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Three medals to NZ World Cup track riders

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/02/2017

New Zealand have claimed three medals on the second day of the track cycling World Cup final in Los Angeles, including a silver in the women's team pursuit.

Sam Webster powered to a bronze medal in the individual men's sprint and that result was matched by Southland teenager Tom Sexton in the scratch race.

The pursuit team of Rushlee Buchanan, Michaela Drummond, Jaime Nielsen and Racquel Sheath comfortably beat Canada earlier on Sunday (NZT) to set up a final against Olympic silver medallists the United States.

The Kiwi quartet were three seconds quicker in the final, clocking 4min 24.619sec but that was more than 4sec slower than the outstanding host combination, which snatched the early lead and gradually pulled clear over the 4000m event.

Webster, the leadout rider for the world champion Kiwi men's sprint team, showed his individual prowess by reaching the semi-finals.

The third-fastest qualifier, he beat Ukranian Andril Vynokurov in the quarter-finals before losing to Olympic bronze medallist Denis Dmitriev, who went on to clinch gold.

Webster automatically won bronze when his scheduled opponent, Quentin Lafargue of France, pulled out of their ride-off.

Webster, Ethan Mitchell and Eddie Dawkins will pursue team gold on Monday (NZT).

Mitchell was the equal-fastest sprinter alongside Dmitriev in qualifying but he lost in the first round of the knockout stage.

His time was equal fastest with Dmitriev although the Russian was given top seeding with the faster final 100m.

Sexton produced the biggest surprise of New Zealand's day, snaring bronze in the 60-lap scratch race.

Sexton was beaten home by Belarusian winner Yauheni Karaliok and Thomas Denis of France.

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