Australian Holly Takos continued her rise to stardom as she won a thrilling keirin event at the Oceania Track Cycling Championships at the Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC) Velodrome in Melbourne.
The 20-year-old, who only made her World Cup debut last month, was one of six Australian gold medallists on home soil on day two.
Takos claimed victory in the keirin final, finishing ahead of team-mate Stephanie Morton and Emma Cumming of New Zealand, who earned silver and bronze respectively.
Another highlight on the second day of the event in Melbourne came in the men’s scratch race, where team pursuit world champion Alexander Porter emerged victorious.
The Australian led home a podium sweep for the home nation, with Tirian McManus coming home in second and Joshua Harrison was third.
Two-time world champion Ashlee Ankudinoff overcame Jaime Nielsen of New Zealand to clinch the women’s individual pursuit honours, while Nielsen’s compatriot Kirstie James beat home rider Alexandra Manly to secure the bronze.
Dylan Kennett, who won World Championships gold in the team pursuit last year, triumphed in an all-New Zealand men’s individual pursuit final as he ousted Nick Kergozou, powering home in 4sec 23.648.
The bronze medal ride involved two Australians, with Kelland O’Brien beating Rohan Wright to seal third spot on the podium.
Rio 2016 Olympian Zac Williams delivered another gold medal for New Zealand as he was victorious in the men’s time trial by clocking 1:01.235.
His team-mate Bradley Knipe was 0.65 seconds adrift in silver medal position, while Jordan Castle completed the New Zealand one-two-three.
Australia monopolised the medals in the junior women’s keirin competition as Brooklyn Vonderwall reigned supreme ahead of Jade Haines and Lara Tucker.
The hosts were also triumphant in the junior men’s scratch race as Stephen Cuff finished the 40 laps in 11:44.04.
Cooper Sayers, also of Australia, was second, with bronze going the way of New Zealand’s Corbin Strong.
Action at the Oceania Track Cycling Championships continues tomorrow.