Auckland cyclist Sam Webster raced home to a third gold medal at the UCI Junior World Cycling Championships in Moscow on Saturday. The Kiwi fast man took out the individual sprint title to add to his gold medal performances in the team sprint and keirin. The individual sprint title has been one that has eluded kiwi cyclists with most of New Zealands track success historically coming from the distance events.
Sam incredibly was unbeaten in four rounds in the sprint competition which rounded out an outstanding championship. He became New Zealand's most successful junior rider at a world championship, in doing so he had to eclipse the two gold medals won by Sarah Ulmer in the individual pursuit and points race at Quito, Ecuador in 1994.
"His performances here have been quite outstanding. He has clearly been the best sprinter here in Moscow," said manager Mike McRedmond. "His dominance is similar to that by Chris Hoy at Beijing last year.
"It's Sam's final year in the junior level and now he has cemented himself on the world stage, he is looking forward with real confidence to stepping up to the elite level at the end of the year."