Posted on Monday 25th March, 2024

Key points:

  • The 2024 Para Cycling Track World Championships is complete with the Kiwis taking home a record 11 medals.
  • On the final day, Paralympian #222 Nicole Murray claimed gold in the C4/5 Elimination Race, as well as a Scratch Race bronze and a silver medal for the C5 Omnium.
  • Fresh from claiming a World Title yesterday, Devon Briggs claimed two additional medals today: C3/4 Elimination Race bronze and C3 Omnium silver.

The 2024 Para Cycling Track World Championships have wrapped up with a slew of medals for the Kiwis.

To round out the competition, Paralympian #222 Nicole Murray claimed a gold, silver, and a bronze medal on Day 5. It brings her medal tally to five across the Championships, meaning she made the podium for every event she entered. Meanwhile Para athlete Devon Briggs added to yesterday’s world title by nabbing an additional silver and bronze.

In total, the Kiwis bring home a record 11 medals – one better than their 10-medal haul in 2023. It’s a significant step up for the squad, and a positive indicator for Paris 2024.

Coach Damian Wiseman is over the moon:

“I’m thrilled with this World Championships. We have a new World Champion in Devon Briggs, in a discipline which is going to be at Paris 2024. And what’s more, it came with a world record!”

“We had some brilliant racing from everyone. Last year we won 10 medals, and this year we have won 11. Looking beyond the tally, I believe we have had overall a better level of performance. Everyone is returning home having represented New Zealand outstandingly.”

Day 5 saw all five Kiwi Para cyclists take part in Elimination Races. In this discipline, the final rider is eliminated as they complete each lap.

Wiseman explains:

“It’s exciting to see the Kiwis dominating the exhibition events in their respective classifications with Devon wining bronze in the C3/C4 Elimination Race and Nicole Murray winning gold in the first ever Women’s C4/C5 Elimination Race.”

Briggs’ bronze medal was not without cost, as another rider clipped his bike, causing him to crash toward the end of the race. Escaping without major injury, Briggs received the bronze medal as the athlete causing the crash was disqualified.

Despite the incident, the Cambridge 20-year-old and his teammates will be heading home with huge smiles on their faces.

Time in NZSTEventAthleteResults
Day 1
Thursday 1.00am-6.30amQualifying WC5 500m Time TrialNicole Murray
Qualifying WC4 500m Time TrialAnna Taylor
Thursday 7.30am-10.45amMC4 Omnium 200m Flying StartNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
WC5 500m Time TrialNicole MurrayBronze
WC4 500m Time TrialAnna TaylorSilver
Qualifying MC4 7.5km Scratch RaceNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
Day 2
Friday 1.00am-6.20amQualifying MC4 4km Individual PursuitNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
WC5 Omnium 200m Flying StartNicole Murray3rd
Friday 7.00am-10.50amWC4 Omnium 200m Flying StartAnna Taylor5th
MC3 Omnium 200m Flying StartDevon BriggsWorld Record!
1st (non medal event)
Day 3
Saturday 1.00am-6.15amQualifying MC3 3km Individual PursuitDevon Briggs
Qualifying WC5 3km Individual PursuitNicole Murray
Qualifying WC4 3km Individual PursuitAnna Taylor
Saturday 7.30am-11.00amMC4 15km Scratch RaceNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
MC3 3km Individual PursuitDevon BriggsBronze
WC5 3km Individual PursuitNicole MurraySilver
WC4 3km Individual PursuitAnna Taylor4th
Day 4
Sunday 5.45am-9.00amQualifying MC4 1km Time TrialNick Blincoe
Ben Westenberg
Qualifying MC3 1km Time TrialDevon BriggsWorld record!
Sunday 10.00am-12.15pmWC4 10km Scratch RaceAnna Taylor4th
MC3 1km Time TrialDevon BriggsWorld record!
Day 5
Monday 1.00am-5.15amQualifying 750m Team SprintAnna Taylor
Nick Blincoe
Devon Briggs
Monday 6.15am-8.45am750m Team SprintAnna Taylor
Nick Blincoe
Devon Briggs
WC5 10km Scratch RaceNicole MurrayBronze
Monday 8.50am-9.10amWC5 Omnium Award Ceremony
Monday 9.15am-11.30amMC3 15km Scratch RaceDevon Briggs5th
WC Elimination Race (exhibition)Anna Taylor
Nicole Murray

MC Elimination Race (exhibition)Ben Westenberg
Nick Blincoe
Devon Briggs

Monday 11.30am-1.15pmAward Ceremonies
Omnium placingsWomen's C4Anna TaylorBronze
Women's C5Nicole MurraySilver
Men's C3Devon BriggsSilver