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SA youngsters gain valuable experience at World Juniors

The 2013 Junior Track World Championships wrapped up at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland at the weekend.

Saturday’s racing commenced with no less than 41 Men’s 200m Sprint qualifying heats, with the best 24 riders progressing to the next round.

ÔÇ£New Zealand’s Quinn Karwowski was the first finisher under 11 seconds, with Kyle Borchjes doing himself proud by clocking his personal best time of 10.844 seconds,ÔÇØ said team manager and Cycling South Africa Track Cycling Director Roger Bouton.

Shameeg Salie competed in the men’s 3000m Individual Pursuit, clocking another personal best time of 3 minutes 38.82 seconds.

Borchjes was up again in the repechage for the Sprint, but this was a sudden death event, which didn’t end as planned. ÔÇ£This was unfortunate because all we and Kyle lacked was experience, as he had his opposition just where he wanted him, but let the proverbial mouse escape,ÔÇØ said Bouton.

ÔÇ£The evening session loomed with two more events for Shameeg, the Scratch and the 1km Time Trial, and in the women’s races we had Mikayla Oliver well relaxed and prepared for the evening,ÔÇØ Bouton said. ÔÇ£Both riders gave an awesome account of themselves and can only be proud of their efforts. Both are relevantly new to track cycling, with Mikayla attending her first track session during our December 2012 Talent Identification (TID) camp, whilst Shameeg first attended the TID camp in 2011.

ÔÇ£I am sure that the majority of supporters back home watched the live feeding of the championships and can attest to both Mikayla and Shameeg’s tenacity. As such we are justifiably proud of these youngsters whom withstood the pressure of their respective events with honor and dignity as Mikayla finished with the main bunch in her points race as did Shameeg in his scratch race, while he posted a 1:09.53 for the 1km TT.ÔÇØ


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