5 Aug 2012

Women's pursuit team misses out on bronze medal race

12:59 pm on 5 August 2012

New Zealand's Olympic women's pursuit team have failed to post a fast enough time to ride for a bronze medal at the Velodrome.

The United States and Great Britain claimed the two spots in the race for the gold medal and the gold was later won convincingly by the British team.

The New Zealand team of Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks needed to finish with one of the two fastest times of the remaining teams to make the bronze medal race.

However, their time of 3:18.514 against Belarus put them only in the third fastest position and they were left to race for fifth and sixth places against the Netherlands.

New Zealand won that race to take fifth place.

Canada beat Australia in a ride-off for bronze.

New Zealander Shane Archbold made a strong start in the first event of the men's omnium, which is made of up six cycling disciplines over two days. With three more events to be raced, he is seventh overall on 23 points and still within touching distance of a medal

Archbald came second in the flying lap, eighth in the 30km points race and seventh in the elimination race.

In the men's sprint, Eddie Dawkins failed to make the top eight.