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NZ medal-less at Colombia track World Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/02/2017

The women's team pursuit haven't been able to break New Zealand's drought on the final day of the track cycling World Cup in Colombia.

A youthful Kiwi team finished without a medal at the three-day meet in Cali, with the team pursuit missing out on a place in the ride for bronze by just 0.7 seconds.

Development riders Bryony Botha, Kirstie James and Nina Wollaston were fifth-fastest in qualifying with a time of four minutes 28.913 seconds.

Another promising rider, Manawatu's Jordan Castle, was fifth in the the men's time trial.

Junior world championship silver medallists Campbell Stewart and Tom Sexton were eighth in the men's madison.

Sprinter Zac Williams exited in the first round of elimination in the sprint after qualifying 19th fastest. Earlier in the meet he was 10th in the keirin.

Rio Olympian Lauren Ellis, who was fourth in the omnium at the Rio Olympics, could only manage eighth in the multi-discipline event. Nick Kergozou was 15th in the men's omnium.

Kergozou joined Tom Sexton, Hugo Jones and Campbell Stewart in clocking the 10th-fastest men's team pursuit time on day one of the meet.

New Zealand will field a more experienced team at the final World Cup this week in Los Angeles, including the world champion men's team sprint trio of Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins.

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