Mixed results for Kiwis at world track champs

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 14:42 28/02/2014

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Timaru's Marc Ryan has won his second bronze medal at the world track cycling championships in Cali, Colombia.

The 31-year-old two-time Olympic medallist was part of the New Zealand team pursuit squad which claimed bronze on the opening day of the championships yesterday.

This afternoon he backed it up as the third fastest qualifier in the individual pursuit, holding off a furious challenge from young Irish rider Ryan Mullen to take a spot on the podium and secure New Zealand's third medal of the championships, including the gold medal won by in the team sprint.

Things haven't gone all New Zealand's way on day two, however, with Olympic bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven disqualified in the second round of the keirin.

The Palmerston North rider appeared to overtake the rear wheel of the derney during the start of his heat and was immediately disqualified. He had impressed during the first round with an emphatic win and he was in the easier of the two second round heats, with the top three riders advancing to this afternoon's final.

Waimate's Dylan Kennett backed up his bronze medal in the New Zealand team pursuit yesterday with a seventh placing in the 15km scratch race.

Kennett was part of a break that almost lapped the field but it didn't stick during the 60-lap race, which was won by Russian Ivan Kovalev from defending champion Martin Irvine of Ireland.

During keirin qualifying this morning Eddie Dawkins failed to go through, eliminated after picking up a mild groin strain as a result of his efforts in winning the team sprint world title last night.

"Eddie was sore this morning and felt fit to ride in the heats but was plainly affected," BikeNZ Head Coach Dayle Cheatley said.

"He is being treated by our medical staff who will assess the situation over the next 24 hours but right now we expect Eddie will be fit for the individual sprint in two days time."

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