9 Apr 2012

Shanks wins gold at cycling world champs

7:42 am on 9 April 2012

Alison Shanks has topped off New Zealand's most successful track cycling world championships, winning gold in the 3000m metres individual pursuit.

The 2009 world champion took control early in the race, establishing a lead of more than half a second at the first kilometre.

She won with a time of 3:30.199, beating Northern Ireland rider Wendy Houvenaghel by more than two seconds.

The win brought the New Zealand tally at the championships in Melbourne to five medals, one more than in each of the past two years.

Manawatu sprinter Simon van Velthooven won bronze in the 1000m time trial and Westley Gough also took bronze in the individual pursuit.

Simon van Velthooven also finished third in the final of the keirin but was later relegated to sixth place when officials ruled he had squeezed Great Britain's Jason Kenny and affected the outcome of the race.

New Zealand also took bronze in the men's team pursuit and the men's team sprint.

BikeNZ high performance director Mark Elliott says the team has given Olympic selectors some challenges before they make their recommendations for nomination to the New Zealand Olympic committee selectors.

Meares breaks records

Australia's Anna Meares won her 10th world title and broke her second world record during the event as she took out the 500m time trial.

She clocked 33.010 seconds to go under the 33.296 that Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite set three years ago.

It was the eighth world record of the championships.