16 Aug 2009

Sam Webster New Zealands most succesful junior cyclist

9:18 am on 16 August 2009

The New Zealand cyclist Sam Webster has confirmed his status as the best junior sprinter in the world after claiming his third gold medal at the UCI Junior World Cycling Championships in Moscow today.

The Auckland rider took out the individual sprint title to add to his gold medal performances in the team sprint and keirin at the Moscow Velodrome.

Webster produced a remarkable display, unbeaten in four rounds in the sprint competition to cap off an outstanding championship.

He becomes New Zealand's most successful junior at a world championship, eclipsing the two gold medals by Sarah Ulmer in the individual pursuit and points race at Quito, Ecuador in 1994.

The Auckland teenager has won three of only seven gold medals ever won by New Zealand at the junior world track championships following Alan Miller in the kilo time trial at Wanganui in 1983, Ulmer's double in 1994 and the team

pursuit in 2005 in Austria.