Double delight for Olympic heroes

OLYMPIANS Annette Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea both doubled up by adding Launceston Wheel wins to their Latrobe Wheels from Thursday.

The South Australian backmarkers cruised to comfortable wins and their second major pay day in as many days in the blue ribbon events at the Silverdome last night.

Omnium world champion O'Shea, 23, was delighted to add to his ever-growing resume but admitted he is never satisfied.

``I would have liked to have won the A-grade scratch at Latrobe as well but wheelraces are what you come here to do and to get the first two is pretty special and I would like to get another before I go home,'' he said.

``I thought we had a hard job ahead with so many Malaysians and them being so well organised but it was such a strong scratch bunch and with a lap to go I just went flat out.''

O'Shea had the assistance of fellow world champion Kenny De Ketele, of Belgium, and teenage Sydney sprint sensation Jack Edwards to help him off scratch over the 2000-metre race and stormed home to comfortably win the $2600 first prize from Malaysian Daud Fakruddin off 90 metres and Ulverstone's Ben Price off 80.

Edmondson, who like O'Shea was a medallist at the London Olympics, admitted her race plan changed during the seven-lap 2000m women's final.

With plenty of assistance from fellow scratch riders Kaarle McCulloch, Amy Cure, Isabella King and Fatehah Mustapa, Edmondson had control of the race on the final lap but said it still did not follow the script.

``I'm pretty stoked to win that but I was trying to lead out Kaarle,'' said the 21-year-old two-time world championship silver medallist.

``But she ran out of legs with one and a half to go so I went as hard as I could and I was glad I was able to get the scratchmarkers over the line.

``If things don't work out you have to make decisions because it does not always go to plan.''

Fellow South Australian Alexandra Manly came second with Launceston's Lauren Perry third and McCulloch fourth.

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