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Gilmore shows wheel versatility

By Valkerie Mangnall 18/05/2003 07:34:50 PM Comments (0)

In a stunning display of versatility, Rochelle Gilmore picked up two medals in the space of a few minutes as Australia completed a comprehensive victory at track cycling's World Cup meeting in Sydney.

A professional road rider, Gilmore switched back to the track shortly before the national championships earlier this month.

On Sunday the NSW rider picked up a silver medal in the women's 10km scratch race behind Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton on the final day of the round.

Gilmore then made a swift move from endurance to sprint mode to lead Australian teammates Kerrie Meares and Rosealee Hubbard out in the next event, the team sprint, where they won gold.

Gilmore, 21, admitted to some nerves going into the pressure-filled team event, saying she did not want to let her countrywomen down.

"Rolling around in the laps between I was thinking, `I don't know how I'm going to do this,' but the fire built up," Gilmore said.

"Being beaten in the scratch race, the fire in my belly just kept building up and when I accelerated off the line for the team sprint I felt real explosive."

It showed as she shaved two tenths of a second off the lap time she rode in qualifying.

In the process she helped Australia to a time of 51.818s to beat Russia's 52.469s with the Ukraine third.

Missing two of its team sprint outfit that won silver at last year's world championships, Australia managed a gallant second behind Japan in the men's team sprint.

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