Raboplus New Zealand Track Cycling Championships - Day 2 Am

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 3/Mar/09 1:08pm

Day two of the RaboPlus New Zealand Track Championships in Invercargill has gone to plan so far today for the favoured sprinters in action.

As expected overwhelming women’s favourite and current New Zealand champion Natasha Hansen had no trouble qualifying for tonight’s semifinals, easily accounting for Wellington’s Hayley Giddens in their quarter final races.

The Cantabrian will take on Otago’s Honour Davies in the semis, while team-mate Penny Day will be up against West Coast North Island’s Megan Blatchford.

The men’s favourites Simon van Velthooven of Palmerston North and Southland’s Eddie Dawkins also progressed untroubled to the semis.

Van Velthooven will take on Canterbury’s Adam Stewart tonight while Dawkins will have to get past Auckland’s Damien Wiseman for a place in the final.

The RaboPlus New Zealand Track Championships continue through to Saturday night.

Day 2 Morning Session Results:
Elite Men Sprint

Quarterfinal Heat 1

Eddie Dawkins (Southland) – 2 straight
Jonathan Bass (Auckland)

Quarterfinal Heat 2
Simon Van Velthooven (West Coast North Island) – 2 straight
Matt Archbold (Otago)

Quarterfinal Heat 3
Adam Stewart (Canterbury) – 2 straight
Andrew Williams (Auckland)

Quarterfinal Heat 4
Damien Wiseman (Auckland) – 2-1
Myron Simpson (Auckland)

Elite Women Sprint
Quarterfinal Heat 1

Natasha Hansen (Canterbury) – 2 straight
Hayley Giddens (Wellington)

Quarterfinal Heat 2
Penny Day (Canterbury) – 2 straight
Hannah Latta (Wellington)

Quarterfinal Heat 3
Megan Blatchford (West Coast North Island) - 2 straight
Claire Routledge (Auckland)

Quarterfinal Heat 4
Ashleigh James (Auckland)
Honor Davies (Otago) – 2-1
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