Published Monday 06 August 2012

New Zealand’s representative in the omnium – the cycling equivalent of track and field’s decathlon – finished a solid sixth today in a field of 18, despite not having the rub of the green.
Shane Archbold began the second day of the two-day event placed seventh and turned in more good performances today.
In the 4km individual pursuit he clocked 4min 26.554s, to lift himself into sixth place. However, Archbold’s cause was not helped when he punctured midway through the 4km ride. He was granted a re-ride half an hour later, but understandably struggled after having expended so much energy already.
The time he finally posted for the individual pursuit was 3.5s off his personal best.
Archbold struggled slightly in the 15km scratch, finishing only 13th and a lap behind the leaders.
In the final event, the 1km time trial, the 23-year-old New Zealand sped around the velodrome in 1min 03.290s to lift himself back into sixth.
Archbold finished with 48 points. The winner, Lasse Hansen of Denmark, accrued just 27.
Natasha Hansen had a long day of riding in the women’s sprint, but eventually could not make the top eight.
In her first qualifying ride she was ninth fastest with a time of 11.241s.
She then rode the repechage and did well to beat Colombia’s Juliana Gaviria Rendon and Russian Ekaterina Gnidenko with a time of 11.882s.
This put her into the last 16, where she lost to Lyubov Shulika of the Ukraine.
Hansen was then outpaced by Shuang Guo of China in the fastest of the quarter-finals.
She ended the day in the ride-off for ninth to 12th places, but was unable to make an impression in this race.