More team pursuit glory for Australia in Hong Kong


Australia continued their success in the men's team pursuit by defending the title they won 12 months ago in a thrilling final against New Zealand at the UCI Track World Championships.

Australia named a strong team for the final on day two of the Championships in Hong Kong, including two of the line-up that triumphed in London last year in Sam Welsford and Alexander Porter, as well as Cameron Meyer, who became a seven-time world champion, and Nick Yallouris.

At the halfway stage, Australia were just one second ahead of their trans-Tasman rivals and there was still little to split the teams with one kilometre remaining, but a strong final burst saw Australia take the rainbow jerseys by over two seconds.

In the third-place race, Italy completed the podium by beating Great Britain.

Australia were denied a double pursuit success, though, as United States won a narrow women's race to defend the title they won a year ago.

USA were quickest in qualifying on Thursday and edged Australia by just 0.417 seconds in a closely fought contest.

Azizulhasni Awang produced one of the best races of his career to take first place in the men's keirin final.

The Malaysian, a bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics, stormed past his rivals on the home straight and even had time for a flamboyant, albeit low, wheelie over the line as he became a world champion for the first time.

Adrian Teklinski was the victor in the men's scratch race after a bold move paid dividends.

The Pole began his sprint in the 15km race with still over 2km remaining and, although the strain was beginning to show, he had enough in the tank to cross the line first with Lucas Liss of Germany second and Great Britain's Chris Latham third.