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News posted on Wednesday 9th August, 2023

Best result ever for Kiwis as track Para cycling concludes

Devon, Nick and Nicole line up on the start line of the mixed sprint, supported by staff.

In Glasgow today, the track Para cycling wrapped up with a total medal count of 10 – New Zealand’s best result by a considerable margin.

Coach Damian Wiseman is thrilled with a best-ever track result at a World Championships:

“To put this campaign in context, the team here has achieved more medals than ever before at a track world champs. It follows on from our success last year – also a best ever with 7 medals. What we have seen here is the bar being lifted a year out from the Paralympics. Everyone’s times have been faster and performances at a higher level than last year and all the Kiwi athletes have risen with this. Numerous world records have tumbled during this competition and our team has had a number of personal best times throughout. It lets us know that we are on track as we head towards Paris 2024 next year.”

Today, we saw Paralympian #213 Sarah Ellington go head-to-head with a packed field in the C1/C2 Scratch Race. She placed 8th.

Wiseman praised the performance:

“It has to be the best scratch race that I have seen Sarah ride. Tactically and strategically she really showed she has stepped up and her physical progress meant that she could deliver on that strategy. She missed being able to go with the other girls with 9 laps to go but really did race an outstanding race.

“She has ridden very strongly over the track competition and is starting to show some of the gains we are making off the bike. The top of her classification is very strong but she has delivered really well over the last week.”

Nicole Murray, Nick Blincoe and Devon Briggs gained valuable Paralympic qualification points in the mixed C1-5 team sprint. They placed a solid 9th out of 14 nations. With a new combination of riders and with a last-minute change to start order, the team delivered a significant PB time.

Looking ahead to Day 1 of road Para cycling

This evening NZST will see the Para Cycling Team relocate to Dumfries and Galloway in southern Scotland. This is where the road Para cycling events take place. The first three athletes up will be Paralympians Stevo HillsRory Mead and Eltje Malzbender. Each competes in the Individual Time Trial.

Mead competes on a handcycle and showed a strong return to competition in May when he won silver and bronze in the Huntsville World Cup. Hills and Malzbender compete on a tricycle. Malzbender is a past road Para cycling world champion.

 

RESULTS

Athlete

Event

Result

Sports Class

DAY 1

Nicole Murray

3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying

2nd (qualified for gold final) +3.325 + PB

WC5

Anna Taylor

3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying

3rd (qualified for bronze final) +7.713 + PB

WC4

Sarah Ellington

3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying

5th +22.023

WC2

Ben Westenberg

4Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying

5th +7.016 + PB

MC4

Nick Blincoe

4Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying

22nd +37.730

MC4

Devon Briggs

3Km Individual Pursuit Qualifying

4th (qualified for bronze final) +7.416

MC3

DAY 2

Nicole Murray

500m Time Trial Qualifying

3rd +0.998

WC5

Ben Westenberg

200m FS Time Trial

4th +0.962

MC4

Nick Blincoe

200m FS Time Trial

7th +1.232

MC4

Nicole Murray

500m Time Trial Finals

Bronze +0.639

WC5

DAY 3

Sarah Ellington

200m FS Time Trial

9th

WC2

Devon Briggs

Kilometre Time Trial Qualifying

2nd (qualified for final)

MC3

Nick Blincoe

Kilometre Time Trial Qualifying

15th +6.901

MC4

Ben Westenberg

Kilometre Time Trial Qualifying

9th +4.833

MC4

Devon Briggs

Kilometre Time Trial Finals

Bronze +0.644

MC3

Anna Taylor

10Km Scratch Final

4th

WC4

DAY 4

Nicole Murray

200m FS Time Trial

4th

WC5

Nicole Murray

3Km Individual Pursuit Finals

Silver

WC5

Devon Briggs

15Km Scratch Finals

Bronze

MC3

DAY 5

Sarah Ellington

500m Time Trial Qualifying

9th

WC2

Devon Briggs

200m FS Time Trial

1st (non-medal event)

MC3

Anna Taylor

500m Time Trial Qualifying

5th +3.092

WC4

Nick Blincoe

15Km Scratch Finals

20th

MC4

Ben Westenberg

15Km Scratch Finals

Silver

MC4

Anna Taylor

500m Time Trial Finals

4th +2.604

WC4

Devon Briggs

3Km Individual Finals

Bronze

MC3

DAY 6

Anna Taylor

200m FS Time Trial

2nd (non-medal event)

WC4

Anna Taylor

3Km Individual Pursuit Finals

4th

WC4

Nicole Murray

10Km Scratch Finals

4th

WC5

DAY 7

TBC

Team Sprint Qualifying

9th

M/WC1-5

Sarah Ellington

10Km Scratch Finals

8th

WC2

OMNIUM

Ben Westenberg

Omnium

Bronze

C4

Nick Blincoe

Omnium

11th

C4

Devon Briggs

Omnium

Bronze

C3

Anna Taylor

Omnium

Gold

C4

Sarah Ellington

Omnium

7th

C2

Nicole Murray

Omnium

Gold

C5

 

About the World Championships

The UCI Cycling World Championships have been dubbed the ‘Super Worlds’ as they bring together 13 different World Championships in various cycling disciplines into one massive event in Glasgow, Scotland. The Para cyclists compete in track events until Tuesday 8th August, and then contest road events from Wednesday 9th August through to Sunday 13th August.

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