British glory for Truman

Joe Truman. Picture: Mick Young
Joe Truman. Picture: Mick Young
Joe Truman will compete for Team England at the Commonwealth Games

Joe Truman gets England sprint spot for Commonwealth Games

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Joe Truman produced a stunning display to win the keirin at the British Cycling Junior & Youth National Track Championships in Manchester on Thursday.

The 17-year-old, who rides for Portsmouth-based i-Team, crossed the line ahead of Max Nethell to claim the junior crown.

Having qualified first in his heat in a time of 11.280sec, the Petersfield talent was one of the favourites for the title ahead of the six-rider final.

And so it proved as he sprinted to glory in a time of 11.122.

Truman, who competed for Great Britain in the UEC European Junior & Under-23 Track Championships in Portugal last month, had earlier won a bronze medal in the kilo.

He clocked a time of 1.06.783 for the 1km time trial – 0.216 of a second behind runner-up Matthew Gibson.

Joe Holt took the title in a blistering time of 1.04.344.

Truman was not the only south-coast starlet going for glory in the national championships.

Fareham Wheelers were represented by two of their most promising talents.

Brendan Drewett was in junior action.

He clocked 1.11.205 in the kilo to finish 21st, while also contesting the pursuit, the scratch race and the points race.

Drewett made the final of the scratch race, where he also finished 21st.

Club-mate Lewis Martin was involved in the under-16 competition.

He was the 12th fastest qualifier for the sprint on Monday – but lost out in the first heat to eventual champion Frank Longstaff.

Martin then finished second to Max Bergin in his repechage race.

The teenager also competed in the pursuit, scratch race and points race as he gained valuable experience at the National Cycling Centre.

Look out for a report on the final action from the championships in The News next week.