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Kelly happy with road to Athens

By Adrian Warren 28/04/2004 10:49:07 PM Comments (0)

Multi medal winning veteran Shane Kelly is shaping up well for another Olympic assault.

He logged a time identical to his 2000 Bronze medal-winning effort in claiming the 1000m time trial title at the Australian Track Cycling Championships.

Victorian Kelly, 32, who has won three world titles and Olympic silver and bronze medals in the event, clocked 1m02.832s to win tonight's competition.

It was fourteen thousandths of a second behind his ride at the Olympics at the same venue, the Dunc Gray Velodrome, just under four years ago.

"It wasn't a real quick night to go 1.02.8, it is as quick as I did at the 2000 Olympics so I can certainly get quicker, so I'm happy with that," Kelly said.

"I've come here in a training phase, so hopefully it will continue onto the World Championships at the end of next month."

The penultimate cyclist in the fourteen-man field, Kelly trumped the previous fastest time of 1:05.905 set by Victoria's Adrian Sansonetti.

Kelly had to sweat on the last rider, 2003 champion and Australian representative Ben Kersten.

However, the Wollongong cyclist suffered the misfortune of snapping a bolt in his handlebar right at the start and finished in 1:03.184 to claim the silver medal.

It was just the third Australian time trial gold medal for Kelly, who previously won titles in 1991, 1996, but hadn't contested the event in a number of years.

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