1 Nov 2015

Dawkins takes bronze in World Cup keirin

6:07 pm on 1 November 2015

New Zealand sprinter Eddie Dawkins has finished third in the keirin competition on day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Colombia.

Eddie Dawkins (L) in action in the men's keirin in Colombia

Eddie Dawkins (L) in action in the men's keirin in Colombia Photo: Guy Swarbrick

Dawkins, bitterly disappointed with his ride in Saturday's misfire in the team sprint, was in impressive form in the keirin on Sunday.

He won his opening round impressively and dominated the semi-final, finishing clear of German world champion time trial medallist Joachim Eilers, and current world keirin champion Francois Pervis.

Dawkins did not get the run in the final and had to settle for third behind Eilers and Commonwealth Games champion Matthew Glaetzer of Australia.

Team-mate Simon van Velthooven was forced to go through the repechage which he won emphatically but he never got a run in his semi and settled for eight place overall.

Aaron Gate lies third in the omnium after a consistent day, following his exhausting three rides in the team pursuit.