Buckell breaks record on day three in Adelaide
Australia’s best juniors continued to shine at the 2013 Cycling Australia Track Junior National Championships with Victoria's Isaac Buckell setting an Australian record the under 15 men's 2000m individual pursuit.
Buckell, who claimed gold in Thursday's time trial, stopped the clock in qualifying at 2mins 27.157secs to better the mark of 2mins 28.926secs set by Jackson Law in 2007.
The versatile Buckell from Bendigo, won the Australian Under 15 MTB XCO title at the Subaru National Championships in Canberra just last week.
"I just like riding bikes, dirt, track or road, I just love it,” said Buckell. “But I don't want to get ahead of myself, I still have a big race tonight.
“I'm still only learning track but it's great, I suppose at some stage I'm going to have to make a decision as to where my future lies but for now I’m enjoying it.
"Seriously I love riding bikes it's something that seems to come naturally to me I suppose."
In the final, Buckell easily accounted for fellow Victorian Riley Hart in the final, recording a time of 2mins 28.630secs, ten seconds ahead of Hart (2:38.280).
New South Wales’ Kai Chapman (2:34.859) was too good for Bailey Goltz (2:36.565) in the bronze medal final.
In the under 17 women’s 2000m individual pursuit final, New South Wales rider Bridget Mullany edged Canberra’s Amelia Crane to win gold.
Mullany covered the eight laps in a time of 2mins 37.430secs, just ahead of Crane’s 2mins 38.008secs.
In the Bronze Medal final, West Australia’s Niken Jefferies (2:40.276) defeated Ruby Roseman-Gannon (2:42.449).
In the under 15 women’s 500m time trial final, Jessie Saunders (NSW) was the only rider in the field of 16 to post a sub 40 second time, stopping the clock in 39.531secs to win gold.
Team-mates Natasha Mullany (40.020) and Chloe Heffernan (40.188) completed the trifecta for New South Wales.
In an exciting under 17 men’s Team Sprint Final, the Victorian trio of Ryan Schilt, Thomas McFarlane and Gary Ramshaw (49.365) edged the New South Wales team of Christopher Bryan, Rhee Rosslind and Cameron Scott (49.399).
Victoria’s strength in the event was evident with the second team of Stephen Ellul, Caiden Hull ad David Koroknai (50.301) taking the bronze medal.
In the under 17 women’s team sprint final, Courtney Field powered to her third gold medal of the championships when she partnered with Brook Ramshaw to take the title.
Facing West Australia’s Tahlay Christie and Niken Jefferies in the final, Field and Ramshaw bolted out of the blocks to create and early lead.
They covered in the two laps in a time of 36.811secs, seven tenths of a second ahead of the West Australians who stopped the clock in 37.566secs.
In the bronze medal final, the ACT’s Amelia Crane and Samantha McNally (37.745) defeated Queensland’s Kiara Dundas and Brooke Tucker (38.169).
The 2013 Cycling Australia Junior Track National Championships are being held from Wednesday 27 February to Saturday 2 March 2013 at the Superdrome, Gepps Cross, Adelaide.
Visit the official website for complete schedule and results > 2013JuniorTrackNationals