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Kersten and Eadie should race: Davis

By Tom Wald 22/07/2004 06:28:59 PM Comments (0)

Tony Davis, who lost an Olympic cycling berth through a race-off, says Ben Kersten and Sean Eadie should settle their selection battle on the track and not in court.

The saga is certain to be decided by lawyers next week.

The Wollongong rider has thrown out the challenge to Eadie after the bushy-bearded sprinter reclaimed his spot in the Australian sprint team from Kersten.

Davis believes 22-year-old Kersten will defeat his 35-year-old rival in a one-lap showdown.

"If Kersten thinks he can win it good luck to him and Eadie will say no because I don't think he can win it," Davis said.

Davis controversially missed out on riding in the 1988 Olympics after Dean Woods defeated him in a race-off just days before the event at the Seoul Games.

"My view is you have a ride off - there is your answer, whoever loses does not get to go," Davis said.

"Side by side over the 250 metres whether they do a standing one or a flying one together, but if they decided the selection at the national championships they would not be in this situation (now)."

Kersten's coach Terry Doherty said his charge was prepared to race off anywhere, anytime.

"It is fairest for Australia if both were sent to (Australia's training camp) Buttgen, Germany to race off in a couple of weeks," he said.

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