New Zealand's world champion team sprint trio have a chance of making history at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.
The trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins, who won the teams print title on the first day, have all won through to the quarterfinals of the individual sprint, which will be decided tomorrow.
New Zealand has won 41 world championship medals in his history but none in the individual sprint, with the closest coming with back-to-back keirin medals by Dawkins in 2015 and 2016 and the same by their coach Anthony Peden in 1999.
The trio provided the highlight of day three with Mitchell giving clear evidence of his burgeoning prowess over one lap when he finished fourth fastest in qualifying in a personal best 9.767s headed by Rio Olympic medallist Denis Dmitriev (RUS) in 9.645.
Webster clocked 9.879s, close to his personal best, to be ninth fastest with Dawkins 9.996s to be 19th.
Webster earned a bye through to the second round while Webster accounted for Theo Bos (NED) and Dawkins beat Vasilijus Lendel (LTU) to go through to the second round.
In the round of 16, Dawkins edged out third fastest qualifier Sebastien Vigier (FRA) by just 1/100th of a second in the sprint finish; Webster overcame European medallist Andrii Vynokurov (UKR) and Mitchell bagged the scalp of six-time world champion Francois Pervis (FRA).
The trio move through to tomorrow's quarterfinals, to be decided on the best of three rides, with Webster up against last year's bronze medallist Dmitriev; Dawkins meets Harrie Lavreysen (NED) and Mitchell faces Australia's Rio silver medallist Matthew Glaetzer.
In other action Nick Kergozou clocked 4:21.333 and Dylan Kennett 4:23.136 to be placed 11th and 15th respectively in the 4000m individual pursuit, won by Australian flyer Jordan Kerby who went 4:12 in the qualifying, only two seconds off the world record.
Regan Gough impressed to finish fifth in the points race, which was won by the inimitable Cameron Meyer (AUS) who won his fourth world title in the discipline, having returned to the track last year.
Manawatu teenager Michaela Drummond was eighth in the women's omnium in her first elite world championship. She was ninth in the scratch race, eighth in the tempo race, 10th in the elimination and 11th in the points.
The title was won by Scotland's Katie Archibald, who was a member of Great Britain's gold medal team pursuit at Rio.