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Teenage future cycling star Dylan Kennett
grabbed his first elite title last night.
Kennett, 19, claimed the 4000m individual
pursuit, coming back from a big early deficit
to clock 4:28.757 and beat Taupo s Patrick
Bevin at the new Avantidrome.
e Waimate rider was thrilled with his
personal best in qualifying fastest and his
strong back-up last night, after a challenging
lead-up. He returned from a medal-winning
performance in the team pursuit at the
world championships to race in Australia in
an 85km Madison before returning to New
Zealand at the weekend.
"Given that build-up I am pretty happy.
I had a big PB this morning. Tonight was
tough. We were both dying at the end but I
was dying a bit less than him," Kennett said.
"It s been a big few weeks and it s great
to get my first national title after the world
Coach Terry Gyde believes his young
charge has the potential to be one of the
country s best riders.
" rough his junior years he was ahead in
performance of the likes of Julian Dean at a
similar age," Gyde said.
"After a tough first year out of juniors he
has really matured this year and his class
showed with a key ride in that medal effort
in the team pursuit at Cali."
Bevin, 22, who returned to the track late
last year following three successful years as a
professional road rider in the United States,
produced a strong performance for second
place. Former world omnium champion
Aaron Gate won the bronze medal.
World champion Ethan Mitchell has
retained his New Zealand crown on the
opening day of the track cycling national
championships in Cambridge yesterday.
Mitchell, part of New Zealand s successful
team sprint at Cali recently, dominated the
field to win the 250m standing start time
trial at the new Avantidrome. He held off
his Bike NZ team-mates Matt Archibald
and Sam Webster in a repeat of last year s
Southland s Stephanie McKenzie, a multi
world junior championship medallist,
claimed the women s honours in 19.643s
ahead of last year s winner Katie Schofield
Local rider Jaime Nielsen retained her
3000m individual pursuit title when she beat
Olympic team-mate Lauren Ellis by over
Outstanding Canterbury prospect Olivia
Podmore took out the under-19 title in the
250m time trial in 20.916 from Jaymie King
and Eleanor Pepperell.
e under-19 men s honours went to
Eccles Lewis from Waikato Bay of Plenty in
18.547 ahead of Michael Culling and Sam
Buchner. --- APNZ
Rising star Kennett
After two solid matches in
which he steered his team to
a comeback victory over the
Crusaders on debut and put in
a good performance against the
Bulls in Pretoria when he did
not miss a kick at goal, Simon
Hickey has been dropped to the
reserves bench by the Blues this
Chris Noakes, dropped after
the week one defeat to the
Highlanders, gets the No 10
jersey for Sunday morning s
match against the Lions in
Benji Marshall s selection at
fullback is likely to create the
most discussion, but it is coach
Sir John Kirwan s willingness to
chop and change his backline
leader which is arguably the most
puzzling. Kir wan has explained
his decision by saying he wants
to create a "full" team which will
ensure internal competition,
but there is a hint of change for
change s sake among his backline
selections for the match at Ellis
Park and there are risks attached.
After failing to earn a point
against the Bulls, the Blues are
not surprisingly extremely keen
to finish their South African
tour with a victory over a Lions
team which has already shocked
the Cheetahs and Stormers this
Marshall comes in for Charles
Piutau, with the new All Black,
the Blues most elusive and
dangerous back this season,
moved to the left wing in place
of Tevita Li.
Pita Ahki replaces Jackson
Willison at second-five, with
George Moala retaining his
position at centre.
Referring to 20-year-old
Hickey s demotion, Kirwan said:
"Simon has done absolutely
nothing wrong. We re trying to
create competition. Also, Tevita
and Simon especially, we re aware
of their young training age."
A potential side effect of
Kir wan continually changing his
side is that players, apart from
senior operators such as prop
Tony Woodcock and skipper
Luke Braid, have higher stress
levels and are unwilling to take
as many risks.
