Aust tops junior track champs medal tally

Australia’s cycling future looks bright after topping the medal tally with six gold at the junior track world championships in Glasgow.

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Joshua Harrison and Sam Welsford were unlucky to be forced to settle for a bronze medal in a crash-filled men’s madison on the final night of competition to bring Australia’s total medal tally to 12 – including one silver and five bronze.

Germany finished second with four gold, ahead of Great Britain’s three and France with two.

Welsford suffered a heavy fall moments after claiming the second intermediate sprint, forcing Harrison to carry the load while he was checked by doctors.

Despite his gallant return, Denmark and New Zealand took advantage to finish first and second respectively.

The news was just as bad for South Australian Pat Constable, who was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone after clipping the wheel of his opponent in the second heat of his men’s sprint semi-final.

Constable had looked well in contention for a spot in the gold medal final but had to take fourth.

Team manager Rik Fulcher said he was very happy with the performance of his relatively young and inexperienced group.

“It was unfortunate to end on that note, but that wasn’t really any fault of performances,” Fulcher said.

“(The falls) could have cost us two gold medals with Pat (Constable) well on his way (in the sprint), and the boys in the Madison were dominating and were far and away the most aggressive.

“But that’s racing. These things happen and overall we are very happy.”

Australia won its first three gold medals on the opening day of competition with victory in the under-19 men’s team pursuit, under-19 women’s team sprint and under-19 men’s team sprint.

Zac Shaw also claimed gold in the men’s individual pursuit, alongside Lauren Perry in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit and Jack Edwards in the omnium.