A Grade lead split three ways

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2013
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QUICK OFF THE MARK: Maddison Hutton, left, on the way to beat out Emily van der Heyden for the lead in the heats of the A grade ladies 500m sprints.

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There is a three-way tie for the lead in the men's A Grade after two days of the Tour of Timaru speed skating event.

In a day set up largely for the sprinters at the Caroline Bay skate track, both Josh Whyte and defending champion Antony Nalder eroded Ollie Jones' 10-point overnight lead yesterday, and all three are equal on 36 points.

Nicole Begg has remained unbeaten in the A Grade ladies after nine stages, while Emily van der Heyden continued to play bridesmaid.

Kapiti speed skater Whyte had a strong day, winning two of the three sprint stages and he also earned third in the 10km elimination race which ended the day.

Whyte won the flying 200m in 16 seconds flat and the 500m sprint.

Nalder got the better of him in the 1000m event, but the youngster still managed second.

Jones had to settle for a host of minor placings yesterday and with some of the longer distance racing still to come, his time at the top of the leaderboard may be coming to an end.

Palmerston North's Shane Mihare was a popular winner of the 10,000m elimination race.

He was invited down to race in the event by New Zealand coach Bill Begg due to his aggressive racing style and he held off Mark McDonald and Whyte to win the distance event.

Australian Harry Stogdale, a distance skater, was a disappointing seventh.

Jan Kuepper remained unbeaten in the B Grade just like the returning Begg in the A Grade ladies.

Day three heads to the Waimate Caledonian Games today at Victoria Park Cycle Track.

LEADERBOARD

Tour of Timaru leaderboard after day two (fewest points leads)

A grade men: Josh Whyte 36, Ollie Jones 36, Antony Nalder 36. A grade women: Nicole Begg 9, Emily van der Heyden 29, Jessica van Bentum 55 B grade mixed: Jan Kuepper 9, Leah McDonald 41, Boudine Brown 44.

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- The Timaru Herald

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