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Day 5

Dunc Gray Velodrome, Sydney - Scratch (10km) & Team Pursuit, Under 19 sprint


Scratch Race - 10km


In the women's 10 kilometre Scratch Race 2005 junior World Champion, Skye-Lee Armstrong, 20, produced an unbeatable finishing burst of speed to win the gold medal ahead of Victorian Tess Downing with Armstrong's NSW team mate Rochelle Gilmore third.

Armstrong's victory comes after her disappointment on Tuesday night when she failed to finish in the points race.

"I race better when I'm quite angry and it got me out there firing," she said. "Tess (Downing) and Belinda (Goss fourth) are awesome riders so I tried a couple of attacks to get the kick out of their legs.

In the final two laps it seemed Armstrong was acting as lead out for Gilmore but in the end the Commonwealth Games points race silver medallist couldn't come round her.

"Me and Rochelle are actually enemies on the track but when it comes to (our) State we try to help each other when we can," said the 20 year old who has fought back from a year marred by illness.

"Last year after junior Worlds I had a knee injury and then a blood virus so I ended up losing nine kilos," she said. "My weight's only 50 kilos now but I got down to 41 (kilograms) and it was a long process trying to put on weight.

"[I] Had to go on a drip and antibiotics for a long time and it took six or seven months," said Armstrong who only returned to her 'racing' weight four months ago and hopes tonight's result will gain the attention of the national selectors. "I wanted that (points race on Tuesday) to be my Australian title then back up tonight but cycling is a gamble game.

"I was one of the fittest out there but when you don't have good legs you don't have good legs and there's nothing you can do about it," she said. "I'd like to get a spot next year in Worlds either in the teams pursuit or scratch race... get my foot in the door.... but I'll have to wait and see."

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Under 19 Sprint 

Philippa Hindmarsh gave Queensland more reason to celebrate when she took out the U19 women's sprint in two straight in her best of three race gold medal final against West Australia's Josephine Butler. Fellow Queenslander Sarah Edwards won the bronze medal final.

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