Ellesse Andrews makes history and Bryony Botha sets new Oceania Record on opening day of Oceania Track Championships
New Zealand and Australia both tasted success as history was made and records fell on the opening day of the 2022 Oceania Track Championships at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane. Part of the inaugural combined Oceania Championships in Brisbane, Queensland hosted by the Oceania Cycling Confederation, AusCycling, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Economic Development Agency from 19 March – April 11, 2022, as a part of the Brisbane Cycling Festival presented by King St.
New Zealand won four of six elite titles on offer on the opening day of competition as Ellesse Andrews became the first rider from New Zealand to stand at the top of the women’s sprint podium in more than two decades. Bryony Botha broke her own Oceania Record in the individual pursuit, Aaron Gate, Matt Glaetzer added more Oceania titles to their palmares, and Graeme Frislie won a maiden title. Australia won four of the five under 19 events as both nations begin their preparations for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews confirmed her status as the fastest woman in Oceania, winning a maiden sprint crown and breaking a two-decade long stranglehold in the women’s sprint by Australia. Andrews became just the sixth woman since 2002 to stand on the podium of the women’s sprint and the first from New Zealand. The Olympic keirin silver medallist was too strong for Kristina Clonan of Australia snaring gold in two riders. Breanna Hargrave claimed bronze with three races needed to decide the final spot on the podium.
New Zealand teammate Bryony Botha continued her recent success in the individual pursuit breaking her own Oceania Record with a time of 3mins 19.634secs to win her first Oceania individual pursuit title and the fourth in a row for New Zealand. Australian duo Sophie Edwards and Alyssa Polities (Australia) completed the podium.
Aaron Gate produced a master class to claim a third title in the men’s points race having won back-to-back titles at the 2015 and 2016 Championships. Gate took six laps of the field as well as picked up 40 points across the sprints to finish on 160 points, 64 clear of compatriot Tom Sexton with George Jackson completing an all New Zealand podium.
The men’s keirin saw three-time Olympian Matt Glaetzer of Australia claim his fifth title in the event in a return to his dominating form. Matt Richardson (Australia) claimed silver with Sam Gallagher (Australia) the 2019 under 19 champion earning his first elite medal with bronze.
Rising star Ally Wollaston was too strong in the women’s scratch race claiming gold and the title for New Zealand, as Chloe Moran (Australia) and Ella Wyllie (New Zealand) completed the podium.
Graeme Frislie of Australia was too strong for George Jackson (New Zealand) in the elite men’s elimination race as Liam Walsh (Australia) claimed bronze.
Lewis Johnston (New Zealand) claimed the under 19 men’s points race, Ryan Elliott (Australia) the men’s under 19 keirin. In the women’s Lucinda Stewart took out the scratch race, Sophie Marr the individual pursuit in a new Championship record of 2mins 23.715secs in qualifying and Emma Stevens took out the sprint, also setting a new Championship Record of 11.466secs in qualifying.
In the para scratch races Australia’s Meg Lemon (C4) and Alistair Donohoe (C5) were first across the line.
2022 Oceania Track Medallists
Elite Women Sprint
GOLD: Ellesse Andrews (New Zealand)
SILVER: Kristina Clonan (Australia)
BRONZE: Breanna Hargrave (Australia)
Elite Women Individual Pursuit
GOLD: Bryony Botha (New Zealand) 3:19.634 – Oceania Record
SILVER: Sophie Edwards (Australia)
BRONZE: Alyssa Polities (Australia)
Elite Women Scratch Race
GOLD: Ally Wollaston (New Zealand)
SILVER: Chloe Moran (Australia)
BRONZE: Ella Wyllie (New Zealand)
Elite Men Keirin
GOLD: Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)
SILVER: Matthew Richardson (Australia)
BRONZE: Sam Gallagher (Australia)
Elite Men Points Race
GOLD: Aaron Gate (New Zealand)
SILVER: Tom Sexton (New Zealand)
BRONZE: George Jackson (New Zealand)
Elite Men Elimination
GOLD: Graeme Frislie (Australia)
SILVER: George Jackson (New Zealand)
BRONZE: Liam Walsh (Australia)
Under 19 Women Sprint
GOLD: Emma Stevens (Australia) – 11.466 Oceania Championship Record (Qualifying)
SILVER: Tyler Puzicha (Australia)
BRONZE: Mirella Willis-Hell (Australia)
Under 19 Women Individual Pursuit
GOLD: Sophie Marr (Australia) 2:23.715 – Oceania Championship Record (Qualifying)
SILVER: Lucinda Stewart (Australia)
BRONZE: Summer Nordmeyer (Australia)
Under 19 Women Scratch Race
GOLD: Lucinda Stewart (Australia)
SILVER: Bee Townsend (New Zealand)
BRONZE: Sophie Marr (Australia)
Under 19 Men Keirin
GOLD: Ryan Elliott (Australia)
SILVER: Ronan Shearing (New Zealand)
BRONZE: Adam Lees (Australia)
Under 19 Men Points Race
GOLD: Lewis Johnston (New Zealand)
SILVER: Edward Pawson (New Zealand)
BRONZE: Benjamin Anderson (Australia)
Para Women Scratch Race
1: Meg Lemon C4 (Australia)
2: Amanda Reid C2 (Australia)
3: Sharon Boyd C4 (Australia)
Para Men Scratch Race
1: Alistair Donohoe C5 (Australia)
2: Darren Hicks C2 (Australia)
3: Devon Briggs C4 (New Zealand)