Stoker adds to Aussie gold tally in Manchester
Following the four gold medal haul across the first two days of competition, Australia's cyclists have continued to add to the tally on day three of the 2012 UCI Masters Track World Championships in Manchester.
It was an all Australian final in the men’s 50-54 sprint with defending champion Geoff Stoker proving too good for compatriot Gerad O’Connell in straight heats to win his fourth consecutive masters sprint world title.
In the women’s 35-39 2000m individual pursuit Rebecca Wheadon (2.36.757) took the silver medal behind Ireland's Susie Mitchell (2.36.286).
In the women’s 40-44 final, despite holding her British opponent to a narrow tenth of a second at the halfway mark Cheryl Hulskamp (2:46.643) was outclassed over the final few laps by Emma Sainsbury-Munn (2:40.848) to also finish with the silver.
Australia's third medal of the session came through Chris Murray in the men’s 45-49 sprint who took silver after being beaten by Denmark's Bernhard Franzpotter in three exciting heats.
Franzpotter claimed the a physical first heat, before Murray edged past his Danish opponent to square the ledger. However in the third and final heat, Franzpotter made no mistake to take the gold in an easy win from the front.
The Championships, which are being held at the National Training Centre from October 7-14, feature over 1000 cyclists from 27 countries.
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