23 Nov 2013

NZ sprint team beats Australia at Oceania Champs

9:12 am on 23 November 2013

The Southland sprinter Eddie Dawkins has led the New Zealand men's sprint team to success at the Oceania Championships on the opening day in Invercargill.

Dawkins produced a stunning final lap as the New Zealanders overtook Australia's Olympic trio to win by four one-hundredths of a second.

In qualifying the team went under 44 seconds for the first time at home.

Also on the first day the New Zealand women's and men's team pursuit won, while world championship silver medallist Simon van Velthooven set a new national record in winning the men's kilo time trial.

The Oceanias are one of five continental championships that now carry qualifying points for next year's world championships and also ranking points for the 2016 Rio Olympics.