third silver of the junior world track cycling championships in Invercargill.

Kennett was the second fastest qualifier in the men's individual pursuit and he was unable to drag back classy Swiss rider Tom Bohli in the gold medal final.

Australia's Alexander Morgan won the bronze medal final from Great Britain's Jon Dibben.

Kennett will now pin his hopes of a rainbow jersey on today's madison where he will team up with Canterbury's Hayden McCormick to try and replicate the form which saw them win the Oceania senior madison title.

Auckland's Racquel Sheath's consistency was rewarded with a bronze medal in the six-event omnium.

Sheath started her campaign with a sixth in the flying lap yesterday but bounced back with a third in the individual pursuit, a second in the scratch and a fourth in the 500m time trial today to edge into the medals.

Her cause was helped when Russian rival Gulnaz Badykova was relegated to 10th in the scratch race after taking an illegal line.

Australia's Taylah Jennings continued her domination on the second day of the event, winning all six events, as she did on the way to winning in Moscow last year, while Great Britain's Elinor Barker won silver.

There was also controversy in the women's keirin which was won by Russian Daria Schmeleva ahead of countrywoman Lidia Pluzhnikova, with bronze medallist Jennifer Valente, from the United States, appearing to push New Zealand's Paige Paterson wide on the final bend.

Any sort or relegation would have seen Paterson or fellow New Zealander Kate Dunlevey promoted to the bronze.

The Hong Kong team, which featured one rider and one coach, had its moment to savor when Chun Wing Leung stole two laps to take out the men's points race from Aydar Zakarin (Russia) and Cristian Cornejo (Chile), with Alexandra's Liam Aitcheson producing a standout ride for fifth place.

Australia continued its dominance of these championships with a clean sweep of the podium in the men's sprint, Jacob Schmid winning the world title from countryman Emerson Harwood, with Zachary Shaw taking out the bronze medal ride-off from Colombia's Santiago Ramirez Morales.

New Zealand has won nine medals (seven silver, two bronze) and is still chasing its first world title at junior level since 2009.

The five-day championships finish tomorrow with the women's individual pursuit and 500m time trial and the men's keirin and madison.

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