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Aussie Omnium Gold at Junior World Championships

Australian Junior Track Women's cycling team continue well in Moscow

The astonishingly versitlie Megan Dunn demolished the opposition for an emphatic win in the Omnium to collect her fifth junior World Championship gold medal.

Dunn came into this year's event as the reigning Junior World Champion in the points race, scratch race and team pursuit and this week had already contested three events including a gold medal ride in the women's team pursuit. She also raced last week's road race and placed fifth in the team sprint on the same day she won the team pursuit.

The Dubbo teenager who turns 18 later this month proved tireless in the Omnium which involves five separate events in one session of racing with the aim of securing the lowest cumulative points tally. She kicked off with victory in the flying 200m time trial, then won the 5km scratch race, placed second in the 1500m individual pursuit and won four of the five sprints in the 10km points race to put herself in the box seat going into the deciding 500m time trial.

"I had a good day with good preparation leading into it and I pulled it off on the track," said Dunn who notched up a personal best time in the 500m to clinch yet another rainbow jersey. "I was rapt in the whole day and it went really smoothly.

"We have such a good team and good management over here and it just makes your job so much easier, all you have to do is ride," said a delighted Dunn who admits she was a little distracted before the 500m ride because she was cheering for her Aussie team mates in the Madison.

"You get carried away in the momnent and then you suddenly realise you should be concentrating on your race," said Dunn. "But I always have to cheer on other team members and I focused fine for the 500."

Dunn won with seven points. Italian Giulia Donato was well behind on 22 points to claim the silver medal in a countback with Czech rider Gabriela Slamova, also on 22 points, was placed third.

Dunn hasn't had a chance to celebrate either of her wins this week as she still has one event to race. She will line up on the final day of competition to defend her points race crown from 2008.

"This Championships has been a test of my strength with five events in total and the points race is my priority event."

 

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