By NATHAN BURDON - Southland | Saturday, 13 December 2008
The class of the visiting Malaysians was on display on the opening night of the International Christmas Carnival at the ILT Velodrome last night.
The Malaysian sprinters, who all represented their country at the Beijing Olympics in August, were dominant in the invitation keirin.
Mohd Younos won the first heat, with compatriot Josiah Ng giving him an expert lead out, while Melbourne World Cup winner Azizul Awang comfortably won the second.
The final included New Zealand representatives Simon van Velthooven, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster.
In an exciting race Malaysia looked to have shut the New Zealand riders out with Younos taking the lead before van Velthooven manoeuvred his way through for second place with Webster third.
Invercargill junior Matt Vermunt finished third in the secondary final, behind winner Jason Allen and Adam Stewart.
Olympic double medallist Hayden Roulston did not ride last night but could be in action tonight.
Olympian Marc Ryan won the division one elimination race from his New Zealand pursuit team mate Sam Bewley with world omnium champion Hayden Godfrey, who will take on a horse and a runner in an exhibition race at the Ascot Park Racecourse today, third.The carnival continues tonight at 7pm