Podiums for Andrews, Sexton and Shearman on the track

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There were podium performances from Ellesse Andrews, Tom Sexton and Emily Shearman in elite racing without any golden moments on day three of the Oceania track cycling championships in Brisbane.

All three gained silver medals in the keirin and omnium competitions in some close racing at the Anna Meares Velodrome.

The elite women’s keirin competition began with Andrews winning her heat but Rebecca Petch and Olivia King were forced into the repechage where both went through.

Andrews dominated her semifinal with King in second for both to move through to the final, while Petch produced an impressive ride to win the second semifinal.

Andrews, who led into the last lap of the final, was pipped on the line by Australian Kristina Clonan with King fifth and Petch sixth.

Keegan Hornblow out-kicked five Australians to win the 10km scratch race, first discipline of the  omnium, with George Jackson in seventh, with Tom Sexton back in 13th.

The kiwi men were strong in the tempo race, the second omnium discipline, with Sexton winning the after lapping the field, and Jackson third.

Jackson claimed the elimination race with a clever display from the front of the race, with Sexton fourth.

It left Jackson in third place six points behind the two joint leaders from Australia with Sexton a further eight points adrift going into the deciding points race.

Sexton was outstanding in the points race, gaining a lap and picking up useful points but Australian John Carter also gained a lap before winning the double points final sprint to claim the victory on 136 points. Sexton moved through the field for second on 129 with Hornblow sixth and Jackson in seventh.

Australia’s Chloe Moran won the scratch race ahead of kiwis Sami Donnelly and Emily Shearman in the women’s omnium.

Shearman bounced back to win the tempo race with nine points ahead of teammates Rylee McMullen and Donnelly on five and four points respectively.

Moran claimed the elimination race ahead of McMullen with Donnelly sixth and Shearman seventh to open a 10 point lead on Donnelly and 12 on Shearman going into the deciding points race.

The Australian held her advantage in a tightly-run points race, where none of the leaders could lap the field. Moran managed 16 points to finish on 130 to be clear of Shearman in second with Donnelly fourth, just two points off the podium.

Sam Dakin and Callum Saunders both finished second in their heats of the elite men’s keirin to progress to the semifinal.

Dakin, in his first competitive ride after a heavy fall in the keirin final at the Nations Cup, managed third place behind Australians Matthew Richardson and Sam Gallagher to move to the final.

Saunders achieved the same behind Aussies James Brister and Mathew Glaetzer to make the final, where the Australians dominated, won by Richardson.

In Under-19 competition, the New Zealand quartet of James Gardner, Kane Foster, Marshall Erwood and Magnus Jamieson topped qualifying in the 4000m team pursuit. They clocked 4:12.540 in qualifying,  just 0.3s ahead of Australia.

Australia produced a world-class time of 4:08.097 to win the final ahead of the kiwi quartet who were eight second back in second.

Gardner won the Under-19 points race with an excellent display. He showed his strength with a daring attack late in the race to lap the field for the 20 bonus points with a final burst giving him the additional eight points for second to claim the overall honours from teammate Matthew Davidson.

The men’s team sprint saw Australia top qualifier in 47.182 from the G Force team from Southland in 48.657 and the Canterbury trio in 49.032. The hosts were too strong in the final clocking 47.235s to beat of the G Force challenge comfortably with Canterbury winning the bronze.

Auckland’s Jodie Blackwood and Canterbury’s Megan Baker won the silver and bronze medals behind Australia’s Liliya Tatarinoff in the 500m time trial. The Australian clocked 35.552 with the kiwi pair 1.3s behind.

Georgia Simpson and Caitlin Kelly combined to finish third in the 15km junior women’s madison behind two Australian teams.

The competition finishes on Tuesday.

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