Australia claim all six elite gold medals on offer to start 2023 Oceania Track Championships
Host nation Australia came out strong winning six from six elite events on the opening day of the 2023 Oceania Track Championships at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane.
World Champions Matt Richardson and Leigh Hoffman combined with Nathan Hart to set a new Oceania Championship Record of 42.343secs on route to gold in the men’s team sprint. Silver went to New Zealand’s Jaxson Russell, Luke Blackwood and Dylan Day, with Ryan Elliott, Thomas Cornish and James Brister completing the podium.
While in the women’s 2022 silver medallists Kristina Clonan, Alessia McCaig combined with Molly McGill to steal the gold over defending champions Rebecca Petch, Ellesse Andrews and Olivia King of New Zealand. Bronze went to Australian trio of Sophie Watts, Breanna Hargrave and Kalinda Robinson.
Australian teams of Blake Agnoletto, Oliver Bleddyn, Josh Duffy and Conor Leahy and Claudia Marcks, Alli Anderson, Sophie Edwards and Chloe Moran claimed the men’s and women’s team pursuit titles respectively.
It was a busy day for Moran as she also claimed scratch race gold in an all Australian podium of Lucinda Stewart and Alexandra Martin-Wallace. Duffy also took a second trip to the podium in the men’s scratch race with George Jackson (New Zealand) and Angus Mieller rounding out the medals.
In under 19 events, Noah Mason (Australia) won the sprint ahead of countrymen Jaydan Stanton-Keir and Xavier Bland. In the women’s sprint it was New Zealand’s Jodie Blackwood who claimed the top step on the podium with Liliya Tatarinoff (Australia) and Caitlin Kelly (New Zealand finishing the podium.
Noah Blannin (Australia) claimed the under 19 men’s individual pursuit with James Gardner (New Zealand) and Alex Eaves (Australia) taking silver and bronze. Felicity Wilson-Haffenden led an Australia podium lockout in the women’s ahead of Lauren Bates and Keira Will.
Para competition also excited fans with Para Erin Rowell, Gordon Allan and Michael Shippley (Australia) winning the team sprint and Jessica Gallagher/Caitlin Ward and Beau Wootton/Byron Davies winning the tandem team sprint.
2023 Oceania Track Medallists
Elite Women Team Sprint
Gold: Kristina Clonan, Alessia McCaig and Molly McGill (AUS)
Silver: Rebecca Petch, Ellesse Andrews and Olivia King (NZL)
Bronze: Sophie Watts, Breanna Hargrave and Kalinda Robinson (AUS)
Elite Men Team Sprint
Gold: Leigh Hoffman, Nathan Hart and Matt Richardson (AUS)
Silver: Jaxson Russell, Luke Blackwood and Dylan Day (NZL)
Bronze: Ryan Elliott, Thomas Cornish and James Brister (AUS)
Elite Men Team Pursuit
Gold: Blake Agnoletto, Oliver Bleddyn, Josh Duffy and Conor Leahy (AUS)
Silver: Nick Kergozou, Daniel Bridgwater, Keegan Hornblow and George Jackson (NZL)
Bronze: Liam Walsh, Josh Carter, Graeme Frislie and James Moriarty (AUS)
Elite Women Team Pursuit
Gold: Claudia Marcks, Alli Anderson, Sophie Edwards and Chloe Moran (AUS)
Silver: Sami Donnelly, Pru Fowler, Jessie Hodges and Rylee McMullen (NZL)
Bronze: Sophie Marr, Lucinda Stewart, Isla Carr and Nicola MacDonald (AUS)
Elite Men Scratch Race
Gold: Josh Duffy (AUS)
Silver: George Jackson (NZL)
Bronze: Angus Mieller (AUS)
Elite Women Scratch Race
Gold: Chloe Moran (AUS)
Silver: Lucinda Stewart (AUS)
Bronze: Alexandra Martin-Wallace (AUS)
Under 19 Men Sprint
Gold: Noah Mason (AUS)
Silver: Jaydan Stanton-Keir (AUS)
Bronze: Xavier Bland (AUS)
Under 19 Women Sprint
Gold: Jodie Blackwood (NZL)
Silver: Liliya Tatarinoff (AUS)
Bronze: Caitlin Kelly (NZL)
Under 19 Men Individual Pursuit
Gold: Noah Blannin (AUS)
Silver: James Gardner (NZL)
Bronze: Alex Eaves (AUS)
Under 19 Women Individual Pursuit
Gold: Felicity Wilson-Haffenden (AUS)
Silver: Lauren Bates (AUS)
Bronze: Keira Will (AUS)
Para Team Sprint
Gold: Erin Rowell, Gordon Allan and Michael Shippley (AUS)
Silver: Amanda Reid, Gabriel McKenna-Lieschke and Korey Boddington (AUS)
Para Tandem Team Sprint
Gold: Jessica Gallagher/Caitlin Ward and Beau Wootton/Byron Davies (AUS)
Silver: Madelene McNiel/Jaui Mengler-Mohr and Kane Perris/Luke Zaccaria (AUS)
The 2023 Oceania Championships are supported by AusCycling, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency.