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Gouveris rules E Cape Championships

Mecer-NMMU’s Kellan Gouveris continued to impress when he swept aside all challengers at the inaugural Eastern Cape Track Cycling Championships at the Westbourne Oval in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

The 16-year-old, who participated in the Under-16 category, won all eight of the events he entered at the event, which was held under the auspices of the newly amalgamated Eastern Province and Border cycling federations.

On the Friday evening, Gouveris claimed gold medals in the 200m time-trial (11:93), 2 000m individual pursuit (2:38:81), 500m time-trial (36:45) and 10km points race.

He followed these successes up on Saturday with wins in the 200m sprint (12:55), 1 500m (2:26:22), 5km (04:58:01) and keirin events.

ÔÇ£I’m happy with my times so far,ÔÇØ said Gouveris, who emphasised the importance of never underestimating his fellow competitors. ÔÇ£I just need to do a little bit more training, then I’m there.ÔÇØ

He is now looking forward to next month’s South African Track Cycling Championships in Cape Town. Although Gouveris is taking part in a number of events, his focus will be on the 200, 500 and 1 500m sprints.

When asked about the significance of last weekend’s performances at an event that was deemed ÔÇ£openÔÇØ for the first time, he said, ÔÇ£I’ve been training hard for the SA Track Champs, so it’s good to see how I’m going against some of my rivals.ÔÇØ

The Grade 10 Pearson High School learner trains six days a week, splitting his efforts between the road and track. ÔÇ£At the moment I’m undecided,ÔÇØ he said about his personal preference. ÔÇ£I started off with road but the speed of the track is great.ÔÇØ

In July, Gouveris represented Eastern Province at the Eric van Enter SA Interprovincial Schools Championships at the Gariep Dam. There he won the 80km road race and criterium, helping his team to second place overall.

Gouveris also played a starring role at the SA Omnium Track Cycling Championships in Durban over the Easter weekend. He won five of six events and accumulated the most points overall, despite crashing in the 10km points race.

Although he has been cycling for just four years, Gouveris has notched up a string of successes and is hoping to turn professional after he completes his schooling. ÔÇ£That’s the goal,ÔÇØ he said.