DAWKINS, HANSEN THROUGH TO SEMIFINALS ON IN DAY TWO WORLD CUP ACTION

TISSOT UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP, CAMBRIDGE – DAY 2 MORNING WRAP

Kiwi sprinters Eddie Dawkins and Natasha Hansen have progressed to the evening semifinals in the keirin and sprint respectively on the second day of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge.

Meanwhile Rushlee Buchanan lies in seventh in the overall standings after two events in the omnium, with two further events this evening.

WOMEN’S SPRINT

Hong Kong’s Sarah Lee Wai-Sze has marked herself as the rider to beat in the women’s sprint, dominating the opening rounds to cruise into the semi-finals, setting an All Comers record in the process.

Lee, the Asian Games champion, broke the record set by Australian Stephanie Morton in 2018 by just over one 100th of a second, clocking 10.647 second in her opening qualifying ride. She then progressed comfortably to a semi-final match-up against New Zealand’s Natasha Hansen. Hansen was equally as impressive in advancing to the semi-finals with a 2-nil win over Mathilde Gros of France.

Australians Kaarle McCulloch and Olena Starikova of the Ukraine will square off in the other semi-final, after they also progressed by each winning their best-of-three series 2-nil.

MEN’S KEIRIN

All of the top contenders have safely made their way through to the semi-finals of the men’s keirin. 10 countries will be represented in the semi-finals, with New Zealand and Japan having two riders each.

Young kiwi Sam Dakin, riding for the Subway NZ Trade Team, provided the surprise in advancing straight through, joining the likes of Tomas Babek, Eddie Dawkins and Yudai Nitta in the semis.

WOMEN’S OMINIUM – SCRATCH/TEMPO

The women’s omnium is delicately poised after the opening two races.

Australia’s Annette Edmondson leads on 74 points, two ahead of Allison Beveridge of Canada, with Italian Elisa Balsamo back in third on 68 points.

Edmondson took maximum points in the scratch race, controlling the field in the 7.5 km event to cross the line ahead of Balsamo and Japan’s Yumi Kajihara.

After crashing at the end of the scratch, New Zealand’s Rushlee Buchanan bounced back in fine style, winning the Tempo by gaining a lap on the field and earning 26 points. Beveridge was second, with nine points.

The elimination and points races will be held in the night session, to decide the title.

CAPTION: Natasha Hansen, in action during qualifying for the women’s sprint, has qualified for the semifinals on day two of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge. (Credit: Dianne Manson)