Australian Subaru Track Nationals - Schmid & Morton keirin glory; Law & Perry fire in scratch race
Final night of the Australian Track National Championships -Victoria's Jacob Schmid and South Australia's Stephanie Morton fired to win the keirin titles, while New South Wales' Scott Law and Tasmania's Lauren Perry were crowned scratch champions on the final night of the Subaru Track National Championships in Melbourne.
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Queensland's Brooke Tucker announced herself on the national stage with a sensational win the under 19 women's sprint, Victoria took out the under 19 men's team sprint, NSWIS won the under 19 men's Madison and Chloe Moran (SA) took gold in the under 19 women's points race.
South Australia’s Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts) narrowly missed out on breaking the UCI Hour Record, riding an incredible 51.852 kilometres in 60 minutes, an agonising 500 metres off his intended target of 207 laps - the second fastest hour record in modern history.
In the Championship Awards, sprint champion and keirin silver medallist Anna Meares (SA) took home the Champion of Champions award, Matthew Glaetzer (SA) was awarded the 'Ride of the Series' for his All Comers record in the Flying 200m, while Rohan Wight was awarded Under 19 Champion of Champions after claiming three golds in a four medal haul.
Saturday Night recap
A powerful burst in the home straight saw South Australia's Steph Morton edge two-time keirin world champion Anna Meares, to collect her third straight national keirin crown.
"I actually didn’t know I’d got it until I’d come back around the second time, it was that close I didn’t even realize I got it," said Morton after claiming her third medal of the Championships. Morton claimed gold in the team sprint with Meares and Rikki Belder, before taking bronze in the sprint.
Morton took fifth place, behind five-time national keirin champion Anna Meares' wheel behind the derny, with Victoria's Caitlin Ward making the first move inside two laps to go.
Leading the riders at the bell, Ward was absorbed by Meares on the back straight, with Morton riding three wide up the track just off the hip of Meares as the pack launched into the home straight.
The drag race to the line bought the crowd to its feet, with Morton pipping Meares in the final few metres and a photo finish required to separate the pair.
"I didn’t want to go out too hard, I wanted to finish off a bit later and that’s what I did," said Morton. "I waited and had patience which is hard in the keirin, when everyone is going just to sit back and bide your time but I timed it well and it was a hard fight to the line.
"I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into the championships, four weeks ago I was in a hospital bed and just had to try and bank on a bit of experience I’ve got now behind me."
Ward claimed the bronze.
A two-time junior world champion, Victoria's Jacob Schmid broke through for his maiden senior national title with victory in the men's keirin final.
"It’s a top career win, the biggest win other than junior worlds and this being my first senior title and Australian is pretty amazing," said Schmid, who claimed both the 2012 keirin and sprint junior world titles.
Schmid lined up in a superb field alongside defending champion Matthew Glaetzer (SA), the New South Wales fire power of Peter Lewis (NSW), plus South Australian young-guns Pat Constable and Jai Angsthasawit.
Tucked in at sixth-wheel, defending champion Glaetzer made his move with two to go, with Bullen keeping to his side.
Bullen took the lead at the bell ahead of Schmid, before a tyre blowout on Lewis brought him and Glaetzer down.
Schmid chased Bullen down the back straight, before edging him on the line for the win.
"It feels amazing. You never really know what’s going to happen in the keirin so just to make the final was amazing and for that to come off it was quite lucky but I’m pretty happy," said Schmid, who claimed the Oceania keirin title last October in Adelaide.
"I was playing a waiting game and waiting for an opening and it opened with the crash. You’ve got to take what you get in keirins so I’m pretty happy with how it came off."
Bullen took the silver, with Angsthasawit clinching bronze.
Women's U19 Sprint
Queensland's Brooke Tucker claimed a thrilling win in the under 19 women's sprint, defeating keirin champion Tahlay Christie in three heats.
