O'Shea in pursuit of gold

OLYMPIAN Glenn O'Shea will be chasing gold at the national track cycling championships on Thursday night, after qualifying fastest in the open men's team pursuit during the afternoon session.

Racing for South Australia, where he is based, the Bendigo rider was part of a star-studded pursuit squad that included fellow 2012 London Games representatives Jack Bobridge and Alex Edmondson, as well as Rio hopeful Luke Davison.

They clocked 4:02.642 for the 16-lap qualifying ride, more than four seconds ahead of New South Wales.

Those two teams will go head-to-head for the gold medal at the Adelaide Super-drome during the evening session.

Former Bendigo young gun George Tansley also competed in the event, with his South Australia 2 team just missing the medal ride-offs by finishing in fifth place. 

Fresh from his win in the junior men's time trial on Wednesday, Bendigo teenager Braeden Dean was also back out on the track on Thursday afternoon.

The new national under-19 kilo champion won his best-of-three quarter final in the junior men's sprints, defeating New South Welshman Travis Smedley without the need for a decider.

The 18-year-old is in with a great chance of adding to his medal tally in the evening, when he takes on Victorian team-mate Jay Castles in the semi-final with the victor earning the chance to ride for gold.

Earlier in the day, Kyneton rider Lauretta Hanson represented Victoria in the women's individual pursuit, finishing in eighth place.

Defending champion Annette Edmondson, from South Australia, will try to hold off Tasmania's world silver medallist Amy Cure in the race for the national crown.

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