Gold for Taylor at Australian Track Championships

DUBBO Cycle Club's top rider Andrew Taylor has won gold at the Australian Track Championships being held at Dunc Grey Velodrome in Sydney.

Taylor combined with fellow NSW team members Mitch Bullen and Jamie Green to win the Elite Men's Team Sprint.

It was a dominating performance from the NSW riders who were clearly the best in qualifying in 44.625 in front of the South Australian team of Matt Glaetzer, James Glasspool and Jason Niblett (44.7880) with ACT third.

Then in an exciting final against South Australia for the gold medal, Taylor and his mates went 44.505 against South Australia's 44.518.

Meanwhile, the championships, reigning omnium world champion Glenn O'Shea has kicked off his busy campaign with victory in the 1km time trial.

The South Australian led at every time check over the four laps of the Velodrome to win his 12th national track title.

The 23-year-old clocked a time of 1min 2.982sec to beat fellow South Australian Luke Davison (1:03.666) and NSW's Timothy McMillan (1:03.901).

O'Shea is aiming to bounce back from a topsy-turvy 2012.

He won the omnium world title in April but slumped to finish a disappointing fifth at the London Olympics after leading for four legs of the six-event contest.

"I am happy with my time," said O'Shea.

"It wasn't my best ride but I think it's the second best time I've ever ridden in that event so I am pretty happy with that."

O'Shea will also contest the points race but first he turns his attention to the team pursuit in which he will join Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson and Miles Scotson as they attempt to defend their national title.

South Australia's Stephanie Morton and Rikki Belder won the women's team sprint crown in a time of 34.221s over the NSW pair of Stephanie Fernando-Prieska and Kaarle McCulloch (34.408).

Belder posted a personal best time of 19.699 over the first lap to hold a narrow advantage over Fernando-Prieska before Morton held off three-time world champion McCulloch.

"Rikki and I don't really train that often together so it was great to get out here and do so well," said Morton, who paired with McCulloch last week to claim gold in the women's team sprint at the UCI track cycling World Cup event in Mexico.

For 19-year-old Belder, it was her second successive title after claiming the crown with Anna Meares in 2012.

Reigning junior world champion Zac Shaw won the first gold medal of the meet when he eclipsed his own championship record on the way to winning gold in the under-19 1km time trial.

He hit the line in a time of 1:03.637 ahead of fellow Victorians Braeden Dean and Hugo Tolliday.


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