Jackson claims gold in final track clash at Oceania Championships

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George Jackson celebrated an excellent competition with victory in the final event, the elite men’s points race at the Oceania Track Cycling championships in Brisbane.

The Cycling New Zealand elite rider was on fire, winning five sprints and placed in three others in the 40km race with points awarded for sprints every 10 laps.

Jackson finished 23 points clear of fellow New Zealand track rider and Bolton Equities Black Spoke road rider Tom Sexton, with both riders gaining three laps on the field at the Anna Meares Velodrome.

It brought the curtain down on the continental championship that provided further qualifying pathways for this year’s world championships in Glasgow, which in turn uplock the door for next year’s Olympics in Paris.

Australian Chloe Moran won the double points final sprint to claim the 25km elite women’s points race by five points over kiwi star Bryony Botha, who had a one point lead going into the last 10 laps.

Earlier the New Zealand endurance women had a clean sweep in the women’s elimination race, won by Rylee McMullen over Botha with Sami Donnelly third just ahead of teammate Emily Shearman.

National champion Nick Kergozou was the best of the kiwis in fourth place in qualifying in the men’s 1000m time trial in 1:02.057 with top qualifier Mathew Glaetzer clocking 59.536s, the only rider under the minute mark.

Glaetzer took out the final in 59.432 in an Australian sweep with Kergozou fourth in 1:01.623.

Best of the kiwis in the scratch race, the opening discipline of the junior women’s omnium, was Georgia Simpson in fourth.

Simpson, from Feilding, was again fourth in a closely fought tempo race topped by Australian Lilyth Jones on four points with the kiwi one of five riders to score two points. Simpson, the national junior road champion, moved to a share of third place halfway through the competition.

She was fifth in the elimination race won by Australian Amy Masters, and fourth in the points race to finish fifth overall, just a point from fourth and six points off the podium.

There was a kiwi clean sweep of the junior men’s omnium start in the 7.5km scratch race, won by Austin Norwell ahead of fellow New Zealanders Magnus Jamieson and Marshall Norwood.

Erwood was second in the tempo behind Australian Alex Eaves to move to equal top of the standings on 74 points along with Norwell who was fourth in the tempo race.

Erwood showed his craft with victory in the omnium elimination with teammates Magnus Jamieson and Maui Morrison third and fourth respectively, before Norwell prevailed in the points race with an impressive ride to claim the title from teammate Jamieson.

In the junior women’s keirin, Caitlin Kelly progressed to the final from the first heat, with Jodie Blackwood through after finishing second in the second heat. They could not prevent an Australian sweep in the final, with Blackwood in fourth.

In the junior men, Wolf Pene went through to the semifinals in the first heat, with a clean sweep of Wilson Hannon, Hamish Banks and Conrad Clark through in heat two. Australian Jaydan Stanton-Keir prevailed in the final ahead of Hannon.

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