14 Aug 2016

Kiwi cyclists miss out on medal

11:21 am on 14 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - The New Zealand women's pursuit track cycling team have placed fourth in the 4000m track cycling team pursuit at the Rio Olympics.

Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis, Jaime Nielsen and Racquel Sheath cycle during the women's Team Pursuit first round.

Rushlee Buchanan, Lauren Ellis, Jaime Nielsen and Racquel Sheath cycle during the women's Team Pursuit first round. Photo: AFP

Lauren Ellis, Racquel Sheath, Rushlee Buchanan and Jaime Nielsen faced off against Canada in the bronze medal final.

But Canada were too strong and won the podium place convincingly with a time of 4:14.62, 3.8 seconds ahead of New Zealand.

The team had finished fourth fastest in their heats, while also setting a national record time of 4:17:592.

Canada's time in the heats was 4:15.636.

Meanwhile Natasha Hansen and Olivia Podmore were out of the women's keirin medal race.

Podmore failed to finish in the heats while Hansen finished second in the repecharge, ending her hopes.

Sam Webster's medal hopes are also over in the men's individual sprint.

The team sprint silver medallist will ride off for 9th place after failing to make it into the quarter finals.

- RNZ

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