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Young NZ cyclists win gold

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/07/2016

New Zealand has picked up two golds after two days at the junior track cycling world championships in Switzerland.

Emma Cumming and Ellesse Andrews kickstarted proceedings on day one in taking the team sprint title after finishing second fastest in qualifying with 28.304sec, .02sec slower than the fastest Italian pairing.

The Kiwi duo were outstanding in the final against the Italians, a 16.428sec opening lap from the standing start by Andrews gaining a slight lead before Cumming stormed home in 11.578sec to win by nearly 0.4sec.

The men's team pursuit squad of Campbell Stewart, Jared Gray, Tom Sexton, Connor Brown and Josh Scott set a new world record in winning gold on day two.

The combination demolished Australia in their semi-final before clawing back an early deficit against Denmark in the final to win by over three seconds in a new junior world record of 4:01.409.

Michaela Drummond, Emily Shearman, Kate Smith and Nicole Shields won silver for New Zealand in the women's 4000m team pursuit, seven seconds down on top qualifiers Italy.

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