24 Nov 2011

Van Velthooven in Games frame

2:21 pm on 24 November 2011

The Manawatu sprinter Simon Van Velthooven has shot into London Olympic contention after picking up his third gold medal at the Oceania Track Cycling Championships in Invercargil.

The 22-year-old produced a massive effort in the final thrust at the line to edge out Australian champion Scott Sunderland in the final of the keirin.

Van Velthooven has been the fourth rider among the burgeoning sprint group but his performances have forced him into real consideration for London next year.

Van Velthooven says he didn't go to Japan to race in the professional series this year and that was a good thing as it allowed him to train in Europe and he was really well prepared.

World silver medallist Shane Archbold showed speed and skill to claim the lead after three events of the men's omnium, while Joanne Kiesanowski is second in the women's event.

Tom Scully of Southland won the men's 30km points race.

The championships conclude today with the completion of the omnium competition and sprints for men and women.