"There were a few tears (when I realised I had won)," said Tucker. "But I didn’t know if I had won at first, because Tahlay came at me so strong and then when I heard that I’d won and it was a amazing."
Tucker, daughter of Moscow Olympian Kenrick and granddaughter of Anna Meares' coach Ken Tucker, set an All Comers record for fastest flying 200m on Australian soil with 11.560secs, before Christie bettered that mark in the next heat (11.554).
The pair both made their way through the rounds, before Tucker upset reigning world champion Courtney Field in the semi finals.
In the final, Christie got the edge in Tucker in the first heat, before Tucker fired in the next two heats to take an emotional win, with the three generations of Tuckers celebrating on the track.
"I went into the race with nothing the lose. There wasn’t really any pressure on me. I went in there with intentions to do my best and really see what I could do. So to come away with the win is wonderful," said Rockhampton's Tucker, who thanked her coach and inspiration from Meares.
"I think we have a coach in my granddad. I think all the success that’s come from Rockhampton is down to him, he makes good bike riders. All the riders like Anna Meares and myself and my dad – we owe it all to him I think."
Men's U19 Team Sprint
Fastest qualifiers David Korokani, Thomas McFarlane and Conor Rowley (VIC) smashed the All Comers record for fastest time on Australian soil with 45.831 in the afternoon qualifying.
In the final, Victoria (46.160) defeated South Australia's (46.294) Harrison Lodge, Derek Radzikiewicz and Rohan Wight to take gold.
Women's 10km Scratch Race
A two-time reigning team pursuit champion, Tasmania's Lauren Perry found the top of at national championships podium for the first time after winning the women's 10km scratch race.
Perry came over the top of Queensland's Sheridan Spark in the final lunge to the line to take gold, with Quinn Cramer (QLD) taking bronze.
"I can’t believe that happened. I’m so happy I don’t think I can wipe the smile off my face," said Perry.
"That scratch race win definitely topped off a really good week for me, started off with a personal best in the individual, and then obviously the win in the team pursuit.
"Double gold at this championships I can’t ask for anything more."
Men's 15 kilometre Scratch
New South Wales' Scott Law defending his scratch race title, to claim his fourth title in the event in the past six years.
"It’s pretty special. It’s definitely one of the races I try and target at the nationals, it holds a special place in my heart and having the likes of Danny Clarke on the honour roll and having my name next to the likes of him is pretty special to me," said Law.
"I love coming to the national championships, the NSW crew have been unreal these championships and it’s a credit to them for me to be able to pull on this jersey. We had good strong performances, myself and the state team.
"I'll have a couple of weeks off and then back on the road bike and give it a red hot crack for the Subaru NRS," added Law.
In the afternoon events, South Australia's Chloe Moran won the women's U19 20km points race, while New South Wales Institute of Sport's Nicholas Edwards and Samuel Jenner took gold in the men's U19 Madison.
Jack Bobridge #UCIHourRecord
Earlier in the night, South Australia’s Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts) narrowly missed out on breaking the UCI Hour Record, riding an incredible 51.852 kilometres in 60 minutes, an agonising 500 metres off his intended target of 207 laps.
In front of thousands of fans sporting #HourJack shirts and thunder sticks, Bobridge shot out of the blocks in a blistering pace, averaging under 17 seconds per lap for the first 40 laps.
Bobridge hovered around the 18 second mark for the next 40 laps before coming home strong to complete 205 laps in total to record the second fastest hour record in modern history.
"This is the closest to death I will ever be, I think, before actually, without dying," said Bobridge, who was overcome with exhaustion and muscle cramps following the effort.
"That much pain, its funny, I don’t know what else to do but smile. I cant even describe how much pain my glutes and quads are in. It is unbelievable.
"(It is) by far the hardest thing I've ever done I think and hardest thing I ever do. Twenty minutes in it sunk in what was happening and what was about to happen. But there is no where to go, you have to keep going, it was just brutal the whole way."