Southland's Erin Criglington wins gold medal in scratch race at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships

Southland masters cyclist Erin Criglington won a gold medal in the scratch race.
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Southland masters cyclist Erin Criglington won a gold medal in the scratch race.

Southland's Erin Criglington has added another World Masters Track Cycling Championships rainbow jersey and gold medal to her collection.

She overcame the disappointment of a fourth-place finish in her favourite individual pursuit earlier in the event, to pick up a gold medal in the 5km scratch race at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Los Angeles on Thursday (NZ time).

The 45-49 year-old age category competitor edged her Canadian rival Vikki Appel and Australian Sherrie-Ann Prossalentis in the scratch race to take the win, going one better than her silver medal winning performance last year.

Southland's Erin Criglington won the women's 5km scratch race at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Los ...
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Southland's Erin Criglington won the women's 5km scratch race at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships in Los Angeles.

"The race was full of attacks and I managed to get the jump with more than a lap to go and won both the race and the rainbow jersey for the 45-49 age group," she said.

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Christchurch's Graeme Litt won a silver medal in the men's 65-69 500m time trial in a new NZ record time of 37.8 seconds. 

"It was great to see the NZ flag fly twice and hear the anthem," she said.

Criglington, who claimed five medals at the 2016 masters event in Manchester, was unable to win her fifth consecutive 2km pursuit title on Tuesday (NZ time).

The Kiwi qualified third fastest and made the bronze medal race, where she recorded a time of 2:37.725, which wasn't enough to beat US rider Kylie Matulick.

Impressive "world best record" time holder Catherine Moore from the US, who claimed the gold medal in the pursuit, was relegated to 10th-place in the scratch race final, after she entered the sprinters lane when an opponent was already there.

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Criglington gets an opportunity to pick up more medals at the World Masters Track Cycling Championships, which finish on Monday (NZ time).

 

 - Stuff

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