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Sprint cycling trio into quarter-finals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/04/2017

New Zealand's world champion team sprint trio have all qualified through to the quarter-finals of the individual sprint at the track cycling world championships in Hong Kong.

Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins provided the highlight on day three of the championships, Mitchell leading the way in qualifying fourth fastest.

He clocked a personal best 9.767 seconds over the one lap, headed in his heat by Rio Olympic bronze medallist Denis Dmitriev (Russia) in 9.645.

Webster clocked 9.879, close to his personal best, to qualify ninth fastest while Dawkins' 9.996s left him in 19th position.

Mitchell earned a bye through to the second round while Webster accounted for Theo Bos (Netherlands) and Dawkins beat Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania) to go through to the second round.

In the round of 16, Dawkins edged out third fastest qualifier Sebastien Vigier of France by just 0.01sec, Webster overcame European medallist Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine) and Mitchell bagged the scalp of France's six-time world champion Francois Pervis.

The trio move through to the quarter-finals, to be decided on the best of three rides on Sunday (NZT).

Webster is up against last year's bronze medallist Dmitriev, Dawkins meets Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) and Mitchell faces Australia's Rio silver medallist Matthew Glaetzer.

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