3 Aug 2012

Pursuit cyclists to ride for medal

9:55 am on 3 August 2012

The New Zealand men's track team pursuit squad will ride for the medals at the London Olympics on Friday.

The squad of Sam Bewley, Westley Gough, Marc Ryan and Jesse Sergent recorded the third fastest time in the qualifying round, behind Great Britain, who set a world record, and Australia.

New Zealand will now ride off against Australia, with the winner to contest the gold medal ride in the cycling veledrome.

If the New Zealand loses to Australia, the team will need to be among the next fastest qualifiers to get a ride for the bronze.

Cycling NZ high performance manager Mark Elliot says the team will have to perform at their very best.

Sprint team eliminated

The New Zealand men's sprint team recorded a personal best time, but it was not enough to get them into the medal rides.

Simon van Velthooven, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell were beaten by France who set an Oympic record to reach the final.

However, Great Britain will be the side to beat after they broke the world record to set up a race with France for the gold medal.