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Njisane advances in World Cup Keirin
National cyclist Njisane Phillip advanced to the second round of the Men’s Keirin event yesterday at leg two of the UCI Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico on the final day of competition.
Njisane, who broke his own national record in the men’s sprint event on Friday, but finished eighth overall, was hoping for a higher placing in the keirin.
The T&T cyclist had a disappointing first round ride, finishing fifth in heat four among the seven starters. Australian Shane Perkins won the heat, while Matthew Crampton of Great Britain was second as both riders advanced to the second round automatically.
Njisane then participated in the first round repechage for a chance to compete in the second round. Njisane lined up in heat two, looking for a top two finish to advance. Njisane pedalled his way to victory, ahead of Erik Balzer.
Njisane was scheduled to compete in heat two along five other riders in the second round for a spot in the final, after press time last night. The top three advanced to last night’s final.
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