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Bernard 14th at worlds

Teenager Bernard Esterhuizen failed to follow in countryman Nolan Hoffman’s footsteps when he placed 14th in the men’s one-kilometre time trial at the UCI World Track Championships in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The Swiss based Durbanite clocked 1min 02.195sec as the gold medal went to Germany’s Stefan Nimke in 1:00.082, ridden at an average speed of 59.918 kilometres per hour.

The silver and bronze medals went to France’s Michael D’Almeida (1:00.509) and New Zealand’s Simon van Velthooven (1:00.543).

The current world record belongs to France’s Arnaud Tournant, and stands at 58.875. That time was set in the rarified air of La Paz, Bolivia back in 2001.

“The Kilo went really good until that last lap where my legs blew up,” Esterhuizen told Road to London 2012. “I’m happy with my performance I just need more road miles for that last lap. Now I have the 200m qualifier tomorrow [Friday].

On Wednesday, Hoffman hurtled to the silver medal in the men’s scratch final.