Edmondson and Ankudinoff claim Australian national omnium crowns

19/12/2014 by

Alexander Edmondson (SA) defended his Australian national omnium title and Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) notched up a career hat-trick of omnium crowns at the Darebin International Sports Centre in Thornbury, Melbourne on Friday.

Men’s recap

Dual-reigning world champion Edmondson (SA) has claimed his second omnium national title, successfully defending his 2014 crown ahead of omnium world champion Glenn O’Shea (SA) and Miles Scotson (SA).

”I’m pretty ecstatic,” exclaimed Edmondson. “To be able to beat someone like O’Shea - you don’t really have to say anything more than that - to be able to get one up on him is really special.

Ashlee Ankudinoff

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"I’m absolutely amazed."

Edmondson took out two from six rounds and looked unbeatable in the final round points race, lapping the field twice to earn a bonus 40 points.

The individual and team pursuit world champion finished the event on 242 points, a cool 44 ahead of O’Shea.

“I felt really good, I was pretty lucky coming into it with a 12 points lead. I just kept watching Miles [Scotson] and Glenn and I just held on, took my opportunities, and then I was able to seal it up and actually enjoy the rest of the race.”

Edmondson will now turn his focus to the Madison national championships held at Hisense area on Saturday night. 

“I'll rest up for the Madison National Championships tomorrow night, Miles and I have got a bit of tired legs, all the other guys will be fresh, so hopefully we’ll get a good sleep tonight.”

Women’s recap

In the women's event, Sydney’s Ashlee Ankudinoff claimed her third omnium national title in a dominant display of endurance in Melbourne on Friday night.

After six rounds, Ankudinoff finished the event with 231 points, a whopping 36 points ahead of silver medallist Kimberley Wells (ACT).

In a show of strength, Ankudinoff lapped the field in the points race to consolidate her victory.

“I’m pretty exhausted now, but obviously I’ve taken the win for the third time and I couldn’t be happier,” said Ankudinoff who equals South Australia’s Annette Edmondson of three career omnium titles.

“Heading into the last round, even though I had a 24 point buffer, I knew it was going to be hard with the girls taking laps. I just had to be smart in that race.

“I like all the events in the omnium. I like the scratch, the sprint, the individual pursuit, the flying lap and I’m lucky enough to be very consistent in all of them,” said Ankudinoff who placed in the top two in all five rounds before the points race.

Wells surprised her rivals by winning the time trial round before recording a blistering points race to earn her first national track championships medal.

Tasmania’s Georgia Baker clinched bronze after lapping the field in the final event of the night.

Under 19 Men's Recap

In the under 19 men’s event, South Australia’s Rohan Wight ran away with the green and gold jersey after a close battle with James Robinson (TAS) earlier in the event.

Wight took the lead off Robinson after he claimed round four’s time trial, adding to his victory in the flying lap and the individual pursuit before riding a tactical points race to consolidate his victory.

“This is my first individual national championship, so I’m really happy. There was some really strong competition coming into it, so I’m pretty stoked right now,” said Wight.

“The individual pursuit is my pet event but this morning I got a personal best in both the one kilometre time trial and the flying lap and I was really surprised with how well I went.”

Alex Rendell (WA) was the big mover, riding himself into silver medal contention while Cameron Scott (NSW) moved down to bronze.

Under 19 Women's Recap

A thrilling finish to the under 19 women’s omnium saw junior world champion Danielle McKinnirey (SA) make a gutsy comeback after crashing moments before the final two sprints in the points race.

McKinnirey and Brooke Tucker (QLD) were neck and neck throughout the final round, with the South Australian pegging back Tucker’s lead until the pair were tied with two sprints remaining.

Disaster struck in the rush to the line for the penultimate sprint when McKinnirey and Tori Saunders (NSW) fell while Tucker raced away to pick up three points.

McKinnirey recovered quickly to finish ahead of her rival in the final tilt, locking the scores at 200-a-piece and claiming victory on a count-back.

“I just wanted to get up as quick as possible and get back in the race,” said McKinnirey.

“I had only just got back to even points with her (Brooke Tucker) and then I ended up crashing in the second last sprint.

“All that was in my head was ‘get back up and try to win the last sprint'. I was a bit rattled, I was sore and didn’t think I’d be able to win it [but] I think the adrenaline started running."

Bridget Mullany (NSW) finished the event 16 points in arrears to take home bronze.

In the nights other events, ACT Tandem duo Paul Kennedy and Thomas CLARKE (pilot) claimed gold 2-0 to Brad Henderson (SA) and pilot Thomas Drizners (SA). Max Bergmann (WA) and pilot Chris Pratley (WA) won bronze.

In the women’s event, Rachel Henderson (SA) and pilot Carla Franson (SA) took home gold in straight heats ahead of Felicity Johnson (SA) and pilot Ailie McDonald (ACT).

The cycling action continues at Hisense Arena on Saturday night when a world-class field of riders will battle for the 2015 Australian Madison Championships from 630pm. 

The men’s field is headlined by two-time Madison world champions Cameron Meyer (WA) and Leigh Howard (VIC), with the pair boasting five national Madison crowns between them.  The second edition of the women's Madison national championships will boast 14 teams with South Australia’s Annette Edmondson & Jessica Mundy out to defend their title. More Details.

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