Good day for Kiwis at world track champs

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 16:01 01/03/2014

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Kiwi Tom Scully has claimed New Zealand's fifth medal at the World Track Cycling Championships in Cali, Colombia this afternoon, notching silver in a thrilling men's points race.

Scully made a strong start before Colombian rider Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas took the event by the scruff of the neck to take home-town gold with 70 points.

The Kiwi, who finished up with 66 points, made him work for it, however, with the final result coming down to the last sprint lap before being decided.

Avila Vanegas kept on Scully's rear wheel meaning that the New Zealander was unable to outscore him as the race wound down. Spain's Eloy Teruel Rovira finished third with 58 points.

Earlier, Simon van Velthooven took out a bronze in the final of the men's one kilometre time trial.

Van Velthooven had been disqualified in the second round of the keirin yesterday, but redeemed his championships with an run to back up the silver medal he won at last year's world champs in Belarus.

The Olympic keirin bronze medalist finished his run in 1 minute 0.518 seconds, 1.133 seconds behind eventual gold medalist Francois Pervis of France.

Van Velthooven's run featured a slow start, but the Manawatu-raised cyclist finished strongly to nab the medal. German Joachim Eilers finished second, with a ride of 59.984 seconds.

Kiwi Aaron Gate finished second in the third of six men's omnium races this afternoon. 

Gate, the reigning omnium world champion, currently sits fifth in the event's overall rankings with France's Thomas Boudat leading the way. The men's omnium concludes tomorrow.

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