Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Sam Webster (Cycling)

  • 01/01/2022

Sam Webster

Age: 30

Born: July 16, 1991 at Auckland

Height: 1.83m

Event: Track cycling (sprint)

Personal bests: 200m time trial 9.615s, 750m team sprint 42.508s

Coach: Nick Flyger

Previous Commonwealth Games: Delhi 2010 (silver & bronze), Glasgow 2014 (2 golds & silver), Gold Coast 2018 (2 golds) 

Webster will be the senior pro of the NZ track contingent at Birmingham, attending his fourth Commonwealth Games, as he tries to defend the individual and team sprint crowns won at Glasgow and Gold Coast.

He won 2009 world junior titles in both sprints and the keirin, winning the Halberg Awards Emerging Talent, and contributed to a silver-medal team sprint effort at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the solo ride.

For the next decade, Webster anchored a sprint team that dominated the event on the world stage, capturing three world titles and finishing runners-up twice.

He, Eddie Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell took silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but their run of success ended at the Tokyo Olympics, with Dawkins retired and the newlook trio slumping to seventh.