Dawkins takes out sprint quarterfinal

  • 06/12/2015
Eddie Dawkins (left) and Sam Webster after their Mens Sprint quarterfinal (Getty)
Eddie Dawkins (left) and Sam Webster after their Mens Sprint quarterfinal (Getty)

Eddie Dawkins has downed New Zealand teammate Sam Webster 2-0 in the men's sprint quarter-finals at the track cycling World Cup in Cambridge.

A day after helping New Zealand to silver in the team sprint, the two Kiwis went head-to-head after they eased into the last eight of a 41-strong field at the Avantidrome today.

Dawkins came out on top, edging Webster in the first heat by .012, then taking the second in a fractionally more comfortable .021 margin.

He goes on to meet Matthew Glaetzer in the semi-finals after the Australian beat countryman Patrick Constable 2-0.

Part of Australia's gold medal-winning sprint team at the 2012 Olympics, Glaetzer took a .380sec win first up before closing out the second heat by .174.

Dawkins had qualified fourth fastest, averaging 72.478km/h with a 9.934sec 200m lap to progress through to the second round where he dispatched Irishman Eoin Mullen by 0.104sec.

The big Southlander then controlled his next match up against China's Chao Xu to take a .047sec win and secure a berth in the quarter-finals.

Webster was more circumspect first up, qualifying 17th of 24 with a low-key 10.081.

But he then unleashed something of an upset in accounting for experienced Olympic medalist Robert Forstemann (Germany), who had posted 9.997 in qualifying eighth.

Webster then edged home Saifei Bao of China by .024sec to join Dawkins in the quarter-finals.