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March 2020,

Weekly Wrap 02 March

UCI Track Cycling World Championships Update

Campbell Stewart – Read More

Twenty-one-year-old Kiwi rider Campbell Stewart has finished fifth in the omnium competition on the penultimate day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin today.

Stewart, defending his world title won in Poland last year, faced a likely Tokyo line-up featuring a number of world champions and leading road race professionals in the four-discipline omnium which was won by three-time world champion Benjamin Thomas from France.

The young Vantage elite New Zealand rider was heavily marked, especially in a fast and furious Points race, but a splendid win in the Elimination race pushed him to fifth overall.

 

Corbin Strong – Read More

Southland teenager Corbin Strong, in his first year as an elite rider, has won the Points race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

The Vantage elite rider, who led for much of the 40km event, cemented the title when he went with a three-strong break in the final laps to claim a bonus 20 points to secure his rainbow jersey title.

It is the first time a male New Zealand rider has won a Points race world championship.

It is the 19-year-old’s second medal of the championships, after winning the silver with the Vantage New Zealand men’s team pursuit.

 

Vantage Elite Men’s Team Pursuit Earn Silver Medal – Read More

New Zealand has won the silver medal in the men’s team pursuit in a remarkable final on the second day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin.

The Vantage elite men’s team clocked 3:49.712 in the final but could not match a stunning world record effort from Denmark who won in 3:44.672.  The world record has been smashed by nearly four seconds at the championships.

It is the seventh time in the past 12 years that New Zealand has won a medal in the men’s team pursuit at the world championships, since establishing its high performance programme.

Football Ferns great Amber Hearn retires
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The highest international scorer in New Zealand’s footballing history will not be adding to her tally as Amber Hearn has decided to retire from all forms of the game.

The Football Ferns striker wraps up her remarkable career having scored a record 54 goals in 125 full international appearances and is the only Kiwi, male or female, to have broken the half-century mark.

After making her debut in 2004 against Australia, she went on to star for the national team for the next 14 years, taking part in two FIFA Women’s World Cups and three Olympic Games campaigns.

Hearn last played for the Ferns in June of 2018 against Japan in Wellington – in which she wore the captain’s armband – and did not feature in last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup due to a long-term knee injury.