18 Jan 2009

Godfrey gets gold in China

9:19 am on 18 January 2009

The Christchurch cyclist Haydn Godfrey has won the gold medal in the men's scratch race at the UCI World Cup in Beijing.

Meanwhile the men's team pursuit took silver in their final on the second day.

Godfrey, the world omnium champion, was in a group of 11 riders that put a lap on the field in the 60-lap, 15-kilometre final and worked his way into a strong position near the front of the field.

He held off the challengers to win the sprint from Great Britain's Chris Newton.

The Australian combination edged out the New Zealanders in the final of the team pursuit with 9/10ths of a second separating the two teams in an exciting final.