Philippa crashes but comes back to win

? THERE is no gain without pain for Rockhampton track cyclist Philippa Hindmarsh.

Hindmarsh had a sting in her tail as she ended her Australian Junior Track Cycling Championships in Perth yesterday with a gold medal in the under-17 women's scratch race.

The 15-year-old Rockhampton Cycling Club member crashed with six laps remaining but managed to rejoin the field before the four-lap cut-off.

Hindmarsh went on to win while ignoring splinters in her backside and a burn under her arm from the board track.

"When I crashed I was lucky I landed on my bum, but they just pulled out a 15cm long splinter after the race,'' Hindmarsh said.

"I felt so much better on the bike than what I did at the finish.''

"Hopefully I'll get some of these splinters out before the flight home (today).''

Earlier in the titles Hindmarsh also defended her sprint title she won in Melbourne last year and joined with Rockhampton's Sarah Edwards to win bronze in the team sprint.

"I'm just looking forward to a couple of weeks off training,'' said Hindmarsh, who was only introduced to cycling in 2003 through a Queensland Academy of Sport talent identification program.

This was Hindmarsh's final appearance at junior nationals before moving into the under19 ranks next season.

Hindmarsh's Rockhamptonbased coach Ken Tucker said Hindmarsh was switched on and dominated the sprints while the scratch race was always going to be a raffle.

"At the next nationals people will know who Philippa Hindmarsh is,'' Tucker said.

"I'm not saying she'll win, but she will make her presence felt.''

Rockhampton's Ben Moore was another national medallist taking the bronze with Queensland's under-17 men's three-man team sprint combination while former Rockhampton cyclist Brodie Stewart, now based in Brisbane, won silver in the under-15 women's sprint.

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