Dean backs up for sprint rounds

TEEN cycling star Braeden Dean followed up his gold medal in the junior men's time trial with two superb rides in early rounds of the sprints at the national track championships on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old had just three hours to recover from taking out the Australian under-19 kilo title before he was back out on the Adelaide velodrome for sprint qualifications.

If he was feeling fatigued from his earlier effort, he didn't show it as he powered around the track to complete the flying 200m in 10.506 seconds - second fastest overall behind Korean rider Jeone Park and the quickest of the Australian junior men.

Dean then backed up for round one, featuring the 16 fastest qualifiers, and was successful in eliminating Western Australia's Mitchell Gray.

He lines up in the quarter finals on Thursday afternoon against Travis Smedley from New South Wales, with the best-of-three-heats winner to progress to semi-finals and medal ride-offs in the evening.

In other results from the track nationals, Bendigo-based rider Beth Duryea finished 13th in the elite women's time trial final. The event was won by superstar Anna Meares - her 30th Australian track crown.

Lauretta Hanson, from Kyneton, will be in action in the women's pursuit qualification when racing resumes at noon on Thursday.

The 2014 national track championships finish on Saturday night.

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