One of Kirwan s team s
strengths is their creativity and
flair on the counter-attack. He
will hope there is more of that
against a Lions team which has
proven dangerous this season
after sitting out last year in
favour of the Southern Kings
than there was last weekend
against a Bulls team which was
far too strong defensively.
A better start is also imperative.
e Blues tendency to give
away leads has become worrying
already this season.
Kirwan said he also wanted
improvements at the breakdown
in what are likely to be more wet
conditions. e rain has hardly
stopped falling on the Blues on
this trip and more is expected on
Marshall s start at fullback
comes after Kirwan stated before
the season that the former league
player was concentrating only
on first-five. A late cameo at
fullback against the Highlanders
was followed by a bench role
only against the Crusaders
and he was not required in the
match-day squad at Loftus
Marshall conceded it had been
a challenging few weeks.
"It s been a tough couple of
weeks patience-wise," Marshall
"It s a bit of the other side of
the coin for me, I m used to
being in a starting line-up in
league and then coming back
and having to be a bit more
patient, not getting on against
the Crusaders and then not
being in the team the week
after so to get the opportunity
to start, you ve just got to take
your opportunities and this is my
e Blues: Benji Marshall,
Frank Halai, George Moala,
Pita Ahki, Charles Piutau, Chris
Noakes, Piri Weepu, Steven
Luatua, Luke Braid, Brendon
O Connor, Tom Donnelly,
Patrick Tuipulotu, Charlie
Faumuina, James Parsons, Tony
Woodcock. Reserves: Tom
McCartney, Sam Prattley, Angus
Ta avao, Liaki Moli, Jordan
Manihera, Bryn Hall, Simon
Hickey, Jackson Willison.
Hickey decision a puzzler from Kirwan
Adam Hall s ambition to win
back-to-back slalom Paralympic
medals were dashed in Sochi
Hall, who won gold in the
standing slalom discipline at
Vancouver four years ago, finished
seventh in the two-run event in
Dunedin skier Hall clocked a
combined time of 1min 44.25s,
5.28s behind winner, 16-year-old
Russian Alexey Bugaev.
Suffering the effects of a
stomach upset yesterday morning
Hall struggled to find his top
Bugaev, who has now won a
full set in Sochi --- after winning
silver in the downhill and bronze
in the Super G -recorded 1:38.97,
to head off France s Vincent
and another Russian, Alexander
Hall was 3.02s off the fastest
first run time and was seventh,
but had the fifth best second run
time. ere were 42 starters in the
field, 35 of whom finished the
New Zealand s other skier in
Sochi, New Plymouth s Corey
Peters, failed to finish in the
sitting slalom event.
He posted a first run time of
59.95s, which had him 16th in
the field of 26.
However he missed a gate on his
second run, when well out of the
Both men will finish their
rescheduled Super Combined
event early tomorrow with their
Super G runs. Snowboarder
Carl Murphy, also from New
Plymouth but Wanaka-based, has
his competition tonight.
--- New Zealand Herald
Unwell Hall finishes seventh
Ben Ainslie is making good progress on
putting together an £80 million ($NZ155
million) British challenge for the next
America s Cup, the four-times Olympic
champion said today.
e British sailor helped to inspire Oracle
Team USA to one of the greatest comebacks
in sporting history last year when they rallied
from 8-1 down to defeat Emirates Team New
Zealand 9-8 and land the trophy.
Ainslie has now set his sights on leading his
own country to a first win since the race began
in 1851 and is expecting details imminently
on the rules and protocols for the next edition
likely to be held in 2017.
"We don t have those yet, we re expecting
them in the next couple of days," he told
the Sports Pro Live business conference in
London, adding he should learn the class of
boat and the race dates but not the venue.
A British challenge will need deep pockets to
compete with the American team that enjoys
the backing of Oracle s founder, software
billionaire Larry Ellison. However, Ainslie
said he believed the next set of rules would not
seek to blow potential rivals out of the water.
"Someone like Larry Ellison is certainly in the
top five of the richest people in the world but
his vision for sailing is to reduce the costs."
Ainslie progresses with British cup challenge
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