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16 Mar 2011

Perkins takes Hoy’s world keirin crown

site_37_rand_813132301_perkins_310_aap1 Shane Perkins of Australia pipped Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy of Great Britain to win the men’s keirin title at the world track cycling championships.

Perkins, who finished second in the sprint at last years championship, claimed his maiden senior title after several years of seeing his compatriots top the podium.

Hoy finished second in the six-man final after launching a late surge, with Teun Mulder finishing third to give the hosts their first medal of the competition.

It means Hoy, a triple Olympic champion in Beijing in 2008, will walk away from the championships without a gold medal for the first time in many years.

Perkins, meanwhile, was ecstatic at having beaten the Scot, his “hero” when he was a junior track rider.

But the Australian admitted he had to dig deep to ward off some threatening tactics on the part of the British contingent, which also included Matthew Crampton.

“It’s my first world championship title, so I’m ecstatic,” said Perkins. “For quite a few years I’ve felt like the odd one out (in the team), missing out on the world titles, so now to get one is really great.”

Perkins led from the front throughout, and when the motor-paced derny pulled off with three laps to go the Australian refused to get pushed out of the way by his opponents as the race burst into life.

“It all went pretty fast. Matt Crampton took the front, and then Chris came round to try and trap me in a bit and then have a go,” added Perkins.

“I stayed pretty calm, pushed Chris out a bit, pushed him into the wind which gave me a bit of a run-out to Matt Crampton.

“With 200 metres to go I gave it everything I could, and here we are. It was pretty tough out there … to beat Sir Chris Hoy is absolutely fantastic. He was my hero when I was up and coming.”

Source: SBS –