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Clean sweep for Australia on day two of Oceania Track Championships

Thursday, 29 November 2012
Australia's dominance on the track continued with all seven gold medals going to the home team on day two of the 2013 Oceania Track Championships at the Adelaide Super-Drome.
 
Ashlee Ankudinoff's (NSW) red hot form continued with the Sydney rider claiming her third gold medal of the Championships in the women’s individual pursuit.
 
Ankudinoff posted a time of 3mins 32:887sec to win by two seconds over Canberra's Rebecca Wiasak (3min 37:012) and New Zealand’s Georgia Williams (3:37:108).
 
The win follows Ankudinoff’s double gold haul on the opening night of the Oceania Championships where she took out both the teams pursuit (with Edmondson and King) and the women’s scratch race.
 
"It was tight competition,” Ankudinoff said following her win. “Rebecca (Wiasak) is a training partner so it's a tough one when racing against a friend but that's what it's all about".
 
"I was happy with yesterday's efforts and results and felt really good coming into tonight and so to have another win is extremely pleasing for me," the 22-year-old said.
 
In the men’s individual pursuit it was senior debutant Alex Morgan (VIC) who claimed his second gold for the event.
 
Morgan took the men’s individual pursuit title (4:22:783) over New South Welshman Caleb Ewan (4:23:200) and Queensland’s Mitchell Mulhurn (4:25:056), in what he describes as a milestone win in his career.
 
"This was an extremely important win for me- getting one against Caleb (Ewan) is a big ask,” said Morgan following his win in the men’s team pursuit on the opening night of the championships.
 
"I wasn't sure how I would perform as I having done a lot of racing in the past two days but after my warm up I felt ready.
 
"It was pretty much head down and go as hard as I could, I just ignored Caleb and half way through the race I couldn't even look at the clock
 
"I knew I had to just kept pushing to get the result and I couldn’t’ be happier right now,” the junior world champion said.
 
South Australian Stephanie Morton caused the upset of the  Championships when she knocked off Olympic team sprint bronze medallist Kaarle McCulloch (NSW) in the final of the women and under 19 Keirin.
 
Even before the official had reached for the bell, Morton made her move with a lap and a quarter to go attacking through the field and jumping to the lead.  For the other riders, including McCulloch, it was all too late, while McCulloch finished with silver while New Zealand’s Steph Mckenzie crossed for bronze.
 
When asked if Morton had a plan heading into the race she responded " I did have a few different plans and  scenarios going into it but as always things change and you need to go with the flow,” she said.
 
"On this occasion it was basically now or never with a lap and a quarter to go".  
 
"I admire and respect Kaarie but for me it's another boxed ticked in cycling and a very nice box to have ticked,” Morton concluded.
 
In the women’s under 19 individual pursuit it was junior team and individual pursuit world champion Kelsey Robson (WA) who added yet another title to her name.
 
Sporting her rainbow jersey, the 17-year-old showed her strength as she posted a time of 2mins 24:876sec to convincingly defeat fellow West Australian Elissa Wundersitz (2:27:553).  Emily Mcredmond (WA) (2:26:523) took the bronze medal.
 
"I can't believe how nervous I was before the race wearing that rainbow jersey, it made me so tense,” Robson explained. "(But) I've spent a lot of time training in Adelaide over the past month so I am really pleased to be able to crack it for a win."
 
Victoria’s Zac Shaw won his second medal for the championships when he set a new ‘All Comers’ record on the way to clinch gold in the under 19’s men’s 1km time trial in a time of 1min 03:459seconds.
 
Shaw beat South Australia’s Alexander Radzikiewicz (1:04:194) and New Zealand’s Daniel Rafferty (1:05:393).
 
"Backing up from yesterday key for me as I have only been back solid training for two months, but I felt good heading into the race tonight,” said the 17-year-old reigning junior world time trial champion. 
 
"It’s the first time I have worn the rainbow jersey in Australia at an event so I definitely felt a lot of pressure but I came through so I'm very happy," Shaw added.
 
South Australia’s Joshua Harrison claimed overall honours in the under 19 men’s Omnium finishing with 16 points, only one point clear of Bradley Heffernan (NSW) on 17. Sam Welsford (WA) claimed bronze on 22 points.
 
Harrison had won two rounds in the six-staged event and headed into the final round on 13 points, just three ahead of nearest rival Heffernan on 16.
 
Heffernan was the victor in the sixth event, the 1km time trial but it was not enough to seal the win with Harrison placing third and securing top spot on the podium.
 
In the final event for the night, Jack Edwards won his second gold for the championships after his victory in the under 19 men’s 20km points race over Owen Gillott silver and Blake Smith bronze.
 
The 2013 Oceania Track Championships will be held from November 28 - December 1 at the Adelaide Super-Drome.
 
Friday’s action will see six finals including the men’s sprint and points race as well as the under 19 women and men’s sprint, under 19 men’s team pursuit and scratch race.
 
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