Timaru's Shane Archbold misses omnium medals

00:20, Aug 06 2012
Timaru's Shane Archbold competes in the 4km individual pursuit of the omnium event at the London Olympics.
ON TRACK: Timaru's Shane Archbold competes in the 4km individual pursuit of the omnium event at the London Olympics.

Missing the break in the 15km scratch race cost Timaru track cyclist Shane Archbold any chance of a London Olympic medal in the six-discipline omnium overnight.

The 23-year-old Archbold finished seventh overall in the 18 rider field and he will be slightly disappointed with that result after finishing fifth at the world championships, and going to London a real medal contender.

The scratch race also cost leading Australian Glenn O'Shea a medal as he along with Archbold lost a lap at the halfway stage of the penultimate event.

Archbold finished the race in 13th place and out of the medals.

In the omnium, the gold goes to the rider with the lowest points score after all six disciplines are totalled.

That left Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen, Italy's Elia Viviani and Bryan Coquard to fight out top spot in the one kilometre time trial.

It was to be Hansen's day and he took gold with 27 points, two points clear of Coquard with Britain's Ed Clancy third on 30.

Archbold rode a very good time trial to record a 1m 03.290s, a fraction outside his personal best, to improve his overall place by one position, recording a total of 48 points.

Earlier in the four kilometre individual pursuit Archbold finished sixth.

He did however suffer some bad luck as he punctured on the velodrome's wooden surface while going well. Although he was given a restart he had exerted a lot of energy having already ridden 2000m.

The winner of each event scores one point, there are two for second and so on.

On the first day, Archbold's campaign brightly finishing second in the flying lap, a fraction outside his personal best.

He then finished 15th in the points race, which is his Achilles heel.

Archbold however bounced back to finish 6th in the elimination race, after flirting dangerously at the back of the field once early on.

Archbold's proud parents Julieann and James, and sister Emma-Jane were among the 6000 spectators at the Olympic Park velodrome.


The Timaru Herald