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Phillip ranked second in sprints

By Kern De Freitas

Top Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Njisane Phillip is ranked second on the sprints list and fifth in the keirin after two legs in the UCI World Cup series.
Phillip’s eighth place finish in the match sprint at the second World Cup leg on the final day of the competition on Saturday in Aguascalientes, Mexico, puts him on 217 points, 38 behind leader Matthew Glaetzer of Australia, who won Saturday’s sprint final in two best-of-three rides against Olympic champion Jason Kenny. Phillip also earned silver at the first installment of the World Cup season in Manchester last month.
Third is German Robert Forstemann on 199 points, who won the sprint final in Manchester, while New Zealand’s Edward Dawkins (179) and German Maximilian Levy (Team Erdgas.2012) rounded out the top five in that order.
In the keirin, Phillip (136 points) is led by Tobias Wachter (Germany; 240 points), Matthew Crampton (Great Britain; 150), Francois Pervis (France; 150) and Hersony Canelon (Venezuela; 144), who hold positions one to four in that order. Levy is one point behind Phillip.
Phillip finished eighth overall in the keirin on Saturday night after reaching as far as the semi-finals. He then was second best to Team Erdgas’s Erik Balzer by a whisker in the 7-12 final. The keirin was won by Crampton, with Wachter and Australian Shane Perkins--the 2012 Olympic sprint bronze medallist--second and third respectively.
Varun Maharajh, who had a tough time in the omnium event, placing 19th in only his second World Cup leg, one spot behind Barbadian Darren Matthews, who rides on the local circuit with Team Trek.
Maharajh had his best showing in the elimination event where he finished tenth, and also managed a 15th position in the individual pursuit. But the RigTech Sonics rider was 18th in the four-kilometre time trial, 19th in the flying lap, 20th in the points race and did not finish in the scratch race.
Quincy Alexander of Team DPS (Drive Phase Sport) would be pleased with his personal best in the kilometre time trial after he clocked 1:01.048. But he was 18th overall in an event that saw winner Pervis shred the 12-year-old previous record of 58.875--set by his countryman Arnaud Tournant in La Paz, Bolivia--with his new mark of 56.303 on a night when five riders eclipsed the old standard.
It was the second world record Pervis obliterated after an eye-popping 9.347-second time in the flying 200m, the qualifier for the sprints.
Team DPS, though, would suffer relegation in the team sprint for an illegal transition, and so finished 18th of 19. Their 44.346 time, had it stood, would have been good enough for 13th. For that race, Alexander teamed up with Justin Roberts and Jude Codrington.
Also relegated in that event were France and South Korea.
The next leg of the World Cup also pedals off in Mexico, this time in Guadalajara from January 17-19.

Selected World Cup results:

Sprint
1. Matthew Glaetzer (Australia) 2. Jason Kenny (Great Britain) 3. Pavel Kelemen (Czech Republic) 4. Edward Dawkins (New Zealand) 5. Maximilian Levy (Germany/Team Erdgas 2012) 6. Francois Pervis (France) 7. Michael D’Almeida (France) 8. Njisane Phillip (T&T)
 
Keirin
1. Matthew Crampton (Great Britain) 2. Tobias Wachter (Germany) 3. Shane Perkins (Australia) 4. Matthjis Buchli (Netherlands) 5. Christos Volikakis (Greece) 6. Azizhlhasni Awang (Malaysia/Team YSD) 7. Erik Balzer (Germany/Team Erdgas) 8. Njisane Phillip (T&T)

Omnium
1. Luke Davison (Australia) – 30 points 2. Jasper De Buyst (Belgium) – 34 3. Artyom Zakharov (Kazakhstan) – 36 4. Time Veldt (Netherlands) – 40 5. Edward Clancy (Great Britain) – 44 18. Darren Matthews (Barbados) – 112 19. Varun Maharajh (T&T) - 121

Kilometre Time Trial
1. Francois Pervis (France) – 56.303 2. Maximilian Levy (Germany/Team Erdgas) – 57.949 3. Joachim Eliers (Germany/Track Team Brandenburg) – 57.980 4. Eric Engler (Germany) – 58.369 5. Hugo Haak (Netherlands) – 58.446 18. Quincy Alexander (T&T/Team DPS) – 1:01.048

Team Sprint
1. Greece – 43.827 2. China – 43.954 3. Team Erdgas.2012 – 44.353 18. Team DPS
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