McCulloch and Morton claim new Oceania Championship record

Gold;Kaarle McCulloch claims the Team Sprint gold medal at the 2020 Oceania Cycling titles in New Zealand.Picture Dianne Manson / Oceania Cycling Confederation
Gold;Kaarle McCulloch claims the Team Sprint gold medal at the 2020 Oceania Cycling titles in New Zealand.Picture Dianne Manson / Oceania Cycling Confederation

Team Australia and New Zealand each claimed five gold as records fell on the opening day of the 2020 Oceania Track Championships, in Invercargill, New Zealand yesterday.

Reigning World Champions Kaarle McCulloch from the St George Cycling Club and Adelaides Stephanie Morton were in dominant form winning gold in the women's Team Sprint , making it McCulloch's ninth and Morton's sixth Oceania title in the event.

Their time of 32.591secs was just outside their own Oceania Record of 32.255secs. Ellesse Andrews and Olivia Podmore of New Zealand collected silver in 33.540 and Alana Field and Lara Tucker (Australia-34.437) completed the top three.

"It definitely did go to plan tonight. I think we were both surprised by the time, we are in pretty deep training so to come out and do a 32.6, only four tenths of a second off our Worlds time so we are in good shape and really happy with that," McCulloch said as she claimed her 20th Oceania title.

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