Aussies on track in cycling, athletics

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Australia’s Stephanie Morton, left, and Kaarle Mcculloch celebrate on the podium after winning the silver medal in the Team Sprint.

AMANDA LULHAMThe Daily Telegraph

THERE were wins on the cycling and running track and a close call in the surf as Australia’s top athletes and rising stars impressed on the local and international stages.

The Opals also have a new coach and there’s been plenty of movement in the world of basketball.

There’s also a ring-dinger of a double header in Sydney this weekend for netball fans.

All this and more in this week’s SHORT AND SWEET sport wrap.

American gold medallist Chloe Dygert (C) celebrates with Aussie silver medallist Ashlee Ankudinoff (L) and bronze medallist Kelly Caitlin after the individual pursuit at the track cycling world titles.

American gold medallist Chloe Dygert (C) celebrates with Aussie silver medallist Ashlee Ankudinoff (L) and bronze medallist Kelly Caitlin after the individual pursuit at the track cycling world titles.Source:AFP

CYCLISTS ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Australia topped the medal table with three golds and 11 medals in total at the world track cycling championships with our women playing major roles in the success.

An in the case of two riders, there was some Rio redemption.

Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure were in Rio last year when their team pursuit squad crashed on the eve of competition and finished fifth.

In Hong Kong at the world championships, they teamed with newcomers Rebecca Wiasak and Alex Manly for a silver medal behind the US.

Their medals followed don from Kaarle McCulloch and Stephanie Morton winning silver in the women’s team sprint.

Also notable was Amy Cure’s bronze following a countback in the omnium.

Womens Gift winner Liv Ryan and men’s Gift winner Matthew Rizzo.

Womens Gift winner Liv Ryan and men’s Gift winner Matthew Rizzo.Source:News Corp Australia

TEENAGER STARS AT STAWELL GIFT.

Liv Ryan. Remember the name.

The 16-year-old sprinter won the Stawell Gift women’s race, finishing in 13.72 seconds.

An hour after writing her name into the history books, Ryan claimed the women’s 70m title.

FORMER OPAL TO HELM AUSTRALIAN TEAM

Former Opal Sandy Brondello has been named as the brew coach of the Australian women’s basketball team,.

Brondello will split her time between the Opals and the WNBA team, Phoenix Mercury.

“Her unparalleled preparation, high-level basketball IQ, and her ability to build relationships with players make her the perfect choice to lead Australia’s program,’’ said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman.

Sandy Brondello in her playing days with the Opals.

Sandy Brondello in her playing days with the Opals.Source:News Corp Australia

“We are thrilled our head coach is now recognised as one of the best coaches in the world and we wish her the best of luck.”

Brondello led a team to the playoffs in each of her four years as a head coach in the WNBA.

She also played 302 games for the national team, was a two-time world championship bronze medallist and medallist at three Olympics.

ABC, EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE

They might have missed out on being crowned the Rip Curl pro champion at bells Beach, but a trio of Australian surfers have snared the top three rankings on the world surfing tour.

Bells Rip Curl Pro winner Courtney Conlogue and Australian Stephanie Gilmore.

Bells Rip Curl Pro winner Courtney Conlogue and Australian Stephanie Gilmore.Source:News Corp Australia

Stephanie Gilmore, who finished runner-up to American Courtney Conlogue at the annual contest, is ranked No.1.

Sally Fitzgibbons is No.2 with world champion Tyler Wright, still searching for her first World Tour win of the year, in third place.

GIANTS FACE TEST OF METTLE

The Giants will have their mettle tested this week when they take on the improving Magpies in the first game of a NSW double header.

Taylah Davies of the Giants and Gabi Simpson of the Firebirds compete for the ball during round eight of Super netball. The Giants are up against the magpies this round.

Taylah Davies of the Giants and Gabi Simpson of the Firebirds compete for the ball during round eight of Super netball. The Giants are up against the magpies this round.Source:Getty Images

The Giants have still lost just one game this season while the Magpies are desperately trying to consolidate their position in the top four of Super Netball.

A highlight of the match is expected to be the circle battle in the Giants attack where former teammates Susan Pratley and Sharni Layton will tussle for space.

MOVES AND SHAKES IN THE WORLD OF BASKETBALL.

Young Sydney Flames guard Tahlia Tupaea has become the latest Australian to be drafted to the WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx picking her up with the 36th and last pick.

She has also signed a new two-year deal with the Sydney Flames.

In other WNBL news, Suzy Batkovic has signed with the Townsville Fire for another year.

A five-time WNBL MVP, Batkovic is one of the most prized signatures in the game.

Townsville Fire star Suzy Batkovic will be back with the team in the next WNBL.

Townsville Fire star Suzy Batkovic will be back with the team in the next WNBL.Source:News Corp Australia

TOUGH ASK AHEAD FOR SWIFTS

The Swifts managed to do it in the pre-season but getting their second win of Super Netball against the Vixens will be a tough ask.

Still the young side go into Sundays match with the best of intentions as they battle to move up the ladder from second last.

She ended up doing a little more than that, playing a key bench role as the Flames won their first championship since 2001.

Originally published as Aussies on track in cycling, athletics

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