Ankudinoff star of Oceania track cycling
3 December 2012
made a statement about missing London Olympics selection as she emerged
as the individual star of the Oceania track cycling championships.
The 22-year-old Sydney rider claimed her fourth gold medal when she won the won the women's 20km points race as the Australians collected nine gold on the final night in Adelaide on Saturday, taking their tally to 28 gold.
Australian Olympians Matthew Glaetzer (SA), Annette Edmondson (SA) and Kaarle McCulloch (NSW) also finished on top of the podium in the last session.
Ankudinoff (28 points) won the points race from New Zealanders Alysha Keith (21 points) and Georgia Williams (17).
It followed golds from the team pursuit, individual pursuit and the 10km scratch race earlier in the meet.
"I was bitterly disappointed when I missed out on selection in the Australian team that went to the London Olympics and now I am really enjoying racing again," said Ankudinoff.
"My preparation was good and my results showed that."
Glaetzer again shone when he clinched gold in the keirin final from fellow Australian Andrew Taylor and Jaron Gardiner (NZ).
The win followed Glaetzer's gold in the men's sprint the night before and in the team's sprint with Lewis and Alex Bird (ACT) on the opening night.
London bronze medallist Annette Edmondson (SA) added an Oceania title to her collection in the Omnium when she dominated the event, winning all six events to triumph from West Australian's Isabella King (12 points) and New Zealand's Sequoia Cooper (23 points).
The gold was Edmondson's second for the championships, adding to her team pursuit medal with teammates Ankudinoff and Isabella King (WA).
"I wasn't sure how I would go at the championships because I had such a long break after the Olympics, but I am really happy to come away with winning all six events in the Omnium," she said.
McCulloch got revenge on younger rival Stephanie Morton (SA) in the women's sprint, defeating the 22-year-old in straight heats. The win came after Morton toppled McCulloch for the women's keirin title on Thursday night.
The win was McCulloch's second for the championships after she took out the 500m time trial victory on Wednesday.
The men's Omnium went to South Australian Luke Davison following four of six event wins to finish on 10 points, nine ahead of Pieter Bulling (NZ) on 19.
The final event for the championships saw Luke Davison and Alex Edmondson (SA) claim victory in the men's Madison, the duo collecting 27 points over two laps.