23 Jan 2011

Another cycling gold in Beijing

5:59 am on 23 January 2011

The Manawatu sprinter Simon Van Velthooven has won the keirin gold medal on the second night of finals at the UCI World Cup of Cycling in Beijing.

Van Velthooven, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, was in superb form at the Beijing Velodrome, winning his first round, his semifinal and final in emphatic fashion.

In doing so he disposed of two-time World Cup Keirin champion Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia and Commonwealth Games kilo gold medallist Scott Sunderland of Australia in the event where riders haggle for position behind a paced motorbike which gradually increases speed before leaving the track two and a half laps from the finish.

Tom Scully finished fourth in the six-discipline omnium, while Joanne Kiesanowski is 12th after the first night of the women's event.

The women's pursuit team won gold on the opening night of the event.