Tasmanian cyclist Belinda Goss wins the gold medal at the Australian Track Cycling Championship, making it her fourth straight victory in a points race.
Goss said that she was a little bit nervous coming into the race, since she was still recovering from an illness the week before, but she adds that she couldn’t be happier with her win. “Womens track cycling in Australia has certainly stepped up and the standard we have here is world class, so to win here tonight, I am really happy,” the female champion said.
Belinda Goss displayed world-class skills, too, as she dominated the race and ended up harvesting the points in 8 out of 10 sprints during the 100-lap event. In fact, she only needed 19 laps to clinch the gold medal, and finished the race with 22 points. Josephine Tomic, the current omnium world champion, finished with 16 points behind Goss to get the 2nd place win.
It was a “fantastic race” by the two female riders, as 18-year old Megan Dunn put it. Dunn, a 6-time Junior World Champion from Dubbo, was competing with the elites in a points racing event for the first time. She suffered a crash midway into the race, but came back to earn 14 points and the bronze medal. Dunn had previously raced in the Beijing World Cup last week, winning her first points race there.