Championship medal wait worthwhile for Chapman
It was nearly midnight on a cool March night at the Seddon Park Velodrome on Tuesday night.
The crowd had gone home and the officials were packing up. It had been Dunedin cyclist Anthony Chapman's night and he did not want to leave the arena after winning his first national individual gold medal.
The 11-year wait was over for the 27-year-old masters student in sports physiotherapy. He had just won the elite men's 4000m individual pursuit in 4min 52.88sec. Troy Klink (Auckland) was second in 4min 57.30sec.
There were no thoughts of celebration that night because he had an 8am lecture at the University of Otago the next day. He just enjoyed the moment. Chapman had been part of Otago's gold medal winning teams in the past, but his first individual gold medal was special.
Otago's Anthony Chapman proudly displays his 4000m individual pursuit gold medal at the Seddon Park Velodrome late on Tuesday night.