Kiwi skaters finding it tough in Argentina
The New Zealand team is finding the competition hot on the road at the World Speed Skating Championships in Argentina.
Christchurch's Ollie Jones impressed with a silver medal in the junior men's 10,000m points elimination race but no-one else has gone close to the podium.
Palmerston North's Shane Mihaere could not match the speed and finished last of the 24 starters
In the men's 20,000m elimination, Peter Michael was victim of some unsavoury tactics and finished seventh while Antony Nalder was 31st out of 38 starters.
Michael had earlier won New Zealand's only title with a four-peat on the track in the 15,000m elimination in Rosario.
In the junior men's 200m time trial the young Kiwis found the going tough against much older competitors with Josh Whyte 14th and Timaru's Guy McDonald 29th out of 32.
In the junior girls' 10,000m points race, Wanganui's Jessica Van Bentum was 22nd and Rebecca Smith 34th out of 36.
In the 200m, Palmerston North's Daina Gibbs was 25th in 20.582sec while the Colombian winner recorded 18.734s.
Timaru's Analiese Le Roy took one to the two positions allocated to New Zealand for experience despite not being a sprinter and finished 31st out of 32.
Coach Bill Begg said the five first-time juniors have found the going real tough, especially in the longer races.
"While not expected to be contenders some have been disappointing but both Gibbs and McDonald produced acceptable performances."
- The Timaru Herald