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Published on Aug 27, 2012
Eighteen year old Australian Taylah Jennings grabbed her fifth title in two years on the penultimate night of finals at the UCI Juniors Track Cycling Championships in Invercargill, New Zealand on day 4 of competition.
Jennings, from Rockhampton in Queensland, took out the women's omnium in impressive fashion, winning all six disciplines over the two-day competition. This adds to the gold medals she won in the team sprint and team pursuit earlier in the week, along with two titles won in Moscow last year. It was a thoroughly impressive performance from the young Australian who is coached by the legendary Ken Tucker, former coach of world and Olympic champion Anna Meares.
Russian Daira Shmeleva continued her winning form by powering off the front to collect her third gold medal this week in the women's keirin. Shmeleva was followed closely by teammate Lidia Pluzhnikova to make a Russian 1-2 in the action-packed race, with American Jennifer Valente third.
Tom Bohli gave Switzerland their first gold medal of the week when he win the men's individual pursuit. Bohli, the top qualifier this morning, secured the championship after beating New Zealand's Dylan Kennett in a head-to-head cycling dual to finish the 3000m in a time of 3:16:261. Kennett's time was 3:18:095. The bronze medal went to Alexander Morgan (AUS) who beat Jon Dibben (GBR) in the third and fourth race.
The international mature of the night continued with Hong Kong's Chun Wing Leung lapping the field twice to dominate an exciting men's points race. He finished clear of Russia's Aydar Zakarin who claimed the silver on 37 points with Chile's Cristian Cornejo Aliste the bronze medal on 35 points.
Australia continued as the leading nation at the championships with they finished with a trifecta in the men's sprint with the gold going to Jacob Schmid over Emerson Harwood 2-1 in an all-Australian final while compatriot Zachary Shaw claimed the bronze.