Hell on three sil­ver wheels

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL SPORT - By CHE BAKER

Two of Alexan­dra’s ris­ing cy­cling su­per­stars So­phie Wil­liamson and Liam Aitch­e­son have brought home three sil­ver medals from the UCI World Ju­nior Track Cham­pi­onships held at the In­ver­cargill Velo­drome last week. Wil­liamson, 18, was able to one-up her bronze medal per­for­mance from last year’s cham­pi­onships, held in Rus­sia, to win sil­ver in the 80 lap women’s points race. She then went on to win an­other sil­ver in the women’s scratch race af­ter Jen­nifer Va­lente, of the United States, lost her gold medal when she was dis­qual­i­fied for not hold­ing her line in the fi­nal lap. Watch­ing her team mates ‘‘fight­ing’’ on the track to win a to­tal of 10 medals had been the high­light of the event, Wil­liamson said. Aitch­e­son, 18, was part of the New Zealand mens 4km team pur­suit, along with Dy­lan Ken­nett, of Wai­mate, Hay­den McCormick, of Te Awa­mutu, and Hamish Schreurs, of Can­ter­bury, who were pipped at the fin­ish line by Aus­tralia, by sec­onds. New Zealand coach Ross Machejef­ski said the boys dug deep to get into the fi­nal.

just un­der two ‘‘They’ve left noth­ing on the track and earned a spot on the podium so you have to be happy with that," Mr Machejef­ski said. 25 coun­tries com­peted at the event.

Pho­tos: ROBYN EDIE

Hard ride: So­phie Wil­liamson fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the womens 7.5 kilo­me­tre scratch race at the UCI Ju­niors Track Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships held at the In­ver­cargill Velo­drome last week.

Fin­ish line: Alexan­dra cy­clist Liam Aitch­e­son com­petes at the UCI Ju­niors Track Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships in In­ver­cargill last week.

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