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  New Zealand continue return to form in women's team pursuit with bronze medal  
 
  March 1st 2019  
   
  Michaela Drummond leads New Zealand to bronze. Photo: Guy Swarbick  
     
  New Zealand have continued their return as a dominant force in the women's team pursuit winning bronze, their second medal in three years at the 2019 UCI Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland.

"This result means everything. We have come such a long way in just one year so I am excited to see what we can do in another year," said Botha who claimed her first elite world championship medal.

A dominant force in the early days of the event New Zealand disappeared from the world stage following the 2012 Olympic Games due to funding cuts, though have again announced themselves as a force to be watched in the last three seasons.

With a number of young talented riders stepping up to the elite ranks New Zealand continues to take the fight to the Australia and Great Britain.

Bryony Botha, Rushlee Buchanan, Holly Edmondston and Kirstie James qualified third fastest on Wednesday setting up a ride against Great Britain in the first round. While unable to match the speed of the Olympic Champions, their time saw them advance to the bronze medal ride.

With former junior world champion Michaela Drummond replacing Rushlee Buchanan New Zealand posted their fastest time of the competition of 4mins 16.479secs to seal bronze, nearly four seconds ahead of Canada.

It has been a big season on the World Cups for New Zealand competing in four of the six rounds with two wins and four medals reinforcing their return to the top of the sport.

"We have definitely come a long way since last year. "We've probably been on the track a bit too long and have been a bit rundown for these world champs.

"But we've come in feeling confident and confident about each other in performing and getting the bronze medal tonight.

"A key was the three riders who were ill who did everything they could to be better for race day. They missed trainings to recover but we were able to get them better to race.

"This result means everything. We have come such a long way in just one year so I am excited to see what we can do in another year."
 
 
       
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