Gough strikes gold in juniors world track cycling

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Hawkes Bay cyclist Regan Gough made it a golden night for New Zealand team on the third day of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Korea today.

Gough, from Waipukurau, won the 25km points race at the Gwang Myeong Speedrome, which follows on from a bronze medal in the team pursuit on the first day and his silver medal in the individual pursuit yesterday.

The outstanding prospect rode perfectly to race plan, showing patience in the early running before taking his chance to put a lap on the field, and then taking his chances from that point. Gough won two of the last three sprints and was second in the other to climb above his rivals to claim victory.

“Regan rode brilliantly,” said BikeNZ head coach Ross Machejefski. “His execution was superb. His legs were smashed but we knew they would come right during the race.

“We can expect big things from this guy who is as impressive on the bike as he is off it. Regan is a blue-chip prospect.”

Gough finished on 42 points to head off early leader Nikolai Ilichev from Russia on 38 points and Edgar Stepanyan from Armenia on 32.

He becomes the first New Zealand male to win a points race title at the juniors world championship and the first Kiwi to win a gold medal since the exploits of current world and Commonwealth Games sprint champions Sam Webster and Ethan Mitchell (with Cam Karwowski) in 2009.

This is only the eighth gold medal by a New Zealand rider since 1976.

Earlier Auckland’s Bryony Botha had to settle for fourth place in the 2000m individual pursuit, after qualifying third fastest in the morning in 2:28.975. She managed 2:29.865 in the bronze medal ride-off but was beaten by Australian Lauren Perry with her compatriot Alexandra Manly claiming the gold. Fellow Aucklander Holly White finished a solid eighth place.

Young Canterbury sprinter Olivia Podmore qualified seventh fastest in the 200m flying lap for the women’s sprint. She clocked 11.570s on the unresponsive low-banked concrete track.

Podmore won her first round clash against Malaysia’s Farina Monhd Adnan but lost out to Australia’s Courtney Field in the quarterfinals.

“All three girls rode really impressively today. Olivia looked great today and all three show outstanding promise for next year’s when they will be strong medal contenders.”

The Europeans dominated the 1000m time trial with Michael Culling from Invercargill the better of the two Kiwis with 12th

place in 1:05.617 and Manawatu’s Jordan Castle 15th in 1:06.132.

The men’s omnium competition began today with Nick Kergozou eighth in the scratch race and sixth in the individual pursuit in the morning. He placed sixth in the elimination race in the evening session to lie in sixth place after the first day. Coach Machejefski said Kergozou had ridden very consistently.

He is only 10 points off a medal position with much riding on his big chance in the flying lap, the first of the three second-day events.

Day 3 results:

Women sprint qualifying: Tatiana Kiseleva (RUS) 11.197, 1; Nicky Degrendele (BEL) 11.365, 2; Doreen Heinze (GER) 11.388, 3. Also: Olivia Podmore (NZL) 11.570, 7. Round 1: Podmore bt Farina Monhd Adnan (MAS). Round 2:Podmore  lost to Courtney Field (AUS).

Men 1000m time trial: Jiri Janosek (CZE) 1:02.558, 1; Alexey Nosov (RUS) 1:04.005, 2; Muhammad Modh Zonis (MAS) 1:04.161, 3. Also Michael Culling (NZL) 1:05.617, 12; Jordan Castle (NZL) 1:06.132, 15.

Women individual pursuit, qualifying: Alexandra Manly (AUS) 2:25.960, 1; Lisa Klein (GER) 2:27.966, 2; Bryony Botha (NZL) 2:28.975, 3. Also Holly White (NZL) 2:31.218, 8.

Gold Medal: Manly 2:24.624, 1; Klein 2:27.877, 2. Bronze Medal: Lauren Perry (AUS) 2:27.877, 3; Botha 2:29.865, 4.

Men Points Race 25km: Regan Gough (NZL) 42 points, 1; Nikolao Ilichev (RUS) 38, 2; Edgar Stepanyan (ARM) 32, 3.

CAPTION: Regan Gough in winning form at the national championships earlier this year. Credit: Dianne Manson

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